Are you looking for the best pocket WIFi in Korea?  We’ve got you covered.  We created this overview with the best devices ranked according to several important criteria such as speed, battery life and more.

Staying connected in South Korea helped us to travel deeper. We used our phone to find our way around Seoul and to use public transport.   We used Naver maps for our road trip and Google Translate turned out to be useful to translate menu items in non-touristy restaurants.

South Korea is a high-tech country.  This means that you will also find many public hotspots.  Most of them are in major cities such as Seoul and Busan. 

However, we still advise renting a pocket WiFi device.  We share our experience with these hotspots further down in this article.

Renting a pocket WiFi device, or a WiFi egg as it is often called in South Korea is also an easy way to share your connection if you’re traveling with friends or family. It also means that you keep your existing phone number and you will not have to change the current settings on your phone.

This makes the process easier in comparison to a SIM where you would need to insert the SIM in your phone and change some settings to get it to work.

Without further ado, here’s our guide with everything you need to know about a pocket WiFi rental in Korea.

 

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Japan Pocket WiFi Device

You can also use a Mobile WiFi device to connect your laptop to the internet in South Korea

Korea Pocket WiFi: the essentials

If you are short on time or you don’t want to read the complete post, these are our top choices:

The best overall device is the KT Olleh device.  It has the best download and upload speeds, great coverage and unlimited data at 4G speed.

The cheapest option is the WideMobile device. On average the specs of this device are on par with the other devices we found.  There is a daily 1GB fair usage policy.

The fastest device, with advertised download speeds of 150 Mbps, is the KT Olleh WiFi egg.

With 12 hours, the T Mifi pocket WiFi device offers the longest battery life.  It’s not really the best choice for intensive use because you may run into the 1GB fair usage policy.  But a 12-hour battery life may avoid the hassle of recharging the device nightly.  For intensive use, the KT Olleh Mifi router is our top choice.

Data-hungry users can watch as many movies, or stream as much music, as they possibly can with the KT Olleh egg.  The batteries of the device last 8 hours, if you need more juice you should foresee a power bank.

Here’s more background on our top selections or continue reading to get all the details about Pocket WiFi devices for South Korea.

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What is a WiFi egg Korea?

A pocket WiFi device is sometimes also referred to as Mobile WiFi, Mobile Hot Spot or MiFi.  Many South Koreans still refer to it as a WiFi egg because the very first device to hit the market was shaped and colored like an egg.

It’s a portable WiFi router and it operates in the same way as the WiFi router you have at home. The device broadcasts an encrypted WiFi signal and they are compatible with any other device that supports WiFi.  This means you can connect your phone, your tablet as well as your laptop.

MiFi devices are very compact and light-weight.   They will easily fit in your pocket and weigh on average 100 to 250 grams.

Gangnam by night Seoul South Korea

Gangnam (Seoul) by night

Pocket WiFi rental Korea vs travel SIM card

A travel SIM card is an alternative to renting a Korea pocket WiFi.

Which one is best depends completely on your needs.  

Both have advantages and disadvantages, we will look at them here.

A Pocket WiFi device is more secure

A portable WiFi device adds an extra layer of security to your internet connection. It protects your phone, as well as those of your friends and family, from threats posed by public WiFi networks.

With a pocket WiFi router, you can easily share your connection 

A WiFi router is created to enable multiple devices to access the network simultaneously.  Most routers support at least 3 parallel connections.  Some allow up to 15 connected devices.  With 3 simultaneous users everybody will still enjoy a good download speed, the more simultaneous connections the slower the network will become.

Modern smartphones can also be used as a personal hotspot, a function called tethering.

In our experience, such a personal hotspot drains your battery life very quickly whereas batteries from pocket WiFi routers last a full day with normal usage.

A pocket WiFi is easier to set up

A SIM card needs to be installed in your phone and, depending on the phone and your SIM might require you to follow some extra steps to set up the network with the given APN (Access Point Name).

