Keeping in Touch with Tep Wireless

We hope you’re all getting excited about following the Train Challenge, cause we certainly are.

When we started planning this adventure, one thing we thought about was logistics.  How the heck are we going to keep in touch with readers?

With tep, the Wi-Fi connectivity specialist, we can!

How Tep Makes Wi-Fi Magic Happen

Tep’s ‘Pocket Wi-Fi’ offers on-the-go connectivity service all across Europe – anywhere, any time. This isn’t fixed Wi-Fi hot spots, this is mobile 3G that can be used for multiple devices: laptops, tablets,or  phones  and is essential to the modern day trotter. The service uses the best 3G network in every country and is highly efficient.

Tep also rents smartphones at a fraction of the cost of what mobile phone operators charge. This is a big deal for US travelers as they are charged expensive rates to use their smart phones abroad. Get this statistic: over 50% of American mobile phones are CDMA, an incompatible technology in Europe and over 90% of mobile phones in America are locked to their network (i.e. they cannot use another SIM card while overseas).

So, what tep aims to provide is a convenient and financially wise solution to excessive roaming charges that picks up where the mobile phone companies, themselves, have let us down.

Coverage is available in 16 countries, and it’s simple and easy to use. Just choose your tep service, select your travel dates and provide a delivery address. There’s guaranteed delivery to your destination or home, or collection points are available in UK airports.

Use it throughout your vacation or business trip and when finished, return the device with the pre-paid envelope that’s included at time of delivery. For your protection, all personal information and data is erased from the devices once received.  How smart is that? Like, very.

The Tep Pocket Wi-Fi

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How are We Using Tep on the Challenge?

Nora Dunn of The Professional Hobo and myself have been outfitted with tep devices that will connect to our laptops similar to what a tethering set-up might be to your iPhone.

All we do is turn on the device, then select it like any normal Wi-Fi network, input a provided password, and bang!  We will be connected and ready to access Internet.  If we run low on battery power, all we do is plug the device into a USB port and we are juiced up.

We’ll be able to do blog posts, post pictures, announce scavenger hunt finds, or just engage in social media silliness.

The Train Challenge officially starts tomorrow, so bookmark this site to follow our exploits!

About the tep and Train Challenge partnership: When tep Wireless,, found out about the first annual Ultimate Train Challenge, the opportunity to support the adventure race was exciting. tep is all about staying connected when on the move. Given the parameters of the European leg of the Train Challenge, it was a natural fit for the tep pocket wifi devices. As the ‘Ultimate Train Challenge’ bloggers will be constantly on the move and will want to update their blog, stay abreast of the competition and plan the next leg of their journey conveniently online. Using the tep pocket wifi device the bloggers will have wireless connectivity via a 3G at all times.

tep smartphones and pocket wifi rental services are the most convenient and cost effective way to travel connected and we look forward to following the team through this adventure” says Tomas Mendoza, Managing Director, tep Wireless. 

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3 Responses to Keeping in Touch with Tep Wireless

  1. Kristina @ wired2theworld August 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I recently traveled in Japan with a rented MiFi and loved it. Now I’m spoiled and can’t see traveling without one.
    I’ll be using a TEP MiFi on my upcoming trip to Italy. Can’t wait to see how it goes for you.
    Kristina @ wired2theworld recently posted..Tokyo’s Ameyoko Market and Yakitori with the Local Crew

  2. Mike September 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Hey guys, great blog entry, looking forward to following the journey via email newsletter. Do you know of a similar device that works globally (or something regionally for South America and/or Asia?

  3. Stephanie - The Travel Chica September 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Can Tep come to South America, please?
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..What Will It Be Like to Come Home?