Jul 14, 2004, 10:24 PM
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A couple of years ago I paid $200 Pesos for an existing phone line here in Cuernavaca. At 20 US Bucks, it was a reasonable price, I didnít even check with Telmex to see if there would be a long wait to order a line. The person selling the line to me had to write a letter transferring the line to me. I had to present the letter at the Telmex business office to transfer the account to my name. If you buy the line, you might want to ask the seller to accompany you to the Telmex office to effect the transfer. If he doesnít own the line, you might not be buying anything if it canít be put in your name.
Re: [not_ally] Buy existing telephone line
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We moved to a new house a year ago. We were the first occupants, there was no phone line here. There were no lines available in this colonia, I could not transfer my old line here. There was a sign on a house near us advertising a phone line for sale. By the time we caught someone home there, they had sold the line.
It was almost 6 months before we got a phone line here. As luck would have it, this colonia is a very poor area for cell phone reception. We had to go upstairs, look at the little indicator on the cell phone, and if there were at least two lines showing, attempt a call. Half the time we would lose the connection in the middle of a call. I use a cable Internet connection, so there was no problem there.
I suggest that you ask at the Telmex office how long it will take to get a phone line to your house. If they say one month, buy the existing line if the price is reasonable. I was told every couple of weeks that I would have a phone line in one month.
One month turned out to be six months. We probably wouldnít have gotten it that soon, if my wife had not caught a telephone installer on the street and talked to him. He told her where to find a lady from the phone company that was working in our colonia.
My wife found the woman, and pleaded our case. The fact that my wife's 96 year old Grandmother lives with us, and has normal health problems for someone of that age, probably helped. The next day the lady came to our house to check the conduits for the phone wires, the location of the phone wires in the street, etc. She promised us that we would have our phone in a few days. The next day an installer came and installed our phone.
This is Mexico, the most mundane things can sometimes get interesting. I again recommend that you check with Telmex, and ask a few neighbors if they know how long it may take to get a new phone line to your house. The availability of phone lines may be no problem where you are going to live. No conditions are ever uniform everywhere in Mexico.
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