After trying out the service of Wifi-Korea for the first time during my previous trip, I chose to used their service when I visited Korea again together with my family. We stayed for a long 10 days, thus I have opted for Everywhere Speed Pack pocket wifi which cost only USD 3.99 per day since it covers everywhere in Korea.
You may select to pick up at their office at no extra cost, or pay USD $5 (each way) to enjoy the hassle free delivery service to your Korea accommodation doorstep.
Note that delivery service is only available if you book it at least 2 days in advance before your arrival.
Superbly convenient, all you have to do is to fill in the form on their web-page and make your reservation. Instead of picking up at the airport like before, I visited them at their office, chose to pay the deposit by cash (100,000 won) and got the device on the spot!
Little cozy office, friendly environment and staffs makes it feels like meeting up with a long time friend at their home. If you are worry about language barriers, I can assure you that they are FLUENT in English.
Located in Insadong, right across from the huge calligraphy brush sculpture, just come out from Anguk station, Exit 6 and walk straight for around 200 meter, you will see Bread & Co bakery, and look up! Spot their office on the 3rd floor!
So what is in the bag?
- Instruction manual
- A Pocket Wi-Fi egg (ESP wifi router is in red)
- An instruction card about having all auto-updates off, so that you wouldn’t go over the limit
- Another instruction card on installing an app to check your data usage
The ESP pocket wifi is definitely one the best thing that a blogger and social-network-in-need person like me could have. Besides, I wasn’t staying together with my family. Of course, a mom would always say the same thing to their kids, contact me once you reach the house! Yes m’am. This is how I stayed connected with them whenever I drop them off at their hotel and go my own way.
Signal and coverage
Running on LTE network, speed is no doubt, really really fast and signal was great everywhere, like the name itself, Everywhere Speed Pack. This includes the place I stayed at, Eunpyeong-gu. As compared to the Urban Data Pack which I used in the previous trip, the signal there was very weak, but ESP gives me great coverage all day long. I even took it on a trip to the popular Nami Island and I could easily connect to my social network accounts without any disruption.
To charge it, plug it in to a power outlet using the adaptor provided.
My ESP router battery lasted more than 10 hours, which somehow surprised me as I had a not so good experience with the battery life on my Urban Data Pack router. I leave it on throughout the day, even on a cold snowy day in Nami Island, I thought it would had died off when I return to Seoul that evening, however, it was still on although the power level has dropped.
What about the size?
Same size as Urban Data Pack router, a palm’s size. Being a guide to my family, I needed a map to navigate to the place I was going, no doubt that I need to depend on wifi. I’m glad that the router isn’t a bulky one where I could easily chuck it into my bag or pockets and carry it everywhere I go.
During my 9 days of using the pocket wifi, not once I am anywhere near the 500MB limit (per day), even with my mom and sis connected to it at the same time, and a heavy user of Facebook, Katalk and Whatsapp messenger, with an average usage of navigation map, I have not hit the limit. Just keep in mind to turn off all your auto updates to prevent unwanted data wastage!
Comparison between Urban Data Pack and Everywhere Speed Pack
Urban Data Pack
Everywhere Speed Pack
|Data Limit||Unlimited||700MB (more than enough)|
|Coverage||Limited to urban areas only||Anywhere in Korea|
|Battery Life||Around 6 ~ 8 hours||Around 10 ~ 12 hours|
|Size||Palm / pocket size||Palm / pocket size|
|Weight||75 g||105 g|
|Price||USD 2.99 per day||USD 3.99 per day|
*ESP was upgraded from 500MB to 700MB few months back. UDP from 2GB to Unilimited.
How about DISCOUNT?
There are few blogs that allow their readers to get a 10% discount off for bookings made through the referral links. You may check out Triplerin.com for more information on how to get your discount.
Other than blogs, if you’re staying in these few guesthouses during your trip, you may also get a 10% discount off your bookings.
- BoA Guesthouse
- Kimchee Guesthouse Dongdaemun
- Kimchee Guesthouse Gyeonbokgung
- Myeongdong Town Guesthouse
My thoughts on using ESP
- Pocket size
- Stay connected at just any place with incredible internet speed
- Easy to locate office in the heart of Insadong
- Great customer service.
Not so good:
The only bad experience I had was some authentication problems where I couldn’t connect to the router even though my ID and password are correct. But this problem only lasted for a while, it was alright later on.
Again, I would definitely recommend Wifi-Korea to my friends and family. If you were to ask for my advice, I would recommend you to go for Everyday Speed Pack as it gives you full coverage throughout Korea and battery life lasted longer, you won’t need to worry about being disconnected anywhere you go!