Not long ago, a review popped up on our Facebook page that intrigued us. The review was posted by Gerald Chyzenski, a GigSky customer who has been traveling the globe lately. We decided to have a chat with him about his GigSky experience.
Meredith: Before we begin, could you give us a little background on what you do Gerald?
Gerald: Sure, I’m Senior Manager at a Hedge Fund Administrator. We service Hedge Funds globally. We’re the second largest Hedge Fund Administrator in the world. We ensure compliance regulations are met for certain lines of our business. I live in Canada.
Meredith: Interesting! Does that take you abroad for work?
Gerald: It does. That’s why I was in Amsterdam just a while ago, in Ireland at the beginning of May and in Jersey City at the beginning of June. I’ll be going to Paris probably in August, and have an upcoming trip to Madrid as well, so yes, I’m on the road 8 – 10 weeks a year.
Meredith: You’re definitely the ideal candidate for GigSky!
Gerald: Yes indeed!
Meredith: When you used GigSky on your trips abroad, was it on Apple SIM or GigSky SIM?
Gerald: GigSky SIM. I got the service last year around September 2015. It’s been great, I love it.
Meredith: Happy to hear. Before you discovered GigSky, how were you staying connected on these trips?
Gerald: I was relying on hotels, whatever Wi-Fi connections I could find, and/or racking up data roaming charges.
Meredith: Ouch! Roaming charges are always rough.
Meredith: So, what was the biggest challenge with those options?
Gerald: The fact that unless you’re willing to pay the data charges, you’re locked into your hotel room, or have to be in a public place like a restaurant or Starbucks to get connected. You’re not free to be anywhere and stay connected on your own terms.
Then there’s also the speeds. When you’re on hotel or restaurant Wi-Fi, you’re on there with a bunch of people and the speeds are slow. When you’re on GigSky, you’re connecting via a local service provider and the quality is so much better. To sum things up, what was truly limiting was the combination of slow speeds and having to be in a specific location to “make it work”.
Meredith: How did you purchase your GigSky SIM?
Gerald: I just ordered it online from Amazon.
Meredith: How easy was the set up process once you received your SIM?
Gerald: It was seamless. I just popped the GigSky SIM into my hotspot, and my iPhone 5 and Samsung tablet synced with it quite easily. There were no issues. It probably took about 4-5 minutes total.
Meredith: Let’s talk about one of your recent trips with GigSky. Do you mind giving me a play-by play of how you used GigSky?
Gerald: Sure. When I was taking my trip to Ireland at the beginning of May for business, I stopped in Northern Ireland beforehand, which happened to have a different mobile operator. I had just received my new GigSky SIM card prior to the trip, so on the bus to Northern Ireland, I turned on my hotspot and activated my SIM. I knew I had 100 free MB of data for first time use, which turned out to be perfect for those quick 48 hours I was there.
Once I connected, I was able to text my girlfriend and daughter and let them know that I had landed, and what I was doing for the day, and could be in touch with them at any given point. My daughter was home alone and she’s 17, so it was important for her to know I was accessible 24 hours a day. When she wakes up on Sunday morning at 9am and it’s 2pm for me, she can see my texts waiting for her and start chatting with me right away. It’s a great way to stay in touch with family.
When I’m out and about in Belfast, I’m looking for breakfast recommendations and how to get places, so all I have to do is hop on Google maps and away I go.
Meredith: In this day and age, it’s kind of crazy to navigate a foreign city without using online maps and directions.
Gerald: Absolutely. There are some people who make a point to download their maps beforehand, but I don’t have to do that with GigSky. I can just go with the flow as I’m out.
Meredith: Are there any apps that you find particularly useful for travel?
Gerald: I’m a heavy user of Facebook and Facebook Messenger. iMessage is big for me on the iPhone. Both my daughter and girlfriend have iPhones so I can stay in touch with them easily, relying on data only.
Meredith: What about voice apps?
Gerald: Yes, I’ll FaceTime with my daughter, or Skype with those who don’t own an iPhone. I probably Skype a couple times a week while I’m away.
Meredith: If you could sum up your GigSky experience in one word, what would that be?
Gerald: I would have to say comfortable. By comfortable, I mean that you really don’t notice that you’re not at home. You’re not concerned about how often you’re using your device, and you’re not worried about a huge bill, or going over on anything. You can use data just like you normally would.
I think GigSky is a great product. I love promoting it to my own friends and family. I highly recommend it to anyone who travels this summer!