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New Tech Connect+ Benefit!

FMCA Tech Connect+ is a benefit package that brings technology offers to FMCA members. Offers include tech product discounts and mobile data plans.

What do you get? For just $49.99 monthly, you’ll have access to a Sprint mobile hotspot data plan, plus discounts on WiFi extenders and products. With Sprint, you’ll get full, un-throttled and uncapped 3G and 4G LTE speed.

To take advantage of this benefit, your FMCA membership dues must be active for at least one year. And stay tuned – we plan to offer more discounts to this benefit package!

Why not take part in a benefit package that keeps you connected at a lower cost?

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Read Member F470953 GAIL RUSSELL's Review of the Tech Connect+ Sprint MIFI Plan Below:

Signed up for FMCA Tech Connect+ and taking advantage of the Sprint Unlimited Hotspot Plan

I would say I started with Hotspot Authorization at 11:30AM, it is now 8PM and my Hotspot Battery is at 32% after accomplishing all of the above.

I am very pleased with both the Franklin R-910 Hotspot and the Sprint unlimited data plan. Everything is working flawlessly. I am in a rural area, 30 miles from the nearest city (Buffalo, NY) and I have had enough signal strength to do everything I wanted to do on my computers & tablets and ereaders, fast & flawlessly.

I found the Hotspot intuitive to use and easy to operate. I even liked the way it felt with its rubber armour coating! After 8-1/2 hours of continuous running, the Hotspot feels cool to the touch all over. If I had to tell one Hotspot fault, it would be the display screen font type is very small, making it hard to read.

Tomorrow I will play around with more of my WiFi capable devices and let you know what I think. The unlimited data plan is just great to have! No more running to public hotspots for me like when my old data plan was getting near its limit. I am in Computer Nerd Heaven!

Gail Russell
F470953

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By Jim Guld
www.GeeksonTour.com   

I have had my new Droid device from Verizon Wireless for a few weeks now, and I like it. You don’t need to be a geek to want one. If you are one of the many folks who want a phone just to make calls, the Droid is way overkill. For a phone, it is expensive at $200 with a two-year contract. It’s cheap for a computer, though.

Droid as Computer

The Droid features a slide-out keyboard.The Droid is essentially a computer that can also make phone calls. It is connected to the Internet through the Verizon cellular data network or a local Wi-Fi network. You can browse the Internet, send and receive e-mail, stream or download videos/music and so much more.

Texting or entering data is easy using one of the three keyboards (touch screen vertical or horizontal, and slide-out keyboard).

The Google Search By Voice is a neat feature. Just say, "RV campgrounds" and up come the results.

Some people I know could use the Droid and never need a conventional laptop or desktop computer.

Droid as Internet connection for your laptop

The Verizon data plan for the Droid is unlimited. There is no 5GB limit as with cellular data cards or tethering my old phone using VZaccess Manager. How about using the Droid’s Internet connection to connect my computer like I used to do? Well, I can. I just need PdaNet software for the Droid from June Fabrics.

Tethering is the term we use to describe the hardware and software needed to connect a computer to the Internet using the cellular data connection from a smartphone. It is usually a USB connection, but could be wireless using Bluetooth DUN (dial-up network) or Wi-Fi. A wired connection to the computer is simplest and most reliable. The necessary cable comes as a standard attachment to the Droid.

There are two parts of the system: 1) a program that runs on your computer and stays in the system tray; 2) an app on the Droid. Installation is easy. Follow the easy instructions. Download the installation program from the Web site and run it on your computer. Plug the Droid in to an available USB port. Let the program talk to the phone for a moment to establish communication, and you are ready.

The Droid smartphone from Verizon WirelessFirst, start the PdaNet app on the Droid phone and Enable USB Tether. Then, on your computer, click the PdaNet icon in the system tray and connect.

This is a broadband connection and speed is determined by the cellular network. In a good Verizon area, the speeds are excellent. You can easily stream video and not worry about going over your monthly data limit.

The Droid is not the only smartphone that allows tethering. PdaNet has been available for PalmOS phones, the BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones for a while.

If you want to use PdaNet for the iPhone, you need to “jailbreak” it, voiding the warranty.

The price of a single license is $23.95. It is a one-time purchase for the Android version. One license covers one phone (you can reuse the license if you switch to a new Android phone). There is no limit on the computer side and your license gives you unlimited free upgrades.

Droid as Internet Connection for your Network

So far, there is no support for connecting the Droid to our Cradlepoint router, but I expect that fairly soon.

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