Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in South Korea for Tourists in 2019

Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in South Korea

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.

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.

I have done the research to help you quickly decide which portable wifi router suits you best for your visit. You can pick up your device from various locations throughout South Korea and Hong Kong.

Before I get into the details, a key tip before your trip to South Korea is to pre-order your portable wifi unit. 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.

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

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Korea Portable Wifi vs Korea SIM cards – Pros and Cons

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.

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 my 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.

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

For pocket wifi in 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 30 April 2018, but are subject to fluctuation due to product pricing and exchange rate changes.  This article will be periodically updated to reflect the latest prices.

 

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

Providers Price and Rental Period Wifi Features Delivery and Return
Wide Mobile

Click here to pre-book through Klook

 

Click here to pre-book through Viator (note only Incheon Airport pickup, multiple return location options)

$US2.60 per day

Cost for 14 days – $US36.40

Rental Period – 2 to as many days as you want

Pre-order at least 2 calendar days in advance

Up to 5 connected devices

4G/LTE; unlimited data but fair use policy applies (1GB per day recommended limit)

Battery Life – About 9 hours

Charges apply due to expenses incurred due to loss or damage

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

 

KT Olleh

Click here to pre-book through Klook

 

Click here to pre-book through KK Day

 

Click here to pre-book through Voyagin

 

$US 2.80 per day

Cost for 14 days – $US39.20

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

 

SK Telecom

Click here to pre-book through Trazy

$US4.10 per day

Cost for 14 days – $US57.40

Rental Period – 1-70 days

Pre-order at least 2 days in advance

Up to 10 connected devices but 3 for optimal speed

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

Battery Life – 6-7 hours

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

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

Klook has a couple of options for Hong Kong pick-up and drop-off of pocket wifis for South Korea using two different providers.

Providers Price and Rental Period Wifi Features Delivery 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 1 Allow 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

 

Uroaming

Click here to book through Klook

NOTE:  Hong Kong pick-up and drop-off

$US 1.70 per day

Cost for 14 days – $US23.80

Rental Period – 3 to 50 days

Pick-up and drop-off at Hong Kong International Airport and Mongkok Service Centre Pre-order at least 5 calendar days in advance

Up to 5 connected devices

4G; unlimited data.

Refundable HKD5000 deposit

 

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 unlimited wifi (speed is throttled when you use over 500MB/day) in over 100 countries, including South Korea.

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.

Click here to book a Skyroam Solis

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.

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

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

Klook – Widemobile – Pocket Wifi Pick-up and Return

The pocket wifi device available through Klook is from KT or LG U+. This product has multiple pick-up locations which are as follows:

  • Seoul – Incheon International Airport
    • Terminal 1 – Widemobile Global Roaming Center – Beside Gate 7 on the First Floor.
    • Terminal 2 – Widemobile Global Roaming Center – Beside Gate 1 on the First Floor.
  • Seoul – Gimpo International Airport – Near Gate 1 on the First Floor (6:30am – 11:00pm).
  • Seoul – Widemobile Seoul Headquarters – 10F JungAn building – Subway Line 2 City Hall Station Exit 10, go straight and walk for 3 min (9:00am – 6:00pm business days).
  • Busan – Gimhae International Airport – Widemobile Global Roaming Center – Beside Gate 3 on the First Floor.
  • Busan – Busan Harbor International Passenger Terminal – Arrivals on the Second Floor.
  • Daegu – Daegu International Airport – Widemobile Global Roaming Center – Beside Gate 3 on the First Floor.
  • CheongJu – CheongJu International Airport – Widemobile Global Roaming Center – Beside Gate 3 on the First Floor.
Click here to book through Klook

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 – On the first floor: Between Gates 6 and 7 (24 hours daily); Gate 8 and 9 on the 1st Floor (7:00am -9:00pm); and between Gates 10 and 11 (6:00am – 10:00pm).
    • Terminal 2 – On the first floor between Gates 2 and 3 on the Arrivals Floor (open 24 hours).
  • Seoul – Gimpo International Airport – First floor near Gate 1 (7:00am – 11:00pm).
  • Busan – Gimhae International Airport – Near Gate 3 on the Arrivals Floor (6:00am – 10:00pm).
  • Busan – Busan Harbor International Passenger Terminal – Near Gate 4 in the Arrival Hall 2F (6:30am – 7:30pm)
Click here to book 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 6 and 7 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 – 11:00pm).
  • Seoul – Euljiro Branch – Euljiro 3-ga Station, Line 2, Exit 12 (9:00am – 6:00pm weekdays).
  • Busan – Gimhae International Airport – Near Gate 3 on the First Floor (6:00am – 10:00pm).

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

Click here to book 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 Wifi BB through Klook
  • Klook (from Uroaming) – Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1: Counter A03, Arrival Hall, Level 5 (open daily: 6:30am-11:00pm); and Mongkok Service Center, Unit 1301, 13/F, Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok (open daily: 10:00am-8:00pm)
Click here to book Uroaming through Klook

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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.

Join the South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group

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  • 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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