Wifi Korea Everywhere Speed Pack Review (评介)

I was quite satisfied with the service of Wifi-Korea on my previous trip, therefore, I chose to use their service again. Me and my family stayed for 10 days this time, so I have opted for Everywhere Speed Pack pocket wifi which cost only USD 3.99 per day and it covers ALL places in Korea. (If you’re wondering, no, Seoul doesn’t have free wifi throughout the city, only very few places have)

You may select to pick up at their office at no extra cost, or pay USD $5 (each way) to enjoy the hassle free delivery service to your Korea accommodation doorstep.
Note that delivery service is only available if you book it at least 2 days in advance before your arrival.

You don’t need to provide passport details like some required, instead you only need to fill in this form and you’re done reserving the device. Rather than picking up at the airport like before, I visited them at their office, chose to pay the deposit by cash (100,000 won) and got the device on the spot!

Little cozy office, friendly staffs, it feels like meeting up with an old friend at their home. Oh, did I tell you the guys are good looking too? kkkkk.. Don’t worry about language barriers, I can assure you that they are FLUENT in English.

Located in Insadong, right across from the huge calligraphy brush sculpture, just come out from Anguk station, Exit 6 and walk straight for around 200 meter, you will see Bread & Co bakery, and look up! Spot their office on the 3rd floor!

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Arrangement slightly changed (updated on Mar’15)

So what is in the bag?

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  • Instruction manual
  • A Pocket Wi-Fi egg (ESP wifi router is in red, or dark blue)
  • Charger
  • An instruction card about having all auto-updates off, so that you wouldn’t go over the limit
  • Another instruction card on installing Eco Gate to check your data usage

I’m glad that I chose ESP pack! It is definitely the best choice that a blogger and social-network-in-need person like me have made. Besides, I wasn’t staying together with my family. Of course, a mom would always say the same thing to their kids, contact me once you reach the house! Yes m’am. This is how I stayed connected with them whenever I drop them off at their hotel and go my own way.

Signal and coverage

Running on LTE network, there’s no need to doubt its speed, and signal was great everywhere. This includes the place I stayed at, Eunpyeong-gu. As compared to the Urban Data Pack which I used in the previous trip, the signal there was very weak, but ESP gives me great coverage all day long. I even took it on a trip to the popular Nami Island and I could easily connect to my social network accounts without any disruption.

Battery Life

To charge it, plug it in to a power outlet using the adaptor provided.

My ESP router battery lasted more than 10 hours, which somehow surprised me as I had a not so good experience with the battery life on my Urban Data Pack router. I leave it on throughout the day, even on a cold snowy day in Nami Island, I thought it would had died off when I return to Seoul that evening, however, it was still on although the power level has dropped.

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Dosirak lunch box at Nami Island while updating my social network accounts.

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Chilling nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace.

What about the size?

Same size as Urban Data Pack router, a palm’s size.  Being a guide to my family, I needed a map to navigate to the place I was going, no doubt that I need to depend on wifi. I’m glad that the router isn’t a bulky one where I could easily chuck it into my bag or pockets and carry it everywhere I go.

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This is UDP version, ESP router is in red / dark blue.

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During my 9 days of using the pocket wifi, not once I am anywhere near the 500MB limit (per day), even with my mom and sis connected to it at the same time, and a heavy user of Facebook, Katalk and Whatsapp messenger, with an average usage of navigation map, I have not hit the limit. Just keep in mind to turn off ALL auto updates to prevent from exceeding the limit!

Comparison between Urban Data Pack and Everywhere Speed Pack

Urban Data Pack

Everywhere Speed Pack

Network Wibro 4G LTE
Data Limit Unlimited 700MB (more than enough)
Coverage Limited to urban areas only Anywhere in Korea
Battery Life Around 6 ~ 8 hours Around 10 ~ 12 hours
Size Palm / pocket size Palm / pocket size
Weight 75 g 105 g
Price USD 2.99 per day USD 3.99 per day

*ESP was upgraded from 500MB to 700MB few months back. UDP from 2GB to Unilimited.

Do you want DISCOUNT?

