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The Family Motorcoach Association offers two data plans to their members that may be of interest to RVers. One is on Verizon and one is on Sprint.
This guide focuses on the Verizon based data plan offered by FMCA.
This plan is only available to FMCA members.
FMCA Verizon Plan Information
- The plan includes the current flagship mobile hotspot device purchased upfront for a penny.
- This member-only plan requires a minimum of 2 years remaining on the membership. This qualification is automatically checked before sign-up via their website.
- For a new FMCA member, this is an upfront $160 cost to join for two years. Be sure to sign up for the Verizon plan within 30-days, or risk no longer meeting the requirements of having 2 years left on your membership.
- Existing members who have less than 11-months of membership left will need to renew for 2-years to qualify, a $145 expense.
- Once you meet the FMCA membership qualifications, you then will be handed off to Verizon to set up the plan. They will require a 2-year contract with a $175 pro-rated early termination fee should you cancel beforehand.
Currently Available Plan:
- 25GB - $49.99/month
- Carrier Networks Used: Verizon
- Carrier Relationship: Directly Partnered MVNO
- Plan Types Available: Hotspot
- Device Types Permitted: Hotspot
- Unlimited: Technically, although only 25GB is at high-speed
- High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: All
- Throttling: 2G speeds after 25GB
- Network Management: None
- Video Streaming Resolution: 720p
- 5G Access: No
- Device Purchase Required: Yes
- Plan Period: 2 Years
- International Roaming: No international usage is included.
- Domestic Roaming: Yes
- Data Roll Over: No
- Overage Charges: No
- Lines permitted per account: 1
News, Videos & Status:
We have not tested an FMCA Verizon plan.
- FMCA Verizon Plan No Longer Available on FMCA Website Posted on: December 16, 2020
- FMCA Tries Again: New Verizon "Unlimited" 25GB Plan Announced Posted on: November 8, 2017
- Verizon Pulls The Plug: FMCA's Insanely Good Verizon Unlimited Hotspot Deal WAS Too Good To Be True Posted on: June 19, 2017
- FMCA Rolls Out Unlimited Verizon Hotspot Plan Posted on: June 13, 2017
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Getting the Plan
You must contact FMCA by calling Member Services at (800) 543-3622 or online at FMCA.com.
For the Verizon plan specifically, after you have confirmed or renewed your FMCA membership, you can proceed to their Verizon Sign Up page - which will direct you to Verizon to set your plan up. Be sure to use the same e-mail address your FMCA membership is under so that you can be verified. You'll then be dealing directly with Verizon at this point, and need to pass their account qualifications - including a credit check.
Any special requests (such as adding the line to an existing account, not purchasing a Jetpack you might not need) should be directed to the carrier.
Shopping for Cellular Data Plans
Finding the right plans for your needs is no easy task - quite simply mobile travelers using cellular data as their primary way online is not how most carriers have designed their plans. Many of us want plans that provide copious amounts of data.
Understanding the different plan terms (like network management, throttling, hotspot data, video resolution) is key to determining if a plan will meet your needs or not. You also need plans that are suitable for use in the device you want to use them in - such as smartphone, mobile hotspot device or cellular embedded router.
To learn more about shopping for dataplans, check out these key guides:
As heavily as the carriers push their "Unlimited' data plans - you'll quickly discover that most have limits. Here's a video going over what you need to know about unlimited plans, including 3rd party resellers plans that you might find on the internet:
But a data plan alone will not keep you online - it's only one part of the equation. You also need the right gear and signal enhancing strategy.
For more education on assembling a cellular centric mobile internet setup, head on over to our collection of guides: