This Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi completely swept me off my feet

 

Hi all, travelling to Taiwan soon and need WiFi connectivity? I’ve just returned from Taiwan and highly-recommend this Taiwan 4G WiFi (TW Airport Pick Up). I am so impressed with this 4G WiFi device that I’d depended on for 9 days, traveling from Taoyuan to Taichung and even some mountainous regions.

I’ve also tested this at the summit of Hehuanshan East Peak and there wasn’t a lag. Can you believe it?

Hehuanshan East Peak
Tested this 4G WiFi pocket device here, at the summit of Hehuanshan East Peak

Now, I guess you know why I’m completely wowed over by this 4G pocket device. FYI, I was relying on this 4G WiFi device when creating the first draft of this post at Cingjing, Taiwan. It came in so handy because the B&B’s internet connectivity was too slow and unstable. Luckily, I had this as a backup. 

 


Tell Me More about this Taiwan 4G WIFI (Airport Pick Up)

What I’d ordered online was a 4G Portable Pocket Device that was to be picked up from Taiwan Taoyuan Airport. Instead of a SIM card, a pocket device like this can provide internet connectivity to as many as five devices without draining your phone’s battery.

Just turn on the WIFI of your mobile devices, look through the list of available networks and connect to your pocket device (it has an unique identifier number). Next, enter its password and viola, you get fast-speed internet access everywhere you go in Taiwan.

Now, let me explain why this 4G Portable Pocket Device is so good. Of course, I’ll also add in the cons as usual.

Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi
Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi kit ordered from Klook

 


What’s Good about Taiwan 4G Pocket WIFI (from Klook)?

1. Easy and Fast to Collect from Taiwan Airport

No wonder the online reviews were great (at 4.7/5 as at time of writing).

When I arrived at Taoyuan Airport and exited the immigration area, the Collection Counter was located on the same level and not very far away. Turn right and walk to the end of the small arrival hall and you’ll see a “Unite Traveler” counter.

Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi
Turn right after exiting immigration – look out for Unite Traveler counter in the corner (left of photo)

I was the second person in the queue and probably waited just one minute in the fast-moving queue. When the staff attended to me, she gave me a quick explanation, asked me to fill up my credit card number on a small form and endorse the form. Based on my travel diary, I got hold of the Taiwan 4G pocket device within two minutes. For info, that was at 10am in the morning of New Year’s eve.

To be honest, I was a little slow in comprehending some of the Chinese terms used by the staff during the explanation. Luckily, the staff could translate the terms to English, such as “Network Name”. :)

TIP: Do note the operating time of pickup service. It’s listed in the Klook listing under product description. As at time of writing, the operating hours are from 5am to 1am (Taoyuan Airport). On Chinese New Year, the counter may have short operating hours.

Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi
The short queue moves very fast

2. It’s Affordable

The Taiwan 4G Pocket Device cost just S$2+ per day. For my 9-day Taiwan trip, I paid about S$20 and was sharing the device with my partner and a laptop (three devices). Although I didn’t maximize the usage (since it can be shared across five devices), it was already very value for money. So if you are travelling in groups of five, you would literally be paying next to nothing for an excellent 4G service in Taiwan.

TIP: If you are travelling solo, you can also look at this 4G SIM card option which may suit your needs depending on the days of rental and whether you need to make local calls or texts.

3. Unlimited Data Usage

See how I was posting Instagram video and photos live all the time during this 2019 Taiwan Trip, even when driving up the mountain? That’s because this 4G WIFI (Taiwan Pick Up) ordered through Klook offers unlimited data.

Isn’t this a great deal or what? I could upload heavy-data videos and high-resolution images without any fear of bursting any quota.

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4. Fast Speed Internet Connectivity

The speed of the 4G WIFI is fast. As I’ve mentioned, it’s faster than the WiFi offered by some accommodations in Taiwan, e.g. Cingjing.

5. Remained Connected even in Remote Region

I was so dedicated to my review/blogging work that I intentionally tested this 4G Wifi Device after climbing to the top of Hehuanshan East Peak.

“Hey, we have internet connectivity here, can you believe it?,” I’d exclaimed excitedly to my partner.

For info, this peak that we are talking about is the second highest in Hehuanshan and sits on an altitude of 3421 metres. For comparison, Taipei 101 is just 509 metres in height. I really didn’t expect to get smooth internet connection in a region as remote and high as this. So super impressed!

Hehuanshan East Peak
Remote mountainous region? No problem!

6. Easy Return of Taiwan 4G Pocket Device

If collecting of this 4G WIFI Device is quick and easy, returning it is even more hassle-free. You can either return it at the same counter or drop it into a box located just beside the counter.

On the day of departure, I chose to return it at the counter because I prefer a face-to-face interaction (and verification). The process took me a grand total of one minute.

TIP: Please set calendar notification on departure day to remind you to return the device before entering the transit area. Otherwise, you may face unwanted penalty.


What’s Bad about Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFI (from Klook)? 

1. Only 8 Hours of Battery Life

Unlike a SIM card, this 4G pocket device runs on charged battery just like a handphone. You have to remember to charge it every night.

I’d also read that the device could only last 8 hours. So you may want to bring along a power bank. As I’d rented a car throughout the entire Taiwan trip, I was able to charge it on the road and didn’t face any power issue.

2. Expect to Pay an Extra Day than Expected

If I travel from 31 December 2018 to 8 January 2019, I would expect to pay for only 8 days of service. Unfortunately, that’s not the way this 4G WiFi service counts the days. Days are inclusive meaning that the first and last days are counted.

TIP: Remember to order the right number of days (likely +1 day) to avoid any disruption in internet service. The Klook’s booking system has a step towards the end to help you verify.

 


Recommendation

Well, you can tell from my tone that I’m highly recommending this 4G WiFi Pocket Device (Taiwan Pick Up), especially so if you are travelling in a pair or a group. It’s easy to collect and return and offers excellent connectivity and value.

If you are travelling solo, then compare the pocket device with this SIM card option to see which offers better value depending on your needs.

That’s all for today’s review. I have more honest travel and beauty reviews coming up, including a review of car rental service in Taiwan. Connect with me if you like to get notified of my latest and 100% honest reviews – just click the button below! See you.

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