If you plan on using a SIM you must also check if your phone is compatible with the South Korean network.

To use a pocket WiFi device you have to do none of those things.  All you have to do is connect to the WiFi signal broadcasted by the device. You will be provided with the network name and the password.  You will be ready in seconds.

You get to keep your current phone number 

When using a travel SIM card, unless you have a dual SIM phone, you will need to replace your home carrier’s SIM with the Korean tourist SIM.  This means you can no longer be reached on your known number.  Most travel SIM’s are data-only which means you won’t be able to make traditional phone calls either.

You can still call using Skype or other similar voice-over-IP solutions.  

Some people may not mind leaving the worries of the home front behind but these are tradeoffs that you don’t need to make with a Korea WiFi egg rental.

A pocket WiFi is one more device to carry and charge

As their name suggests, most pocket WiFi devices easily fit in a pocket, but it remains an extra device that you need to carry along and that you will need to charge on a daily basis if you use it for several hours a day.

A pocket WiFi device needs to be returned at the end of your vacation

A tourist SIM is yours to keep as a souvenir of your vacation.  The portable WiFi devices need to be returned before you head back home.  Some operators request you to mail the device back to them, others have a desk at the airport.

We personally believe that these 2 disadvantages do not outweigh the many benefits of a portable WiFi device. Based on the advantages and disadvantages above, you can make the choice yourself what is best for you.

Mobile WiFi device

There’re all kinds of Pocket WiFi devices but most are about this size.

How to rent 

Renting a pocket WiFi device is quick and painless. 

Our advice is to do it from the comfort of your home before you leave on your trip, preferably at least a week in advance to avoid costs for rush orders.

This way you can take the time to compare all the options and the device will be waiting for you at the airport.  You just need to collect it and you will be gone in seconds, ready to experience all Korea has to offer.

You can also rent a device at the airport when you arrive.  We prefer not to do this because after a transcontinental flight we are usually a little drowsy and we just want to get out of the airport as quickly as possible. The last thing we want to do is to run left and right to compare different options and find the best price.

We also list some pocket Wifi devices that can be collected in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.  If you fly in from these countries you can collect your device in the airport of departure and you have nothing to worry about once you land in South Korea.

Why rent a WiFi device

Being connected in South Korea turned out to be priceless. We enriched our smartphones with several local apps such as Naver maps and the Kakao metro app.

Here are some useful apps for a road trip in South Korea.

  • XE currency provides real-time conversion rates between the South Korean Won and your home currency.  
  • Kakao Metro guides you through Seoul’s spaghetti-like metro network.  The app also works in Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon.
  • Kakao T, this app enables you to call and pay for a taxi similar to Uber.  You can also use it to rent an electric bike. 
  • Mangoplate, information on nearby restaurants including reviews
  • Papago, fast and accurate translation of South Korean to 13 languages including English,  French, German, Japanese and Chinese.  It works offline and the quality of the translations beats those of Google Translate.
  • Emergency Ready, an app provided by the Ministry of Interior and Safety. The app contains information about shelters, police and fire stations.  The government will share updates in case of natural disasters such as typhoons. ( Google PlayApple Store)
  • Visit Korea, an app provided by the Korea Tourism Organization.  It contains opening hours, prices and lots of other useful information about the many sights of the country.  To get the app, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “KTO Mobile apps”
  • If you go to Lotte World or Everland you can use the apps of those theme parks to check the waiting times at the attractions.

The crazy costs you need to pay for roaming ensure that renting a pocket WiFi device is usually cheaper.  Even if you will only occasionally use these apps and can restrict yourself from checking social media and your e-mail when you’re out and about.

South Korea has numerous free WiFi hotspots so we have put those to the test to see if they work and if they can replace a pocket WiFi device.

Read the results of our test below.

Changdeokgung Palace Secret Garden Seoul South Korea

Secret Garden in Changdeokgung Palace.

Free WiFi in Korea

Seoul counts over 500,000 public WiFi hotspots.  Making use of these Korean hot spots will save you some money but it is a hassle to register your phone over and over again. 

