TripButler is Hoping to Cut Your Roaming Data Bill
Have you travelled overseas lately and been paranoid about turning on roaming data on your mobile device for fear of coming home to a ridiculous bill? Well TripButler, a start-up out of Austria is hoping that their portable wifi devices will give technology addicted travelers a reprieve for high roaming charges. The TripButler wifi device is a small pill shaped unit that fits in your hand or pocket and uses local mobile carrier partners to provide data at a fraction of the cost of a roaming mobile phone. The device can support up to five devices at a time so it is perfect for a family travelling together or a small group of friends. Imagine paying for roaming charges on 5 different iPhone or Android devices. For a one week trip, the unit including 300 MB of data is only 36 Euros or about$50 US. Considering that a 5MB week long International data pass from Rogers.com costs $75, the savings and value of a device like the TripButler is pretty clear. Here is a nice little promo video explaining how it works… Tripbutler Demo Video from Michael Hirschbrich on Vimeo. You can order a device in advance of your trip and have it delivered to you or your hotel so it is ready to use once you arrive. The cost of delivery is about $14. The website does mention a 75 Euro deposit that is refunded if the unit is returned undamaged. TripButler is providing a 10% discount exclusive to T4 readers who use promo code “BUZA2012“. For more information about the TripButler and to rent a device, visit their website at http://www.tripbutler.com. If you have rented the device or plan to, let us know what you think of the service by leaving a comment.