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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 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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