NEW DELHI ( MainStreet) -- Global business travelers, rejoice. There might just be a simple way to stay connected around the globe.
If you sojourn overseas in hopes of creating value for demanding clients, you know the truth about international biz travel: Your phone is just half the battle. Web access is the real business buzz kill. Hotel Wi-Fi works, but it's not cheap. Data roaming on your smartphone also works, but Verizon (VZ - Get Report), Sprint (S), AT&T (T - Get Report) and the rest charge a king's ransom for the service. In-country Wi-Fi is handy, but it's not secure.
|The aXcess MiFi Mobile Hotspot is a fairly simple, but not cheap, way to stay connected almost anywhere around the globe.|
Friends, in these dangerous times, that is not the way to keep your business secrets secret.
One global data roaming solution that has given me reasonable results in the past: San Diego-based XCom Global. The company rents globally roaming data modems and Wi-Fi hotspots by the day to U.S. business travelers.XCom Global worked well for me on a simple business trip to Italy. But in January, the company boasted that it has expanded its coverage to a full 195 countries, including many emerging markets. Intrigued by such tech trash talk, I figured it was time to give these guys the ultimate test: an extended business trip to India via Paris. So I arranged for a demo aXcess MiFi Mobile Hotspot ($15 per day exclusive of other charges, including shipping, insurance and late fees). My verdict? The aXcess is not cheap, but it is an outstanding business connectivity solution.