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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 - then we created this website for you.
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 full time job to create resources to help make this stuff easier to understand, provide education and keep on top of this constantly changing topic...
.. so you can concentrate on what drives you!
What is the MIA? (Mobile Internet Aficionados)
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 - the MIA is designed for you.
Our Goal: To Save you Time, Money & Frustration
A MIA membership goes further than our free content - 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.
Focused Topic & Approach
We are focused on this singular topic and have been since 2013. We firmly believe in our approach that everyone's mobile internet needs are different. We can't just hand you a solution - you must take the time to define your needs, understand the challenges and research the current options. We've created content to help with all of that, and our staff is here to help guide you.
The MIA is a community of travelers who consider mobile internet an important part of their adventures. As a community, we can learn together and share our experiences in a space focused on this niche topic.
Supporting the Nomadic Community
Member funding makes this resource center possible, including the free content & support we're able to provide to our RVing and boating communities. You won't find 3rd party advertising, we're not sponsored and we don't resell gear or plans. We also donate towards organizations that protect our lands & waters and encourage inclusion & diversity in our community.
We began full time RVing in 2006 while working remotely as technology advisors & software developers. We now split our time between a vintage bus conversion, camper van and boat.
We were fielding so many questions on our personal blog about how we stayed connected, so we created this resource center.
What started as our hobby, is now our full time "job". And we love it.
What Our Members Are Saying:
One Word – Awesome!
Worth every penny in terms of the membership, the discounts you are able to provide on equipment and the very useful apps you developed for coverage, not to mention the public YouTube content you provide which was one of the deciding factors for us to hit the road
This is how I stay on top of wireless data programs
The information on Chris and Cherie’s website is extremely valuable. Just this week their information about signing up for T-Mobile before the program disappears saved me a lot of money.
I was able to sign up for the T-Mobile’s $35 plan and decreased my Verizon plan by $35 and now I have the same amount of data and I also have the unlimited data for YouTube, etc.
I highly recommend their program.
Small Membership Fee Is Worth It
I’m tech savvy and thought I could figure it all out without joining. WRONG!
Since I joined in June 2016, I’ve slashed my Verizon bill, protected my UDP (unlimited data plan), and now have more cellular data and options than I thought possible.
The small membership fee is worth it and has already been recouped in savings.
Get Started Bundle
Library Card Access
Auto Pay Discount
The $97/yr membership rate is with our auto-pay discount (cancel at anytime). A single year option for $109 is also available. Save $29 with our Video Course Combo.
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.
Have our Book? Save $5 - How to Redeem:
For the 2015 and later editions: Check the 'Going Further' or 'Ongoing Conversations' chapter at the back of the book for your $5 coupon code.
For the 2014 Edition - Enter in the third to last word defined in the glossary (at the end of the book) as the code. This lets us know you already own the book.
Login to re-activate your membership at our returning member rates.
Other Ways to Support
There are other ways to support the resource center in addition to becoming a member.
Optional Add-On: Mobile Internet Video Course
Add the Video Course Now to Your Membership for just $100
Just getting started with your research?
This 44 video course is designed to help you make informed choices in assembling your ideal mobile internet setup to match your journey - from understanding your unique mobile internet needs, the challenges and the fundamentals of cellular, Wi-Fi and satellite.
There are quizzes to check your progress, an assessment worksheet and 15m private video sessions with our staff to answer questions.
Save $29 with our membership bundle!!
Video course is regularly $129 if you add it on later.
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, produced videos and field testing data 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 our community interactive areas (forums, comments, groups, webinars) - which is where member sharing, troubleshooting, insider tips, in progress testing notes, unconfirmed breaking stories and alerts may be contained.
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 private video sessions with our staff.
Got questions? Need help or guidance? MIAs have multiple venues for reaching our staff for more personalized feedback.
Ask in our member exclusive forums, in comments on articles & guides, in our private Facebook Group and during monthly casual Q&A video webinars.
We can't promise we'll always be able to answer your questions with a definitive solution, but we'll do our best to share what we know and point you in the right direction.
If there's a critical news topic going on, we may also host a special edition webinar.
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, members 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.
Interact with other travelers who are also navigating keeping online while being mobile. Because together, we all have more experience and wisdom to share.
While we are not sponsored by any vendor or manufacturer, several extend special discounts to our MIA members. They include: MobileMustHave, WiFiRanger, weBoost, TechnoRV, Speedify, Waveform, Powerful Signal, The RVITGuy, Mobile Internet Satellite, 5GStore 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.
Membership FAQs & Policies
We used to offer one-on-one private mobile internet advising as an additional service when we first started out - and conducted nearly 150 sessions.
We discontinued those in 2017 when the demand far exceeded our ability to keep up, and we found many advising clients didn't understand their setup, and were not well prepared to adapt their setups as the industry rapidly advances.
