WiFi in Your Pocket, Always: An Honest Travelwifi Review (Formerly TEP Wireless)

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Disclosure: Travelwifi sent me the Teppy for this Travelwifi Review. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. 

Sometimes it feels like my new life motto is “do you have WiFi?”

While I love being a digital nomad and wouldn’t trade it for anything, there is one thing that I’m always, always stressing about.

WiFi. Where is it? Is it reliable? Is it fast? Is it free?

So, imagine my excitement when I discovered the Travelwifi device (aka the Teppy). It’s a portable wireless internet hotspot that lets you take your internet wherever you go.

For a while, I was doing this really fun thing where I would buy a SIM card in every single country I visited in order to ensure that I would always be connected. Not only was this habit expensive, but the data wasn’t always strong enough to withstand Skype calls and uploading large files. I knew something had to give.

I’ve used the Travelwifi device in Europe as well as during my trip to Egypt and quickly discovered that it’s the best portable WiFi for travel. Keep reading my Teppy review to learn who should use Travelwifi, where it works (and where it doesn’t) and how you can get a Travelwifi discount code!

Meet “Teppy,” The Portable Travelwifi Hotspot

This is Teppy. It goes by a number of names: an international WiFi hotspot, a portable WiFi device, a global WiFi hotspot, a pocket WiFi, a pocket hotspot, a portable WiFi hotspot and any more you can think of. The point is, it’s a small, internet-enabled device that allows you to stay connected in 100+ countries all around the world. The best part? You can use it for up to 5 devices.

This isn’t my first Travelwifi, technically. I originally published this post a couple of years ago and I love the Teppy so much that I just haven’t stopped using it since. The Teppy did get a makeover from its original look below but only for the better – not only is it even smaller and more chic-looking, but it’s also a lot faster and now uses 4G internet instead of 3G. This Travelwifi review has been updated for 2020.

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Why Teppy? The Best Portable WiFi Hotspot for Travelers

I know you’re probably wondering why you need a Travelwifi hotspot. Can’t you just buy a roaming plan, a local SIM or use public WiFi? Technically, you can, and as someone who has enough foreign SIM cards to wallpaper a room, that’s what I’d done in the past. But nowadays, I prefer Travelwifi. Here’s why.

Why You Need Portable Pocket WiFi

  • Your roaming plan (even the free one, like T-Mobile’s) is expensive and/or has a tiny data limit. You can easily eat up all your data just using Google Maps. With Travelwifi you get unlimited internet. If you use more than 1 GB of data within 24 hours, the connect speed slows down to 256 kbps, but you will never be cut off. 
  • Switching out local SIM cards is annoying. I should know – I used to do it. Every country brought about an array of new rules and plans, language barriers during setup and when resolving tech issues, and oftentimes, high fees. Even within Europe, there are lots of rules about using free roaming within the EU. With Travelwifi, you just turn on your device and after a few minutes, it locates where you are and connects you to the best network available. 
  • Public WiFi is slow. I’ve stayed in so many hostels and have been to so many cafes where the WiFi speeds were as slow as dial-up internet from the 90s. 
  • Sometimes, you have to pay for the internet anyway. I never understood why nice hotels don’t give all their guests free WiFi but hostels do. Nonetheless, if I’m going to have to pay for WiFi at the hotel anyway, I’d rather be able to take my WiFi with me and use it on the road.

Why Travelwifi

  • You get unlimited internet: 1 GB of high-speed internet per day which then slows down and resets after 24 hours. You’ll never be cut off.
  • You’re covered in 130+ countries worldwide and you don’t have to buy a new plan for each country. Simply choose the global version and voilà.
  • Connect up to 5 devices with one Teppy. You can easily share your Teppy with friends and family!
  • Teppy charges quickly (2.5 hours to full charge) with 6 hours of device usage from one charge. Pro tip: bring a powerbank if you’ll be out all day!
  • Travelwifi offers a ton of cool extras like your own on-demand TEP guru, a safety check feature, the Tep+ app, and more.
  • Travelwifi offers a satisfaction guarantee. If they can’t fix any problem you have with your Teppy, they’ll give you a credit or a refund.

How does it work?

Once you receive the device, turn it on and give it a few minutes to power up and locate which country you’re in. Use your WiFi settings on your laptop/phone/electronic device to securely connect securely to your password-protected network. That’s it!

How’s the coverage and where does it work?

The device uses 4G internet and offers 1 GB of fast internet per day. The connect speed slows down after 1 GB is used within 24 hours, but you will never be cut off. The speed returns to normal the next day.

Travelwifi has coverage in 130+ countries. I typically spend most of my time in cities and towns, and I almost always have coverage that is sufficient for my needs: social media, Google Maps, emails, internet calls, and blogging.

IF you’re planning on camping or spending lots of time in rural areas, I recommend getting in touch with Travelwifi first before renting a Teppy. I didn’t have any coverage in the middle of the White Desert in Egypt, but I also didn’t have cell service out there either, so I wasn’t entirely surprised.

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The only place I couldn’t use my Teppy.

Who should rent a Teppy?

