Keeping in Touch: Telecommunication Services and Mailing

Try telecommunication through the internet:

Gmail

Gmail is a website that not only allows you to do email but has a variety of other functions that fit very well for the business person as well as just plain old email. Gmail has video conferencing that equals Skype. It also allows sharing of documents and other business applications.

Yahoo

Yahoo has set the standard for email and is popular for basic email usage.

Skype

Skype is a website that is known for its video conferencing and also has document sharing that we find useful for both of us working on a document in real time. Great for telecommunication

Prepaid.com

www.prepaid.com is a website available to you to prepay time on your cell phone. This is of prime consideration and convenience, since there have been many rule changes in the last year about your cell phone and continuing your service. Of prime concern for many is that after time elapses theoretically you could lose your phone number and all of the numbers you have saved in your phone. Prepaid.com allows you the opportunity to maintain your minutes and number and avoid the inconvenience of visiting a Telcel office for example to re-register your phone or have to buy another one

Telcel Telecommunication

Carlos Slim, the owner of TelCel, is the richest man in the world. He did this by meeting the needs of his customer base through telecommunication. Since it can be very difficult at times to obtain a land line phone, cell phones filled the large gap for many. To simplify the process and to avoid billing he made cell phones that simply required cell owners to buy minutes as needed. These minutes can be purchased nearly anywhere.

The prepaid phones are a little more complicated now, because each mobile phone number has to be registered to a particular person as part of a plan to make telecommunication harder for narcotraficantes.

Official Mexican residents can register their phones using a text message or on the Telcel site. If you have a tourist visa, you must register your phone in person at a Telcel office.

After 3 months of non usage you will lose your minutes and it is reported that you may lose your number thus requiring you to buy a new phone and reregister it. To avoid this you can go to www.prepaid.com and maintain your minutes and your phone.

Other telecommunication systems available in Mexico

Lusacell

Movistar

Unefon

IUSACELL

Intenet Availability in most Parks and Plazas

In Mexico, at least the Yucatan, WiFi is available in most parks and plazas. You simply take your laptop to the plaza and go to town. Just ask anyone with a computer and they will help you if you’re not sure how to hook up.

Majic Jack

Honestly, Info on Majicjack is not real clear. It appears that it works from Mexico off of your computer online. It appears that you need to purchase it in the USA and activate it there to establish your number but it then works from anywhere in the world. It appears that you can transfer your landline number to them and continue to receive your regular calls. A search on the internet ranges from it works for free to costing 11 cents per minute. Still sketchy but worth looking into! www.majicjack.com

Magic Jack is a telecommunication phone system that turns calls into signals that can be transmitted on the internet. If you have an internet connection with at least 90 Kbs upload speed, then you simply plug Magic Jack into your computer, and plug a phone into Magic Jack. After you buy it, first you must set-up Magic Jack on your computer, enter an e-mail for your voice-mail mail-box, select a phone system Area Code in the USA (where local people can call you for free just like any local phone #), and the Magic Jack company assigns you a US phone number in that area code. You then use your phone as normal, except it uses the internet to transmit your calls. When you plug Magic Jack into any computer connected to the internet, the Magic Jack loads a window onto the computer that allows you make calls, track calls, address book, etc. If your Magic Jack is not connected, people calling you simply get routed to your voice mail. After the original purchase price, all calls are free for a year.

On lower speed internet accounts, (ones with only 100 Kbs performance) Magic Jack can occasionally have trouble sending signals to the people you call - causing your voice to break-up. 1 Mbs service seems to do fine for the most part.

Snail Mail

The Postal Service in Mexico is about the same as in the USA but less reliable. I can’t imagine using it in this modern day, much less, sending anything of value or also time restrictive.

Fed Ex

FedEx has expanded its service through an alliance with Auto Lineas America (ALA). On line reviews on the service leave one circumspect as to its reliability. A FedEx office is reportedly now in Merida next to the ADO office behind the Fiesta Americana Hotel and in Progreso.

Check http://www.fedex.com/us/intltools/freight/Mexico/index.html for offices supplying service in Yucatán.

It is reported that Fed EX service has much improved and one day service from the USA to Merida actually is one day

DHL

http://www.dhl.com.mx/es/express/servicios_nacionales.html

DHL has had many more years of experience within Mexico than FedEx and its service is well respected.

Contact the above webpage for lists of services both national and international.

For Emergencies

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate. The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000. You may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov The Embassy's internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/.

Television service in Mexico can be either over the air to an antenna on your roof if you are in the reception area or by a satellite transmission provided by companies like Dish Network, Direct TV, or Sky TV, or from a cable company if you are in an area that has cable service available.

Local Cable Companies such as Cable Mas, offer basic programming at prices starting at $10 USD and up to approximately $50 USD for full channel access including telephone and internet service.

Additional services often available are:

Direct TV: – With over 225 channels being offered and several state of the art features like TIVO (a solid state recorder) and HDTV.

Dish Network: – It is available in Mexico with a selected schedule chosen to meet the expectations of the families in Mexico. The programming is different from what is offered in the United States with a majority of Spanish speaking programs

Sky: – Sky is one of the most popular TV systems in Mexico and you’ll have a choice of English or Spanish on about 40% of the channels. Basic programming offers about 100 channels for about $30 USD and over 400 channels for about $80 USD.

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