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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?

CLICK HERE to learn more.


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%.

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

New FMCA Verizon Benefit!

FMCA has a new Verizon MIFI Member Benefit! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Perry Registration Is Open!

Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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FMCA Remodel

Big news! It's time to take a step in the right direction, CLICK HERE to learn more about FMCA's plans to remodel.

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Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

Hi. We are new-bees and are gearing up for full-timing RVing. We need a wireless service that will do our banking and pay our bills. We also would like to have the the ability to watch Netflix. We need to keep the monthly cost as low as possible but still get all of the above. I was hoping that you could recommend a service within the $80 range. Thanks.

Ron and Paula Starkweather

Ron and Paula,
 
Good to hear from you. Congratulations on becoming full-timers!
 
We got a kick out of the wording of your question. We, too, would like a service that would pay our bills and do our banking.
 
Seriously, all wireless technologies have limits. We have used all three:  cellular, satellite, and Wi-Fi.
 
Banking and other legitimate money or credit transaction Web sites have built-in security, so you are safe as long as your computer is clean, up-to-date, and you are on secure Web sites. Look in the address bar for http:// and the lock icon.
 
A wireless cellular data connection will cost about $60/month. If you go with a two-year contract, the cost of the adapter is often free. We generally recommend Verizon because they have the best overall coverage in the United States. Your choice of carrier may be influenced by where you like to travel. Most plans will limit you to 5 gigabytes per month. A single full-length feature film from Netflix is 2 to 3 GB. If you go over the limit, you will be charged per megabyte. That can add up fast.
 
Satellite Internet will cost about $80 permonth and the initial investment in equipment is pretty steep. A new automatic system will cost over $5,000, installed. A new portable or manual tripod system will be more than $1,000 and cost $60 per month. Service is limited to less than 400 megabytes of data in a rolling 24-hour period. Go over that, and your speed will be throttled back drastically. That is called FAP, or Fair Access Policy. There is a FAP-free time overnight to allow for large downloads.
 
Wi-Fi is available in many locations and is often free. No contracts or (usually) download limits. Speed and reliability are the main issues here. Your proximity and orientation to the Access Point is very important.  Wi-Fi was never designed to go very far. External adapters can be purchased for better connectivity. If the Wi-Fi hotspot is connected to the Internet with a fast connection, you will have good speeds.

Each hotspot is unique, and some require passwords. Because it is a shared connection, the number of users on at any one time will affect your Internet experience. Likewise, the types of activity will affect you. Most hotspots are fine for casual browsing and e-mail. High bandwidth activities such as streaming movies or VOIP phone calls will slow everyone down.
 
Safe Travels.
 
Jim Guld

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