XCom Global, a proud supporter of Solar Impulse, is pleased to announce that the team has successfully flown more than 6,000 kilometers to reach China from their starting point of Abudhabi. This unique plane, powered solely by the sun, is continuing on its quest to make world history by completing the First Round-The-World Solar Flight.
Solar Impulse touched down in Chongqing (China) on March 30 after being flown by pilot, Bertrand Piccard, for 20 hours and 29 minutes and covering the 1459 kilometers between Mandalay (Myanmar) and China. The landing was challenging and delayed due to strong winds and intense airport traffic.
Now the Solar Impulse team is looking for the right weather conditions to take to the skies again to head out on leg 6 bound for Nanjing.
In the meantime, XCom Global is keeping the ground crew connected with our World Wi-Fi hotspots. You can track Solar Impulse on their historical flight by viewing their logbook: http://www.solarimpulse.com/rtw
XCom Global is excited to announce our support for Everyone Matters, a global campaign advocating acceptance and encouraging everyone to take a moment to appreciate themselves. Everyone Matters was created to celebrate everyone’s individual contribution to society, promoting equal respect and treatment across the world! “That’s how it all started. It was my personal journey to be less judgmental, to learn to respect in some fundamental way, everyone’s exact right to their own personhood,” says President and Founder, HeathCliff Rothman. “The bottom line is: we are all equal, and all equally entitled the freedom to be who we are. As one of our school affirmations says, ‘That person has as much right to be who they are, as I do to be who I am.”
On April 2nd, government officials, celebrities, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals will honor each other and themselves by taking a #IAM selfie and uploading it to their social media accounts! Mayors will visit local schools and organizations, advocating everyone’s right to equal respect, without judgment or censure. Global leaders including Hugh Jackman, Ellen Degeneres, and Sir Paul McCartney have contributed their #IAM selfies to promote awareness of self worth and dignity. Schools across the country and internationally will take part in Everyone Matters Day through different activities and events, celebrating individuality. Everyone Matters Day has grown substantially, with over 200,000 followers (www.facebook.com/everyonematters) and viral videos of nearly 1 million views on Youtube (www.YouTube.com/everyonematters).
The campaign encourages acceptance of everyone worldwide, including one’s self. Regardless of race, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, everyone has the right to be who they are. So be your #Self and join the movement by submitting your #IAM selfie through social media!
In honor of Everyone Matters Day and the #IAM selfie campaign, Xcom Global will be giving away one selfie stick a week for the entire month of April! As high tech travel gear is our passion, we are now also renting selfie sticks for only $1.00 a day to take on your next adventure and capture all of your important moments! We will be randomly selecting a lucky customer every Friday so stay tuned for your chance to win!
Please see below for instructions on how to submit your content for Everyone Matters and also visit their website at www.everyonemattersday.com for more details!
The Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF) is a non-profit International organization dedicated to promoting recognition and respect for war veterans of past and current conflicts while enhancing historical education for today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. It takes a unique approach by helping veterans return to their battlefields and enabling closure of their war experiences while at the same time documenting these visits to educate youth about key war events and their relevance.
“Just in the first half of 2015, we’ve taken veterans to Australia and Japan and have upcoming trips planned to Italy, Turkey, England, France, Germany and Russia,” said Timothy Davis, founder and president, The Greatest Generations Foundation. “Having a reliable Internet connection while we travel is essential for communication, coordination and working on our documentation in the field. We are so grateful that XCom Global has generously agreed to provide Internet connectivity for us as we take our nation’s heroes on these important journeys.”
“The mission of TGGF is an important one,” said Joe Fennell, Chief Operating Officer (COO), XCom Global, Inc. “We are pleased to be able to do our part to support their noble efforts and to honor our nation’s veterans. Everyone needs 24/7 connectivity when they travel abroad no matter what mission they are on. Our mobile hotspot rental service is the best way to ensure a reliable, secure connection no matter your destination.”
Read more about TGGF here and consider taking action to support this worthy cause: http://www.tggf.org/TakeAction/
Solar Impulse, the only airplane of perpetual endurance that is powered solely by the sun, is in the process of making history as they make the First Round-The-World Solar Flight. And XCom Global is so excited to serve on the Solar Impulse team as the Mobile Data Specialist.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Solar Impulse founders and pilots, will attempt to fly around the world with no fuel. “While planning out logistics for this expedition, it was essential to have Internet connectivity as we made our way across the globe,” said André Borschberg, Co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse. Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman added: “The XCom Global mobile hotspot will provide affordable, reliable and convenient data access no matter where we land in the world. We are pleased XCom Global has partnered with us as we use this historical flight to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world.”
“We admire and are happy to support this innovative team as they make flight history,” said Joe Fennell, Chief Operating Officer (COO), XCom Global, Inc. “An undertaking of this kind takes an incredible amount of planning, organization, coordination, and communication – and Internet access is critical in the process. This team needs 24/7 connectivity the minute they touch down – and that’s where we come in. No one does it better than us.”
