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Is Mobile Internet an Important Part of your Lifestyle?
If you consider internet access almost as necessary as fuel, water, food and electricity - you've come to the right place.
Whether you're working from the road or water, attending online classes, keeping in touch with friends & family, planning your next destination, sharing your adventures or keeping entertained.
Assembling the mobile internet solution that fits your unique lifestyle can be an overwhelming challenge. Especially since the options change so rapidly!
We've made it our focus to keep on top of this rapidly changing industry and maintain educational resources to help make this stuff easier to understand. ... so you can concentrate on what drives you!
What is the MIA? (Mobile Internet Aficionados)
We are entirely member funded, our MIAs make all of our content possible without influence of advertising, sponsorships or needing to sell you 'stuff'. For that support, we go further than our free content.
Our Goal: To Save you Time, Money & Frustration
Exclusive Content & Perks
A MIA membership goes further than our free content. Get access to in-depth guides, courses, product reviews & field testing results, alerts, videos, interactive guidance, vendor discounts and insider tips. Whether you're already on the road or just gearing up, whether you're geeky or non-techie - we strive to help you become a Mobile Internet Aficionado.
Educational Focused - Become an Aficionado
We firmly believe in our approach that everyone's mobile internet needs are unique and there is no simple answer or best setup. We focus on creating & updating content to help you choose and understand your best solution. There will be learning involved to identify your unique needs and comprehend constantly changing technology. We can't hand you a quick setup, but our team is here to help you navigate this.
Up to Date & Ahead of the Curve
Keeping our eyes and ears focused on this niche topic helps us keep our MIAs ahead of the technological curve. From news stories to exclusive insider information - you'll have access to information to know when it's time to upgrade components of your setup or snag sweet data plans.
Supporting the Nomadic Community
Member funding makes this resource center possible, including the free content we're able to provide the public. You won't find 3rd party advertising, we're not sponsored and we don't resell gear or plans. We believe in paying it forwarding, by supporting organizations that also support our community, protect our lands & waters and provide content we utilize (see our about page).
The Mobile Internet Resource Center was founded in 2014 after Chris & Cherie shared for years about this topic on their travel blog at Technomadia.com. They became full time technomads in 2006, taking their high tech careers on the road traveling by various RVs and boat.
As the resource center has grown, so has our team to keep the incredible amount of content we're covering updated and helping our members find their right solution. Meet our team on our About Page. Our team is made up of fellow nomads who depend on mobile internet themselves.
What Our Members Are Saying:
Helped me tremendously along with saving me money
I am a proud member of MIA and I am also an IT professional with over 25 years experience mainly in large corporate networking. I have a number of Cisco and other certifications and am very knowledgeable about networks and networking.
That being said, when it comes to Mobile Networking, Chris and Cherie are experts and I continually learn new things from them.
They are continuously testing various devices in the field and reporting their results.
I cannot recommend MIA enough.
I have learned more than I could ever hope to imagine
In this fast changing technology they have provided breaking news and provided thought about what coming changes might mean to me. They have provided answers to specific questions and I have learned more than I could ever hope to imagine.
I highly recommend joining MIA along with the book and look forward to many years of continued knowledge as this technology continues to change.
- Newsletters & NotificationsReceive our exclusive member newsletter twice a month keeping you always up to date. Special notifications when there are time sensitive alerts (like data plan retirements).
- Exclusive Content: Guides, Reviews & AnalysisGet full access to our content.
- Extra FeaturesBookmark pages, member dashboard and sample setup explorer.
- Library Card FeaturesIncludes all exclusive content - guides, reviews, newsletter, etc.
- + Interarative Guidance: Forums & WebinarsMIAs get multiple ways to interact with our staff - in our forums, private FB group, comments to content and webinars.
- + Insider Tips & Testing DataGet exclusive heads up before we create our public content - new products, possible discontinuations, alerts and more. Follow along with our field testing before our reviews are ready.
- + Vendor Discounts (Save $)We don't take affiliate kickbacks, instead we ask vendors to pass along bigger savings to our members.
- + Mobile Internet 101 CourseOur basic course that walks you through our guides in the order we recommend.
Getting Started Bundle
MIA + Video Course
- MIA Membership - 1 YearFirst year membership included, annual subscription pricing locked in if selected.
- + Mobile Internet Video Course (Regularly $129 - save $29)
- + Student Video WorkshopsVideo course students can attend our smaller video workshops with our staff to help answer questions.
Because your ongoing support helps us better plan our resources - we're happy to lock in this discounted rate if you setup automatic re-curring annual renewals.
Coupon Code Policy
Coupon codes are only valid for new Mobile Internet Aficionado memberships ('Library Card Access' not eligible) and only one can be used per new membership.
MobileMustHave Insider Memberships
Our friends over at MobileMustHave also have a membership program that include memberships to this resource center. If you are narrowing in on purchasing gear & plans from MMH, it is worth looking at their membership instead for the additional perks. You can also start with our membership for your research phase and upgrade if you end up purchasing from MMH.
