December 15, 2010
My Israel Cell Phone & Wireless Data Plans For 2011
SphinnCon Israel is 25 days away now and I'll be in Israel in less than 25 days. This will be the largest SphinnCon ever and I believe the largest search conference in Israel ever - so it is exciting.
But whenever I travel internationally, I get nervous about being connected - mostly data connected. Israel is a small country and reception is almost always solid. But whenever I go, it costs me hundreds of dollars to be connected for the ~10 days I am there.
In the past I end up:
(1) Renting a cell phone and paying minutes at a higher rate
(2) Buying a USB data card for my laptop
(3) Adding the AT&T international data plan to my iPhone
All these three things add up.
In January 2011 I plan on:
I can then use the Android hotspot on the Nexus S to give my MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad and other devices internet when I am Israel for the same fee. Plus, I can check my emails, feeds and stuff on the go on the Nexus S and also make calls.
This should save me a lot of money in the long run and I won't "rent" any of it.
Every year, when I go back, I can use the same device. So I can keep the same number and not worry about renting stuff.
Hope it all works out well.