• Feb

    VOIP (Voice over IP) Service in Mexico


    When I first came to Mexico, there were two options available, Vonage and Primus (that’s if you were a Canadian resident). I had Primus, which came with a box and a phone that I would connect to my cable modem to make calls back to Canada and the US.

    For the most part it worked fairly well. The only down side was that the equipment was bulky and took up a lot of room in my luggage.

    These days there are different options. The main ones I know of are: Vonage, Skype and magicJack. Of these three, I’ve used Skype and magicJack. For the most part, while traveling in the US, I had to use a Virgin modem. Bottom line… I hated it. It was slow, expensive and limited the amount of data I could send/receive.

    If I really wanted to do large data transfers, I had to use a LAN or go to a wireless cafe. There’s a better option, but it’s not available in the US, to my knowledge. More on that in another post, but I promise you, it will be worth the read. If you choose to travel and/or live here, it’s a great option.

    Getting back to VOIP. I was using Skype or my Mom’s phone, mostly because I had a really bad Internet connection in the US, and it was horrifically expensive if I wanted to use VOIP. Most of the time, I had to go to wireless cafe’s.

    In most of these cases, I had to use Skype. I had magicJack, but it sucked a fair bit of juice and in a WIFI cafe, many times it wouldn’t run. I like Skype, but I find it to be expensive, especially if you want to buy a phone number, or if you call land lines.

    The real acid test came when I set up my new card in Mexico. I just tested it for the first time today (Feb. 3, 2010) with magicJack and called one of my friends back in Victoria. Lo and behold, it worked – and quite well. The jury is out on whether it will work for my other numbers, but all looks well so far. I’ll keep you posted.

    Questions? Write to me.

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