I recently visited Wifi-Korea to say Hi! and have a small chat with the guys, and guess what? They told me to share a good deal with my readers!

Everyone can get 10% discount off if they rent it through this link! Just fill in this online reservation form! But in return, can I ask a favor from you to select “Elley Jin” from the referred by column (as shown in picture below) when you make a reservation? Please?

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My thoughts on using ESP 

Good:

  • Pocket size
  • Stay connected at just any place with incredible internet speed
  • Easy to locate office in the heart of Insadong
  • Great customer service.

Not so good:

The only bad experience I had was some authentication problems where  I couldn’t connect to the router even though my ID and password are correct. But this problem only lasted for a while, it was alright later on.

Again, I would definitely recommend Wifi-Korea to my friends and family. If you were to ask for my advice, I would recommend you to go for Everyday Speed Pack as it gives you full coverage throughout Korea and battery life lasted longer, you won’t need to worry about being disconnected anywhere you go!

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Urban Data Pack Wifi Korea Review

Wifi means a lot to people nowadays, and also the very first thing that might come to a traveler’s mind. As a blogger and a social network freak myself, I tend to spend quite a lot of my time online to either update my whereabouts or sharing some interesting stuffs in real time while traveling, or even just to contact my family.

Everyone knows roaming is a pain in the neck especially when you are not careful, you might receive a bomb-like bill when you get back home. I made a couple of calls (less than 1 minute in total) to someone I know in Korea and guess what? My bill increased for around RM20 that month!

Public Wifi

Many said that Seoul provides public wifi, but it is not relatively true as at most of the places you are required to buy a prepaid wifi to log into before you could enjoy the internet. I have been there twice previously and it has always been a nuisance to me due to that particular situation.

Or you could opt for the second “free wifi” option, which are the many many cafes in Seoul. However, how much of your precious time would you be willing to spend sitting in a café? Put it the other way round, how much would you have to spend on drinks just to utilize their “free wifi” service? A cup of coffee would cost around USD $5 in Seoul, whilst spending around 1 hour or more in the café, in my opinion, this is not really a clever option for budgeted travelers like me.

What is Wifi-Korea?

I have been searching online for a while for pocket wifi and finally stumbled upon Wifi-Korea. They rent pocket Wifi to travelers to remain connected with friends, family and even colleagues while being abroad in Korea, without having to worry about absurd data roaming charges.

In my package..

When booking the pocket wifi online, you are able to select either to pick it up at their office in Insadong at no extra cost, or pay USD $5 (each way) to enjoy the hassle free delivery service right to your Korea accommodation doorstep or Incheon airport.

Note that delivery service is only available if you book it at least 2 days in advance before your arrival.

Since I’m staying with a friend of mine, I opt for the airport pick up and drop off service so that I don’t need to trouble her. I am someone that could easily lost my way around and was quite worry that I couldn’t find the pickup counter. However, it surprises me that it was actually quite easy to locate. And what’s more, it definitely saves a lot of my time from queuing up to collect it. See to believe at the picture below.

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(Incheon Airport 3rd floor) Hanjin Express counter on the right.

Hanjin Express is located just right opposite counter A on the third floor (departure floor), even if you are running out of time boarding your flight when you are leaving, like I did, dropping it off is trouble-free as well. At least I didn’t need to waste any minute waiting since I was rushing. Just show your pickup number which will be emailed to you 1 or 2 days before your departure to the counter staff and after acknowledging the package, you are free to use the wifi egg!

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Inside the parcel:

  • A Wifi-Korea soft carry case
  • Instruction manual
  • A Pocket Wi-Fi egg (mine was Urban Data Pack version)
  • Charger
  • A bag for return
  • An instruction card for returning the package

So, how does it work?

You just simply hold down the power button to turn it on and wait for the indication lights to lit up. It takes around a few seconds to track the wifi signal and then you are ready to connect. Search for the Wi-Fi network on your phone or laptop and select the name of your device, which is available at the back of it.

How if another person wants to connect to your wifi egg? No worries, ID and password is at the back of the egg.

