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Amigos

We are moving to Guadalajara at the end of July. We need help deciding the best options for global / local connectivity text, cell, computer, and so forth. My employeer is providing a cell phone and our home has wifi internet. We have tossed around Vonage, Skype phone, but on a practical basis what do you suggest? No huge need for file transfers since our computers and wifi can handle that.. But we have family in Indonesia, friends all over the planet (International Teachers) ... just need to know what shoe fits best.. Also does anyone have any practical experience with converting an AT&T formatted Iphone 4S to a functional non-contract sim for phone and data in Mexico?

Thanks

Stan Cooper incoming ASFG History Teacher

April Benham Retired teacher and artist

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Amigos

We are moving to Guadalajara at the end of July. We need help deciding the best options for global / local connectivity text, cell, computer, and so forth. My employeer is providing a cell phone and our home has wifi internet. We have tossed around Vonage, Skype phone, but on a practical basis what do you suggest? No huge need for file transfers since our computers and wifi can handle that.. But we have family in Indonesia, friends all over the planet (International Teachers) ... just need to know what shoe fits best.. Also does anyone have any practical experience with converting an AT&T formatted Iphone 4S to a functional non-contract sim for phone and data in Mexico?

Thanks

Stan Cooper incoming ASFG History Teacher

April Benham Retired teacher and artist

We use Skype for all our non US calls and it works fine. We get a block of US calls with our Telmex phone/internet package. You would be wise to check the frequency of the ATT phone as compared to the Telcel fequency. There are 4 GSM frequencies worldwide and unless your phone is quad band or has the same frequency as Telcel you might run into difficulties.

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I second that for Skype, call to and from anywhere in the world.

Skype to skype is free, otherwise you can get a phone number with any area code you desire, cost is $60 per year and you can also buy credit if you want to call a non skype number at 2 cent per minute. Just great

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We use Nettalk. It works well without having to be connected to a computer but does need to be plugged into a router.

We have found it to be less expensive for international calling. But most of ours is from USA to Mexico.

Probably not applicable for you, but we call forward our USA phone to Nettalk when we are in Chapala and plug it in in Mexico.

When people call our USA home number we answer it in Mexico and it is seamless to people back in the States.

It does need to be rebooted occasionally simply by unplugging for 15 seconds and then plugging back in. I suspect that is either from power or internet glitches (very common).

Welcome to Mexico!

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Thanks to those who responded. Last night we set up a new Skype number and are doing the learning curve on it's features. So very glad it has call messaging.

Problem solved! Thanks Chapala Web Board!

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