UPDATE 7 October 2016
I was very satisfied with how my KeepGo kept me connected in both Rome and in Spain. Great gizmo.
I am heading to Italy again for a pilgrimage. After the first pilgrimage, I’ll remain in Italy, mostly in Rome, so I can take part in the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage at the end of October. As part of that pilgrimage, there is a Pontifical Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, this year with my old friend Archbishop Sample. I’ll be one of the sacred ministers for the Mass, which should be a wonderful experience.
In any event, if you have any travel coming up, and you plan to use data on your phone, try a KeepGo. If you use my link, I’ll get some data credited to my own KeepGo gizmo.
Also, you may see the Vatican flag waving on some posts for a while. Feel free to click it early and often.
ORIGINAL Published on: Jun 20, 2016
I fly a lot. More than most. Less than some. But still, a lot.
These videos, sent by a priest friend, reminds me of how amazing is the technology that gets us from point A to point B safely.
First, landing in incredible fog at Malpensa. You’ll hear them counting off the feet from the runway. Keep in mind that the plane is at an angle, tip nose up.
Next, landing in New Zealand, skirting mountains, narrow swirvy approach. He wrote:
It’s an RNP (Required Navigation Performance) Approach, and its track is a 3D path, which before technology allowed it was limited to straight-line approaches. This kind of instrument approach (fully automatic) seems out of a sci-fi movie, but this is more and more common in commercial aviation.
Buying a data package for your international travel can be pretty spendy. During this last trip I used a KeepGo portable wifi hot-spot gizmo. It is a heck of a lot cheaper than, for the example the blood-drainers of ATT, and the data is usable for a year, rather than 30 days.
ATT will provide 800MB for something like $120 that expires in 30 days. KeepGo provides 1GB for $49 and it expires in 1 year. 5GB for $194 ($39/GB).
I used a KeepGo during my last trip to Rome and Spain and it functioned admirably. Also, you can easily monitor your data usage and top up. You can connect multiple devices to the same little unit, that looks a little like a thin bar of white soap. It fits in your pocket easily, charges quickly, and operates on a charge for a long time (depending on how heavily you use it, of course).
And have you stayed at a hotel that charges you to use wifi and… to add insult to injury… it’s lousy?
It works in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary Islands, Chile, China Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain UK, Greece, Guatemala, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, Venezuela.
I was really pleased with my gizmo. It is going to save me a lot of money in the future when I travel abroad.