One of the greatest frustrations I used to have about travel was the constant search for a wi-fi connection. It’s hard to share how great a destination is if you can’t connect to the internet or don’t want to pay exorbitant roaming fees on your phone. Since we travel in the U.S. frequently, we were always on the look out for something that would allow us to surf at a reasonable cost.
Enter the Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200. We purchased this little lifesaver for $99. Every time we travel to the United States we buy a top-up card and then add it to the device. From that point on, we can have five devices at a time surfing high-speed internet. For $50, you can buy a top-up card that provides you unlimited data for 30 days. For short visits or when you think you won’t use a lot of data, you can buy smaller top-up amounts.
That means that this year, we had unlimited data from the top of New York State to the bottom of the Florida Keys for three full weeks for $50. I wrote blogs, tweeted and Facebooked, my children streamed movies from Netflix and my husband was able to catch up on his news in the evening. All at the same time. Unbelievable.
Here are a few tips if you’re thinking of purchasing one of these. You can buy the device at any Virgin Store or at a Walmart, Best Buy, Radio Shack, or Target. You will need an American credit card to top up via the internet. If you don’t have an American credit card you will need to purchase a Virgin Top-Up Card. These are available pretty much anywhere, think Walmart, Target, Best Buy, grocery stores. What we normally do is buy two, one for our current trip and one for the next time we return. That way, as soon as we cross the border we’re connected.