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

While not suitable for our core audience of US based nomads, if they work, 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.

While this Gear Center entry focuses on well-marketed Skyroam system, we also list some (similar) alternatives below the details of Skyroam.


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.

Despite marketing claims, Skyroam does not offer truly unlimited service and is restricted to 500mb per day or 15GB per month of high speed usage on their unlimited plan.

Skyroam does offer a 'pay by the GB' plan, called GoData, which prices high-speed data at $9/GB.

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".

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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.

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. And you can now add Bs of data for $9/GB. 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.
    • Can add $9/GB plan also.
    • 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, day passes were redeemed anyways and customer service was lackluster.

We are also not impressed with the limited user interface of the control panel, lacking even basic options like changing the name of your Wi-Fi network and password (which is printed on the device). 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.

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


  • We.Stream - The data plans from We.Stream appear lackluster. The "unlimited" plan only included 2GB of high-speed data a month, and then speeds drop to being only suitable for text and email.
  • tep - A global data plan rental vendor, tep offers rented hotspots for $8.95/day for 1GB of 'full speed data' with additional fees for upgrading to 4G/LTE data for that 1GB, chargers, and device insurance. After 1GB is used, speeds are slowed to 256kbps for the remainder of the day.
  • International Mobile Internet Options for US Based Travelers
  • iWiFiTravel - "Unlimited" 4G global data for $10/day.  Targeted to short-term travelers.  Customers pay in advance and receive a global hotspot in the mail which must be returned at the end of the rental period.
    • The unlimited 4G service comes with the following restriction: "The data that you receive is unlimited, but the rate at which you use the data must stay within the International Fair Usage Policy. This simply means that you cannot stream video or use excessively large amounts of data for more than short periods at a time. All telecom companies that offer unlimited Internet access still require you to follow this policy."
    • US Coverage is provided by AT&T, Europe, India and Australia coverage is through Vodaphone. Coverage in other countries is available by emailing iWiFiTravel support.
  • RoamingMan - The data plan for RoamingMan is deceiving - technically 'unlimited', but after 500MB of high-speed data per day, you are throttled to 384kbps until the next day. $9.99 per day. Cellular based. Must rent device - no purchase option.
  • GlocalMe - Data plans based on country of travel with differing data allotments and lengths of use before expiration. Offering 3 different types of hotspots, GlocalMe devices are portable, SIM-free, and support a maximum five devices. The G2 and G3 devices can serve as powerbanks in addition to hotspots. Once of the biggest differences we noted between the devices is battery life. This is not a US based company, as evidenced by the poor English translation on their website.
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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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