Apr 24, 2007, 9:12 PM
Post #17 of 22
Rob, we have a regular Telmex phone we use for local calls, and to call cell phones. It costs $2.03 Pesos per minute to call a cell phone using Telmex in Cuernavaca. That is 18.5 US Cents per minute.
It would not be likely that any of our local friends, or businesses would be willing to call us on our Vonage phone, as it would be a long distance call to Tacoma, Washington for them.
One of the great advantages of using Vonage is that it is not connected to a computer, the adapter is just connected to our high speed external modem, which I leave on 24 hours a day. The computer upstairs is connected to the Vonage adapter, but it doesn’t need to be running. A regular phone is used, nothing special about it. The computer does not need to be running to use the phone. The Vonage phone is available to receive or place calls 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
We each have a cell phone using the Iusacell service. They can program your own CDMA cell phone to use their service, or if you sign a 1, 2, or 3 a year contract a phone will be provided to you at little cost. I had to pay a one-time charge of $300 Pesos (US$27.32) for their best camera phone with my 3-year contract. The longer the contract, the better the phone will be. If you use your own phone you may sign up for one of their regular monthly plans, or buy and use pre-paid phone cards.
The plan I have with Iusacell costs me $398 Pesos per month, including a $90 Peso (US$8.19) charge so that I can call Doris’ cell phone anywhere in the Republic with no use of my monthly minutes, or extra long distance toll charges.
Doris’ cell phone plan has more bells and whistles and more monthly minutes than mine does, and costs $518 Pesos per month, it also includes the $90 Peso charge for unlimited calling to my cell phone.
We have made good use of the option to pay $90 Pesos each to call each other on our cell phones. Doris takes her mother to her house in México City at least once per month, sometimes more often than that. We call each other on our cell phones without a thought to the cost, I already know it will only be $90 Pesos each, no matter how often, or how long we talk. We also call each other here in Cuernavaca using our cell phones, without paying Carlos for the privilege, or using any of our monthly plan minutes.
I just looked at my cell phone bill for last month. I know I called Doris several times in Mexico City, and here in Cuernavaca last month. I didn’t use a single one of my plan minutes last month. We can also call México City using our Vonage phone for just One US Cent per minute.
If you do move to Cuernavaca and decide to use the Iusacell service, I recommend that you go to their office across the street from Sam’s Club here. There is a young service agent there named Bertha (pronounced Ber-ta). She is fluent in English and has been very helpful to me when someone cloned my phone last year and racked up over $2,000 Pesos worth of false long distance charges in Guadalajara when my phone and I were in The USA. She took my word for it, and removed the extra charges from my bill in about two minutes.
If you do go to that office, Bertha’s desk is usually the one that is second from the back of the office as you walk in. There are nametags on all the desks, or you can just ask someone where she is. There are a couple of the other agents that speak very broken English, but Bertha speaks like she was born in The US, amazing. She told me she has never been nob, she learned her English in school.
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