Two of the biggest issues the wayward traveler faces while in London is calling back home and getting affordable and reliable internet access.
Tep Wireless solves both these issues. We had the opportunity to test out the Tep Wireless service on our recent trip and here’s a rundown of how it went.
What is Tep Wireless?
Tep Wireless is a service that rents out UK phones to Americans before they leave for London. The phone is loaded with useful apps for Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, etc and has minutes loaded onto it. It really takes the headache out of having a phone in London while you’re there and takes the trouble out of having to buy your own pay as you go phone.
The Tep Wireless Phone
We got to use the Tep Wireless phone for a week and it was a lovely little device. It did everything we needed it to do. It allowed us to keep up with Twitter and Facebook while in London as well as manage our e-mails. It was great for calling home but also very useful for making contact with our friends in London. By having a local cell phone number, it didn’t cost them an arm and a leg to communicate with us.
The phone is sleek and modern – very easy to use. It comes with a user manual that quickly explains how to do basic tasks – but really they weren’t really necessary. The phone just works. The charge on the phone lasts forever – we actually didn’t have to charge it the whole time we were in London.
The Mobile WiFi
I’m a rabid iPhone user and the thought of leaving my iPhone at home while going to London, fills me with abject horror. The only problem is that you should never, under any circumstance turn on international data roaming on your iPhone or else you’ll get hit with a huge surprise when your phone bill comes after the trip.
The Tep Wireless Mobile WiFi is an affordable and easy solution. It’s a portable WiFi hotspot that you can carry around with you. Once you register it to your iPhone, you can access the web from anywhere. This is especially useful if you’re navigating the labrythitine streets of London and need Google Maps to find your way.
It was also great for keeping up with e-mail so I didn’t have to wait until I got back to our flat to check e-mails. As someone who likes being plugged in 24/7, the mobile WiFi hotspot allows you to do this at an affordable price.
If you’re travelling to England and want a hassle free way to communicated to your friends back home as well as keep in touch with your friend in England – the Tep Wireless is really the way to go. It’s much cheaper than paying international roaming fees and the phones themselves have a lot of useful extras.
If you don’t fancy renting the phone and want to stick with travelling to London with your iPhone, then I recommend picking up the Tep Wireless Mobile WiFi hotspot – it’s a great way to stay connected while you’re out exploring the streets of London.
For more information about Tep Wireless, check out their website here.