unlimited LTE data in over 100 countries, but do you really need it?

Solis is the latest travel Wi-Fi hotspot from Skyroam. The premise behind it is simple; when you’re abroad, rather pay through the nose for Internet access, you pay a single flat $8 fee for 24 hours’ access. The device works in over 100 countries, including the US, Israel, most of Europe, and Australia.

I’ve owned the original Skyroam device since 2014, and it’s long been a constituent part of my “go bag,” 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. It’s a solid product, and although I still think it deserves pride of place in your travel luggage, I can’t help but think its value proposition isn’t 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 “high-visibility jacket” 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, it’s not about to win any beauty awards, although you’d 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 won’t work. This isn’t technically difficult, although it’s a bit of an effort. Just imagine the toughest jar of pickles you’ve ever opened, and multiply that by ten.

Unlike the original Skyroam, the Solis is a much simpler product. There’s no touchscreen or buttons. To manage the device, just connect to the hotspot and you’ll be taken to a capture page. Here, you can see how much battery life is left, and how many day passes you’ve got left on your account. If…

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