After years of running this resource center and now having assisted thousands find their right solution - we firmly believe in our approach.
Which is each of us has to take the time to assess our needs, understand the challenges and research our own setup.
We feel this best prepares you for managing your setup when you're out there because you better understand it and the trade-offs - and as new gear & plans become available, you're better able to evaluate if it's time to switch out components.
So we focus on creating tools & resources to aid in your education and research - including keeping them all constantly updated as the options change.
And our staff is available for helping interactively guide our members in our forums, private group and webinars - and for our video classroom students, during private video sessions.
And besides - with all the work we do here to keep this resource center updated, staying on top of this rapidly evolving industry, producing videos, hosting our free Internet for RVers & Cruises group and the growing premium membership we're serving today - there just aren't enough spare hours or brain cells left to also dedicate the time & energy to private sessions to advise (it typically takes 2-3 hours per household - minimum).
We'd rather use those resources to help the many.
There's no denying it, this topic is technical. We do our best to break it down into non-tech terms and explain things that most should able to understand - but there's only so far we can go and still provide accurate information.
Before joining, we'd recommend you read through and view some of our free content (such as our Overview) - if you're able to get through that without too big of a headache, then you'll likely do well with our member content too. We strive to use similar language as you find there, and keep a full Glossary of terms integrated into every article.
If you're willing to be patient, do your research and pace yourself - you should be able to get through things.
In our classroom, we have each lesson marked as Basic, Intermediate or Advanced. We don't recommend approaching more advanced topics until you have a good foundation.
We are constantly on the look out for new products, and we do make an attempt to acquire a decent sampling of the promising options.
We overview most mobile specific gear with specs and general impressions, and members can leave reviews for each other. As a secondary mission here on the resource center, we also review a sampling of products as part of the in-depth content we create for MIA members.
However, it would be impossible to review every single product available. We tend to research the 'best in class' options and review those.
Remember our staff lives RV & boats too, and we have limited space for installing & storing gear - and our primary mission here is tracking the industry, keeping you up to date and providing member guidance.
We also don't just turn on a gadget and see if it works - we take it out to multiple locations and take readings over time. This could take months for us to get sufficient hands on experience to make an assessment and fully review a product. We do share our field testing data as we collect it with members.
Also, we do not cover most general mobile technology equipment - such as computers, TVs, streaming devices, smartphones, printers & tablets.
Our reviews are focused on consumer accessible equipment specific to mobile internet - such as dedicated hotspots, mobile routers, mobile cellular boosters, antennas and mobile WiFi repeating gear. We do not review equipment designed and marketed for stationary use and only dabble in enterprise level gear.
We know RVers and cruisers aren't the only ones who depend on the internet options we cover. Truckers, rural folks, nomads, travelers, storm chasers and cord-cutters also might rely on wireless connections instead of hardwired internet.
And we know many folks travel part time, and desire a setup that might be usable 'at home' and on the road. Or those living in mobile substrates might be stationary for long periods of time.
We absolutely welcome you to join (we even have off topic areas in our forums so you can connect with each other), but just know upfront we are very focused on mobile internet options. Our 'Top Picks', product listings and advice are specific to mobile situations and installation on an RV or boat.
Installation & equipment options for stationary homes, offices and trucks might have different considerations. And the approaches are different (such as routers that can provide Wi-Fi to a 2500 sq ft house is different than a mobile router that is designed to only cover 200 sq ft.)
Residential and stationary specific options are not our area of expertise and we do not focus on them. Mobile keeps our staff more than busy enough as is.
There is a heck of a lot of cross over however and you will learn a lot, and have access to our ongoing research & knowledge. We'll do our best to point out where the differences & considerations are when asked, but we make no promises that we'll be able to provide specific guidance for non-mobile use.
You will need to adapt what you learn here to apply to your own situation, and continue research on your own.
Researching your ideal mobile internet setup can take time, and ramping up to hit the road can be a chaotic period of time with a lot of distractions. Also, deals and specials come up that might be worthwhile snagging before they disappear (like sweet data plans) - and equipment shortages can mean longer shipping times.
So if mobile internet is going to be an important part of your mobile lifestyle, it can definitely make sense to join a few months before your anticipated departure date. Trying to rush the research, decisions & purchases for the last minute can lead to a compromised setup based on what you can quickly acquire.
We've had members join anywhere from 1 day to 2 years before hitting the road as part of their research process. 2-6 months however is probably a decent window to give you plenty of time to focus on this sometimes complex topic. But really, it depends on how much time you want to give yourself to come up to speed.
We do advise however - in general - not to purchase gear more than 2-3 month in advance of needing it - technology changes rapidly and quickly can become obsolete. But there may be exceptions to this from time to time.