Login to re-activate your membership at our returning member rates.
Gift a Membership
Memberships make a great gift for an RVer or boater - they take up no space!
Other Ways to Support
There are other ways to support the resource center - contributions, sharing, etc.
Getting Started Video Course Bundle
Add our video course for just $100 to your membership with this sign-up bundle, and save $29 over adding the course later.
Mobile Internet Video Course
Add-on Option: Recommended for those just getting started!
Our video course is designed for those new to this topic to most effectively get up to speed. From understanding your unique mobile internet needs, the challenges and the fundamentals of cellular, Wi-Fi and satellite. The course gives you a solid foundation for using the rest of our content to make informed decisions.
There are 44 videos, quizzes, an assessment worksheet and interactive guidance in our forums. Students can also attend smaller scale Student Workshops, to get more focused guidance from our staff.
Join Risk Free
We're pleased to offer a ton of free guides & videos here on the resource center that should give you a good feel for our style and depth of content. We encourage you to utlize the free stuff before joining and see if our content clicks with you.
It's our hope that by the time you decide to join, you've already received value from our resource center and want to support it.
However, if you find that in the first 30 days that becoming a member was not the right fit for you - just ask. We'll be happy to refund your full membership fee provided you've not utilized any vendor discounts.
More Information On the Membership Levels:
Our Library Card Holder level is the basic membership.
It's meant for those who are more self paced with an existing understanding of this technology, don't desire interactive assistance and/or who have already assembled their setup and just want to stay up to date on the latest.
The benefits included are:
Exclusive Content - Guides, Reviews, Videos
We release most of our in-depth mobile internet guides, product reviews, guides and produced videos to our paid members exclusively.
You'll also find extra tips and insider info embedded in some news articles, just for members.
Note: Library Card Holders however do not get access to content contained in our community interactive areas (forums, comments, groups, webinars). You will miss out on discussions, comments, troubleshooting, questions/answers and member sharing. Our staff also posts unconfirmed breaking stories, insider tips, in progress testing notes of gear, and alerts in these areas. Once confirmed/finalized, this content is moved to articles, guides and gear center entries available to all members.
E-mail Notifications & Newsletters
Our exclusive newsletter delivered by e-mail at least monthly (usually twice) summarizing new content on this site.
This means you don't have to pro-actively check in to see what's up if you don't want to - just check your mail and skim the newsletter.
Our newsletters are more in-depth and comprehensive than our free public monthly summary, and might contain member exclusive insider tips.
Special Alerts - We issue special breaking news alerts if we hear of anything that might impact our members that needs to be acted on quickly.
- Sample Setup Explorer - our interactive area to explore sample setups to make learning & deciding on your approach easier.
- Member Dashboard - get a quick glance at new stories, new gear, forum posts, alerts, videos, newsletter archives and more.
- Bookmarking - Easily save guides, gear pages, articles and more to come back to later via the Dashboard.
The MIA is our full membership level. It's most ideal for those starting their research to assemble their setup, are doing a total refresh or for those who want to tap into the wealth of knowledge a community can provide.
Library Card Access
You get all Library Card benefits, plus:
Mobile Internet 101
This structured course walks you through our guides - ramping you up from understanding your options, assessing your needs to selecting your plans & gear. Get a free preview of Section 1 in Our Classroom.
For visual learners or those just getting started - we also offer an optional Video Course that includes student workshops with our staff.
Interactive Community Areas
Got questions? Need help or guidance? MIAs have multiple venues for reaching out to the community, and our staff.
Ask in our member exclusive forums, in comments on articles & guides, in our private Facebook Group and during our regularly scheduled casual Q&A video webinars.
Insider Aficionado Access
We constantly have our eyes out in multiple places to try keep ahead of the industry. When we're at liberty to do so, MIAs get advanced notice - include tips we've picked up on, upcoming products, warnings of upcoming changes, breaking stories we're still researching and heads-up on limited time offerings.
We also share our testing in progress notes of gear we are evaluating before that information is ready to become a full review in the Gear Center.
We host member exclusive Q&A webinar to ask questions of our staff in a casucal interactive platform. We also host special edition webinars if they are merits with major breaking industry developments. See the schedule on the bottom of every page of the website.
While we are not sponsored by any vendor or manufacturer, several extend special discounts to our MIA members. They include: MobileMustHave, WiFiRanger, weBoost, TechnoRV, Insty Connect, Onboard Wireless, Speedify, Waveform, Powerful Signal, The RVITGuy, Mobile Internet Satellite, 5GStore, LTE Fix Wireless Haven and more.
Some vendors have asked us to not disclose the amounts in public. But our content can help you make informed decisions AND potentially save more than your membership cost.
Our members also have access to purchase our Mobile. Connected. T-Shirt year round!
We do occasionally offer this shirt to the public, and release special editions too.