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Kayteg1

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Posted: 06/05/19 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have old Franklin modem, sold to me by Calix institute for $500 with 1 year unlimited service. It was operated by Sprint, even I did not have Sprint account and it worked in the areas where cellphones not always worked.
But now, I need a modem for summer only and don't want to pay $500 for full year.
Sprint doesn't seem to support my old modem, so I am facing $120 + for new modem and min $30/month. Still did not check if they will force me into long contract.
Anybody has better deal available today?





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Posted: 06/05/19 08:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out the offerings through membership in FMCA.

Details of the new FMCA Tech Connect+ Package wrote:

The Sprint plan, unlike the Verizon plan announced last week, actually offers truly unlimited high-speed data subject only to network management. The new plan has some interesting details and may also be suitable for part-time RVers & snowbirds looking for short term mobile internet solutions without a commitment.


https://join.fmca.com/save10now/

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/fmca-of........-data-plan-with-tech-connect-membership/

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/fmca-of........-data-plan-with-tech-connect-membership/

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/fmca-rolls-out-unlimited-verizon-hotspot-plan/


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Posted: 06/05/19 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks.
All plans seem to be tied up to Motorcoach association.,
I own Truck Camper.

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For the past year, FMCA is just that - "FMCA". They now accept ALL RV owners as members. It's not about what you drive, it's about the fun of RVing and the fellowship.

If anyone says they only accept motorhome owners, they're lying to you. I think the requirement for membership is that the RV must have a fixed toilet to qualify.

FMCA is the only RV club that's a non-profit operated for the benefit of its members. None of the others can say that. The cost of membership includes repatriation insurance and entitles you to several other benefits - like mobile data plans.

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This might not work for you, but here's what I do.

I have an iPad pro 12.9 with cellular. ATT has a pay-as-you-go plan for $35, 30 days unlimited. It can also be used as a hotspot for other devices. We're never out for more than 30 days, so it works perfect for us. Almost everything I watch is on the iPad anyway, but I can stream to a TV if I want to.

So the $35 a month unlimited is great, but the cost of entry (cellular iPad) is prohibitive unless you need/want an iPad.

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Alot depends on where you seasonally use Wi-Fi..

When I was doing that.. I went with Virgin Mobile.. usually I'd get 20 dollars worth a month.. BUT VM uses the SPRINT network which at time was bragging about how their "In-Network" reliability was within 1% of Verizon. what they did not tell you was their NETWORK was not much more than 1% of Verizon so odds are you'd be "out of network".

Today.. As I understand it. Sprint has been sold to another provider with a much better network.. BUT.. There is a reason I'm not naming that provider.. (I'm not sure it has in fact been sold) Hoping to have an excuse to chat with provider rep soon on that but the motive is simply not there at present.

One of the fun things is I could walk into say a LOVE's Truck stop and ask for a "Twenty Dollar Virgin" (Pre-paid card).


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wa8yxm wrote:

Alot depends on where you seasonally use Wi-Fi..

When I was doing that.. I went with Virgin Mobile.. usually I'd get 20 dollars worth a month.. BUT VM uses the SPRINT network which at time was bragging about how their "In-Network" reliability was within 1% of Verizon. what they did not tell you was their NETWORK was not much more than 1% of Verizon so odds are you'd be "out of network".

Today.. As I understand it. Sprint has been sold to another provider with a much better network.. BUT.. There is a reason I'm not naming that provider.. (I'm not sure it has in fact been sold) Hoping to have an excuse to chat with provider rep soon on that but the motive is simply not there at present.

One of the fun things is I could walk into say a LOVE's Truck stop and ask for a "Twenty Dollar Virgin" (Pre-paid card).


It's no secret that T-Mobile purchased Sprint last year, but is waiting on final approval from the "powers that be" for the merger to be completed. That's on all the news channels.

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I was very satisfy with Sprint service I used for 2 previous seasons.
Drove from Vegas to Florida and the only place it did not work was AZ desert, where they had no cellphone coverage.
I was using Virgin Mobile a decade ago, but they discontinue the service, or plans I was using.
Pretty frustrating that those companies come and go and basically every season you have to do new research.
Comparing the motorcoach deal, for 4 months I would have to spend $100 on membership and rental + 200 for 4 months subscription.
The $300 for 4 months rental is pretty close to $400 annual subscription with Calix.
Problem with Calix is that they don't have real Customer Support and adding subscription is a hassle.

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Not sure where you got the $100 membership figure at when I sent you a link where you could sign-up for only $50 and they'd waive the $10 initiation fee right now. Total cost for one year's membership = $50

Included with membership as I mentioned is an insurance policy that would manage your health care if you became incapacitated and needed transportation to another medical facility if needed or get you or your remains back home from anywhere in the world. It also covers returning your RV back home with a professional driver or someone of your choice - you pick they pay. You might not need that coverage but much better to have and not need than need and not have. You couldn't buy a policy like that for $50 a year. There are several other discount programs available to FMCA members. Check the links I provided above. I don't think the cost of a year's membership in FMCA should be considered as cost for your mobile data service.

That brings your $400 figure for 4 months of service back to $200 without rounding up on all those figures they way you did. Let's keep it real. I'll say no more.

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Posted: 06/10/19 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To wrap up the topic - I took my modem to Sprint service center and they establish new account for it.
My monthly cost is $30 (with auto refill) for 10Gb service, that has unlimited use (in case I need it) at 2G speeds.
Full unlimited service is $60/month

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