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jeffcarp

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Posted: 05/22/13 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd love to see a Good Sam branded MVNO for broadband Internet. There is nothing that I've found on the market so far that meets my needs - those of a casual RV traveler. An example of my needs would be broadband for a 1 week trip, then 5 or 6 weeks off, then needed again for another 1 week trip, etc. Maybe even turn it back on again for a weekend trip only, etc.

Features of this MVNO would be:
1) Upfront purchase of the MIFI device.
2) Based on the Verizon or AT&T network (since Sprint's coverage can be challenging in some remote areas)
3) Purchase of a fixed quantity of broadband capacity.
4) Capacity that DOES NOT EXPIRE.

I can't find all 4 of those things in a single provider. Most make you buy a block of capacity and expire it in 30 days. That makes the service very expensive for casual RV'ers.

It seems like Good Sam would have the membership base to negotiate a decent MVNO that is geared towards the casual RV'er.


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Posted: 05/22/13 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the Sprint version USB EVDO. Full timing 6 years and have had service everywhere I have traveled. Unlimited use. $64 bucks a month. Everyone posts that they think Sprint has bad coverage. I have 'yet' to find that to be true!

I am off the road for awhile and I have no desire to buy cable, DSL or the like. I am just continuing to use the mobile broadband. Which you could do also and just pay your cable company for the TV part. The monthly savings from that will offset having the mobile broadband all year there and ready to hit the road with you! Just saying.


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I have 4 lines of service with Sprint. Their coverage is in rough shape in many areas that I travel until their Network Vision upgrade is finished next year. I'd also need a MIFI, not a USB solution. There are 5 WIFI devices in our coach if my whole family is traveling.

I could not use mobile broadband at home. I use 100-200 GB a month with my cable modem service. I hit 225 GB one month. No broadband service will support my home usage.

* This post was edited 05/23/13 09:52am by jeffcarp *

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Verizon and AT&T do not work at my house, just Sprint and T-Mob. I have had Sprint for 11 years, so far so good.


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Posted: 05/23/13 04:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Virgin Mobile,buy the wi-fi Go-Pro at wally world for under $100,pay $35/month as needed. Mine works everywhere we have been.


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Posted: 05/23/13 06:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Although I don't know what MVNO stands for, I agree with Jeffcarp.

I use the MH about 60 days a year, entirely in the summer time. I'll go on several week long trips and a couple of 3-4 week trips, maybe longer. MIFI that I could turn on and off without penalty would be great.

Jeff, thanks for the suggestion.


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There are all kinds of services with the model you reference. "Pay $x for 30 days." That is not what I am after. I want to pay $35 for x GB and have that x GB available to me until I use it up. That might take 2 weeks, 2 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc.

That would be a GREAT model for casual RV users in my opinion and a good benefit to offer to the GS members.

jetboater454 wrote:

Virgin Mobile,buy the wi-fi Go-Pro at wally world for under $100,pay $35/month as needed. Mine works everywhere we have been.


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Posted: 05/23/13 06:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

tenbear, MVNO stands for mobile virtual network operator. It is essentially a company that provides the sales, marketing and customer service of mobile phone services but none of the technical aspects. They bulk purchase the network access on the wholesale market to one of the big 4 carriers. So an MVNO structure makes it very easy for companies like GS to offer customers a branded, specialized and customized plan.

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Posted: 05/23/13 09:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jeff, thanks for the explanation. I agree, I think it would be a great thing for RVers who would like to have good WIFI on the road but spend a limited time RVing and don't need it at home for whatever reason.

It seems it could be a money maker for Good Sam too.

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Hello Jeffcarp,

Thank you for your post. That is a good suggestion, and I will pass this along on your behalf.

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