If you plan on taking Global Gig’s hotspot around with you, however, switch it off often.

Our battery lasted a maximum of about four hours, but it would get very hot after roughly an hour of use, with the hardware crashing when it heated up. If this happens, switch the unit off for about five or ten minutes, and it should be good to go again.

Charging also switches the unit on and – provided it has been setup to connect automatically – can connect the hotspot online, which is both useful (if you’re back at the hotel) and not so useful (if you’re charging it overnight and it stays online, your devices constantly downloading).

Conclusion

While it only works in three nations around the world at the moment, the price is certainly right for what it offers, especially in comparison to the cost of travelling with the regular telco option.

It isn’t the fastest connection, and if you’re using it locally, there are a lot of better options, but if you need internet access in any of the countries it offers – at the moment, there are two outside Australia: UK and USA – it’s hard to go past the value here. Just make sure not to leave it in your pocket, because it could get toasty.

Review: Global Gig Mobile Hotspot
Price (RRP): $129 for the Global Gig hotspot; Plans from $25 Manufacturer: Global Gig / ZTE
Provides reasonably reliable mobile internet service; Decent pricing;
Battery lasts around 3-4 hours; Overheats easily;
Overall
3.5Overall Score
Reader Rating 0 Votes