Jun 14, 2006, 2:45 PM
Post #4 of 14
The last time I checked 19% of the folks in the US use AOL. So your problem comes up quite often by folks our age who are not computer nerds. The closest AOL number you can call is in Guadalajara. That is long distance and the long distance rates are very very very very high in Mexico. So that should not be an option
There is a simple solution. That is to gain dialup access via an ISP which offers a local number, and then link to AOL via the web you know www.aol.com or whatever the URL is. There are two ISPs in Ajijic that offer (local) dialup, the first is Prodigy, owned by TelMex and the second is Lagunanet. If you have your own telephone account, it is a snap to upgrade that account to include dialup
from Prodigy. However, if you are staying at a friend's house or at various B&Bs, forget it. It becomes too complicated. (I take that back, I understand there is some kind of internet card you can buy that charges you by the minute, just like you would using an MCI phone card up North, and that this might work for folks like you.)
The simple solution, though, is to go to the local ISP, Lagunanet, and pay $20 US per month for a simple dialup connection. Then simply change your computer settings so that it will access the lagunanet dialup number, which happens to be 766-0030 and you are all set. (An operation that takes 90 seconds if you know what you are doing or much longer if you don't) Often someone at Lagunanet will do this for you if you bring your laptop with you when you sign up.
Where is lagunanet? immediately above the CIA (the internet cafe mentioned above) and across the street from the local telephone office in Ajijic. Their office # is 766-0297. If you get music just keep on listening. If you are asked to leave a message, you can try, but often they are not answered. The best time to phone is about 9:15 AM, week-days. Oh, and they speak English. (www.laguna.com.mx)