We have always said here that redundancy is the absolute best form of mobile internet access for RVers and location independent entrepreneurs like us. That’s why I was excited to review the new Skyroam Solis Personal Global Hotspot and Power Bank. I can see already, however, that this is going to be another multi-part product review. Why? There is only so much one can do with a 24-hour Wifi daypass, and I’ve only begun to scratch the surface.
I also wanted to quickly pass on this Solis Coupon Code for you!
Wait, what’s a daypass? Let me start from the beginning…
tldr; The Skyroam Solis mobile hotspot and battery bank provides global Wifi internet access and powerful charging of mobile devices, with no service contract, automatically selecting the best local wireless carrier in 100+ countries around the world. Save $20 with coupon code.
Skyroam Solis Offers Global Wifi with No Contract
There’s that “no contract” promise again. For real. I am always on the lookout for new mobile broadband connectivity solutions, especially those that don’t require a monthly service contract. These are hard to find, but that is exactly what intrigued me most about the Skyroam Solis. Aside from the fact that it just looks pretty cool too.
Skyroam offers “unlimited data” in the form of 24-hour daypasses available for just $9 a day. Purchase a daypass, and use as much data as you need for 24 hours. Don’t need your own Wifi hotspot some days, then don’t pay for data you don’t need!
Say you stay at an RV park with decent public Wifi. Good luck finding that. But when you do, use it! Move on to another spot with no Wifi? Power on the Solis, log into your Skyroam account and purchase another daypass. It’s that simple. Pay only for the data you need.
What does it cost?
That is always the first question I get. My answer is usually, what’s it worth to you? But anyone can do the math and see what 30 days x $9 per day will cost for a month of unlimited data. Just wait. It’s likely you will not use the Solis every day. That’s the best part. Daypasses do not expire – use them when you need them!
The Solis is currently $149, with no contract required. And did I mention? You can get a coupon code for $20 off! Each Skyroam hotspot comes with one free daypass. You can get five daypasses for $45, and you can connect up to 5 devices
What is Global Wifi?
Skyroam launched their first pocket global Wifi hotspot in 2014, and markets the Solis as The Ultimate Global Connectivity Gadget! The products are definitely designed with international travelers in mind. So they are perfect for full-time RVers who travel to Canada and Mexico or abroad for personal or business reasons. The Solis will work anywhere with cell service in 100+ countries around the globe.
How do they do that? Not only is there no service contract when choosing Skyroam, you are not locked into using any one specific wireless data provider!
Smart wireless technology built into the Skyroam Solis chooses the best network from two to four quality carriers which varies depending on your location. It switches carriers automatically. If you travel from US to Canada in the same 24 hour period, you can use the same daypass to get online in both countries with the same device – the Solis will just switch carriers on its own.
So, let’s say you’re in Verizon territory this week. But next month you’re diving through an area with better AT&T coverage – or vice versa. The Solis will automatically select the best network for you. You’re AT&T device simply won’t work without AT&T service, even if the Verizon signal is strong. Case in point: I’m writing this via the Solis which currently has me connected using the local T-Mobile network, while our Verizon Mifi is is showing only one bar, with speeds to match.
What Kind of Speeds Do you See?
That is often the second question I get whenever talking about internet for RVers. My answer remains the same: that depends. Performance of your Wifi connection will depend upon the local wireless network backbone. We are currently on the fringes of civilization near the Salton Sea connecting via T-Mobile. Using speedtest.net and testmy.net, I consistently saw average upload and download speeds of 5 Mbps and nearly 7 Mbps respectively.
Translation: I’ve been using WordPress, checking email, browsing the web, and uploading photos all while streaming Pandora radio without experiencing any frustration due to connectivity issues.
But wait, there’s more!
Yes, more. The Skyroam Solis is also ideal for RVers and travelers because it is built to last. Stay powered-on all day long with 16+ hours of WiFi battery life. And, the Solis also has a built in 6000 mAh power bank and fast USB-C charging connection.
I’ll be putting the Skyroam Solis to the test some more. And it should certainly come in handy when our future travel plans take us through Canada and Mexico. So you will hear more, that’s for sure. In the meantime, any questions?
EPILOGUE: Just how unlimited is unlimited?
After scheduling this post, I did some more research with the intent to publish a more in-depth technical review of the Skyroam Solis – which I will do, after much more testing. But since the question always comes up, I will share what I discovered about Skyroam’s “unlimited” daypasses.
Yes, each daypass does provide and unlimited amount of internet service for up to 5 devices during the 24-hour usage period. There is no data cutoff. You can download as much data as you want. But? There’s always a but…I’ll let Skyroam explain:
“Each 24-hour Solis daypass provides access to the fastest network globally (4G-LTE). This may vary from country-to-country depending on local data networks. The Daypass is modeled to provide the best possible experience to Skyroam customers, so the vast majority of users only get fastest speeds.
If there is high usage (over 500MB) within 24-hours, the connection with go to a lighter 2G speed, which is great for e-mail, web surfing, social media, apps, messaging, and WiFi calling. Data always resets with the next global Daypass.
Note: Skyroam Solis is not optimized for video services like YouTube, Netflix or other heavy streaming activities.”
So there you have it, you get unlimited amounts of data, but not unlimited 4G speeds. This comes as no surprise. Even our unlimited Verizon data plans get throttled after 10GB of use per month, for each device. Do the math once again, and that’s only 333± MB per day. While 500 MB may not exactly seem like “High Usage” in this day and age, it will likely be suitable for average users.
The Skyroam Solis is a great mobile broadband solution for RVers and international travelers with moderate internet usage needs that provides affordable daily plans with no service contract required. It works anywwhere with cell service in 100+ countries around the globe, automatically connects to the best local wireless carrier network, and also provides powerful mobile device charging, with long lasting battery power.
Please stay tuned for more…