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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 08:36 (34 days ago)

Soon moving to rather remote area without cable TV and internet. Cell phone signal is also marginal except ATT.

Looking for options for dish/satellite TV and internet. Have had SKY before but number of English channels very limited. DISH?

HughesNet for internet???

Pleaseinclude tele # for contacts.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10:03 (34 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Soon moving to rather remote area without cable TV and internet. Cell phone signal is also marginal except ATT.

Looking for options for dish/satellite TV and internet. Have had SKY before but number of English channels very limited. DISH?

HughesNet for internet???

Pleaseinclude tele # for contacts.

Please see the listing for SIDITEL on my Services page. Javier and his staff will fix you up.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 17:47 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks, Rob, I will call them.

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by Leemr @, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 13:23 (34 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

My experience says English speaking channels with DISH is even more limited than SKY. And the folks I know with Megacable says it's worse. My first experience with SAT tv when I moved here was with DIRECT TV. In my mind they were the best. But, they left many years ago.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 15:16 (34 days ago) @ Leemr

I have the answer although it takes several steps and a little money. Arrange for internet service with a Mexican provider or however you can.
- subscribe to Strong VPN for a year of their service at $80/yr.
- buy a router from Sabai Technology for about $150 - one time purchase. They have the Strong VPN software loaded into their routers. You don't have to understand anything just plug the Sabai router into the Mexican modem/router.
-Voila! You now have a US ip address.
-buy a Roku stick and attach wired or wirelessly to the Sabai router
-subscribe to whatever service from the US that you prefer. There are many. They give you channels in the US.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, they are all streaming services at similar monthly prices. My personal fav is Sony VUE. I pay $40/month for about 65 US channels that includes the local networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) in the city where your credit card is registered in the States. In my case Miami. You can add HBO, Showtime, etc., for additional charges of $10-$15/month and pay it all via VUE on your credit card.

When it is all set up you will have two networks in your home. One Mexican via the Mexican modem/router and one US via the Sabai router. If you are using a smart phone, tablet, laptop you can choose to be in Mexico or the US.

Any questions, just ask. It's not as complicated as it seems and it makes a world of difference if you want to stay in touch with the US via television - news, sports, etc.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 17:43 (34 days ago) @ mexicoman

Not to be really dense but at what step do I establish the conneconnection with the "outside world"? I don't have TV, an internet connection or cell phone.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 18:27 (34 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I would assume that you have to have internet via satellite. I don't know what providers are available in the area to which you are moving. Are you moving to a remote area of Mexico or the US?

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by Talley Ho @, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 18:30 (34 days ago) @ mexicoman

He's in Mexico, a bit north of here. (Answered to help move this along since internet is tough for him)

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 18:35 (34 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Is satellite internet available in that part of Mexico? It's expensive but it can probably be done.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 18:48 (34 days ago) @ Talley Ho

VIASAT offers satellite internet service all over Mexico. I entered the zip code for Troncones since it is all I know about north of Zihua. It is offered - unlimited data, video streaming, 12 mbps for $70 for the first 3 months and $100 after that period. That's more than enough to stream Netflix and their competitors and Sony VUE. I would guess about $140-150 a month would provide all the entertainment, news, sports, etc., that one could watch.


https://www.exede.com/plan-results/gold12/
844-605-2426

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 19:14 (34 days ago) @ mexicoman

The house is 300 yards from the beach Playa Buena Vista. Their is no cell phone for most providers, there is no TV or internet cable in the area.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 21:33 (34 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Look I doubt this will help. It worked great on the water. There are two products, the wirie, and web whip. These are wifi antennas so you would need someone on the other end with the internet.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 07:50 (33 days ago) @ Curbarn

Are you familiar with VIASAT? They claim to cover the entire country.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:53 (26 days ago) @ mexicoman

sorry, im on Telmex so I never looked.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 16:56 (34 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I posted an answer regarding how to us a vpn in Mexico to see US tv channels. You can call Sabai Technology at the number below and they will help you get set up with the correct router to use the vpn. They are very helpful. Note you will have to subscribe to Strong VPN online. I don't believe they take calls.

Sabai Technology
Greenville, SC
864-962-4070

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 17:13 (34 days ago) @ mexicoman

Except he said he won't have internet.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 18:25 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

He asked how to get internet in a remote location and I thought you directed him to someone who can help set him up with satellite. My starting point was "once you have internet".

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 19:17 (34 days ago) @ mexicoman

He asked how to get internet in a remote location and I thought you directed him to someone who can help set him up with satellite. My starting point was "once you have internet".

