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5 Ways To Stay Connected While In NYC

Posted by Milen Vasilev on Mar 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Visiting the Big Apple is a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll want to take advantage of everything the city has to offer and share your adventures with family and friends. Updating social media with images of places you visited in the city can be almost as exciting as the places themselves. The city is well-connected and you can find WiFi hotspots in many places, but if you don’t want to rely on public networks and spend time looking for them, here are a few options for staying connected:

Roaming

The easiest way to stay connected when you are visiting the US is to activate the roaming service of your mobile provider. Keep in mind that, although it may be convenient, roaming tends to be expensive. Some mobile carriers provide roaming packages for data only that are discounted, but in terms of price they cannot compete with the other options on this list, especially if you are a heavy data user.

Local SIM card

You can often get a local SIM card from the airport or a local mobile services provider. The best option is to get to the city and into an AT&T or T-Mobile store where you can get prepaid SIM card for your phone or iPad SIM card with limited data. Avoid buying from third party vendors, for they are often overpriced. Once you get a prepaid SIM card you can save it and use it in future visits to US by just buying extra data.

Mobile WiFi device

Another good option is to get a portable WiFi router or hotspot. This is a small, rechargeable device that can be delivered to your home or hotel. You pay a daily rate and get unlimited data for several devices. It is an ideal solution if you travel with a family or group of friends. It will solve all your connectivity issues at a fixed price. The mobile hotspot connects to local networks, so you will have coverage anywhere you go. Make sure to charge it regularly if you are a heavy data user.

Local WiFi networks

Lastly, NYC has plenty of free WiFi you can take advantage of on your trip. Hotels, restaurants, cafés and some public parks and subway stations have free networks where you can connect while you are in the vicinity. Those are good if you have no choice, but they are location-specific and can open networks can be a security risk.