Some registration forms are in Korean only, making the task extra tedious. And then, after you have finally deciphered the form, you’re met with the notice that they only accept Korean phone numbers.

I don’t want to sound overly sarcastic but this happened to us a few times.  We did use some of the public hotspots but once we had our personal WiFi device we only used WiFi provided at restaurants and hotels.  

There’re free WiFi hotspots you can use, but you shouldn’t be blindsided by these huge numbers.   

We found that the low daily cost of a WiFi egg wasn’t worth all the ado of trying to log in over and over at the free WiFi spots.

Here is an overview of free WiFi hotspots in South Korea

 

The best Korea WiFi rentals – the top choices

These are, according to various criteria, the best Pocket WiFi devices for South Korea. A fully detailed overview of the devices can be found later in this article.

When making this selection we only took into account the devices that can be collected at the airports in South Korea. 

If you’re flying in from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand you should also have a look here.

The Winner-Best WiFi egg Korea

The winner is the WiFi egg from KT Olleh.  It has the best speed and unlimited data at 4G.  This makes it the best choice for intensive use.  At KRW 3,200/day it’s also very affordable, it’s not even the most expensive device in this list.

Click here for more information and to order your KT Olleh device: Order with Klook 

The cheapest

It’s not the best device but if you don’t care so much about speed and you will only occasionally connect to the internet this WideMobile WiFi egg is all you need.

Click here for more information and to order your WideMobile device: Order with Klook 

The fastest with unlimited data at 4g speed

KT Olleh scores the best on these two aspects. It is the fasted device and on top of that, it has no fair usage policy, something that all the other devices in this list have. 

This means you can watch unlimited movies and listen to a continuous stream of music. 

Not that you will want to do that in South Korea where there are so many other fun and exciting things to do.

Click here for more information and to order your KT Olleh device: Order with Klook 

The best battery life

A drawback of a MiFi device is that it is one more device to carry and to charge.  When you retire to your room in the evening the puzzle starts about which devices to charge first, your mobile, your camera, your laptop…. and in this case there’s one more contestant: the MiFi device.

Having a device with a battery that lasts 12 hours instead of the regular 6 to 8 hours means that you will only need to charge it once every 2 days.

Click here for more information and to order your T MiFi device: Order with Klook 
Korea Hanbok Selfie Unhyeongung Palace

Take a selfie in your colorful Hanbok and share it instantly with your friends at home.

Pocket WiFi rental Korea – What to watch for 

When doing our research we found that the different devices have many similarities, but also some important differences.

Below are some important aspects of pocket WiFi devices.  These are the things to watch for when you make your decision on which device to rent.

In our detailed overview further down in this article we discuss these aspects for each of the devices

Data Limits

All pocket WiFi routers offer unlimited data plans, but at a certain point the speed is throttled and it becomes painfully slow. This is a so-call fair usage policy.  1GB of high-speed data per day might not be enough if you plan on sharing your connection.  

Data-hungry users or those who will be sharing their connection should pay attention to these fair-usage policies.

In our below-detailed overview, we will give you all the details we can find about the included data limits.

Devices that can connect simultaneously

Korean portable WiFi devices support anywhere in between 3 to 10 simultaneous connections. 

Note that the speed will become considerably slower once you connect more than 3 devices at once.

If you’re traveling with a large family you might opt for a device that allows more than 3 simultaneous connections.

However, be aware that not everyone will be able to stream their favorite TV show at the same time.

Duration

For all providers, the duration of your rental includes both the day you pick-up your device as well as the day you return it. 

This means that the day you collect the device will count as a full day even if you would only collect it at 10 PM.  The same goes for the day you return the device.

Battery life

The batteries of these Korean pocket WiFi devices last anywhere between 6 to 24 hours (thanks to a free included power bank).

The duration given is what we found in the specs.  Most providers stated durations for normal use, in some cases the duration given was for continuous use.

