Wanna stay connected on your travels in Europe? Here is our extended Hippocket WiFi Review 2023. We share here our genuine experience with all PROS and CONS.
We travel a lot and especially through Europe just lately, visiting all of the 5 Star Hostels in Europe. Staying connected is crucial and very important for both of us here at Hostelgeeks. Before traveling to London, we came across Hippocket WiFi.
Hippocket WiFi is a small mobile device that puts WiFi straight into your own pocket.
That is it! From this moment on we stayed connected.
Every single photo we posted to our Instagram and Facebook page was sent through our Pocket WiFi.
We had the chance to keep you up to date on the secret tips for London we were testing out – without spending a fortune on roaming! Same goes for Berlin.
On our 4-day trip to Berlin to review the best hostels in Berlin, Hippocket WiFi traveled with us. When we stepped out of the hostel, we switched it on. In both destinations the internet connection was always solid.
Good to know: Especially for a destination like Germany a Pocket WiFi is a great choice.
Due to the law in Germany whereby the owner of an establishment is responsible for its internet connection, you may find that in many cafes and bars you are required to register. This is quite a hassle.
The Pocket WiFi is therefore the easier option!
Update: We also used the device for our Europe-Tour back in 2016 – imagine!! We did a road trip through Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Worked like a charm.
How to get a Hippocket WiFi?
It is Simple!
When we first discovered this Pocket WiFi, we were wondering how we can get one.
And it is so simple.
It is actually a shame we did not have a look for such a device before.
Order your Hippocket WiFi (just choose the time and rate)
Delivery is free to any address in Europe – just choose your hotel or hostel
Stay online, enjoy it and after your travels:
put the device in the provided envelope to return and drop it in any yellow mailbox
Simple as that!
It is very convenient and no strings attached. You really get what you pay for.
Perfect solution traveling across Europe: Our Recommendation
When you are planning long term travel in Europe, you should seriously consider a Hippocket WiFi device.
When traveling you can always stay connected through Facebook, WhatsApp and all the other platforms out there. There is almost no need anymore to buy a local sim card in every different country in Europe. Who is calling nowadays anyway?
And even if you wanna call, now WhatsApp allows calls hand-in-hand with their messaging feature. And there is still the good-ol’ Skype – both completely internet-based!
And finally, you can share with Hippocket WiFi the WiFi to your laptops. Meaning, you create a hotspot.
This makes working on the road in Europe so much easier. This is even recommended for having WiFi with Vanlife. You know, living and working from a Van – litereally Working from the Road.
We tried this as well.
BUT: Be careful when sharing your Hotspot with your Laptop. Why? Because you might end up using so much more data than you anticipate.
We are using this tool called TripMode. It is a simple app to install on your Mac or Windows.
It basically let’s you control which Apps and Services on your laptop get internet access. This is a pretty amazing tool to have your data usage under control.
Background info: Once working for 3 hours over the hotspot, I got a notification: 5GB used. Wait, what? My laptop used 5GB in just 3 hours and I was regularly working in browsers and two apps. There was no way I used this much data. But, my laptop did it in the background. the laptop connected to some resource-draining apps and services like iCloud.
This is when I found TripMode and install their 7 days free trial. It works perfectly. The full app costs only 20€ and is a lifetime license, and not a subscription service.
Talking business: How much is it?
With rates so low starting from 3,90€ per day or even less for long term travel in Europe, it is a great alternative.
Keep in mind that you can connect up to 10 devices through the pocket WiFi, allowing couples or friends to split the costs.
Starting from 3,90€ per day
Also, bare in mind the extra costs you may have when looking for WiFi in your destination e.g ordering a drink to avoid upsetting anyone. So if you like to stay connected to post one Instagram photo a day, check GoogleMaps, and time schedules, the Pocket WiFi is very useful and affordable!
8 Advantages of Hippocket WiFi
Let us talk about the advantages of this WiFi in your pocket.
