Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking Comparison of International Wi-Fi Internet Service Providers Wireless Internet access for travelers and road warriors By Melanie Pinola Writer Former Lifewire writer Melanie Pinola has 5+ years' experience writing about consumer-oriented technology and is an expert telecommuter. our editorial process Melanie Pinola Updated November 13, 2019 RoyalFive / Getty Images Home Networking The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs ISP Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Wi-Fi & Wireless Tweet Share Email International wireless internet service providers (WISPs) offer wireless hotspot access in countries around the world using one convenient login. Wi-Fi hotspots are ubiquitous these days, particularly for travelers, with thousands of hotspots throughout the world in public locations such as airports, hotels, and cafes. Although you can find free Wi-Fi at many retail establishments, you might prefer the assurance and ease of a dedicated Wi-Fi internet service plan that lets you log into hotspots in most countries with one account. Below are several wireless internet service providers that offer global Wi-Fi internet access. Boingo What We Like Intuitive interface. Can secure wireless data with VPN. What We Don't Like Limited hotspots in some locations. Limited support. Boingo Wireless claims to be the world's largest network of Wi-Fi hotspots, with more than 1 million hotspots worldwide at thousands of Starbucks, airports, and hotels. Boingo offers several plans for global wireless internet access at these hotspots, for both laptop users (Windows and Macs) and smartphones. (Many different devices are supported.) You can also use your VPN, if you have one, which gives it a slight edge over others on this list. Plans offered are: Boingo Mobile: unlimited smartphone use at hotspots worldwideBoingo Unlimited: unlimited use of any four devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones at more than 200,000 hotspotsBoingo Global: 2,000 minutes worldwide connection of up to four devices (laptops, tablets, and smartphones) to more than 1 million hotspots AT&T Wi-Fi What We Like High speeds. Generous data cap. What We Don't Like Limited availability. Contract required. AT&T offers free Wi-Fi hotspot service to all data plan subscribers. The hotspots are located at thousands of airports, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, McDonald's. and other places around the world. (Check out the map of AT&T Wi-Fi Locations to view coverage.) T-Mobile Wi-Fi What We Like Numerous locations. Special plan for seniors. What We Don't Like Performance can be unreliable. Limited coverage in rural areas. T-Mobile HotSpot service is available at more than 45,000 locations worldwide, including airports, hotels, Starbucks, and Barnes & Noble. Current T-Mobile wireless customers can get unlimited national hotspot usage for $9.99 per month. For non-T-Mobile customers, the monthly cost is $39.99 per month. Single-session usage is also available at prices varying by location. For certain international and US hotspot locations, an additional roaming fee (from $0.07 per minute to $6.99 per day) may apply. Sprint PCS Wi-Fi What We Like Offers both 3G and 4G coverage. High data thresholds. What We Don't Like Limited availability. Customer support can be difficult to reach. Sprint offers high-speed wireless access at public U.S. and international hotspots. Unfortunately, other than indicating you need Sprint PCS Connection Manager software to connect at the Wi-Fi location, Sprint's website, as of this writing, does not offer more information on coverage or pricing. To learn more, contact a Sprint sales rep. Other Wi-Fi Connections Lucian Novosel / Unsplash Bear in mind that some national and international municipalities now offer free Wi-Fi connections. Likewise, many public businesses and institutions such as libraries offer free Wi-Fi connection, as well, negating the need for provider-specific, paid access.