XCom Global 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 16 May 2013
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The hotspot in use

The hotspot in use

Many travelers spend part of their trip searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot instead of enjoying the sights.  In the past few years, I’ve become accustomed to having Wi-Fi everywhere I go in the U.S because my 4G smartphone (currently an iPhone 5) functions as a hotspot.

I do this for two reasons: convenience and security.  Using your own portable hotspot is far more secure than a random open Wi-Fi signal (even one provided by the hotel or conference organizer) this should not be overlooked.  Too many travelers have used a “free Wi-Fi” connection and later discovered they were accessing an “evil twin,” a hotspot set up by a hacker, a situation common in airports, coffee shops, and hotels.

Last year, XCom Global, a company that rents mobile hotspots to travelers, announced the addition of 4G LTE high-speed mobile broadband service to its mobile hotspot rental program for the Japanese market.  The service supports speeds of up to 75 Mbps.  The rental costs $17.95 per day and the hotspot supports up to five devices, which could include computers, tablet computers, or smartphones.




XCom Global accepts orders on its website and ships the devices via overnight delivery to arrive at the desired address the day before departure.  My package, which arrived on time, included the hotspot itself, an extra battery (optional), a power cord (it uses Micro-USB) with the correct plug for your destination, a carrying pouch, and an instruction manual.  A label for returning the package at no additional charge via FedEx Ground is also included (more on that later).

When it arrived, I installed the battery and charged the device overnight so it would be ready for use.

The hotspot itself is smaller and lighter than a mobile phone and comes with the company’s Unlimited aXcess data plan.

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