Yeah, okay. Now I get it. I just don’t know if he’s going to be able to get internet if he can’t even get cell service. Internet via satellite may not be an option if Mexican satellite dish services don’t offer it.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 07:38 (33 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

VIASAT's website claims they started covering all of Mexico in April 2018. Worth a try but expensive.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 11:23 (33 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

One person near my location near Playa Buena Vista says he gets TV from a service called VTV-I will check this out further.

No leads on Internet provider yet.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:02 (33 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I just looked at Hughesnet online. They can supply internet service for you. After that you just sign up for a streaming service from the US.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 15:25 (33 days ago) @ mexicoman

Do you have a contact tele # in Zih for HughesNet?? I can't find one.

When you say "streaming" service from U.S. do you mean like Netflix?

Thanks to everyone for helping me-for those not aware I am severely vision impaired.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 16:28 (33 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

No I think they would have to be contacted online. I'll look into it a bit more.

Yes Netflix is one streaming service but that is not live tv. Sony Playstation VUE is live tv from the States. I subscribe to both. I receive both with the VPN through a Roku. If you try to subscribe to them from Mexico they will not accept the subscription - they are only available in the States. That is where the VPN comes into play. You appear to be in the States online.

Do you have a US credit card that is registered to an address in the States? That will become your "home" address with VUE and you will receive the local stations from that city, state.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Monday, July 23, 2018, 21:38 (29 days ago) @ mexicoman

Roku is not always an option in Mexico with a vpn. Roku itself doesn't support vpns. You are likely using the vpn through your router. In Mexico, many of the routers that Telmex uses do not support vpns. There are workarounds using a second modem. Works thru the computer streaming to apple tv thru airplay as you can direct your computer through the vpn.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 07:02 (28 days ago) @ Curbarn

Roku and VPNs work perfectly in Mexico if they are set up properly. I have been living full time in Mexico for 6 years. Using a router with the VPN software loaded into the unit is simple to set up. Literally plug and play. I used this system for 2 years with Cablemas in Playa Del Carmen, 3 years with TelMex in Cancun and now almost a year in Merida with IZZI.

You're right, the router with the VPN plugs into the Mexican modem/router. It then connects to your televisions wired or wirelessly. I use a single router in our house with powerline adaptors in the living room and bedroom that carries the signal "wired" through the electrical wiring in the house. Perfect signal even in a 100 year old colonial with 24" walls. The house is 120 feet front to back with televisions at either end. You can live without the powerline adaptors if your Mexican modem is near your television. However the powerline adaptors are a small unit that plug into an outlet in your chosen room and serve as a wireless hotspot in that room not just a wired connection to the television.

With that set up one can subscribe to any number of streaming services from the US or Canada.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:47 (27 days ago) @ mexicoman

Roku and VPNs work perfectly in Mexico if they are set up properly. I have been living full time in Mexico for 6 years. Using a router with the VPN software loaded into the unit is simple to set up. Literally plug and play. I used this system for 2 years with Cablemas in Playa Del Carmen, 3 years with TelMex in Cancun and now almost a year in Merida with IZZI.

You're right, the router with the VPN plugs into the Mexican modem/router. It then connects to your televisions wired or wirelessly. I use a single router in our house with powerline adaptors in the living room and bedroom that carries the signal "wired" through the electrical wiring in the house. Perfect signal even in a 100 year old colonial with 24" walls. The house is 120 feet front to back with televisions at either end. You can live without the powerline adaptors if your Mexican modem is near your television. However the powerline adaptors are a small unit that plug into an outlet in your chosen room and serve as a wireless hotspot in that room not just a wired connection to the television.

With that set up one can subscribe to any number of streaming services from the US or Canada.

Sounds complicated. My friend Javier at SIDITEL can fix you up with a service that has all the major US and Mexican networks including one of my favorites Turner Classic Movies (TCM). All you need is an Android box, and he sells good ones preprogrammed with the necessary software for a very reasonable price. No VPN necessary. Basic internet service is all you need (unless you have several TVs on at the same time). I use a simple signal extender like you mention that gives me excellent internet signal in any room of our 2-story thick-walled home. While everyone with a satellite dish loses signal during rainstorms or sometimes just on a cloudy day, I'm still watching anything I want, much of it in HD.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11:26 (27 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

That sounds fantastic! As I said I have been doing this for 6 years. It is not as complex as it sounds. Just using the second modem makes it happen, but I do pay $80/yr for the VPN service (Strong VPN). However I have to subscribe to VUE to see US tv. Does your system eliminate a streaming subscription like that? My deal adds up: VPN $80/yr ($6.67 mo.), Sony VUE $40/mo., Netflix $10.99/mo. Add to that $10/mo. for USA Box for my mail in the US and we need to pay about $70/mo. in the US. That's a lot when converted to Pesos! A week or more of groceries, 2 months CFE, tank of gas in the Suburban, or 4 dinners out!

