So, you’re a travel freak looking for the great adventures in your life and travels to a lot of places all over the world to find them? Well, you may find the greatest adventures in your life, but isn’t that your effort goes vain if you don’t show them to the world? I’m talking about making it go live! Well, here’re few problems you’ll face –
- You might be in a different country (temporary) and may not have a SIM there
- You might have data in your local SIM but you’re afraid of international roaming fee
- Your mobile battery dead
- Network issues, low signal, disconnection problem and much more
Aren’t these problems gonna kill your adventure mood? Yes, they surely will. Let’s change the subject for a while and let’s say you’re a business person travels to a lot of countries and wanted to be in touch with your family, friends or get updates from your office. Well, you can be in connection as long as you were in conference, or in the office but once you reach the hotel room and see the extra fee on WiFi you know you’ll feel angry and you can’t even use your mobile data as of international roaming. So, how to deal with this solution?
Well, if you’re an avid reader of iGadgetsworld & followed our page you’d already known the answer. Yes, we recently got yet another crowd-funding gadget, GlocalMe U2 which is gonna kill all your problems and keeps you in touch with the world. Let’s not wait anymore and get straight to the GlocalMe U2 Review.
GlocalMe U2 Review – Your Travel Buddy!
As far my testing went, I would say it clearly blew my mind off! You may think it’s yet another MiFi device, but it’s more than that. Let me tell you a few features about this personal WiFi dongle
Features of GlocalMe U2 –
- Firstly, it has a revolutionary cloud SIM which means you really don’t need any extra SIM, and the best part is it is internationally roaming free
- Data rates are so cheap which is literally 60% less when compared to other networks
- It has a battery range of 3,500mAh, so you don’t have to plugin like a MiFi device
- It supports almost all network bands including LTE FDD & TDD
- You can also insert your local SIM as it comes with two SIM slots [General & Mini]
- 5 devices can be connected
- Everything can be controlled via mobile app
- 100+ countries network coverage
- High-Speed 4G with download speed of 150 Mbps & upload rate of 50 Mbps
Aren’t those features amazing? I guess now you know the answers for the issues aforementioned earlier. Well, how reliable the GlocalMe U2 is? As per the crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, users seems to be very interested in the device as the campaign already reached 400% of its goal and still funding. So, is the GlocalMe U2 really provide world class connectivity as it claiming? Let me tell you what I found out during my testing –
Comparing to their previous flagship device – GlocalMe G2, you don’t find any display and it’s not as bulky as like the previous one. GlocalMe U2 weighs just about 151 grams and fits perfectly in your pockets.
On the front side, you can find 3 major indications – WiFi, Network signal strength, and battery whereas on the opposite side you can find the QR code, User id, password, and IMEI number. The power button is placed somewhat inside on the left side, which is kinda hard to press but you’ll get used to it after using it for few days. Also, the reset button can be seen just above the power button. As usual, at the bottom, you can find a micro USB port which is to power up the battery.
Inside, you can find two SIM slots one is general and the other supports Mini SIM. The battery is non-removable and I didn’t go deep to check the connections, you know not interested at the moment. Anyhow, Let’s startup –
Starting up with GlocalMe U2
The first thing I did was downloaded their official app and registered a new account. This is to control everything! Just like they mentioned in the campaign it does come with a welcome offer of 100MB, and I got around 5GB to test the device. Before connecting the device, I went through all the settings and tabs in the app, and here are few screenshots.
Yup, you can top up the dongle just from the mobile app, and can continuously monitor the data consumption on the app itself.
Now, the real deal. I’ve tried connecting using their cloud SIM itself and it took me some 5 minutes to establish a stable connection. The first thing I did after getting connected is activated the device by scanning the QR code on the back of GlocalMe U2. After that, I changed the predefined WiFi password just make it more secure.
Using the WiFi with Cloud SIM
I did face some low speed as the device was not tested in India, so I got in touch with the support team and they fixed the network issue & low speed in just 30 minutes. I was like, wow how cool is that! So, I went to speed test, and the speed was around 10Mbps and I feel it is considerably high compared to what other networks are offering here. Also, the speed purely depends on network strength and the place where I live doesn’t have a good network. But, still, there was no drop in speed or network disconnection.
As I have around 5GB to test, I literally had no idea how to spend it, as I am already using Jio 4G, ACT fiber net. But, thanks to the Sony Smart TV which we bought recently and I watched hell lot of YouTube videos especially, The Weekend ft. Daft Punk – Starboys. This song was actually on loop and I’ve not faced any buffering issue though the video quality was 1080p. Also, I tested the network speed by carrying the device to few places of Bangalore and I kinda feel like completely satisfied with the speed. GlocalMe U2 will surely come in handy for me if I had to travel for next year MWC which will gonna happen in Barcelona. This will get me in touch with my audience base and allows me to share the update on real time.
Also, do I have to talk about the battery life? As there isn’t any display, GlocalMe U2 really lives more than 12 hours with just one charge, and you can easily check the signal strength and battery life from the mobile app itself.
Using the WiFi with Jio SIM [Local]
As already mentioned, this is not like a traditional MiFi, but still, can act like one. As Jio is the most popular network used in India, I wanted to give a try. Of course, It will work, as the GlocalMe U2 supports LTE – FDD too. Even changing the SIM settings is very easy, in fact before making a connection, the device will prompt you to choose cloudSIM or the local SIM [Roaming]. Before making a connection, all you have to do is to add an access point [APN] and in my case, it is ‘Jionet’. That’s it, now you are ready to connect the device and there no other things you need to do like manual network selection. It has auto selection mode, and auto switch networks based on signal & network stability. In the case of Jio, I can’t use it in 3G mode, as it was true 4G. So, whenever network drops, GlocalMe U2 used to do a reconnection and establishes a new connection again.
There were only a few network drops as far my test went, but it is purely from Jio side, and not from the hotspot, so I don’t want to blame the device but the network. What else you need? A WiFI dongle + Jio SIM + a battery range of 3,500mAh = Unlimited possibilities.
With Great speed comes greater responsibilities!! :p
Pros & cons –
- Value for money
- Better network & speed
- Minimalistic design, easy to carry around
- On the go connectivity
- Smart management & safe connectivity
- Customer support
- Battery range
- Data packs validity
- Speed issues in some places
- Devices connected 
If I were you, I wouldn’t waste time anymore and would have gone straight to their crowdfunding page and backed it to get one for my own. Yes, without any second opinion, if you travel a lot, or an adventure guy [not like me] or may be a local traveler, this is the perfect device for you. Get yourself one to be in touch with the world.