Internet has become one of the essential parts of our life, also when we travel. Hippocketwifi and Travel Wifi are two French startups, both founded in 2014, offering portable modems to travellers who wish to stay connected abroad as an alternative solution to the expensive international roaming charges.
The Mifi unit provided by both startups could be used in France and all around Europe and Travel Wifi also has its World offer for the travellers visiting outside of Europe. Up to 10 devices can be connected simultaneously to Travel Wifi and Hippocketwifi modems. Both startups has English and French support however Travel Wifi also offers support in Chinese.
Hippocketwifi is located in Lyon and Travel Wifi is centrally located in Paris.
Hippocketwifi vs Travel Wifi: General Evaluation
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Hippocketwifi vs Travel Wifi: Offers and Pricing in Europe
Travel Wifi is the only company in the market offering a true unlimited data plan in France. Travel Wifi provides almost unlimited data around Europe with 5GB/day. Their French data plan in €6.9/day and European plan is €7.9/day. Their generous data plans have made them popular amongst business and leisure travelers who are visiting France or any other European country and they have local French clients as well.
Hippocketwifi has two options for their France and Europe hotspots with degressive pricing. As for the France offer, the prices for 1GB/day are €7.9/day up to 5 days, €6.9/day up to 9 days, €5.90/day up to 13 days and €4.90/day up to 30 days. The unlimited* France offer is €9.9/day up to 5 days, €8.9/day up to 9 days, €7.90/day up to 13 days and €6.90/day up to 30 days. However according to their fair usage policy Hippocketwifi may reduce your speed when your data usage exceeds 5GB/day during more than 5 consecutive days, whereas Travel Wifi allows their clients to consume as much as they want without any fair usage limit.
In Europe Hippocketwifi charges €9.9/day up to 5 days, €8.9/day up to 9 days, €7.90/day up to 13 days and €6.90/day up to 30 days for their 1GB/day plan. The unlimited* Europe offer is is €11.9/day up to 5 days, €10.9/day up to 9 days, €9.90/day up to 13 days and €8.90/day up to 30 days. Their fair usage policy still applies and the connection may slow down when data usage exceeds 5GB/day during more than 5 consecutive days, in contrast to Travel Wifi who offers a true unlimited Internet connection in France and 5GB per day elsewhere in Europe without any restrictions.
Lastly, Hippocketwifi only operates in Europe whereas Travel Wifi covers non-European destinations
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Hippocketwifi vs Travel Wifi: Shipping, Pickup and Return
Both startups propose the hotel delivery option for their clients and send their package a few days prior to their arrival. Different than Hippocketwifi, Travel Wifi has free pick up at Paris Airports’ Tourism Information Desks located at each terminal, allowing clients to book on site or pick up their already existing reservation.
Hippocketwifi is open for seven days of the week, whereas Travel Wifi head office is closed on Sundays. For the clients wishing to pickup their modem on Sunday, Travel Wifi delivers to their hotel, apartment or a near by pickup store. Likewise airport pickup on the weekend is possible with Travel Wifi.
As for the return, the travelers are provided with a prepaid envelope by both companies.
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Hippocketwifi vs Travel Wifi: Client Satisfaction
Travel Wifi has remarkable before & after sales support which is highly appreciated by their clients. Likewise its clients speak highly of their coverage and internet allowance. Although there are fewer customer reviews on Hippocketwifi, their clients are also satisfied by the service in general. Travel Wifi has been chosen as the Best Internet Provider in Paris by Yelp users.