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Worldwide mobile internet access

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by JhwkMac, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. JhwkMac

    JhwkMac Senior member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Miami, FL
    Does anyone know of or use a device that provides worldwide mobile internet access through something like a satellite? Some kind of attachment to a laptop that is hopefully small and easily mobile? Thanks!
  2. Kookz

    Kookz Senior member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Equatorial Guinea/Suisse
  3. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Do you really need worldwide?

    An unlocked MIFI device that you can stick a local SIM into will handle a fair bit of the world. Small enough to slip into a pocket. Lighter then a pack of matches. Less expensive then a cellphone.
  4. gtg732w

    gtg732w Active Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    I know for the consultants we send to EMEA/APJ we traditionally get aircards through AT&T. Looks like a credit card and connects anywhere there is GSM cell service. I took one to Greece last year and was able to connect from the islands. [​IMG] GSM is the common denominator for cell networks between the US and the rest of the world, and AT&T is the only (or largest...?) provider here in the States.
  5. ThePeoplesHero

    ThePeoplesHero New Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Was reasding this section last night having lurked on Styleforum for a good while now. Came across this post and reckoned I'd do the right thing and respond! Hope it's not too late.

    Anyhow, the device you are looking for is called a BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network). The Thurya mentioned above is one.

    You can read all about them here....


    Now, I haved a BGAN - it's from a company called Thrane & Thrane. They are ferociously expensive to maintain as highlighted above. Maximum bandwidth - half a meg is charged at $20 per minute, but you can pear back the service in various ways to save money. Principal is just like a phone. Buy a sim card on contract and insert. Depending on the contract, some vendors will 'subsidise' your device, again just like a phone contract - you might get one free, but that will be on a contract worth $30k for the year.


    These devices are only really relevant in locations where little or no infrastructure exists. Pretty much all main centres of population - even in the least developed part of the world - has reasonable access to the internet. Asia and parts of Latin America is well served by 3G now so a MiFi will work well there. Africa not so. 3G is limited but 2G is almost everywhere. I use my BGAN mostly in Africa as I tend to travel to some very, very remote places.

    However, some countries will not take kindly to bringing these into their country. Be informed.

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