Have you travelled overseas lately and been paranoid about turning on roaming data on your mobile device for fear of coming home to a ridiculous bill? Well TripButler, a start-up out of Austria is hoping that their portable wifi devices will give technology addicted travelers a reprieve for high roaming charges.
The TripButler wifi device is a small pill shaped unit that fits in your hand or pocket and uses local mobile carrier partners to provide data at a fraction of the cost of a roaming mobile phone. The device can support up to five devices at a time so it is perfect for a family travelling together or a small group of friends. Imagine paying for roaming charges on 5 different iPhone or Android devices. For a one week trip, the unit including 300 MB of data is only 36 Euros or about$50 US. Considering that a 5MB week long International data pass from Rogers.com costs $75, the savings and value of a device like the TripButler is pretty clear.
Here is a nice little promo video explaining how it works…
You can order a device in advance of your trip and have it delivered to you or your hotel so it is ready to use once you arrive. The cost of delivery is about $14. The website does mention a 75 Euro deposit that is refunded if the unit is returned undamaged.
TripButler is providing a 10% discount exclusive to T4 readers who use promo code “BUZA2012“. For more information about the TripButler and to rent a device, visit their website at http://www.tripbutler.com.
If you have rented the device or plan to, let us know what you think of the service by leaving a comment.