Solis is the latest travel Wi-Fi hotspot from Skyroam. The premise behind it is simple; when youâre abroad, rather pay through the nose for Internet access, you pay a single flat $8 fee for 24 hoursâ access. The device works in over 100 countries, including the US, Israel, most of Europe, and Australia.
Iâve owned the original Skyroam device since 2014, and itâs long been a constituent part of my âgo bag,â having saved me a huge amount on roaming charges over the years. And the latest update improves on the previous offering, bringing to the table faster LTE internet, plus the ability to charge your other devices.
I spent the past week playing around with it. Itâs a solid product, and although I still think it deserves pride of place in your travel luggage, I canât help but think its value proposition isnât as clear as when the original first launched, way back in 2014.
Hands on with the device
For whatever reason, the official color of Skyroam is a garish âhigh-visibility jacketâ orange. The original looked a bit like a wedge of cheese, while the Solis is a thick orange disk, as demonstrated in the above video. Suffice to say, itâs not about to win any beauty awards, although youâd be hard pressed to lose it on a dark night.
When you first use the Skyroam Solis, you have to twist open the device and remove some contacts from the battery. Forget to do this, and the Solis wonât work. This isnât technically difficult, although itâs a bit of an effort. Just imagine the toughest jar of pickles youâve ever opened, and multiply that by ten.
Unlike the original Skyroam, the Solis is a much simpler product. Thereâs no touchscreen or buttons. To manage the device, just connect to the hotspot and youâll be taken to a capture page. Here, you can see how much battery life is left, and how many day passes youâve got left on your account. If…