Review: Global Cloud SIMs / SkyRoam Solis & 3GMate+ (Mobile WiFi Hotspots & Cellular Plans)

While not suitable for our core audience of US based nomads as a main source of mobile internet, these hotspots may be useful for those with occasional or hyper mobile international excursions.

We track some of the global hotspot options available, and often test them when we go international for short bursts.


Skyroam offers two different Global Hotspots by Skyroam Limited. Both are global mobile hotspots with international data plans that aim to make occasional international connectivity easy and affordable all around the world. Including within the US on AT&T's network.

However, if you plan on spending more than a few days in a country, it'll be much more affordable to purchase a local SIM option or investigate your carrier's international roaming options.

The Skyroam Solis

Solis is the latest travel WiFi hotspot from Skyroam. When you’re abroad, you pay a single flat fee for 24 hours’ access or a monthly data plan. Both are advertised as "unlimited data".

The device works in over 100 countries, including the US (on AT&T).

Solis is an upgrade from the original Skyroam hotspot in capability for LTE internet, along with the added perk of being able charge your other devices.

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Unlike the original Skyroam, the Solis is a simpler product. There is no touchscreen or buttons. To manage the device, you connect to the hotspot (the device) and you’ll be taken to a capture page. Here, you can see how much battery life is left, how many day passes you’ve got left, and you can purchase more day passes.

"Unlimited Data"?

Although LTE is available, if you use more than 500mb in a 24-hour period, Skyroam throttles your connection to 2G speeds on day passes.

In early 2018, Skyroam began pushing an 'unlimited monthly subscription' plan for those who purchase the Solis. A quick search through Skyroam's terms of service and the ruse is up. Yes, you technically get unlimited data - but it's unlimited very slow data. After 500mb/day or 15GB/month, you are throttled to slow 2G speeds.

If you're traveling internationally, these limits may be suitable. For domestic US usage, there are generally cheaper options (see our Guide to Unlimited Data Plans).

  • Battery Life: 14 hrs
  • # of Connected Devices:  5 via Wi-Fi / One USB Port
  • Networks supported:
    LTE Bands:
    4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported
    2G: GSM EDGE  850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation:
  • LTE Performance Category:
  • Charging: USB-C (included), 3350mAh rechargeable batteries
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: None
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies:
  • Dimensions:
  • SIM Card Type: Virtual
  • Retail Price:
    • $149.99 for device (sometimes includes several free day passes)
    • Day passes are $10/day individually, or $8 when purchased in packs of 5 or more. Includes 24-hours of access to 'unlimited data' - 500mb per day at high speed . Or they offer an 'unlimited' monthly plan for $125/month that really only includes 15GB of high speed data a month.
    • The company also plans to make the device available to rent from vending machines in several airports, including San Francisco, Oakland, Atlanta, and Houston.

Review Status: We purchased the new Solis to take on an international trip in early 2018, and were not impressed with it - it completely failed to connect in multiple supported countries and customer service was lackluster.  More in the member section below.

The Original Skyroam Hotspot

The proprietary Skyroam mobile hotspot supports global HSPA+ and 3G by way of a virtual SIM card that can connect to over 100 international carrier partners around the world.

When you’re abroad, you pay a single flat fee for 24 hours’ access.

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Access is provided by purchasing a 24-hour day pass that includes unlimited data usage once redeemed, although high speed usage is capped to just 350MB per 24hr period, and video streaming is not officially supported.

This is an ideal option for those who need sporadic international connectivity without much fuss, such as while cruising or traveling through multiple countries.

  • Battery Life: 8 hrs / 20 hrs stand-by
  • # of Connected Devices:  5 via Wi-Fi / Does Not Support USB Tethering
    Web Control Panel: Not Supported
    Default Password: Find on the screen by clicking the 'Home' button, or selecting 'Menu', 'WLAN Info'. Password and SSID can not be changed.
  • Networks supported:
    LTE Bands: None
    4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported
    2G: GSM EDGE  850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: None
  • LTE Performance Category: None
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: None
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n -  2.4GHz
  • Dimensions: 4.2" x 2.3" x .8" /  4.9 oz
  • SIM Card Type: Virtual
  • Retail Price:
    • $99.99 for device (sometimes includes several free day passes)
    • Day passes are $10/day individually, or $8 when purchased in packs of 5 or more. Includes 24-hours of access to 'unlimited data'.
    • Hotspot can be rented for $9.95/day (includes day pass)

Review Status: We purchased a Skyroam in November 2016 to take with us on a Panama Canal cruise, and tested it head to head with T-Mobile and Sprint international roaming in Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.  Overall, it performed well in the countries it claimed to support, with just some minor aggravations; we can recommend this as an option for occasional international usage. For extended time in a country, it'll likely be more affordable to purchase a local SIM option.

We have an extensive review for our members below, including a video tutorial.

The rest of our in-depth review includes these topics, and is available to MIA members below:

  • Video Overview & Tutorial
  • Overview
  • Annoyances
  • Performance Analysis & Results
  • Alternatives, With Video Comparison of Skyroam vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint


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Basic mobile hotspot devices that make it easy to stay connected while traveling internationally with unlimited data use day passes.

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