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This article was published on December 14, 2016

    Going abroad? Skyroam rental vending machines launch in several US airports

    Going abroad? Skyroam rental vending machines launch in several US airports
    Matthew Hughes
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    Matthew Hughes

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    I love to travel, but I hate the fact that when I go overseas, I’m often without the Internet for an extended period of time. Roaming is still pretty damn expensive.

    But thankfully last year I got a Skyroam. This is a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, but one that works in over 100 countries. It allows you connect up to five devices simultaneously to the Internet for a flat fee of $8 every 24 hours.

    The devices (which can be bought online, or through one of their brick-and-mortar partners) cost around $100, and are pretty good value if you travel frequently. But if you, like most people, only make one or two international trips per year, they’re probably not worth it.

    But now you can get your hands on one without the massive upfront cost. Skyroam has opened vending machines in several US airports, allowing you to rent a device for as long as you need for just $9.95 per day.

    Once you’ve returned from your trip, just mail back the device with the provided pre-paid envelope, and you’re golden.

    The first vending machines are now available at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

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