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  1. On a related note, does anyone know the status of the protest?
  2. Family Fitness Center has an MMA class. I don't attend, so I don't know much about it.
  3. Users of Android phones can use this link to locate/lock/ring lost phones: https://www.google.com.mx/android/devicemanager
  4. If it's the "investor checking" product (and it sounds like it is), it's what I've had for years, and it's served me excellently through 7 different countries with no problems. As long as you're not the type that needs or wants a local bank branch, I can't really say anything negative about it.
  5. I can give you some quick details. 1. There are at least 2-3 major providers. I've only had ATT. I purchased 2 years of service in advance for roughly ~7USD per month with unlimited calls to/from the US/Mexico/Canada. That also included 3GB of data per month. 2. Service varies wildly depending on where you are, but for most it seems Telmex is the only good option: http://www.telmex.com/web/hogar/conexion-internet?stipo=telefonia_y_internet 3. See #2 above. You can select, or deselect phone from the combos 4 . Sorry, no idea. 5. http://chapalaweather.net/ Has a ton of historical data that can probably help you out here. 6. Another huge variance. Search here about the Electricity DAC rate. If you're a relatively low user of electricity it can be very reasonable. If you hit the DAC rate I understand things can get ugly quickly. Our highest 2 month electric bill has been ~30USD. My wife and I fill our gas tank (oven, hot water) once every 3 months roughly for ~60-70USD.
  6. Unfortunately, the DNS trick doesn't solve my most recent connection issues here in Villa Nova. I keep a constant ping going to my equipment, and Telmex in the background to troubleshoot where in the path my connection is dropping. Lately, it's been on their end, but does seem to be getting better in the last day or so compared to when this thread was started. Even if it doesn't work for me in this specific instance, I agree that changing the DNS is a great idea. I tend to use 8.8.8.8 as well because it's easy to remember. I'll have to give namebench a look soon.
  7. We've been having more issues than normal with Telmex DSL here in Villa Nova for the past 4 days, but not on the scale that you're describing. We're "lucky" and have just had a few outages, and higher latencies under minor load.
  8. So far my wife and I are very happy with our IUSACELL service. All of our use is in the Lake Chapala area so far without any complaints. Service in Villa Nova has been excellent, we've logged many hours of calls to the US without any call quality issues or early terminations. Data speeds for me in Villa nova are 5 down, 1.5 up which is superior to our Telmex DSL............ I can't speak to service quality outside of our area, but hopefully this helps those interested in the Villa Nova area. Also, below is a copy and paste from another topic showing the service we signed up for. It was such a good deal I really couldn't say no:
  9. My wife and I are in our early 30s and are here for a 12 month trial. While there doesn't seem to be an abundance of same age peers, there are a few we've ran into. Most of our interests can be handled online, or aren't tightly coupled to age bands so I think we will do well here socially. For the most part, we have the same pros and cons of living here as the rest of the expats. There are a few things that are either unique to our age band, or in general, a greater factor for us. Pros: Mexico is one of few countries that will provide a long stay visa to people our age without in country work contracts, being a student, etc. Most countries don't have the option, or have a hard set minimum age. Instead of lower costs making retirement funds go further, lower costs can mean a better work/life balance. Cons: Internet connectivity is limiting for remote work. I wouldn't be surprised to see groups of younger working expats start to develop down here as internet connections improve.
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