The idea of an unlimited 4G mobile hotspot that I can use when travelling in 130 countries caught my attention immediately. If you are a traveller too, it has yours. Wondafone says KiMiFi K5 MiFi provides just that.
One of the biggest hassles of international travel is getting connected on arrival at your destination country. Free WiFi at international airports has eased that hassle a little bit, but once you are out of the airport, you are on your own once again.
You have to get a local SIM card and slot it into your phone, or roam and bear the exhorbitant costs involved. Whichever way you go, you ave to deal with the problem.
KiMiFi K5 MiFi is being promoted and marketed as a cloud-based device that keeps you connected to the top 3 4G networks in each country where it works.
How does the unlimited 4G mobile hotspot work?
After purchasing your KiMiFi K5 MiFi, download and install the KiMiFi K5 app on your phone. It is available for both Android and iOS devices. You need to create your kiMiFi account and activate the device by scanning a QR code on the inside label.
Now, you are ready to travel. Before each trip, login to the app to buy the data package that you want and pack your KiMiFi K5 MiFi.
On arrival at your destination country, power on your KiMiFi device, and wait for the signal light to come on. The light will blink at first but then stay on steady after a while. Your unlimited 4G mobile hotspot is ready and you can connect your smartphone, tablet or laptop for use.
To manage your KiMiFi device and hotspot, browse tohttp://192.168.43.1, and login with user name ‘admin’ and password ‘admin’.
The promoters also say they are making available a 24-hour multilingual customer service so you can reach them for help should you face a problem with the MiFi device or unlimited 4G mobile hotspot service.
KiMiFi Device Specs and Features
- 4G LTE Bands: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/B34/B38/B39/B40/B41(200M)
- 3G Bands: WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
- 2G bands: GSM, GPRS, EDGE: B2/B3/B5/B8
- SIM: no SIM card required; service is cloud-based
- Connections: Connect up to 5 devices at the same time.
- Max Upload Speed: 50Mbps
- Max Download Speed: 150Mbps
- Dimensions: 127.5 x 65.5 x 13 mm
- Weight: 130g
- Colour: Minimalist Gray. Sky Blue
- CPU: Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 1.3GHZ
- Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n
- Connectivity Ports: Micro 5 PIN USB 2.0
- Battery Capacity: 3500mAh (the manufacturer says it can run for more than 14 hours of use)
- Power Input: DC 5V 1A
When will it be available?
Around 10th of May, 2019.
What does KiMiFi K5 MiFi and the unlimited 4G mobile hotspot service cost?
The prices of the device and data have not been announced, but there is no subscription for data. The unlimited 4G mobile hotspot service is available on a Pay-as-you-go rate, so you pay a flat rate daily.
But you can sign up right away on their Indiegogo page to get 57% discount on launch day.
I do imagine that this will be a pricey device, even if the data rates are more pocket-friendly than standard data roaming rates. It reminds me of CloudCover, which offers something similar with coverage in over 100 countries. If my memory serves me right, the Mifi device cost a whopping N100,000 when I checked last year.
Still, it just might be worth it all. I love the idea of making Internet connectivity seamless during International travel, especially if this is truly an unlimited 4G mobile hotspot, as marketed. Sometimes, marketing is one thing and the product a different thing.
I have the KiMiFi K5 app downloaded already and I have signed up as well. I am looking forward to see what Wondafone comes up with in terms of pricing.
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