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Verizon News Update: Disappointing news about our newest benefit

06/21/2017 5:00pm EST

Hello Members,

We thought today was going to be a day of celebration. As you’ll read in the July of Family Motor Coaching magazine, our expectation was that we would be opening the doors to the latest and greatest member benefit – unlimited, on-the-go internet access at a great price for all FMCA members.

Unfortunately, despite months of negotiations, approvals and green lights, the provider (Verizon) pulled the plug at the last second. Magazines had been printed, pre-announcements tested, and the staff was standing by for the flood of enrollments.

For more background on how this situation unfolded, see the post here.

We are very sad. And disappointed. We were so excited to bring you this program because we know how important staying in touch – with reliable access – is while you’re on the road.

Please don’t give up on us. After the unexpected cancellation by Verizon, we’re dusting ourselves off and getting back in the ring. We promise to keep working to bring you benefits of value and quality – the kind of service you expect from your RV family.

Thanks for understanding. And keep having fun – because that’s what FMCA is all about!

Charlie Adcock

If you joined FMCA just for the Verizon Unlimited Plan, Please Read This!

Dear Members,

Welcome to the FMCA family!

Ordinarily I wouldn’t write to a new member before we’ve even processed your enrollment, but this has been an unusual week around FMCA.

Last week we launched what we believed was going to be an awesome new benefit exclusively for FMCA members.  After all, our members are on-the-go motorhome owners and want to stay in touch while they travel! We’ve even heard that some people signed up for membership just to gain access to the Verizon unlimited on-the-go internet service.

But then, despite months of negotiations and approvals, Verizon unexpectedly pulled the plug.

If the Verizon benefit was your only reason for joining and you want to cancel your membership, just email membership@fmca.com and we’ll take care of it.  

But before you go ...

... Consider staying on as a member.  Our president always ends his letters with “It’s all about having fun” and that’s the truth!  FMCA members enjoy lots of great benefits designed especially for motorhome owners, but it’s more than that – it’s about being part of the best community of RVers you’ll ever find.

And speaking of benefits – FMCA membership includes a best-in-class travel assistance service, money saving deals on tires, great member-only content, and many more deals, discounts and services for motorhome owners.

 

Thanks for your consideration.  Remember – It’s all about having fun!

 

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By Chris Guld
www.GeeksonTour.com 

If you’ve been reading our articles here, you probably know that you can tether your cell phone (if it’s the right model with the right service) to your computer. Tethering your cell phone to your computer will give you Internet access on that computer. What you may not know is that you can tether it to a router, as well.

The Gulds connect their modem (left) to their Cradlepoint router, enabling them to connect to the same network using a DSL Internet connection.The Cradlepoint cellular router is popular among RVers. Most people use it for their data cards. Plug the data card in to the router and configure the router for your hotspot. Several computers can use that same Internet connection. The router that we have will accept a data card, an Ethernet cable from DSL or cable Internet, or a cell phone USB connection.

While we are parked for the season at Paradise Island RV Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., we decided to spoil ourselves and get a month-to-month DSL Internet connection. The telephone cable comes in from the post outside and plugs in to the modem and then to our Cradlepoint router. The Cradlepoint creates a wireless network called GeeksOnTour. We can both connect to that network and we have Internet supplied by the DSL cable.

Recently, as we pulled into an overnight site at Thousand Trails, Orlando, I felt a bit of panic. I wouldn't have my DSL Internet there! I called Verizon before we left Fort Lauderdale and asked that they turn on the Mobile Broadband Connect feature for the two weeks we’d be gone ($49/month), but I was wondering if I would remember how to get it set up. I knew I had to plug the special cable into the phone, and then into the USB port on the Cradlepoint – but there must be something more?

Motorhomers can tether their cell phone to a Cradlepoint router.Amazing! As soon as I plugged the phone into the router, the phone started sending and receiving data. I turned on my computer and it automatically connected to the GeeksOnTour network and I was browsing away. Every once in a while, technology just works, and it is good! Of course, I’m sure I owe this simplicity to the real geek of the house, my husband, Jim, who decided which router to buy and set it up in the first place.

Jim recently got the Droid phone from Verizon and he has successfully tethered it to his computer via something called PDANet. But, it doesn’t work to tether it to the Cradlepoint. He’s still working on it. I’m holding out for the Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus, which will have the ability to be a Wi-Fi Hotspot without plugging into anything!

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