A few time a year I travel to London, England for business. Each time I have just paid the daily internet usage fee at the hotel (usually Le Meridien at Piccadilly Circus) but the costs have gone up recently. At 20 GBP per day my one week visit was going to cost me 140 GBP so I decided there had to be a better way.
I went over to carphone warehouse and checked out all their internet stick options. While they all seemed like good and less expensive options there was a huge factor that led me to pick the Vodaphone internet stick. THEY’RE ACCOUNTS NEVER EXPIRE! All the others there would not only have their pay-as-you-go data expire over time but the account itself would expire after as much as 90 days of inactivity.
So for 34.99 GBP I got a Vodaphone stick pre-loaded with 1Gb of data. Vodaphone is the most expensive of the bunch at 15 GBP per 1Gb but since I wont have to re-activate my account and the unused data will always be available on a return trip I figure the extra cost is worth it.
As I had been advised the speeds were not lightning fast. It would be no good for watching youtube videos or uploading and downloading large files but for my day to day emails and source code editing it was perfect. It also worked everywhere, in my hotel room, in coffee shops, and even in the Heathrow express on my way back to the airport.
At the end of my week I had still not completely used up my complimentary 1Gb of data and I am happy to know it will be there waiting for me when I return to the UK next.
For my next cost saving trick I would like to find out if I can activate this same stick to work in other countries by purchasing a Vodaphone account in Switzerland, and India. The connection software makes it look like this is, or will one day, be possible. If anyone has experience with this please let me know in the comments.