I was a little skeptical about why I actually needed this device because “there’s free WiFi everywhere, right?” Wrong. Travelwifi has actually saved me in quite a few pinches on these last few trips:

  • In Hurghada, Egypt when our hotel only had WiFi in the lobby
  • In Cairo, Egypt, when the lobby WiFi didn’t work
  • On an overnight felucca ride on the Nile in Egypt
  • In Tarifa, Spain, when the WiFi was slow and weak
  • In Tallinn, Riga, and Sigulda when I didn’t buy a SIM card

If you work online

There’s a trend here. WiFi is supposedly everywhere, but it’s not always reliable. In fact, I’ve found that it’s unreliable more often than not. As someone that needs to be able to work on the road, questionable WiFi is incredibly nerve-wracking. Travelwifi powered me through many, many work projects over the last few months. If you work at all while you’re on the road, this WiFi hotspot is a necessity.

If you want to stay connected on the go 

In today’s day and age, we rely on our phones for everything. Even if you aren’t a phone addict, having internet to keep in touch with loved ones back home (especially if you’re traveling solo) or simply use Google Maps while in a foreign country makes trips that much easier.

If you’re traveling to multiple countries

I’d also recommend the Travelwifi hotspot for people who are traveling in multiple countries during one trip. As someone who has experienced the hassle and expense of frequently switching out SIM cards, let me tell you – having this device is MUCH more convenient.

Note: If you are planning on spending an extended period of time in one country, getting a local SIM might be a cheaper option, depending on the country. However, if you’ll be visiting multiple places and need reliable internet, this beats the local SIM, the roaming plan from home, and public WiFi any day of the week.

What comes in the box?

Your Travelwifi hotspot comes in a zippered carry case with:

  • Travelwifi portable hotspot
  • Charging cable
  • International travel power adapter
  • Instruction manual

I recommend purchasing a powerbank (and if you’ll be driving, a car adapter) so you can ensure all-day usage.

Cool Extras by Travelwifi

  • Prime WiFi: For an extra cost ($19.95), you can access in-flight WiFi and 60+ million WiFi hotspots via Tep’s Prime WiFi app (flight WiFi works on American Airlines, Lufthansa, Etihad, and Air Lingus fleets equipped with WiFi).
  • Kitestring: Kitestring is an amazing and free safety check feature offered by Travelwifi. Kitestring checks up on you with a text message and you reply to the message to check in. If you don’t check in, Kitestring sends your emergency contacts a personalized alert message. As a solo female traveler, this service is an invaluable addition for safety purposes.
  • Tep+ App: For impressively cheap calling and texting (think Skype, but better) when abroad (free to download). More information about the app will be provided in the next section.
  • TEP Guru: For an extra cost ($3.95/day), TEP Guru allows you to access personalized recommendations and assistance during your trip from a local whenever you want. Note: I tested this service out when I was in Barcelona and it was awesome! My contact recommended several delicious restaurants and local gems to me and I asked her questions for the whole time I was in Barcelona. It was like having a local guide in my pocket! 

Can I use it for calls?

Technically, no. You can use your phone for internet-based calls: Skype, Facebook Messenger, Facetime, WhatsApp, etc but you can’t use your Teppy for regular calls.

However you can now rent a SIM card from Travelwifi if you really want to make calls or just use data on your phone rather than on multiple devices. Be sure to check if the SIM is available in the country you’re visiting – it’s not as flexible as the Teppy.

PLUS Travelwifi has a free app that allows you to make regular calls and send text messages for incredibly low rates. Essentially, it works just like the Skype App (except you don’t have a special number), but it’s cheaper. Here’s a quick rundown of how it works:

  • You can call and message anyone who has the app for free and call and send SMS text messages to everyone else at incredibly low rates. Check the rates here.
  • Top up for as little as $10 and use that credit to call and text.
  • You need to be connected to the internet for it to work (any internet).
  • You’re never charged to receive a call and you can keep your home SIM card in your phone.
  • All other questions you might have about the Tep app can be found here.

How do I get a Teppy?

You can order your own Teppy here.

  1. Order a Teppy – Choose your coverage destination, dates, and the number of devices. Note that one device can connect up to 5 devices.
  2. Add in your Teppy extras – You can get a a car charger and insurance for the device.
  3. Use my Travelwifi promo code – enter code PASSPORTANDPLATES to get 10% off your rental.
  4. Choose your travel extras 
    • Prime WiFi for WiFi on the plane (extra cost).
    • Kitestring for a safety check when you’re out and about (free).
    • Tep+ App: For impressively cheap calling and texting when abroad (free to download).
    • TEP Guru for recommendations and assistance during your trip, whenever you want (extra cost).
  5. Choose your delivery and pickup method – You have the option to either mail or pick up / drop off your device. Shipping to the U.S. (and the UK) is free and costs $5.95 to return. There are also free drop offs at Heathrow Airport and Paddington Station in London as well as the Travelwifi Paris office.
  6. Place your order and pay for your device – It starts at $5.95 per day depending on the region (and don’t forget to use the coupon code PASSPORTANDPLATES to get 10% off your rental).