Take into account a certain safety margin and our advice would be to turn off the device whenever it is not in use.

Starting it up takes a mere 5 to 10 seconds.

Seoul, Jogyesa temple, South Korea

The beautifully decorated Jogyesa temple

The Network

The network could, in theory, create a very different experience but Korea’s networks are so advanced that in practice you cannot go wrong with any one of them.

South Korea has 3 networks, LG U+, SK Telecom, and KT. 

All three have excellent coverage of the country.  SK Telecom and KT have a 4G coverage of 95%, LG U+ scores best with 99,5%.

SK Telecom scores best in terms of download speed, their 4G LTE network has an average download speed of 65 Mbps.  Both other networks have an average overall download speed of 40 Mbps which is still very good.

Upload speeds are lightning fast as well.  All networks easily achieve upload speeds of 10 Mbps, SK Telecom and LG U+ often get above the 15 Mbps benchmark.

LG U+ gets better reviews for its latency speed and video experience and this makes them the best network, but only by a small margin. 

When you rent a device for your vacation, I would not be too worried about which network the device uses.

Loss and damage fees

Most providers request a deposit at time of pick-up.

Make a notice of how this needs to be paid, some only accept credit card, others only cash.  

The full deposit is given back when you return the device unless you lose or damage the device.

Breaking or losing any of the items will incur certain compensation fees. 

Not all providers provided full disclosure of these fees, we have listed those fees that we could find.

Pick-up location

When choosing one of the devices with a pickup location at one of the airports or ports in South Korea we advise to take note of the location. 

Most providers have a small map to show their location. 

You will not have access to internet so store this map locally on your phone or print it and keep it in your hand luggage. 

This way you will have no problem to find the service counter when you arrive.

How do these Korean Pocket WiFi devices work?

A pocket WiFi device works just like your WiFi router at home.  

The device broadcasts a secured WiFi signal.  The network name will appear in the list of available networks on your phone and all you need to do is connect. 

You can also connect to the network with your laptop,  your tablet and any other appliance which supports WiFi.

To connect to this network you will need the name of the network (known as SSID) along with the password.  Sometimes these can be found on a sticker attached to the back of the device but in most cases, there will be a display with a menu in which you can find this information.

As with any router, the closer you’re to the pocket WiFi device, the better and faster your connection will be.  

If you’re using the Pocket WiFi device daily I would advise charging it every evening.  

Seoul Sign South Korea

Welcome to Seoul!

Pocket WiFi in South Korea – The details

Pre-order with Pickup in South Korea

Below is an in-depth overview of the different Pocket WiFi devices that can be pre-ordered online and picked up upon arrival at the airport in South Korea (or the port in Busan).

WideMobile (booked through Klook)

WideMobile offers pocket WiFi devices that either connect to the network of KT or LG U+.  You cannot choose the network yourself, but as we wrote above, both operators offer an excellent and fast network.

You don’t need to do anything to use the device longer than the booked period.  You will be charged for the extra days when you return the device. 

Note though, that for these extra days the standard rate of KRW 4,500/day will apply, this is more than the discounted price at which you book with Klook.

The battery of the device should last for approximately 9 hours with normal use.

The booking must be made at least 2 days in advance and can be canceled for free up till 2 days in advance.

Pick-up / Drop-off: There’re pick-up and return locations in the following airports. Incheon (Terminal 1 & 2), Gimpo, Gimhae, Daegu, and Cheongju.   There’s also a pick-up location in the Busan Port Passenger terminal.  Pick-up and return are always free.  It is possible to return the device to a location other than where you picked it up.

Duration: Anywhere between 2 days and unlimited days. 

 

Speed: 4G 

 

Fair usage policy: If you exceed 1GB per day the speed will be reduced to 3G.

 

Simultaneous connections: Up to 5 simultaneous connections at once

 

Compensation fees: You will be asked for a deposit of KRW100,000 at pick-up.  The deposit can only be paid with credit cards and is refunded when you return the device. In the event of damage or loss of the equipment, you will be charged the following fees.

