Oct 14, 2008, 10:09 AM
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Here are the choices as I see them:
Re: [RickS] Wireless Internet in Mexico
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Satellite wireless - not inexpensive, not as fast as a cable modem, but workable.
Plug in data card using cell phone network - not inexpensive, maybe faster that satellite wireless.
Using a cell phone plugged into your computer as a tethered modem - not inexpensive, may not be as fast as plug in data card. (I do this from time to time, works OK, around 100K, so faster than dialup, but slower than broadband).
In any event, you should give an address in the USA, preferably one as geographically close to where you are as possible.
Note that if they are being sticklers, the cell phone systems can figure out your location. I suspect that the satellite system does not have that ability, at least in terms of being accurate within a mile or so.
As far as satellite, Hughesnet has 1Meg downloads for $59/mo, so not cheap. Another issue is that these are generally professionally installed, although if you are handy with these things you could perhaps install it yourself, or hire a tech jock to install it for you.
Any of these systems could require a long term contract, probably not a good idea for you since you don't know how it will work out for you. Considering buying your own hardware, perhaps used on eBay, and then you could get service on a month-to-month basis.
What would I do? I would probably go for a data card and month to month service, preferably prepaid service, and see how it works out. However, speed may be limited in rural areas, as they may not have upgraded your local cell tower yet.