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Travel Wifi Router Rental Guide (2019) – ChangiWiFi vs KLOOK & More

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Since the rise of millennials and our strange need to document everything online, overseas wifi router rental services like ChangiWiFi and Klook have had a huge surge in popularity.

I mean, I get it. A huge part of the modern travel experience is spreading wanderlust and envy throughout social media. What’s a vacation without that dopamine spike that comes with each Instagram like, right?

So if you’re planning for an upcoming vacay, here’s a useful price comparison of the top 5 travel wifi egg rental services in Singapore.

 

Travel wifi router rental services in Singapore – which is the cheapest?

I’ve shortlisted some popular travel destinations, and singled out the cheapest travel wifi vendors for it.

Destination country Cheapest price Wifi router rental company
Malaysia $4 / day Ready to Travel
Thailand $3.50 to $4 / day KLOOK, Ready to Travel, ChangiWifi (with promo code)
Hong Kong $3.90 / day KLOOK
Taiwan $2 / day Ready to Travel
Japan $2 / day Ready to Travel
Korea $2 / day Ready to Travel
China $4 / day KLOOK, Ready to Travel
Australia   $8 / day KLOOK, ChangiWifi (with promo code)
NZ $9 / day KLOOK, Ready to Travel
Europe $8 / day KLOOK
America $8 / day KLOOK

These overseas wifi rental services charge by the day, and in general, prices are around $4 for destinations in Asia, and $8 to $9 for Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America.

 

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KK Day travel wifi egg

KK Day offers an attractive rate of $2.20 per day for Taiwan and $2.52 per day for Korea. Its prices for Hong Kong and Japan aren’t that bad too, but there are cheaper pocket wifi rental elsewhere.

Destination country KKday
Malaysia
Thailand
Hong Kong $4.62 / day
Taiwan $2.20 / day
Japan $4.84 / day
Korea $2.52 / day
China
Australia  
NZ
Europe
America
Delivery / pickup   Pick-up & drop-off at overseas airport  

The only catch is that KK Day doesn’t offer wifi routers for many destinations – it is limited to Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Also, instead of the usual local self-collection or courier service offered by competitors, KK Day requires you pick up and drop off your router at the overseas airport of your destination.

I don’t think it’s that a big a deal because you have to pass by the airport anyway, but things can get problematic if you need to clarify anything with the staff and you don’t speak the local language.

 

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KLOOK wifi egg

KLOOK is super established in the travel scene, because not only do they offer travel wifi routers, they also sell day tours and overseas attraction tickets. They are currently the cheapest in town for most destinations.

Destination country KLOOK
Malaysia $5 / day
Thailand $4 / day
Hong Kong $3.90 / day
Taiwan $4 / day
Japan $3 / day
Korea $3 / day
China $4 / day
Australia   $8 / day
NZ $9 / day
Europe $8 / day
America $8 / day
Delivery / pickup   Free pick-up & drop-off at CBD, $14 for 2-way delivery 

KLOOK is almost the cheapest for everything, except for Taiwan, Japan and Korea (but only because of Ready to Travel’s unbeatable $2/day deal).

However, do note their courier costs: pick-up and drop-off at their merchant’s offices in the CBD is free, but it’s $14 for 2-way courier. The same fee applies for their Roaming Man partner routers.

I personally prefer the idea of courier to pick-up, because I’m usually bogged down with work and last-minute preparations the few days before my flights.

However, $14 is quite expensive, so I only recommend KLOOK if you work in the CBD and can swing by to collect your router during lunch.

 

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ChangiWiFi router by Changi Recommends

ChangiWiFi‘s prices used to be slightly above its competitors’, but since the recent price revision (Mar 2019), it’s now actually comparable to its biggest rival, KLOOK.

Destination country ChangiWiFi
Malaysia $8 / day
Thailand $3.50 / day (Promo code: “SEPHOLS350”)
Hong Kong $5 / day
Taiwan $3.50 / day (Promo code: “SEPHOLS350”)
Japan $3 / day (Promo code: “SEPHOLS3”)
Korea $3 / day (Promo code: “SEPHOLS3”)
China $8 / day (w/o VPN), $10 / day (VPN) 
Australia   $8 / day (Promo code: “SEPHOLS8”)
NZ $12 / day
Europe $12 / day
America $12 / day
Delivery / pickup   Pick-up & drop-off at Changi Airport  

The biggest wifi egg rental companies frequently do that, but for Changi Recommends you can collect it at Changi Airport, which may be more convenient for some.

