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I use Sprint through FCMA. https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/gear/fmca-sprint/

It is an unlimited $50 a month plan with no commitment and no hard throttling once some preset limit is reached. I used 85g last month with no slowdowns experienced. You can stream Netflix and video in normal resolution, but not in high-res as there's not enough throughput - usually only 4-5mbs. I spend 5 months boondocking in wilderness areas of Arizona and Utah last year and the coverage was decent, though it did roam a lot. There were only a few places where I couldn't get a signal. In fact my wife's verizon phone had more problem getting a signal in some places than my Sprint hotspot did. There's no hard throttling, though they will slow you down on congested towers.   

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2 hours ago, sushidog said:

I use Sprint through FCMA. https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/gear/fmca-sprint/

It is an unlimited $50 a month plan with no commitment and no hard throttling once some preset limit is reached. I used 85g last month with no slowdowns experienced. You can stream Netflix and video in normal resolution, but not in high-res as there's not enough throughput - usually only 4-5mbs. I spend 5 months boondocking in wilderness areas of Arizona and Utah last year and the coverage was decent, though it did roam a lot. There were only a few places where I couldn't get a signal. In fact my wife's verizon phone had more problem getting a signal in some places than my Sprint hotspot did. There's no hard throttling, though they will slow you down on congested towers.   

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm going to give it a try.

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It will be interesting to compare apparent coverage between the FMCA Sprint plan, which uses a Franklin hotspot, and the Calyx plans, which use hotspots that get more T-Mobile bands.  But for new FMCA users this might not be an issue. A friend had the FMCA Sprint plan but the hotspot had issues, the replacement FMCA sent was an 8800 hotspot instead of the Franklin and is working great.  The higher end Calyx plan uses the 8800. 

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After using my Franklin hotspot reliably for about a year it quit working. I took it to a local Sprint store and they reprogrammed it for me for free. I works great again. I wish it had an external antenna jack though, to pull in signals from farther away when I'm in the middle of nowhere. I'm sure Sprint's 8000 MiFi hotspot (their version of Verizon's 8800l) is far better, but it should be for $240. I wouldn't want to buy one though as it will soon be obsolete when 5g comes out.

I heard of problems with the FMCA Verizon plan that uses the 8800l hotspot. Several users reported it shut down frequently for no apparent reason and had to be rebooted. I actually called Verison about this known issue a little over a year ago and asked them about a solution. At that time they said they had none but were working on a software upgrade that would fix it. I asked them to call me when they did and I would sign up, as the Verizon is definitely faster and supposedly has better coverage. I can drop the Sprint plan any time as it is monthly with no commitment, unlike the 2 year commitment that Verizon required. They never called me and FMCA eventually dropped their Verizon plan. To be fair, I don't think this was a hot spot problem, but an issue with Verizon's software, as many others use this hotspot and it works great for them.

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I got the 8000 today, with the shelter in place order it will be while until I can truly test it.  In an aluminum sided house northwest of Chicago it is getting 12Mbps.

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