Best Pocket Wifi Hong Kong Rental for 2019

Best Hong Kong Pocket Wifi Rental

In our daily lives, most of us have ready access to the internet both in and outside the home. When travelling, the need for easy internet access continues.

A lot of people feel that internet access is even more important when travelling as you want to share your experiences on social media with family and friends. Also, access to the internet makes travelling in an unfamiliar foreign country so much easier. For example, with ready internet access, you will be able to find your way round transport systems more readily, research where you want to go, and communicate more easily with people who don’t speak your native language.

This article has been written to save you time and help you choose the Hong Kong pocket wifi rental option that will best meet your needs. Instead of having to research multiple websites, we’ve compared some of the best wifi rental devices in one article.

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What is a Pocket Wifi Router?

A pocket wifi router (shortened to pocket wifi) is a small battery-powered gadget that is very light and small. Most of them could fit in the palm of your hand. They use mobile phone networks to create a wireless access point or hot spot which allows wifi devices like phones, iPads and other tablets, cameras and laptops to connect to the internet. Depending on the pocket wifi you rent, anything from five to ten devices can be connected at the same time. Connecting a device to the pocket wifi is just as easy as connecting a device at home. All you need to do is go into the device settings and enter a password.

Why you should choose Wifi Rental Hong Kong

If you are looking for fast, secure and reliable internet access when visiting Hong Kong pocket wifi rental is a great option. Another excellent option is to purchase a Hong Kong sim card.

Hong Kong Pocket Wifi Rental vs Hong Kong SIM Card

Both products have their advantages and disadvantages. Broadly speaking, pocket wifi devices are better if you are travelling with more than 1-2 people, need to connect multiple devices, need higher data allowances and want ease of setup. SIM cards are generally better if you are only travelling with 1-2 people, don’t have many devices to connect and are looking for something slightly cheaper.

Later in this article, I will also look at three other options for staying connected: free public wifi, global roaming, and internet provided by your accommodation.

Pocket Wifi Hong Kong vs Hong Kong Wifi Egg vs Hong Kong Portable Wifi

When you are looking at wifi options for your trip to Hong Kong you may also come across rental options for ‘Wifi Egg Hong Kong’ or ‘Hong Kong Portable Wifi’. They are not yet another different type of device. They are simply other terms used for a pocket wifi unit.

Hong Kong Pocket Wifi Rental Options Compared

The comparison table compares our recommended products by cost, speed, data allowance, and delivery and return options to help you quickly decide which option suits you best. Below this comparison table, we provide further information for each product including: rental periods, battery life, connected devices and further detail on how to pick up and return your chosen device.

Note that pricing was accurate as at 25 September 2018, however is subject to fluctuate due to changes in pricing and exchange rates.  This article will be periodically updated to reflect the latest prices.

 

Comparison Table – Pocket Wifi Rental in Hong Kong

Provider Cost Speed and Data Allowance Delivery and Return
Klook (CSL/3) for Hong Kong

Click here to buy through Klook

US$3.45 per day (500mb daily limit)

3-day cost – US$10.45

4G

Speed capped at 400kbps beyond 500mb daily limit

Pick up and return at either Hong Kong Airport or Mongkok Service Centre
US$5.79 per day (unlimited)

3-day cost – US$17.37

4G

Unlimited (fair use)

Klook (Song Wifi) for Hong Kong

Click here to book through Klook

US$3.35 per day (Unlimited)

3-day cost – US$10.05

4G

Unlimited

Pick up and return at Hong Kong Airport
Klook for Hong Kong and Macau

Click here to book through Klook

US$7.45 per day (500mb then speed throttled)

3-day cost – US$22.35

4G

Speed capped at 400kbps beyond 500mb daily limit

Pick up and return at either Hong Kong Airport or Mongkok Service Centre
KK Day

Click here to book through KK Day

Hong Kong Only

US$3.33 per day

3-day cost – US$9.99

4G

Unlimited

Pick up and return at Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong, Macau

US$5.72 per day

3-day cost -US$17.16

4G

Speed capped at 300 Kbps beyond 500mb daily limit

Hong Kong, Macau, China

US$6.44 per day

3-day cost – US$19.32

4G

Speed capped at 384 Kbps beyond 500mb daily limit

Skyroam Solis

Click here to book through Skyroam Solis

Use discount code PRETRAVELLER to get a 10% discount

Frequent Travel

US$149 to buy device

US$9 per day or US$99/month

4G

Unlimited (Fair Use)

Worldwide Delivery so you can get it delivered before you leave
Frequent Travel

US$149.99 to buy device

US$9 per month for 1GB

Buy extra day for US$9 per GB

4G

Pay per GB

One Trip

Rent device and $US9.99 per day

4G

Unlimited (Fair Use)

If you’re looking to pick up your pocket wifi device from outside of Hong Kong are a couple of other options worth considering.