On March 10, the Solar Impulse team landed in Ahmedabad (VAAH). They are now preparing for their third flight from VAAH to the Republic of India, to Varanasi (VIBN). You can follow them on their #RTW Route by checking their logbook: http://www.solarimpulse.com/rtw
Ben Southall is getting ready to take on yet another adventure. Perhaps best known as the winner of the “Best Job in the World” contest where he was awarded the job of an Island Caretaker, Ben is “a guy who has an intense passion for global travel, adventure and grueling outdoor challenges” – his words.
He and his wife, Sophee, have packed up his Land Rover, Colonel Mustard, for a ten-month overland journey from Singapore to London. They chose this route as a tribute to the First Overland Land Rover expedition from London to Singapore (except in reverse). Two teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities undertook this historic journey in 1955 and now Ben and Sophee will do the same and record and report on what they find. How will these two active bloggers stay connected to the Internet you ask? Well, of course, using an XCom Global mobile hotspot!
“Ben was researching his options and recognized what a perfect fit we were,” said Joe Fennell, Chief Operating Officer (COO), XCom Global, Inc. “We have coverage in all of the countries he plans to visit – and more – and he won’t have to pay for his carrier’s expensive international plan or hotel Wi-Fi or seek out public Wi-Fi that is often a haven for cyber criminals. With an XCom Global mobile hotspot, he’ll have 24/7 secure, high-speed Internet access. We’re excited to be on this journey with him.”
You can follow Ben and Sophee on their “Best Life in the World” adventure via their blogs and social media including:
And look for the hashtag #bestlifeintheworld across Twitter and Instagram
XCom Global’s Chief Operating Officer, Joe Fennell, was interviewed by Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMCNet at INTEROP New York 2014. They discussed the expansion of XCom Global’s 4G LTE service which is now available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Korea.
XCom Global’s 4G LTE service provides travelers with connection speeds of up to 75Mbps. As a comparison, fast home Internet connections are around 24Mbps with an average connection speed of only 5.8Mbps.
XCom Global chose INTEROP as the forum to announce the expanded availability of its LTE service. Joe explained, “Our plan has always been to offer the best connectivity available in any area we cover; however, slow implementation of LTE by global carriers along with hardware compatibility issues have made it difficult. The good news is LTE is finally up and running and we’ve worked out all the details for the traveler. Our fleet of mobile hotspots, which provide secure, reliable Internet connectivity for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, have all been pre-tested to ensure that they are compatible with the specific network requirements of the local carrier. I believe we are the only company who is successfully offering LTE connectivity across multiple continents.”
Watch the video here: Click The INTEROP New York 2014
So, we can agree with Marriott on one thing…public WiFi does present a cyber threat to anyone who uses it. When it was uncovered that Marriott had used signal blocking technology to prevent guests at their Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center from using their personal WiFi hotspots, Marriott defended its actions: “Marriott has a strong interest in ensuring that when our guests use our Wi-Fi service, they will be protected from rogue wireless hotspots that can cause degraded service, insidious cyber-attacks and identity theft,” the company said in a statement. “Like many other institutions and companies in a wide variety of industries, including hospitals and universities, the Gaylord Opryland protected its Wi-Fi network by using FCC-authorized equipment provided by well-known, reputable manufacturers.”
Well, the FCC didn’t buy it and slammed them with a $600,000 fine. It seems the FCC thought Marriott was driven by the $250 to $1,000 per device fee it was charging customers and exhibitors to access the Marriott Wi-Fi network rather than the security of these now empty-pocketed guests.
And cost is not the only problem with forcing their guests to buy their WiFi. A recent study by Hotel Wi-Fi Test, a leading company for collecting, analyzing and distributing data about WiFi quality in hotels around the world, found that the quality of the connection of hotel WiFi is inconsistent regardless of what you pay. Hotel Wi-Fi can also be notoriously slow, especially during peak times when a lot of people are trying to access the same network at the same time.
A mobile hotpot, like those rented out by XCom Global, provide a dedicated Internet connection which usually gives you a faster connection speed as well as built-in security (WPA2, VPN). Plus you can connect up to 10 WiFi enabled devices on a single mobile hotspot rental.
While XCom Global has become a preferred solution for international travelers who want a low, fixed rate connectivity solution for when they head overseas, the company has been quickly recognized as a cost-effective option to hotel and convention center WiFi. XCom Global now has trade show/event packages available for event hosts who would like to supply attendees Internet connectivity at a fraction of the cost of what most venues charge. And trade show exhibitors can bring an XCom Global WiFi package with them to provide a private and secure connection to all of their booth’s WiFi enabled devices – PCs, tablets, printers, POS systems, smartphones, etc. These packages have been developed specifically for use at high-density events, minimizing the problem of slow connection speed that many event attendees experience when a venue’s WiFi is overloaded.
We certainly share Marriott’s concern about the dangers of WiFi. But forcing guest to buy their outrageously expensive WiFi just feels a bit self serving.
