Product Overview: FMCA Cellular Data Plans (Cellular Data Plans)

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.

These plans are only available to FMCA members, and membership is limited to owners of self-contained RV's.


Verizon - FMCA Plan

The FMCA and Verizon have partnered to offer 25GB of LTE speed data, then unlimited but very slow hard throttled data through the end of the month, reported to be at 2G speeds. The plan includes a 7730L Mobile Hotspot (our top pick 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 member, this is an upfront $110 cost to join for two years. Be sure to proceed immediately to sign up for the Verizon plan the same day, or risk no longer meeting the requirements of having 2 years left on your membership.
  • Existing members who have less than a year of membership left will need to renew for 2-years to qualify, a $95 expense.

Once you meet the FMCA membership qualifications, you then will be handed off to Verizon to setup the plan. They will require a 2-year contract with a $175 pro-rated early termination fee should you cancel before hand.

FMCA Verizon Plan Policies & Perks:

  • Contract & Qualifications: Must sign a 2-year contract with Verizon AND have at least 2 years of membership prepaid with the FMCA.
  • Domestic Roaming: All of Verizon's US domestic coverage map, including domestic roaming is included.
  • Throttling: Speeds are hard throttled once a 25GB data cap is reached. Throttle is reportedly set to 2G type speeds.
  • International: No international usage is included.
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: All plan data is hotspot data.
  • Data Roll Over: None.
  • Overage Charges: None.
  • Streaming: Video streaming is capped at 720p, like all Verizon plans.
  • Unlimited Data Plans: While touted as an unlimited data plan, data speeds are throttled (2G speeds) at 25GB per month of use.

Our Full Article When This Plan Was Announced:
FMCA Tries Again: New Verizon “Unlimited” 25GB Plan Announced    

The video version of this story:

Testing Status: We do not keep an FMCA Verizon data plan in our arsenal.

Throttling Updates: We have a confirmed report in December 2018 from a member who went with this plan, and has reported the moment they passed 25GB they were hard throttled to .09 kbps (in the same location, they had been getting 15 mbps). We've had dozens of similar reports since.

In March 2018, TheMGRV.com tracked their plan and shared a graph showing the hard throttling immediately after crossing 25GB of usage:

Shared with permission from TheMGRV.com.


Sprint - FMCA's Tech Connect+ Plan

The Sprint plan is offered as part of the FMCA Tech Connect+ package, which includes discounts to various technology items paired with an unlimited Sprint data plan.

The Sprint plan offers truly unlimited high-speed data subject, but is always subject to network management.

All fees on this plan are paid directly to the FMCA as part of their Tech Connect+ membership. The plan is administered directly by the FMCA, not Sprint.

This is a no contract plan. The plan is month-to-month and can be cancelled at anytime. To be eligible you must have at least 1 year remaining on a FMCA membership.

This plan currently runs off of a Franklin R910 hotspot (Sprint's most current model), rented for a one-time fee of $39.99, regardless of how long you keep the plan.  The hotspot must be returned within 15 days if the plan is cancelled - failure to return the hotspot results in a $200 administrative fee.  There is no option to bring your own device and the SIM cannot be used in another device.

Which is a downside of this plan, as the Franklin R910 does not have antenna ports, which can be critical for signal enhancing as cellular boosters do not work well with some of Sprint's key LTE bands.

There is a limit of one device per member number.

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FMCA Sprint Plan Policies & Perks:

  • Contract & Qualifications: This is a no contract plan. The plan is month-to-month and can be cancelled at anytime. To be eligible you must have at least 1 year remaining on a FMCA membership.
  • Domestic Roaming: 300MB a month of domestic roaming.
  • Throttling: All hotspot use it at full speed.
  • International: No international usage is included.
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: All plan data is hotspot data.
  • Streaming: Video streaming is capped at 480p resolution.
  • Unlimited Data: Full speed unlimited data plan, but is always subject to network management.

Our article when this plan was announced:
FMCA Offers New Sprint Unlimited Data Plan with Tech Connect+ Membership

Video version of this story:

Testing Status: We do not keep an FMCA Tech Connect+ plan in our arsenal.

 

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Getting the Plan

For both plans, 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.

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FMCA offers data plans on the Verizon and Sprint networks for FMCA members.

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