Provider Cost Speed and Data Allowance Delivery and Return
Klook (Singapore Pickup)

Click here to book through Klook

US$2.59 per day

3-day cost – US$7.77

4G

Unlimited but speed reduces to 3G speed after the first 500MB (per day)

This option is a good one for people living in Singapore.

Pick up and return at Ucloudlink office in Singapore.

A courier service within Singapore is also available

Klook (Thailand Pickup)

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US$5.00 (Unlimited)

3-day cost – US$15.00

An additional insurance option is available

4G

500MB of data

Pick up and return from either Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Muang Airport

Klook Portable Wifi (CSL/3) for Hong Kong

Here are some further details on the Klook (CSL/3) portable wifi.

Rental Period

Minimum 3-day rental period

Battery Life

4-6 hours

Connected Devices

Up to 5

Pick Up and Return

You can pick up the portable wifi from either:

  • Hong Kong International Airport (Terminal 1, Level 5, Arrival Hall, Counter A08) between 6:30am and 11:00pm daily. Return the portable wifi device to the same counter. If you’re returning the device after 11:00pm a drop box is available.
  • Mongkok Service Counter (Unit 1301, 13/F, Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok) between 10:00am and 8:00pm daily.

Klook Portable Wifi (Song Wifi)

Here are some further details on the Klook (Song) portable wifi.

Rental Period

Minimum 3-day rental period

Battery Life

10-12 hours

Connected Devices

Up to 5

Pick Up and Return

You can pick up the portable wifi from Hong Kong International Airport (Terminal 1, Level 5, Arrival Hall, Counter A05) open 24 hours (daily). Return the portable wifi to the same counter.

Compensation Charges (Loss, Damage, Breakage):

Compensation charges for loss, damage or breakage are as follows: pocket WiFi (HK$1,000 / US$127.90); USB cable (HK$50 / US$6.40); 4 x USB charger (HK$150 / US$19.20); and wifi case (HK$30 / US$3.80)

Klook Portable Wifi (Hong Kong and Macau)

Here are some further details on the Klook (Hong Kong and Macau) portable wifi.

Rental Period

Minimum 3-day rental period

Battery Life

4-6 hours

Connected Devices

Up to 5

Pick Up and Return

You can pick up the portable wifi from either:

  • Hong Kong International Airport (Terminal 1, Level 5, Arrival Hall, Counter A08) between 6:30am and 11:00pm daily. Return the portable wifi device to the same counter. If you’re returning the device after 11:00pm a drop box is available.
  • Mongkok Service Counter (Unit 1301, 13/F, Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok) between 10:00am and 8:00pm daily.

KK Day Portable Wifi

Here are some further details on the KK Day portable wifi for (a) Hong Kong, (b) Hong Kong/Macau, and (c) Hong Kong/Macau/China.

Rental Period

Minimum 3-day rental period

Battery Life

10-12 hours

Connected Devices

Up to 5

Pick Up and Return

You can pick up the portable wifi from Hong Kong International Airport (Terminal 1, Level 5, Arrival Hall, Counter A05) open 24 hours (daily). Return the portable wifi to the same counter.

Compensation Charges (Loss, Damage, Breakage):

Compensation charges for loss, damage or breakage are as follows: pocket WiFi (HK$1,000 / US$127.90); USB cable (HK$50 / US$6.40); 4 x USB charger (HK$150 / US$19.20); and wifi case (HK$30 / US$3.80)

Klook Portable Wifi (Singapore Pickup)

Rental Period

Minimum 2-day rental period

Battery Life

12 hours when fully charged

Connected Devices

Up to 5

Pick Up and Return

You can pick up the portable wifi device from the Ucloudlink Singapore office located at 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex, #04-18 Singapore 059108. Return is to the same office. A one-way or return courier service within Singapore is also available for an extra fee.

Compensation Charges (Loss, Damage, Breakage):

Liability for damage to or loss of the device is capped at SG$100 (US$73.20)

Klook Portable Wifi (Thailand Pickup)

Rental Period

Minimum 1-day rental period

Battery Life

8 hours (16 hours with included power bank)

Connected Devices

Up to 10

Pick Up and Return

You can pick up the device from and return the device to either of the following locations:

  • Smile WiFi Airport Service Counter located at Suvarnabhumi Airport (B1 Floor) open 24 hours (daily)
  • Smile WiFi Airport Service Counter located at Don Muang International Airport (Terminal 2 Domestic building, 1st/Arrival Floor, Gate no. 12) open 24 hours (daily)

Compensation Charges (Loss, Damage, Breakage):

Compensation charges for loss, damage or breakage are as follows: pocket WiFi (THB 8,000 / US$246.67); SIM card (THB 1,500 / US$46.24); battery (THB 500 / US$15.41); USB cord (THB 100 / US$3.08; AC charger (THB 200 / US$6.16; and power bank (THB 1,000 / US$30.82). There is an insurance option for an additional US$1 per day if you are concerned about these charges.