We do have many members who join after hitting the road - when they've discovered that what they set out with just isn't meeting their needs. Or they just want to stay in the know of when it might be time to upgrade components of their system.
Whenever you decide to join, we look forward to assisting you.
We want to make sure you fully understand what your membership includes, and doesn't include. Here are some specific things that the MIA is not intended for:
- Substitute for reading / viewing the content - Membership is best utilized if you're committed to educating yourself and utilizing this resource in the self-help intention it is presented. Please utilize the in-depth guides, classrooms, resource collections & video content throughout the site. Also, keep in the know with your member alerts as this industry constantly changes.
- E-mail and/or private guidance - We are community centric - and ask members to post their questions in the Q&A forums or our private MIA Facebook group. This helps other members learn & chime in as well.
- In-depth Advising - Our focus is creating content that helps you understand your options. It's designed to be self-paced and self-help. To effectively provide that content, we have to stay constantly on top of the industry, analyzing news and updating applicable guides. While we welcome questions in our member areas as you pursue your research, we're unable to assess your unique needs and recommend a suitable solution. Having conducted private advising sessions in the past, we know this takes multiple hours of time to do right - which is time we just don't have available and nor is it included in our low membership costs.
- 24/7 Instant Responses - We're full time nomads ourselves - we don't just play them on the internet. That's how we know about this stuff. Our own time and bandwidth availability can vary quite a bit. and we do encourage our staff to have a work/life balance. We set aside time (and effort to have connectivity) to read the Q&A forums to respond to member questions. We will do our very best to respond to inquiries within a business day and we post a status alert when we know we'll have limited availability due to holidays, lack of signal (such as due to field testing excursions), etc. Major breaking events can also command our team's full attention.
- Technical Support - The MIA is not a substitute for the customer support provided by the manufacturer or vendor you purchased equipment from, or for the solutions you've implemented. We are however happy to help you troubleshoot a problem, confirm a problem or point you in the right direction to get help.
- General Mobile Tech - Many folks know us for our Technomadia.com blog, where we do write about our personal experiences with mobile tech (computers, tablets, solar, lithium batteries, GPS, lighting, apps, etc.). This site is specifically about mobile internet options & equipment - and we super focus on it here. It keeps us busy enough as is to stay on top of. However, our members do have access to our off topic discussion forum, and we do welcome questions there if you have them. We'll answer when we can.
- Commercial Use: Our content is intended for personal use only - not for helping related businesses target their products & services at RVers & boaters. If you would like our assistance in getting a market overview or in-depth feedback in your product development, please contact us. When we have time, we do offer business-to-business consulting services.
- Remember... membership is intended to provide education, a venue for asking questions to further your understanding for building your personal mobile internet setup. And keeping you keep up to date on the industry. We feel it's important that you understand the solutions you're purchasing, as when you're 'out there' - you may not be able to get online to get help setting up your equipment.
A membership is intended for personal use, and a single membership covers one nomadic household. If you are running a business from your nomadic household and are joining to work remotely yourself - we consider that covered under personal use.
At present time however we do not offer a commercial level membership - such as for an RV builder, tech consultant or other business wanting to offer guidance to multiple nomadic households.
If you both run a business that provides services to our audience and are working remotely yourself - please note our mobile internet vendors & company representative policy: We do not allow products or services we cover to have an official presence in member interactive places.
However, we recognize that some who represent mobile internet related products are also travelers themselves, and would like to join for their own personal interest. And we welcome this. We just ask that if you do represent a product that you refrain from posting anything that could be seen as marketing of the product. If you see a fellow member with a question about your product that you can answer, that is most appreciated - just please be transparent about your affiliation, and keep it supportive not 'selling'.
Our content is intended for personal use only - not for helping related businesses target their products & services at RVers & boaters. If you would like our assistance in getting a market overview or in-depth feedback in your product development, please contact us. When we have time, we do offer business-to-business consulting services.
For those considering joining us long term - we offer a discount for signing up for an auto renewing subscription. Ongoing support helps us better plan our resources around future funding.
The Annual Subscription option locks in the rate for as long as your payment profile stays active.
This option does require Paypal, as they manage the payment profile and future billing.
This is not a contract or commitment - you can cancel future renewals anytime from within your member account or PayPal.
Not sure if you're in for the long term? No problem - you can sign up for a year at a time, and elect to manually renew at then current rates. PayPal is not required for this option.
In order to keep prices as low as possible for everyone, we only offer a few select discounts:
- Purchasers of our book (find the discount code in the back)
- Members of partnered clubs, including Escapees/ Xscapers, RVillage Gold and Boondockers Welcome (check your membership discounts there)
- Readers of some select awesome bloggers who are friends of the resource center.
Please note our coupon code policy - only one coupon per member, and discounts are only valid for the first year of a full MIA membership (other membership levels not included.)