Although Hippocket WiFi started their pocket WiFi in France, they are now available for all of Europe, making it the perfect travel device whilst backpacking.
By Europe, we mean here the European Union!
We seriously love travel gadgets, and we are quite picky about them.
This is why we love to challenge technology to see if the device(s) can stand up with the expectations. Here we have a quick overview of the 8 big advantages of the WiFi Pocket we appreciate:
1. Easy and fast to connect!
The very first connection to our private pocket WiFi took us around 10 seconds. Just hold the button of the Hippocket device for 3 seconds. It switches on and connects itself instantly to the internet.
All you need to do (only once!) is go to your WiFi setting on your SmartPhone, select the Hippocket WiFi, type in the password and voilà!
From this moment on your device will connect automatically to Hippocket whenever it is in range.
2. Connect up to 10 devices
Yes, we actually tested it! In case you are traveling in a group you can simply connect up to 10 SmartPhones.
This way the price for Hippocket WiFi is even cheaper!
3. Fast as lightening! 4G LTE Network with up to 100MB/Sec
For the non-nerds between us: that is super fast internet!
You could easily download a movie here! And of course we are completely honest here: we were surprised about this speed! As said we tested the Hippocket WiFi in London for 5 days and in Berlin for 3 days.
The Internet connection worked like a charm and was as fast as lightening!
4. Private WiFi Network for you all across Europe
Started in France, Hippocket WiFi is now ready to give you your Pocket WiFi throughout all of Europe.
Enjoying a creamy flat white, a banana-cinnamon muffin, and WiFi. We took this photo inside our recommended café in London.
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SFR Fraude 2021 – Why to avoid Prepaid Sim Cards?
This is an important update to travelling around Europe with WiFi. You may have come across the option to buy a local SIM Card. We did this for instance once for Montenegro. It was smooth: 20€ for 20GB, valid for 10 days. BUM; it was amazing and so fast!
Well, we tested another SIM Card in France. We followed a recommendation of a friend to go for SFR. SFR is a French mobile communications company that serves millions of households in France. What could go wrong, right?
We purchased a pre-paid SIM Card for 30€. It included credit to use for data as well as phone calls.
We signed up with SFR and activated the data.
Here our first surprise: We had to buy a nother 30€ package for Data Only. Well, that was odd since the packaging before clearly started “Data included”.
So we went to another kiosk and topped up yet again 30€. The internet worked – for 5 minutes!
After 5 minutes suddenly nothing worked anymore; no WhatsApp, emails, browser.
Already frustrated we went to an official SFR Store, since there are many. We were literrally told: “Since you purchased a Prepaid SIM Card, there is no service for you.”
Imagine that…they sell a product but refuse service since we are not on a contract – his words!
After some research, we came across this topic on SFR Fraude. Other users experienced exactly the same thing: Internet worked and after a short while it got blocked – due to fraude! SFR took the whole money, offered no customer service nor explanation. Wondering who is doing his fraude here…
The live chat helped us out by telling us we have been indeed blocked by Fraude. We did not get any information where this fraude is coming from, what kind of fraude etc. Again, it is exactly the same experience as other international travelers shared on the SFR Forum.
Please find below a screenshot with the live chat of SFR.
Needless to say, we moved again to Hippocket WiFi to secure our internet connection.
In a nutshell: Avoid SFR France! It does not work for international travelers. They take your money and provide no service or explanation.
Last but not least: After more than 1 month, SFR send us this email below. What a weird way to apologize.
We have taken into account your request for termination.
To access your Customer Area and your invoices on www.sfr.fr , your username is now your contract reference: 09-xxx . Your password will remain unchanged.
You can always obtain a new password and personalize it on www.sfr.fr.
We remind you that your invoices will be available for one year in your Customer Area from your date of termination. If you want to keep them after this time, remember to save them on your computer or print them.
Thank you for not replying to this message.
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