The travel industry gets it – we need access to the Internet wherever we go, wherever we stay. People who work with travelers have also heard the stories of how some have come home to outrageous international roaming charges on their wireless carrier bills. So, many have tried to help. Most airports offer free WiFi (be mindful of the lack of security on any public WiFi), a majority of hotels offer WiFi – some free and some paid, and many airlines offer onboard Internet (for a fee).
But one airline that really got it was Cathay Pacific.
Recently XCom Global teamed up with the airline to offer free data roaming when traveling abroad. Business and first class flyers who booked specific itineraries received a coupon code for five days of free unlimited Internet access via XCom Global. We’ve already set up several happy Cathay Pacific passengers with rental units and we look forward to serving many more. While the qualifying flights needed to be booked by July 20 and departed by August 31 – the XCom Global coupon did not have to be used for that specific flight. In fact, the coupons are good until June 2015.
We are continuing to work with other travel industry service providers to spread the word about how easy it is to line up affordable, secure Internet access through XCom Global when traveling abroad. No need to worry about cyber criminals who prey on users of public WiFi, or paying for hotel WiFi that is often slow and keeps you tethered to the hotel for your online access, or counting megabytes and limiting your data usage for fear of the bill you will rack up with your wireless carrier.
Our goal is to help you stay connected – without the hassle or worries. Teaming up with travel industry service providers who share our desire to improve your travel experience has been a priority! Keep an eye open – more deals are in the works!
Whether it is asking locals for directions or recommendations for entertainment, communicating in foreign countries can be complicated. Fortunately, the frustrating days of flipping through the pages of translator dictionaries are over. Now you can simply download apps like “ITranslate” on your Smartphone or tablet and have words and sentences translated in numerous different languages instantly.
2. XE Currency
Quickly obtain the currency exchange rate information with apps like this when you’re abroad. Imagine the time and money you’ll save knowing exactly what you need to pay while you are on the go.
3. Restaurant Nutrition
While you are abroad, chances are you won’t have a kitchen to cook for yourself and will have to rely solely on eating out. Menus and nutritional information will most likely be in a foreign language as well. That’s why apps like “Restaurant Nutrition” are so helpful. You can find out exactly what you’re eating and stick to your diet all across the globe.
4. Google Maps
Getting directions can be a hassle while you’re abroad. With apps like Google maps, you can be your own tour guide. This is also a great safety precaution in case you happen to get lost while you are exploring.
5. The Weather Channel
Preparing for travel overseas means usually means you’ll be in a new climate. With applications like these you can be prepared and dress accordingly. What a shame it would be to invest the time and money to travel, only to have your day ruined by a storm you didn’t anticipate.
Skype is a must have during your travels. Feeling home sick? This is a great way to stay connected with loved ones, hearing their voice and seeing their faces while you share your travel experiences.
Running apps requires an internet connection as well a substantial amount of data and that’s where XCom Global comes in. For a fixed daily flat rate you can take the internet in your pocket and use these apps and more as much as you want, wherever your travels may take you. Safe travels!
Need to stay in contact with friends or family while away? Here is a new feature you can use while staying connected on your XCom Global Mobile Hotspot.
Whether we are e-mailing colleagues, looking for a restaurant to make dinner reservations, or trying to check the score on last night’s game, we have grown to use one engine in particular for our daily needs, Google. Google has created a way for travelers to stay connected to their daily lives while abroad with a simple app that is run on just WiFi, Google Voice. You can now stay connected to the things or people that matter most whenever the time beckons. Google Voice has found a way to not only be able to place voice calls using your WiFi signal but also send and receive text messages, emails, have group instant message conversations or use their search engine all from one simple source. Google Voice has been found to not only beneficial overseas but cost affective to international travelers who are looking to save a few bucks while on vacation. One simply needs to download this easy to use application on their IPhone, Android, Tablet, or IPad before their upcoming trip for the easiest, cheapest way to stay connected.
Now speaking of savings, on a daily basis, the average person uses 200MB of data per day. This may include surfing the internet, uploading pictures to your social media site or simply day to day emails. Now who actually keeps track of how much we send or receive? Now imagine you are overseas. Your local cell phone carrier may offer you specials of 4GB for $30 but some of these plans only cover domestic use. When traveling abroad you run into issues such as roaming charges, hotel fees, or slow connections so we found a solution to your problems. Here at Xcom Global, we provide you with a mobile hotspot that you can not only connect up to 10 devices to, but also receive 3/4G speed in over 175+ countries Worldwide. We provide you with an easy to use, lightweight device, Sims, charging equipment and a convenient carrying pouch that can be simply placed in your bag while exploring the city. With a range of 350ft, you can keep your hands free to enjoy your travels all while staying connected.
One can simply not afford to not be connected overseas. What you can afford however, is the daily flat rate of $14.95. XCom Global is a hassle free, easy to use, no hidden fees, completely secure, type of service. Our friendly staff is always striving to make your next travel experience a great one. Let us help you Stay Connected.