Data Allowance Requirements

When comparing the different products you might be wondering how far 500MB or 1GB of data will get you. This handy calculator helps you work out what you can do with a certain data allowance so you won’t be left wondering whether a certain data allowance is sufficient or whether you will run out.

Booking online versus Hong Kong Airport Wifi rental

You can rent portable wifi devices once you arrive in Hong Kong. Here are the pocket wifi Hong Kong Airport rental options once you arrive. Although wifi devices can be rented once you arrive, there are a lot of benefits to ordering online before you arrive.

Here are just some of the benefits of shopping online. Firstly, during peak periods supplies can run out if you wait until you arrive at the airport. Secondly, it’s time-consuming. You’re likely to arrive in Hong Kong exhausted. It’s not a great time to compare the different options from various physical shops particularly when faced with long queues. Buying online means you can do your research and compare products in a leisurely fashion from the comfort of your home, then simply pick up the device when you arrive. Thirdly, costs from a physical shop at the airport can be higher compared to buying online, particularly when the online travel agencies offer discounts or coupon codes. Finally, when you buy online, conversion to your home currency is made easy. When at a shop at Hong Kong airport, you have to do currency conversions on the spot to compare products and work out the best deal.

Other Options for Staying Connected

Both pocket wifi rental and SIM cards are very cheap. For example, wifi rental is about US$3.50 per day. For my family and I, such a low price makes renting a pocket wifi device or buying a SIM card an easy choice.

There are three other alternative internet access options that may be worth considering. Here’s an outline of these choices including a quick summary of their advantages and disadvantages. I have also written a much more detailed article on the pros and cons of each of the internet access options for travellers.

Free Public Wifi

If you’re looking for basic internet access at no cost in Hong Kong free wifi is a reasonable choice (if your internet needs are basic and don’t involve your personal data). Hong Kong is one of the more connected cities in the world. A common public wifi brand called Wi-Fi.HK has been set up by the Hong Kong SAR Government to make it quite easy to access the internet and many organisations participate in this program. To be part of this program, organisations must guarantee at least 30 minutes of free internet access, ensure there is no registration process and that no personal data needs to be provided. This means that it won’t be hard to find free internet access.

My main concern with using free public wifi hotspots is security. I would simply not feel safe using any website or application which involves personal data when connected to a free public wifi hotspot. For anything that involves banking, using a credit card, logging into email, or using social media, your sensitive personal information is at risk using a public wifi connection as it may be unsecured. For me, the benefit of saving a few dollars a day is just not worth it compared to the risk involved. Here’s an interesting article which looks at the risks associated with free public wifi.

Some of the other issues with free wifi connections include the inconvenience of having to look for public hotspots, low-speed connections, small hot spot coverage areas, and restrictions on usage time. When on holiday, I want to spend my time travelling not having to deal with these issues.

Internet Provided by your Accommodation

Many accommodation providers now offer free wifi to guests. This is a handy option when you are actually at the hotel but it’s of limited help if you want to stay connected when you step outside.

Some accommodation providers also offer portable wifi devices which can be used outside your accommodation. Some hotels are also offering smartphones such as Handy smartphones which you can take outside and use to access the internet.

If your accommodation offers a portable wifi device or smartphone during your stay, do some further investigation to make sure it will meet your internet needs.

Global Roaming through your Phone Provider

When you travel overseas, you can turn on global/international roaming in your phone settings. When this is turned on you can make and receive calls, send and receive texts messages and use mobile data. Be aware however that you will be connecting through a foreign mobile carrier’s network. Your home network has set up roaming agreements with these carriers and costs can vary greatly from quite cheap to very expensive (e.g. $3 per MB of data used). If you’re not careful you may return home with excess data usage charges amounting to thousands of dollars.

Most mobile phone carriers now also offer international data packs to help manage costs. However, these don’t always represent good value. For example, Telstra (an Australian mobile phone network) offers an international day pass costing AU$10 which offers 200MB of data per day. Verizon (an American phone network offers a travel pass costing US$10 per day which allows you to use your domestic data allowances but only the first 512MB per day is high speed then speed is reduced to snail-like 2G speeds.

It’s definitely worthwhile looking at global roaming options through your phone network before heading overseas and then comparing what you get with options like Hong Kong pocket wifi rental are a Hong Kong SIM card. Often renting a pocket wifi device or buying a SIM card will be cheaper and you will get more for your money. For example, many of the pocket wifi rental options for Hong Kong cost less than US$3.50 per day.

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