We will be in Zihua Sept. 7-14 looking for a condo for full time living. I'll visit your guy while we're there to get more particulars.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 12:16 (27 days ago) @ mexicoman

That sounds fantastic! As I said I have been doing this for 6 years. It is not as complex as it sounds. Just using the second modem makes it happen, but I do pay $80/yr for the VPN service (Strong VPN). However I have to subscribe to VUE to see US tv. Does your system eliminate a streaming subscription like that? My deal adds up: VPN $80/yr ($6.67 mo.), Sony VUE $40/mo., Netflix $10.99/mo. Add to that $10/mo. for USA Box for my mail in the US and we need to pay about $70/mo. in the US. That's a lot when converted to Pesos! A week or more of groceries, 2 months CFE, tank of gas in the Suburban, or 4 dinners out!

We will be in Zihua Sept. 7-14 looking for a condo for full time living. I'll visit your guy while we're there to get more particulars.

I get Netflix separate because I signed up when it first came out in Mexico for a ridiculously low rate which I jumped on, and it’s only gone up like 10 or 12 pesos in 4 years. But many of the same programs and movies are available. I get a gazillion channels including my favorite sports channels so I can watch Formula 1, Tour de France, and college football. In addition to the same old news I also get Al Jazeera and BBC. Plenty of English language programming as well as many Mexican and Latin American channels.

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 12:52 (27 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

But can you get Coronation Street??!!?? The British soap is a must have!

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 13:07 (27 days ago) @ islandgirl

I've never watched it but it is on BBC America on Sony VUE the streaming US service we use in Merida. We like Killing Eve.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 13:18 (27 days ago) @ islandgirl

But can you get Coronation Street??!!?? The British soap is a must have!

I get several Canadian channels from Vancouver and Toronto or Montreal, not sure of the channels right now.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:46 (26 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Rob you do not want to get addicted to that show. 2.5 hours per week. it is located on cbc at night during the week and full episodes on Sunday am.

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by Wanderer @, Vancouver canada, Thursday, July 26, 2018, 00:44 (26 days ago) @ islandgirl

But can you get Coronation Street??!!?? The British soap is a must have!

AGREED

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Thursday, July 26, 2018, 01:48 (26 days ago) @ Wanderer

I'll have to wear a Corrie Tshirt next time I'm in Z so I can find other chronics!

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Friday, July 27, 2018, 13:22 (25 days ago) @ islandgirl

Maybe we should start a Corrie Club in Zihua! Could reserve a restaurant, watch Corrie together and have breakfast/lunch/refreshments. What fun!
BTW, I'm glad Eva is growing a backbone! LOL

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:58 (26 days ago) @ mexicoman

An even simpler method is to buy and android box that allows you to use a vpn. There are a lot more options with Kodi as well. The android box is cheaper than Roku and you dont need the second router. As you have those things, doesn't really apply to you but to others.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:39 (26 days ago) @ Curbarn

An even simpler method is to buy and android box that allows you to use a vpn. There are a lot more options with Kodi as well. The android box is cheaper than Roku and you dont need the second router. As you have those things, doesn't really apply to you but to others.

As I explained in a different post in this thread, my friend Javier at SIDITEL has pre-programmed Android boxes all ready to give you your US and Canadian channels (as well as popular Mexican, Latin American and a few European channels) that otherwise are near impossible to get here, and for an extremely reasonable price, and no VPN necessary. I've been using the service for 4 or 5 years now. I started with Roku bt the it began to have lots of problems, so I bought an Android box and my only problem since is remembering to pay every 6 months (you can pay monthly if you prefer, I prefer 6 months at a time). ;-)

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Friday, July 27, 2018, 09:40 (25 days ago) @ ZihuaRob
edited by Curbarn, Friday, July 27, 2018, 09:52

Rob back two and a half years ago, I called buddy at least three times, and left messages, never got a return call. The solution was to do things yourself. Im not saying this as a complaint, he could have been busy, it was just easier to do figure stuff out for myself. Of course his service would have been a lot easier and probably cheaper, but I learned something.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 16:37 (33 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I found a number for Hughesnet in Mexico City: +52-55- 9171-1691

Maybe they can refer you to someone closer to you.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 16:45 (33 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I got on a live chat with Hughesnet in the US. They gave me a number to call in Mexico.
877-481-8912

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11:25 (27 days ago) @ mexicoman

I have tried to contact HughesNet. They do not have email. They do not have chat. They do not have a commercial non-toll free number. All of their toll free numbers do not work even when trying the MEX prefixes instead of the published too free prefix. Are they still in business? Help!!

