I’ve even tested it at the summit of Hehuanshan East Peak – which is over 3,000 metre above ground – and there wasn’t a single lag. Can you believe it?
Updated (Apr 2023): This post was first published in Jan 2019 and last updated to include latest available information.
- Tested this 4G WiFi pocket device here, at the summit of Hehuanshan East Peak
Now, I guess you know why I was completely wowed over by this 4G Pocket WiFi device. FYI, I was relying on it 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. I was so glad I had this internet device as a backup.
More about this Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi
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 WiFi 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 (or laptops), scan through the list of available networks and connect to the right one (each pocket device has an unique identifier number). Next, enter the 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 share the cons later to balance out the review. Here we go!
- Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi kit
What’s Good about Taiwan 4G Pocket WIFI?
1. Easy and Fast to Collect from Taiwan Airport
No wonder the online reviews were great (at 4.7 out of 5 as at time of writing).
When I arrived at Taoyuan Airport (T1) 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.
- 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. 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 copy. And that was it. 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 understanding 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 indicated in the product listing under “Pickup & Return Information.” As at time of writing, the operating hours are from 4.30am to 11pm (Taoyuan Airport).
- The short queue moves very fast
2. Taiwan Pocket WiFi is Affordable
The Taiwan 4G Pocket Device had 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.
If you are travelling in groups of five, you would literally be paying next to nothing for an excellent 4G service in Taiwan.
UPDATE: Price in 2023 has gone up to about $4.85 per day (due to worldwide inflation?). So a 7-day trip via a Pocket Wifi will cost about $34 (shareable across 5 devices). Another alternative is this 4G SIM card which will cost about $20 for the same duration. Do note it’s only for 1 device, i.e. your smart phone. So see which one suits your needs better.
3. Unlimited Data Usage
Isn’t this a great deal or what? I could upload heavy-data videos and high-resolution images without any fear of bursting the quota.
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4. Fast Speed Internet Connectivity
This Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFi offered fast-speed connection. As I’ve shared earlier, it’s faster than the WiFi offered by some accommodations in Taiwan. In fact, I didn’t even bother connecting to the free WiFi offered by two of the hotels that I’d stayed in.
5. Remain 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 3,421 metres. For comparison, Taipei 101 is just 509 metres tall. I really didn’t expect to get such smooth internet connection in a region as remote and high as this.
So super impressed!
- Surfing net in remote mountainous region? No problem!
6. Easy Return of Taiwan 4G Pocket Device
If collecting this 4G WIFI Device is considered 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 day of departure so that you can be reminded to return the device before entering the transit area. Otherwise, you may face unwanted penalty.
What’s not Great about Taiwan 4G Pocket WiFI?
1. Only 4 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 4 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 1 January to 9 January, I would expect to pay for only 8 days of service. Unfortunately, that’s not the way the duration is calculated. Days are inclusive meaning that the first and last days are counted.
In the example given, we would be charged for 9 days of usage.
TIP: Remember to book the right number of days (likely +1 day) to avoid any disruption in internet service. The online booking system has a step towards the end to help you verify.
Well, you can tell from my tone that I’m highly recommending this Taiwan 4G WiFi Pocket Device, especially if you are travelling in a pair or group. This device is 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.
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(This post was first published in Jan 2019 and last updated to include latest available information.)
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