Staying connected while overseas - MiFi rental, or..?
Seeking advise for international travel. I'm going to Israel for two weeks, and I need to figure out how my family's devices will work, for internet use and communicating with each other and others.
- 2 iPhones (on Xfinity Mobile, which uses Verizon's network, and are CDMA)
- 2 iPads (WiFi only)
XF Mobile int'l roaming charges are:
- Data: $0.15/MB
- Talk: $0.15 /minute
- Text: $0.10 /message
I expect my data would be 1.0 - 1.5 GB ($150-$225).
I don't think I can get/rent SIM cards, because I need Messages/Texts to continue working (our phone numbers are connected to our Messages app).
I'm considering a MiFi rental. $80-110 for the trip, provides WiFi to the iPads as well as the Phones. Don't have to worry about bad hotel WiFi. I'm sure I'd still use a VPN service on top of it. This wouldn't cover talk/text.. I'd still need XF Mobile for that.
Has anyone done a MiFi rental for travel? Any other methods to consider?
Unfortunately my phones are both iPhone X, which apparently is not dual SIM. And I can't unlock them, because they're not fully paid off yet (monthly installments to Xfinity Mobile).
I was surprised to learn, though, that they're GSM (which is what I think is needed for Israel). XFM uses Verizon, which I thought was CDMA, but apparently that's changing now?
The tethering idea is very interesting. I do have an old iPhone 6 from AT&T, so I assume it's ok for GSM, if I can get it unlocked. I found a SIM card rental for $50-60, a little cheaper than the MiFi option ($80-100).
- Would I need "texting to US", if I mainly use iMessage?
- Would tethering to an iPhone 6 work just as well as a MiFi? I wonder how they compare in performance, connections, stability, security, etc.
Would you trust a rented MiFi to not snoop on you? Or would you use a VPN service on top of it, just to be extra careful?