How much is it?

If you rent your Teppy, costs start at $5.95 per day for 4G internet.

If you purchase a Teppy, it costs $149 for the device which includes 1 GB of 4G data free and special data pricing. If you’re a digital nomad or on the road frequently, it might be a better deal for you to purchase your device.

Anything else?

  • The data usage is visible directly on the device, so you always know how much data you have left.
  • The more devices that are connected to Teppy, the slower the internet gets.
  • 1 GB is totally sufficient for normal internet usage, but I recommend avoiding streaming or uploading large files, as this can burn through data fairly quickly.
  • highly recommend downloading the Tep+ App. They offer seriously cheap prices for calling and texting worldwide.
  • Other FAQs you might have can be found here.

My Travelwifi Review

As you can see from this Teppy WiFi review, I personally had a great experience with Travelwifi. There were a few moments where I had some issues with connectivity (mostly in Egypt), but I was able to quickly resolve them by contacting their outstanding 24-hour customer care team. The only time I really, really went off the grid was during my camping trip in the middle of the White Desert…where not even a cell phone signal could be found. I was pretty impressed overall though!

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22 thoughts on “WiFi in Your Pocket, Always: An Honest Travelwifi Review (Formerly TEP Wireless)

  1. MelBTravel says:

    I had be curious to read about these for a while and look at the different options. I am so glad to read that it works really well and you recommend it. I feel more at easy getting one now, so thank you.

    • Sally from Passport & Plates says:

      Glad you found the review helpful! It has been a super handy addition to my travels 🙂

  2. LaiAriel Samangka says:

    Wow, this is truly a well written product review. I like how you covered all the necessesary information that a reader could have asked. I haven’t heard about it yet, and I guess this is far way better than other portable WiFi I knew. I will surely put this into consideration. I can truly relate with a burden you get whenever you visit a country and you get to buy a new sim card which is really a pocket pain. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • Sally E says:

      Thank you! Yes, I currently have more SIM cards than currencies with me so this was the best solution for me on the road!

  3. Colby says:

    I love portable wireless devices! They are such a life saver when traveling. You avoid the hassle of having to get a SIM card, and I love that you can connect up to 5 devices. I´ve used Skyroam before, but will definitely have to check out TEP as well.

    • Sally E says:

      They seriously are! I think Skyroam and TEP are partners actually since the device has both names on it. I dont know how I ever survived without one!

  4. Megan Indoe says:

    Wifi can be the most frustrating part of travel when you’re running a blog and online business! I love the ideas of portable wifi, but was bummed out when we were staying at Airbnb’s in Japan and they used portable wifi as their main wifi and it never had data left in it. It made me think it was too easy to drain the data. I will check out this though because we are always looking for solutions for good wifi while traveling!

    • Sally E says:

      Exactly! Oh that’s surprising about the Airbnb Wi-Fi. This one is unlimited but slows down after you use a certain amount. I still had no issues using it to do video chats, blog uploads, etc even after it slowed down, which was great. This one is definitely worth considering!

  5. Vyjay Rao says:

    Yes, we all are somewhere the addicts of internet. I would personally want this. You know, you can update people where you are. You can also update your blog, FB and IG. it’s great. Thank you for sharing this information of device with us! Recenty when we were in East Africa, when we were out in the jungles, we used to wait to get back to the hotel for connectivity! This device looks promising for taking care of such situations.

    • Sally E says:

      Yessss it’s super helpful for those of us who work on the road! They aren’t in every single country (yet) but they have really good worldwide coverage. You should definitely consider them for your next trip.

  6. Paige Brown says:

    I’ve found that most places I’ve traveled have, for the most part, had at least decent connectivity. However, I know that awful feeling of trying to update your blog – especially for something that is paid. I’ve never tried a potable device, but perhaps this is the one that I should try! Thanks for giving a great review.

    • Sally E says:

      That’s good to hear! Lucky you 🙂 I haven’t been so fortunate this year and have found myself relying on the hotspot more often than not, especially in hotels and hostels! Too many people trying to use the same internet can be a struggle!

  7. Cat Lin says:

    We used something similar while visiting South Korea. This type of WiFi router is extremely popular in Asia. I will definitely look into TEP if I travel to Europe!

  8. An Outcast Wayfarer says:

    I told myself that when a place doesn’t have reliable WiFi I will just enjoy the trip without, but that’s getting harder and harder. So I will look at the TEP router!

    • Sally E says:

      LOL yeah I struggle with that (I’d love to disconnect for awhile but it just doesn’t happen). Now because I work online, I always have to be connected. Definitely check this out if you need reliable internet 🙂

  9. Genie Patra says:

    that’s an awesome product. I need wifi to work too. will check it out and maybe try it on my next trip

  10. Aubrie Engman says:

    Wow I keep hearing about TEP and didn’t know much about it. This review was so informative and really convinced me to get it because so many places I go don’t have wi-fi!

  11. Chantell Collins says:

    As someone who also benefited from your TEP Wireless, I have to say that I am super happy that you had it while we were traveling! There were quite a few places without Wi-Fi and TEP was our savior.

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