Loss of set: KRW200,000
Loss of WiFi device: KRW175,000
Damage or water damage done on the WiFi device: KRW122,500
Damage done on the WiFi LCD screen: KRW50,000

Klook: KRW2,800/day 

 

Click here for more information and to order your WideMobile device: Order with Klook 

 

Bongeunsa temple Seoul

The Bongeunsa temple in Seoul

KT Olleh  (booked through Klook or Voyagin)

KT stands for Korea Telecom, it is South Korea’s largest telephone company. Olleh is the brand name used for cellular broadband services.  

The main advantage of these devices is that they don’t have a fair usage policy.  You enjoy unlimited data at high speed.  The batteries should last approximately 8 hours.

You can keep the device longer than the booked period.  You will be charged for the extra days when you return the device.  A rate of KRW 3,300/day will apply to these additional days.

The booking must be made at least 2 days in advance. You can cancel for free until 2 days before the pick-up date.

Pick-up / Drop-off: There’re pick-up and return locations in the following airports. Incheon (Terminal 1 & 2), Gimpo, and Gimhae.   There’s also a pick-up location in the Busan Port Passenger terminal.  Pick-up and return are always free.  You can return the WiFi egg to another location than where you rented it.

Duration: Anywhere between 1 day and unlimited days. 

 

Speed: 4G LTE with an advertised download speed of up to 150 Mbps and upload speed of 50 Mbps

Fair usage policy: No fair usage policy, you enjoy unlimited data at high speed.

 

Simultaneous connections: Up to 3 simultaneous connections at once

 

Compensation fees:  A deposit is requested at pick-up.  For the deposit, you need a credit card that is in your name and will remain valid for at least 3 more months. Below is an overview of the compensation charges:

Loss, damage, or breakage of WiFi device: KRW150,000-200,000
Loss, damage, or breakage of battery: KRW30,000
Loss or breakage of charger and cable: KRW10,000

A charge of KRW 3,300/day applies to late returns.

Klook: KRW 3,200/day 

Voyagin: KRW 3,150/day 

Click here for more information and to order your KT Olleh device: Order with Klook Order with Voyagin
Gyeongbokgung palace Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul’s largest palace

T MiFi from SK Telecom  (booked through Trazy)

SK telecom is South Korea’s largest wireless operator.    

The battery of the device should last for approximately 12 hours with normal use.

The booking must be made 2 days in advance. You can cancel for free until 2 days before the pick-up date.

Pick-up / Drop-off: There’re pick-up and return locations in the following airports. Incheon (Terminal 1 & 2), Gimpo, Jeju, and Gimhae.   There’s also a pick-up location in the Jeju ferry Passenger terminal and at Euljiro in Myeongdong.  Pick-up and return are always free.  You can return the WiFi egg to another location than where you rented it.

Duration: Anywhere between 1 day and unlimited days. 

 

Speed: 4G LTE with an advertised download speed of up to 150 Mbps and upload speed of 50 Mbps

Fair usage policy: 1GB of high-speed data after which the speed drops to 5Mbps.

 

Simultaneous connections: Up to 3 simultaneous connections are possible

 

Compensation fees:  A deposit of KRW100,000 is requested at pick-up.  For the deposit you need a credit card which is in your name. In case you lose the device this deposit will be withheld.

Trazy: KRW 3,300/day 

 

Click here for more information and to order your T mifi device: Order with Trazy 
Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

With a pocket WiFi device, you can stay connected in the many impressive National Parks. This is Seoraksan National Park.

Korean pocket WiFi devices with pickup abroad

If you’re traveling to South Korea from Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia or Hong Kong you can use one of the below alternatives. 

Some of these options are cheaper. 

A disadvantage is that you do not have local support if problems occur.

Singapore

uCloudlink

This device needs to be picked up and returned to the uCloudlink office in Singapore.  Rental days include the day of pickup and return. 

