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6.02.2017

Seoul Searching Made Easy with iVideo Pocket Wifi!

It's been three days since we returned home from our (almost) month-long trip to South Korea, and as always, I have tons of Seoul Searching stories to tell. But before I ramble about all the fun, historical, and whimsical places that we've been to in Seoul, as well as all the restaurants and food stalls that we tried, and all the makeup and skincare products that I bought, let me first tell you about this pocket wifi service that made my traveling a lot more convenient and twice the fun!

A few weeks prior our trip, I discovered iVideo, a Taiwanese company that specializes in providing low-cost wireless internet access rental services to tourists and travelers in many destinations across the globe. My initial thought was "OMG! I can finally play Pokemon Go in Korea!" I was psyched!
Pokemon hunting in Korea, made possible with iVideo Pocket Wifi! :)
And with that, Peggy (from iVideo's Marketing team) and I came to an agreement - they'll provide me with wireless internet access while in South Korea in exchange for an honest review of their service. I then made arrangements with the Customer Service team as to when and where the pocket wifi will be sent. I had the parcel addressed to my friend Bongsun's house (she lives right around the corner from our place), with its estimated date of arrival around the third week of May.
The parcel from iVideo - unboxed.
The parcel was delivered safe and sound (thanks to Korea's reliable postal service) to Bongsun unni's house on May 19th - still within the schedule. Inside the parcel was a hard case pouch which contained the following: an instruction leaflet, a USB cable, a charger, and the iVideo pocket wifi device, fully charged and ready to use.
The hard case pouch.
Instruction leaflet.
Very basic instructions. :)
USB cable and charger.
iVideo pocket wifi.
The device need not be set-up or installed. You simply turn it on, wait for your smartphone to detect it, then connect to the network by entering the password indicated on the device.
Wifi ID + password.
This particular device connects to the LG U+ network, a cellular carrier owned by the LG Corporation of South Korea, and one of the more popular LTE networks in the country. It provides unlimited data with 4G connectivity, and I had no issues with the speed even if all three of our smartphones (mine, my husband's, and Yue's) were connected to the pocket wifi. In fact, this device can support up to ten wifi-enabled mobile devices.
Red signal lights indicate poor connection + battery needs to be charged.
As per instructions, red signal lights indicate that the signal is poor. I usually get this whenever we're on the subway, but that's normal. For the most part, this device gets a pretty strong signal, which helped me a lot whenever we're out and about in Seoul.
Green signal lights = all good!
This pocket wifi has good battery life, too. I was able to use mine for at least ten hours, and thankfully, it never died on me while I was on the road. Charging time is about four hours - a bit long, though charging my power bank takes longer.

All in all, I'm quite happy and very much satisfied with my iVideo experience. Thanks to the iVideo pocket wifi, I was able to do all these without having to look for public wifi signals or use Globe's crappy yet expensive data roaming service:
At the Teseum Teddy Bear Theme Park.
Facebook Live during the Seoul Rose Festival and while I was at Seoullo 7017;
- update my social media pages while on the go;
- stream and watch my favorite Korean dramas on my smartphone during my commute; 
- find my way through Google Maps whenever I feel like we're lost;
- send/receive messages and call the husband on Viber/Messenger to let him know that we've arrived at this or that destination
- catch as many rare Pokemons as possible (at least the ones that have not appeared here in the Philippines) and get as many items from the Pokestops along the way!
World Trade Egg Gym in Lotte World Mall (Jamsil, Seoul).
I had no trouble returning the device either. All I had to do was visit the nearest FedEx branch, hand the return packaging to the staff, and that's it!
iVideo Pocket Wifi rate for Korea.
If you're flying to Korea or elsewhere around the world and would like to stay connected to the internet as you travel, I suggest you rent a pocket wifi from iVideo. Not only do they offer competitive rates, their Customer Service Team is also very cordial and extremely reliable. I loved their service so much that I'm planning to rent a device again on my next trip. Thankfully, they also offer unlimited data to Singapore! :)
You can rent a Pokemon Go Plus device, too!
Visit the iVideo website to view their rates and all the countries that they cover.
Or follow their social media pages for the latest updates:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iVideoWiFi/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iVideo_en
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivideowifi/
Email: ivideo.en@gmail.com


10 replies:

Badet Siazon said...

Love this! Bakit kasi di pa gaanong uso ang Pocket Wifi when we were traveling abroad. This is really helpful not just for Pokemon Go but for looking for directions as well.

Nini Perez said...

Super helpful! I'm always the designated taga hanap ng direksyon, restaurant, hotel etc. Plus i love staying online when we travel. This makes travels easy.

Mommy Levy said...

Sana nalaman ko 'to when we went abroad last year. This is very helpful especially if you are not that familiar with the country you're visiting. I'll keep this in mind when we have an extra budget to travel abroad again.

Shalene Salvatierra said...

Wow super convenient! Usually when we go to places kailangan pang bumili ng new sim + load for the wifi. Very handy if you want to be updated or regularly update your social media accounts. Will show this to hubby 😊

Scott said...

That looks super-handy! Definitely keeping this in mind for our next overseas trip!

Michi said...

I haven't tried renting pocket wifi. If I really need to connect abroad, nagroaming ako though expensive siya per day. Pag hindi ko naman need, naghihintay na lang ko makarating sa hotel. But maybe I will try this if ever we will go out of the country.

Edel San said...

Whoa, that's cheap! I've considered getting a pocket wifi last month when we went to Ho Chi Minh but decided that getting a sim is cheaper. Can you use that for BKK also? Thank you

EINz said...

Wow! A month long vacation?! I wish we can have that. We've tried ivideo as well, but since we're done with our vacation when we tried it, I just simply make use of it to lessen the users of our wifi connectivity at home. I took my chance to watch videos, and download movies. 😁

jared's mum said...

Such great power from a little and handy device! It sure will make traveling more convenient with this in tow, instead of relying on oftentimes crappy mobile connection/data. Kudos to the innovators who came up with such a brilliant idea! I hope I can try this out one of these days :)

Kaycee Enerva said...

Naku sis, I always love reading your travel posts. This one is so helpful. Para pag nag out of the country kami soon we can get decent wifi