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Old 02-20-2019, 04:49 AM   #81
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Yeah, I saw that. It elicited more than a few expletives. This campaign's tattooed millennial target market:

(a) On average doesn't have as much cash as older buyers, by simple virtue of not having been here on earth long enough to earn and accumulate it, and

(b) Understands technology options at a native level, such that they can see the price inflation.

If Airstream REALLY did its market research, I think they'd be targeting older, wealthier customers who might like better connectivity but really don't understand how any of that danged stuff works. It would be a much simpler pitch, I think.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:34 AM   #82
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If Airstream REALLY did its market research, I think they'd be targeting older, wealthier customers who might like better connectivity but really don't understand how any of that danged stuff works.
INTERBLOG - If Airstream REALLY did its market research, I think they'd be targeting ALL age groups of every socio-economic demographic. It is the reason Amazon & Walmart succeed - they don't care who you are, they just care that you want to buy from them

BTW - both my daughters are college grad millenials. Both have dual college degrees. My oldest has degrees in Engineering & Nursing. My youngest has degrees in Education & Administration. Both are professionals in their respective fields of training. Both are in their 2nd brand new homes, with no help from me. Both have given us grandchildren. All these makes me a very lucky & happy parent. It is true, they do not have as much cash as me, but they can afford to buy ANY Airstream right now. So why would Airstream want to exclude them from their target audience? That does not make good business sense.
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:45 AM   #83
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I did not say exclude - I said targeting.

My mind goes back to when I met Joel Sell (Million Mile Sprinter) - he screwed up his face in a knot and said, "I assumed you'd be younger." That's when I knew that I we were going to get along well. I like people who present their genuine selves. No false facade.

And I responded, "Trust me - you don't want younger customers. They may be dominating the #vanlife stereotype and the #offgrid stereotype, but they are not the ones who have the disposable income to pay you."

The outcome you describe for your own family's younger members is admirable - but not typical or average.

The Airstream lifestyle, however it is interpreted (off-grid / on-grid, short range / international, whatever), takes a lot of money. Who has that money? Older people who have spent a lifetime earning and saving it.

On average - certainly not exclusively. But wise ad campaigns tend to target the largest potential markets preferentially.

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Old 02-23-2019, 07:17 PM   #84
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Took AI out this week for some day trips and also to test booster at elevation at outskirts of town. The area has signal but normally between Good & Fair with RSRP numbers betw. -85db and -110db. Was happy with results of mostly over 60Mbps and even going over 80Mbps depending on orientation of van. Not Avery scientific test but good enough for a "moving AI work".

I have no idea how it does with the other carriers since the entire fam only has Sprint service. But it is supposed to boost all carrier frequencies. Next big test would be spring drive through UT mountains & CO mountains.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:38 AM   #85
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Just an update on the Mobley, given that we had a thread tangent regarding it.

Our first two attempts to stop the fraud associated with that transaction failed. Two days ago, AT&T did manage to autodraft a further $6,706.55 out of my husband's bank account.

If you were among those who got a Mobley, monitor your account frequently for fraud. These fraudsters are obviously very sophisticated. If they've got X number of accounts that they have already frauded, I would bet money that they ALSO have Y number of accounts lying in wait, vulnerable but dormant, and ready to be exploited like this when the time is right.

On the up-side, I've now used the Mobley device on several trips, and it has worked well. I like it - it allows me to stream data while preserving my Verizon device for specific purposes such as managing our live onboard cameras. Mobley works, but we've paid a high price for the privilege of having it.

I get very tired of being a crime victim of one type or another - street crime, white collar crime, organized crime. It never ends.

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You seriously need to make them delete the auto draft info from your account.
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You seriously need to make them delete the auto draft info from your account.
We seriously do, but given that this was a crime that originated on the inside, it's hard to know who is pulling the strings or how.
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We seriously do, but given that this was a crime that originated on the inside, it's hard to know who is pulling the strings or how.
Understood. Meanwhile, as a matter of policy we never ever let any business, ever, auto-draft directly from any of our our bank accounts.
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Understood. Meanwhile, as a matter of policy we never ever let any business, ever, auto-draft directly from any of our our bank accounts.
As a post-script on that, it turns out that my husband has that particular transaction wired to his credit card rather than his bank account. And the credit card company reversed the transaction after AT&T had already sent a text message saying "we have your payment" (and the customer service rep with whom my husband spoke believed they had it, too). Credit card companies are a safer recourse than banks.
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As a post-script on that, it turns out that my husband has that particular transaction wired to his credit card rather than his bank account. And the credit card company reversed the transaction after AT&T had already sent a text message saying "we have your payment" (and the customer service rep with whom my husband spoke believed they had it, too). Credit card companies are a safer recourse than banks.
Perfect! We do the same. Lots more protection via credit card companies than via direct draft. Debit cards supposedly also have protections similar to credit cards, but in that case the money is also already gone and you'd have to fight harder to get your own money back.
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Yeah, they sent me an unpublished de-install process. I will try to post later when I find it.
Hey Alex - I'm about to start the very same installation with the exception that I am installing a WeBoost truck antenna. I was thinking of using some fish tape by attaching it to the coax for the Winegard and pulling it through the chassis, then pulling both cables back through into the overhead compartment.

That would require me to remove the Winegard head or go as far as completely removing the sat-antenna all together, then reinstalling.

Did you ever post the de-install procedure?
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