In case of late returns, SGD 20 will be charged for every additional day.

You can also choose to use the delivery and return service at no extra charge.

In that case the device will be delivered to the given address one business day before your departure and it will be collected at the same address one business day after your return.

  • Speed: upload 70 Mbps / download 150 Mbps
  • Fair usage policy: 500MB/day at high speed after which the speed is throttled to 3G
  • Simultaneous connections: 5
  • Batter life: 12 hours

Klook: KRW 2,500/day 

 

Click here for more information and to order your uCloudLink device: Order with Pickup Order with Delivery
Singapore Delivery and Pick-up alternative

This device can be collected in either Chinatown or the harbourfront center arrival hall in Singapore.  Rental days include the day of pickup and return. 

A compensation charge of SGD 100 will be charged for lost, stolen or damaged devices.

You can also choose to use the delivery and return service at no extra charge.

In that case, the device will be delivered to the given address five business days before your departure and it will be collected at the same address one business day after your return.

  • Speed: upload 16 Mbps / download 65 Mbps
  • Fair usage policy: 1GB/day at high speed after which the speed is throttled to 5120 Kbps
  • Simultaneous connections: 5
  • Batter life: 12 hours

Klook: KRW 2,200/day 

 

Click here for more information and to order your device: Order with Pickup Order with Delivery

 

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan, South_Korea

The iconic Yonggungsa Temple in Busan

Hong Kong

Uroaming

This device needs to be picked up and returned to the service counter at Hong Kong International Airport. 

Rental days include the day of pickup and return.  In case of late returns, the regular fee of KRW 7,500 will be charged for every additional day.

You can put your order up to 1 hour in advance.  Devices are usually always available but there’s always the possibility that the stock is exhausted.

There’s a minimum rental period of 3 days.

A deposit fee of HKD 500 will be requested at pick-up. This deposit can be paid with cash, debit or credit card.  The full deposit will be withheld when the device is lost or damaged beyond repair.  In case of damages that can be repaired part of the fee will be kept to pay for the repairs.

  • Network: LGU+
  • Fair usage policy: 500MB/day, 2GB/day or Unlimited without fair usage policy.  The options with fair usage policy will be throttled to 400Kpbs when their relative threshold is reached.
  • Simultaneous connections: 5
  • Battery life: 4-6 hours (in continuous use)

Klook:  500MB/day :KRW 1,400/day 
2GB/day : KRW 2,000/day
Unlimited : KRW 3,000/day

Click here for more information and to order your Uroaming device: Order with Klook 
WiFiBB

This device needs to be picked up and returned to the service counter at Hong Kong International Airport. 

Rental days include the day of pickup and return.  In case of late returns, the regular fee of KRW 6,000 will be charged for every additional day.

There’s a minimum rental period of 3 days.

A deposit fee of HKD 1,000 will need to be paid by credit card at pick-up. 

  • Speed:  4G speed
  • Fair usage policy: 1GB/day at 4G, the speed is capped at 256Kbps afterward
  • Simultaneous connections: 5
  • Battery life: 4-6 hours (in continuous use)

Klook:  KRW 1,800/day  when ordered at least 2 days in advance.  Devices ordered closer to the pick-up date cost KRW 3,000/day.

Click here for more information and to order your WiFiBB device: Order with Klook 
Cherry Festival Yeojwacheon Stream Jinhae

Korea is extra cheerful during the cherry blossoms season.

Banana WiFi

This device needs to be picked up and returned to the service counter at Hong Kong International Airport.

Rental days include the day of pickup and return.  In case of late returns, the regular fee of KRW 3,900 will be charged for every additional day.
There’s a minimum rental period of 3 days.

A deposit fee of HKD 1,000 will need to be paid by credit card or cash at pick-up. In case of loss or damage, the full deposit or part of the deposit will be withheld. 

