Xcom Global revolutionizes global data: one MiFi to serve 195 countries
Chances are you’ll see a metric ton of new gizmos surfacing at CES next week, and if we’re lucky, two or three of them will be bona fide game changers. Lucky for you, Xcom Global is serving one up ahead of the mayhem, with a single WWAN device that enables you to suck down 3G data in nearly every country on the planet. If you’ll recall, the outfit’s Euro SIM took a giant step in the right direction by providing universal 3G data coverage to jetsetters who passed through some 40 nations in Europe, but true globetrotters need something even more advanced. And frankly, even those who are only hitting three or four nations in a swing will surely appreciate the ability to carry just a single USB stick or MiFi hotspot versus a handful of ‘em. Xcom’s deeming it the Global Travel Plan, and thanks to its partnership with iPhone Trip, the outfit is adding support for some 130 nations, bringing the grand total to 195. Better still, users will be able to enjoy unlimited surfing in any of those places, all for just $12.95 per day.
For those unaware, Xcom’s service — which we reviewed back in 2010 — works a bit like this. If you’re in the US, you hit its website and select your travel dates as well as the nations you’re planning to travel through. If you select the Global Travel Plan, you’ll get a single device shipped to you before you depart. It’ll serve up data from local 3G networks in the countries you travel through, and once you’re home, you pop the device back into a prepaid envelope and carry on. Yeah, you could argue that scrounging up a local SIM in every place you go is more affordable, but the ease of use here can’t be overlooked. We’ll be giving the new plan a go in some of the world’s most far-out locales in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for our results. Till then, hit the source link for a PDF of every supported nation as of January 2012.