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11:39 (27 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I was just on a chat with Hughesnet. They gave me a number that must be in the US - 877-481-8912. I asked for an email address - none. I'd go with Rob's guy.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:02 (33 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

VeTV provides sat TV. Exact number of English channels uninown at this time. I think VeTV is the same as SKY.

SIDITEL first phone call was answered by a gal who knew noting and was an obvious gatekeeper. Called back and asked for Owner-"yes, no problem" and we are on our way to house to get a quote.

I often find "sales" people and telephone gatekeepers really don't have a clue about a product or service-they are not trained and this is true in USA as well as Mexico.

More to come when I get all the pieces put together..

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 23, 2018, 15:44 (29 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

My friend Javier of SIDITEL says he believes he can fix you up with the services you want. Did you speak to him?

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Monday, July 23, 2018, 20:58 (29 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

He came out Saturday and looked at the property. I expect to hear from him soon. Will reposrt outcome.

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, July 23, 2018, 21:28 (29 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

:megusta:

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 23, 2018, 21:42 (29 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

He came out Saturday and looked at the property. I expect to hear from him soon. Will reposrt outcome.

If I understand correctly, he says he can supply you with internet and the TV services you want. Javier is amazing.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 08:36 (27 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

STIEDL, Javier, quoted 8,800 MXP for equipment and then 750 MXP a month. Is not using satellite but rather a 6 meter antenna to get internet connection Somewhat concerned with putting up a metal lightning rod in open area.

Will investigate further and provide update.

No further info on Hughes.net at this time.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 09:35 (27 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I finally received an email reply to one of my inquiries. TS2 Satellite stated they would send a team from Miami to install the equipment and the monthly service would be $1,300-1,400 a month! Crazy expensive. They appear to be aimed primarily
at businesses but even businesses would have to have a very critical need for that cost.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 09:43 (27 days ago) @ mexicoman

It makes Javier look like a gentleman and a scholar. It sounds like a good deal to me.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:30 (27 days ago) @ mexicoman

It makes Javier look like a gentleman and a scholar. It sounds like a good deal to me.

I think the prices he quotes are extremely reasonable. My different cable TV and IPTV services together cost about what he's quoting for your monthly service, and having internet available in the boonies is certainly an additional benefit.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Friday, July 27, 2018, 12:04 (25 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I'm going with Javier at SITIDL. H has set up an antenna on a mountain, then links multiple customers to it-the antenna on the mountain beams to internet and many customers.

It appears VeTV (SKY?) will give satisfactory TV.

My cell phone is marginal at the house. My ipone+6 is on Verizon and uses TelCel and MoviStar. I used a 'mini cell tower" in U.S. since I had a marginal signal strength. Worked great. Does TelCel have "mini cell tower" for this situation???????

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, July 27, 2018, 14:08 (25 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I'm going with Javier at SITIDL. H has set up an antenna on a mountain, then links multiple customers to it-the antenna on the mountain beams to internet and many customers.

It appears VeTV (SKY?) will give satisfactory TV.

My cell phone is marginal at the house. My ipone+6 is on Verizon and uses TelCel and MoviStar. I used a 'mini cell tower" in U.S. since I had a marginal signal strength. Worked great. Does TelCel have "mini cell tower" for this situation???????

If you have internet then you can take advantage of both WhatsApp's and Skype's telephony service. Free to call other users of the same services if they also have Skype or WhatsApp installed. For Skype you can buy credit online and use it like a regular phone. I think I bought 10 bucks worth and it lasted me over a year

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Saturday, July 28, 2018, 09:53 (24 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I would think that living in Mexico without WhatsApp would be nearly impossible. That's how we communicate with our doctor, lawyer, plumber, electrician, pool service, BANKER, etc. We just made a 28 day investment with our bank using WhatsApp. Talked to our daughter in SF last night via WhatsApp. The list goes on and on.