These are the compensation charges:

  • Pocket Wi-Fi device (HKD1,000)
  • External battery (HKD150)
  • SIM replacement fee (HKD200)
  • USB cable (HKD30)
  • Adapter (HKD60)
  • Pouch (HKD50)

 

  • Speed:  10Mbps upload and download
  • Fair usage policy: 2GB/day at 4G, the speed is capped at 3G afterward
  • Simultaneous connections: 3
  • Battery life: 6 hours 

Klook:  KRW 1,400/day  

 

Click here for more information and to order your Banana WiFi device: Order with Klook 

Malaysia

Roaming Man

You can collect the device in Kuala Lumper International Airport (both terminal 1 and 2).
Rental days include the day of pickup and return.  In case of late returns, the regular fee of KRW 3,400 will be charged for every additional day.

There’s a minimum rental period of 3 days.

A deposit fee of MYR 350 will be requested at pick-up to non-Malaysian passport holders. Malaysian passport holders do not need to pay this deposit.  The deposit can be made either in cash or by credit card. 

  • Speed:  70Mbps upload and 150 Mbps download
  • Fair usage policy: 3GB/day at 4G, after which the speed is capped to 3G
  • Simultaneous connections: 5
  • Battery life: 10 hours 

Klook:  KRW 3,400/day  

Click here for more information and to order your Roaming Man WiFi device: Order with Klook 
DongDaemun Design Plaza Seoul South Korea

The futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul

Wiyo

You can collect the device in Kuala Lumper International Airport (both terminal 1 and 2).
Rental days include the day of pickup and return.  In case of late returns, the regular fee of KRW 3,400 will be charged for every additional day.
There’s a minimum rental period of 3 days.

A deposit fee of MYR 200 will be requested at pick-up. The deposit can only be paid in cash. In case of loss or damages that cannot be repaired a penalty of MYR 500 will apply. 

  • Speed:  12.5Mbps upload and 21 Mbps download
  • Fair usage policy: 3GB/day at 4G, after which the speed is capped to 3G
  • Simultaneous connections: 5
  • Battery life: 9 hours 

Klook:  KRW 2,800/day 

 

Click here for more information and to order your Wiyo device: Order with Klook 

Thailand (Bangkok & Phuket)

Smile WiFi

You can collect the device from the airports of Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang) or Phuket.
Rental days include the day of pickup and return.  In case of late returns, the regular fee of KRW 5,900 will be charged for every additional day.

There’s a minimum rental period of 1 day.

A deposit fee of THB 1,000 will be requested at pick-up. In case of loss or damages, part of the deposit will be withheld to cover the costs.  To avoid these charges you can take out insurance. These are the values of the products:

  • Pocket WiFi: THB 8,000
  • SIM card: THB 1,500
  • Battery: THB 500
  • USB cord: THB 100
  • AC charger: THB 200
  • Power bank: THB 1,000

 

  • Speed:  50Mbps upload and 120Mbps download
  • Fair usage policy: 500MB/day at 4G, after which the speed is capped to 3G
  • Simultaneous connections: 10
  • Battery life: 8 hours + With the complimentary power bank you can use the device for 24 hours without charging.

Klook:  KRW 4,700/day  You can take out insurance for the device and power bank.  The full amount for device + insurance is KRW 6,000/day.

Click here for more information and to order your Smile WiFi device: Order with Klook 

Conclusion

We used our pocket WiFi device daily in South Korea.  It helped us to find our way around Seoul and once we started our road trip through the beautiful country we used it together with Naver maps as Waze and Google Maps are more or less worthless in Korea.

These were just about the most crucial reasons but there are of course many more benefits.  The many useful local apps are one of them. We listed our favorite apps in this article.

We listed all the information we could find about the devices that can be pre-ordered online.  When you pre-order online you just need to collect your device upon arrival and you will be ready to go to your hotel in seconds.  

There’re several operators offering pocket WiFi solutions in Korea.  With the information in this article, you should be able to select the one that works best for you. The KT Olleh WiFi egg is our first choice for its speed and its unlimited data plan.

Enjoy South Korea!

 

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