During peak seasons such as the upcoming September holidays, Changi Recommends is known to push out seasonal promo codes. Right now, you can get prices as low as $3 / day for Japan and South Korea and $3.50 / day for Taiwan and Thailand. Just take note that you’ll need to book by 8 Sep 2019 for travels by 31 Oct 2019.

They’re also running a promo where you can get 2 free days off by using the promo code 2FREEDAYSOFF. Book by 30 Sep 2019 to enjoy this offer.

Malaysia router rental rates are $8 / day, but it doesn’t really make sense if you’re driving across the causeway since you won’t pass by Changi Airport, and ChangiWiFi doesn’t offer courier.

Changi Recommends was the cheapest for Australia, Europe, and America for a while now, but KLOOK has lowered their prices to $8 / day, beating them by a dollar.

 

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Roaming Man travel router prices

For some strange reason, it’s cheaper to book Roaming Man routers via KLOOK.

That said, if you can’t self-collect, you will need to pay the hefty $14 for delivery via KLOOK. At Roaming Man, courier is free. You can also pick self-collection at their office in the CBD.

Destination country Roaming Man
Malaysia $5 / day
Thailand $5 / day
Hong Kong $5 / day
Taiwan $5 / day
Japan $5 / day
Korea $5 / day
China $5 / day
Australia   $12 / day
NZ $12 / day
Europe $12 / day
America $12 to $16 / day
Delivery / pickup   Free doorstep delivery or pick-up & drop-off at Roaming Man office in CBD 

 

 

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Ready to Travel by SATS pocket wifi rental

Ready to Travel by SATS also offers pocket wifi rentals.

Destination country ReadyWiFi
Malaysia $4 / day
Thailand $4 / day
Hong Kong $4 / day
Taiwan $2 / day
Japan $2 / day
Korea $2 / day
China $4 / day
Australia   $9 / day
NZ $9 / day
Europe $9 / day
America $9 / day
Delivery / pickup   Free doorstep delivery  

Ready To Travel have dropped their prices significantly. For North East Asia, which includes Taiwan, Japan and Korea, they’re offering the lowest price at $2 per day per device. The rest of the destinations are only slightly more expensive than KLOOK,
$4 per day for Asia, and $9 per day for everywhere else.

I have personally booked routers from them before and enjoyed their service too. The booking process was seamless from start to finish, from the moment I started asking kiasu questions on Facebook to the day they collected the router after my trip.

Their prices include pick-up and drop-off, which is a huge plus.

 

Overseas wifi routers vs data roaming

These travel wifi egg rentals have forced local telcos to price their data roaming services more competitively, and although prices are indeed a lot lower than they used to be, they’re not quite as cost-effective as travel wifi router rentals.

Let’s have a look at some of the telcos’ offerings:

M1 Data Passport

The M1 Data Passport service lets you use your local data “allowance” overseas for $10 to $25 per month (single destination). Take note that there is a one-time activation charge of $5 per Data Passport and a flat $5 monthly charge if you use multiple SIM cards.

Starhub DataTravel

The Starhub DataTravel add-on bundles 1GB to 3GB for $5 to $50, depending on your destination and travel destination. The cheapest option is $5 for 1GB of data over 3 days, for selected countries in Asia.

Singtel ReadyRoam

Singtel ReadyRoam packages the destination countries into 4 categories – Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand ($5/GB), 9 Destinations ($12/GB), 18 Destinations ($20/2GB) and 56 Destinations ($35/3GB).

As you can see, all data roaming plans put a cap on your data consumption. (Okay, so there are unlimited usage plans too, but those are even more expensive so I’m not even going to include them.)

If you’re planning to use the internet to route your way around and upload photos and videos to social media, that 1GB will be used up in no time. Travel wifi routers offer unlimited data, which is more cost-effective.

Furthermore, 1 device can be shared among up to 5 to 6 devices so you can split the cost with your friends and family.

Granted, for certain countries the unlimited data clause may be subject to the provider’s fair usage policy – which is a data cap to prevent abuse – but technically you still get unlimited internet, it’ll just be dramatically slower.

If it even applies, the fair usage policy limit is usually quite generous anyway (think 500mb to 1GB per day), so if you’re just sharing between 2 to 4 pax, you should be fine.

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Are you a fan of travel wifi routers? Tell us your experience in the comments below. 

 

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