Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in South Korea for Tourists in 2020

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When you visit South Korea, pocket wifi rental is a great option for staying in touch with family and friends. It gives you easy and convenient access to the internet without the need to find free wifi. I have done the research to help you quickly decide which portable wifi Korea suits you best for your visit.

As in other countries, there are also potential security concerns with free wifi, and logging in to each wifi hotspot can be painful. Your accommodation will often offer you guest wifi, but when you walk out the door you will lose access to it – and you really need it for many reasons including accessing public transport timetables as well as for using map apps like Naver Map and KakaoMap to get around. Google Maps has pretty limited usefulness in South Korea.  Check out our article on the best apps to load onto your phone for your trip to South Korea.

Before I get into the details, a key tip before your trip is to pre-order your wifi egg Korea. Many providers allow you to pre-order in advance. Particularly in peak travel times it might be difficult to get a device if you don’t pre-book. Also, if you are arriving or departing early or late, ensure you check the opening hours for your pick up and return options which are further down in the article, or on the supplier’s page after you click through on the links below.

Join the South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group

Check out our South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group – you are welcome to join and it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to South Korea!

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Best Pocket Wifi Korea Summary of Recommended Options

For those of you just looking for some quick recommendations without reading the whole article here is a summary of our recommended options.  Note that on our recent visit to South Korea we obtained and used all of our recommended pocket wifi options, so we are well placed to provide advice on the options.  We can confirm that all of the South Korea wifi egg options recommended below worked well and were easy to set up and use.

Read further below for further information about each recommended providers and to see the available options.

Click below to check out and book your pocket wifi through our recommended providers:

When we travel renting a portable wifi router just makes common sense. After pre-booking our rental wifi online before we depart Australia, we pick it up at an airport in our arrival country, login once and then use it for the whole trip to connect multiple devices that use wifi such as tablets, phones and laptops. We use it continuously and have found it to be both convenient and cost effective in both urban and rural areas. We have also used travel sim cards and as a result have learnt the pros and cons for using both pocket wifi devices and sim cards.Korea Portable Wifi vs Korea SIM cards – Pros and Cons

Overview of South Korea Sim Cards – Pros and Cons

It can be a bit of a hassle to install a travel sim card in your phone, but once installed a sim card can be more convenient than a pocket wifi. One of the reasons for this is you don’t have to constantly turn your phone on and off to save battery life. Another advantage for sim cards is you don’t need to return it at the end of your trip. Using a sim card means you also have one less device to carry around.

However, before using a sim card you must make sure that your phone is compatible with the South Korean phone network you will be using and that your phone has been unlocked. You also must make sure that your phone settings are correct so you don’t risk incurring additional charges. If you will be travelling to more rural locations in South Korea, the sim card may also have a weaker signal when compared to pocket wifi.  If you prefer to use a sim card I suggest you check out our article on the Best Sim Card in Korea for Tourists.

Overview of South Korea Pocket Wifi Rental or Wifi Egg Rental

Pocket (or portable) wifi routers make it easy to connect multiple devices which also makes them very handy when you are travelling with a group of people that each require access to the internet. Take care however as some wifi units throttle their speed when over 1GB a day of data is used. Battery life is roughly 6-9 hours depending on the device and intensity of use so you might find it necessary to recharge quite frequently or conserve the life of your battery. Pocket wifi routers make it easy to connect your devices. They also have large data allowances, but in South Korea sim cards also have generous data allowances. Portable wifi units also offer strong data signals in urban areas and perform well in more rural areas.

When you are looking at wifi options for your trip to South Korea you will also come across rental options for wifi eggs. A wifi egg is another term used for a portable or pocket wifi unit in South Korea.

Korea Pocket Wifi Rental Options for Seoul and Other South Korean Destinations

For pocket wifi Seoul and other South Korean destinations, what is the best product for your visit? The answer to this question will vary depending on your individual needs.  This article details the features and costs of various wifi options from two reputable providers –Klook and Trazy. I have also provided options to order through Viator, KK Day and GoVoyagin.

Costs are accurate as at September 2020, but are subject to fluctuation due to product pricing and exchange rate changes.  This article will be periodically updated to reflect the latest prices.

Pocket Wifi Rental South Korea – Best Options to Pick Up and Return Within South Korea

ProvidersPrice and Rental PeriodWifi FeaturesDelivery and Return

Skyroam Solis X / Solis Lite

Click here to book direct through Skroam

Use discount code PRETRAVELLER to get a 10% discount

You can either purchase outright or rent per day, plus shipping costs.

Unlimited Day passes, pay per data used or monthly subscription options are available.

Add on services include a VPN and much more!

4G LTE WiFi Hotspot

Up to 10 connected devices

Works in over 130 countries

Can be delivered to your home (rental and purchase options) and returned by mail (if rental option selected)
KT Olleh

 

Click here to pre-book through Klook

Click here to pre-book through Voyagin

$US 2.75 per day

 

Cost for 14 days – $US38.50

Rental Period – 1 to as many days as you want

Pre-order at least 3 calendar days in advance

 

Up to 3 connected devices

4G/LTE; unlimited data

Charges apply due to expenses incurred due to loss or damage

Late returns KRW8,800 per day; Loss or damage of WiFi device KRW150,000-200,000; Loss or damage of battery KRW30,000; Loss or damage of charger/cable KRW10,000

Pick-up and drop-off at major South Korean airports and other selected locations

  • Incheon Airport
  • Gimpo Airport
  • Busan Gimhae Airport
  • Busan Harbour
SK Telecom

 

Click here to pre-book through Trazy

$US 2.80 per day

 

Cost for 14 days – $US39.20

Rental Period – 1-70 days

Pre-order at least 1 day in advance

 

Up to 3 connected devices

4G/LTE; unlimited data (over 1GB per day speed  reduces to 400Kbps – reset at midnight)

Battery Life – 12 hours

Pick-up and drop-off at major South Korean airports and other selected locations

  • Incheon Airport
  • Gimpo Airport
  • Seoul locations
  • Busan Gimhae Airport
  • Daegu Airport
  • Jeju Airport
  • Jeju Ferry Passenger Terminal

Korea Pocket Wifi Rental – Hong Kong Pick-up and Return

Klook has an option for Hong Kong pick-up and drop-off of pocket wifis for South Korea as detailed below.