Or your phone having Alzheimer or dementia like mine does and forgotten all wifi passwords? Just flip your egg behind.

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Battery Life

To charge it, plug it in to a power outlet using the adaptor provided. It says that it could last around 8 hours, but mine lasted for around 6 hours, no off, so I think its still good though. Anyhow, you could always prolong its battery life by turning off the wifi device when you don’t need it.

Super convenient to carry about size

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As someone who always carries a DSLR around, any extra bulky stuff would be a headache and a burden to my pity little shoulder. In this case, the pocket wifi was just as big as a palm size, I could easily tugged it into my pocket even if I’m not carrying any bag along. Incredibly convenient to carry around.

Speed & network coverage

Back in Malaysia, internet speed is way too horrible. I could go berserk just waiting for Facebook to load. Although I chose the UDP pack which only provides 4G wibro internet speed, it still managed to run quite smoothly and fast when the signal is good which I don’t need to wait for my Facebook to load like in my own country, and uploading pictures to my social media networks was fast too even with 2 users connected at the same time, just snap your fingers and your picture is already uploaded.

Signal works quite well in populated areas, and even in the subway, I’m still receiving strong signals. There had been a post about not receiving signal in subway stations, but mine was working quite well even when the train is running.

If you don’t mind being disconnected at certain places, UDP will be a fine choice (but might not work in some place outside Seoul). However for BUSINESS purposes, I highly recommend using ESP, so the signal doesn’t interfere with your activities.

Price

Wifi-Korea provides 2 different packages, which is the Urban Data Pack (UDP) and Everywhere Speed Pack (ESP).

For UDP, the device rental will cost USD $2.99 with a capacity of 2GB per day, with 4G wibro internet speed.

While ESP provides 4G LTE speed which cost USD $3.99 but only with 700MB per day.

If you plan to be in Korea and stay more than 3 weeks, you can opt for the monthly rental which is cheaper than the daily rates.

Update as at Jan 2015: The data usage for Urban Data Pack had been changed from 2GB to UNLIMITED.

Do you want DISCOUNT?

I recently visited Wifi-Korea to say Hi! and have a small chat with the guys, and guess what? They told me to share a good deal with my readers!

Everyone can get 10% discount off if they rent it through this link! Just fill in the online reservation form! But in return, can I ask a favor from you to select “Elley Jin” from the referred by column (as shown in picture below)? Please?

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My thoughts

Good:

  • Pocket size
  • Smooth and fast speed when network is good.
  • Staying connected on the go and doing some stuffs online when waiting for transport to arrive.
  • You can get your Wifi-Korea egg right away upon reaching your accommodation, or hassle free pick up from Incheon airport.
  • Great customer service.

Not so good:

  • Limited network coverage. For UDP pack, I could only get signals when I’m in urban areas. However, in the area I was staying at (Eungamdong), I wasn’t able to receive any signals at all even though I was out of the house.

All in all, I do and will recommend Wifi-Korea to my friends and family who are visiting Korea, and thank you Wifi-Korea for giving me this opportunity to try out the service. Definitely going to use it again the next time I visit and hopefully someday Wifi-Korea is able to extend it’s network coverage for UDP to more places particularly around the city.

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MICE for business visitors to Seoul

Good news to all business visitors that are attending large scale congress in Seoul! In an attempt of developing and pre-launching of the new “Seoul MICE Card“, something like T-money but only for business visitors, this is an electronic stored-value card that one could use it for transportation as well as shopping. Design of the card is simple yet looking stylish don’t you think?

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What makes it even more attractive and interesting are the discounts offered using MICE card. It varies according to different type of services, for example subway passengers may get a discount up to 10% off the normal price compared to normal card holders. You may save a load if you use their subway often. It’ll be a huge help if they were to come out with a normal visitor pass as well.

It was said that this card will be priced at 8,000 won with a value of 5,000 won in it ready to use. Unlike T-money, priced at 2,500 won without any credit inside. Currently, every attendees that participate in business congresses in Seoul will receive a welcome kit including a MICE card.

For more information, visit their webpage at http://webzine.miceseoul.com/tag/seoul-mice-card/.

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