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RVing in the digital world of mobile communications that encompasses smart phones and notebook computers provides us with a powerful mix of gadgets that enable us to keep in touch with friends and family while RVing. Here are options to keep these camping costs down.

Great Lakes Pcs
(715) 552-1257
1402 S Hastings Way
Eau Claire, WI
 
Sc Kiosks Inc
(715) 241-6784
4000 Rib Mountain Dr
Wausau, WI
 
Cellcom Cellular Store
(920) 230-2000
300 N Koeller St
Oshkosh, WI
 
A Touch Wireless
(414) 406-2071
2529 Milton Ave
Janesville, WI

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Mobile One Wireless
(608) 274-2222
5517 Odana Rd Ste B
Madison, WI

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Nielson Communications Inc
(920) 494-1828
645 Potts Ave
Green Bay, WI
 
Platinumtel
(414) 445-9000
5003 W Fond Du Lac Ave
Milwaukee, WI

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Appleton Fashion
(414) 466-9999
8333 W Appleton Ave
Milwaukee, WI
 
Digital Wireless Phone
(608) 441-6803
244 W Gilman St
Madison, WI
 
Ricoh Business Solutions
(608) 241-8625
2810 Crossroads Dr
Madison, WI
 
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Keeping Wireless and Mobile Communication Costs Down While RV Camping


By Alan Lidstone

RVing in the digital world of mobile communications that encompasses cell phones, blackberry devices, and notebook computers provides us with a powerful mix of gadgets that enable us to keep in touch with friends, family, and business contacts.

RVers, like everyone else, want to get the most for their money. The first time many RVers take a hard look on the costs of keeping in touch is when they get back after a trip and receive a mobile phone/data service bill double or triple their usual amount.

Fortunately, we have options to keep the cost of communications reasonable that include understanding our mobile device service plans, making use of the most appropriate products and services, and having a backup plan.

What’s in Your Mobile Service Plan?


Check your plan for restrictions when RVing out of your home area. While some plans provide “National Coverage” allowing calls from anywhere in the U.S. to anywhere in the U.S., other plans will put you into “roaming” with no notification or warning if you make calls from outside your billing address region.

Verify what extra billing costs per minute will be if you use up the allocated calling minutes in your plan. Consider increasing your allowed minutes if you anticipate running out of minutes while you are on any extended RV camping trips, and monitoring minutes used to see if you are nearing your included minutes.

You should also verify any applicable roaming charges when transiting or visiting geographical areas with no service from you mobile provider. Since most phones are preset to automatically switch to digital or analog roaming if your provider cannot provide a connection, we recommend you reset your phone to activate an alarm or visual warning anytime your mobile phone switches to roaming mode.

Also, don’t forget to use the free unlimited minutes in most wireless mobile plans after 7:00 PM or 9:00 PM and on weekends. Contact your provider to see if you can start your free calls at an earlier time for a nominal additional monthly fee.

Free Video Conferencing and Communications


Did you know the free software program available from Skype provides free video and audio conferencing via the Internet?

Free video conferencing with audio is accomplished by downloading and installing the Skype software on your computer, creating a free Skype account that enables free audio and video communications with any other registered Skype user anywhere on the Internet, establishing an Internet connection, and starting the Skype program.

Although notebook computers include a microphone and speaker capablity, you will need a web camera (webcam), to provide the video signal. Webcams are available for $20 - $150 at all the big box stores (Staples, Office Depot, Circuit City, Best Buy, etc.).

In addition to free video and audio conferencing, Skype subscribers can sign ...

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