ProvidersPrice and Rental PeriodWifi FeaturesDelivery and Return
Wifi BB

 

Click here to book through Klook

NOTE:  Hong Kong pick-up and drop-off

Pre-book at least 2 days in advance – $US 1.70 per day

 

Pre-book less than 2 days in advance – $US3.10 per day

Cost for 14 days – $US23.80 /$US43.40

Rental Period – 1 to as many days as you want

Pick-up and drop-off at Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1Allow at least 1 hour between booking and pick-up. Pay more for less than 2 days in advance

 

Up to 5 connected devices

4G/LTE; unlimited data. Speed throttled to 256 Kbps beyond 1GB of data

Refundable HKD1000 deposit

Skyroam Pocket Wifi – Worldwide Delivery

An alternative option you may wish to consider if you wish to get a pocket wifi delivered before you depart or are travelling to multiple countries, is a product such as Skyroam Solis (use discount code PRETRAVELLER to get a 10% discount). It offers either unlimited wifi (speed is throttled when you use over 500MB/day) or Pay as you go data in over 130 countries, including South Korea and includes a VPN.

You can either order a short term rental or purchase a device outright if you are a frequent traveller.  You can check out the pricing for both options using the above link.

If you choose to purchase the unit, the price is $US149.99, and you then either pay for day passes for $US9 per day or their monthly subscription service for $US99 per month. If you are more interested in the option to rent a Skyroam Solis, pricing is $US 9.95 per day of rental.  You will also need to add the cost of shipping in to the price for both options.

While the Skyroam Solis is more expensive than the other options I have provided above, the convenient delivery options and the option of using the unit for multiple countries may be a great option for your trip.

Click here to check out and book a Skyroam Solis

Wifi Pick-up and Return Details– Incheon Airport, Gimpo Airport, Gimhae Airport and Other Locations

To pickup and drop off your Korea wifi rental Incheon Airport, you have a good range of choices in both Seoul and Busan.  For specific details please check out the sections below.

Klook – KT Olleh – Pocket Wifi Pick-up and Return

The portable wifi device available through Klook is from KT Olleh. The pick-up locations for this pocket wifi device are at KT Roaming Center locations as follows:

  • Seoul – Incheon International Airport
    • Terminal 1 – KT Roaming Centre between Gates 6-7 (24 hours daily);
    • Terminal 1 – KT Roaming Centre between Gates 4-5 (7am to 10pm daily)
    • Terminal 1 – KT Roaming Centre between Gates 10-11 (6am to 10pm daily)
    • Terminal 2 – KT Roaming Centre between Gates 2-3 on the Arrivals Floor (open 24 hours).
  • Seoul – Gimpo International Airport – KT Roaming Centre near Gate 1 (7am to 11pm daily).
  • Busan – Gimhae International Airport – KT Roaming Centre near Gate 3 on the Arrivals Floor (6am – 10pm).
  • Busan – Busan Harbor International Passenger Terminal – KT Roaming Centre near Gate 4 in the Arrival Hall 2F (6:30am – 7:30pm)

Click here to book your KT Olleh Pocket Wifi through Klook

Trazy – Pocket Wifi Pick-up and Return

T Mifi (from SK Telecom) is the name of the pocket wifi device available through Trazy. SK Telecom is South Korea’s largest wireless carrier. Here are the pick-up locations for the T Mifi device:

  • Seoul – Incheon International Airport
    • Terminal 1 – Between Exit 5-6 on the Ground Floor (open 24 hours).
    • Terminal 2 – Beside Exit 3 on the First Floor (open 24 hours).
  • Seoul – Gimpo International Airport – Near Gate 1 on the First Floor (6:30am – 11pm).
  • Seoul – Myeongdong, Sinchon/Hongdae, Gangnam,
  • Gyeonggi-do – Bundang and Suwon
  • Busan – Gimhae International Airport – Near Gate 3 on the First Floor (6am – 10pm)
  • Daegu – Daegu International Airport – Next to domestic departure gate (6am – 7.30pm daily)
  • Jeju – Jeju International Airport – Near Gate 5 in the arrival hall (9am – 7pm daily)
  • Jeju – Jeju Ferry Passenger Terminal – near ticket office in arrival halls (hours flexible depending on cruise schedules)

You can return the T Mifi to any of the pick-up locations.

Click here to book your T Mifi Pocket Wifi through Trazy

Hong Kong – Pick-up and Return Locations

The Hong Kong pick-up locations for the two providers available through Klook are as follows:

  • Klook (from WiFiBB) – Hong Kong International Airport service counter: Counter A16, Terminal 1 Arrival Hall (24-hour service daily)

Click here to book your Wifi BB pocket wifi with Hong Kong Collection and return through Klook

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Join the South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group

Check out our South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group – you are welcome to join and it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to South Korea!

South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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3 thoughts on “Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in South Korea for Tourists in 2020”

  1. Hi Tony, nice report, I am glad to read your comment on Google maps as a way to find your way in South Korea, this must have changed since I was there in the fall of 2016 when “Google Maps” was limited in scope for navigation, it was ok for major highways mass transit .

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