A few years ago finding WiFi in Mexico would have been pretty nonexistent. These days it seems that most towns have an internet service available. Finding WiFi in Mexico can be as simple as grabbing a Corona at an outdoor cantina or purchasing a WiFi USB modem from TelCel. Here are some great tips on where to find WiFi in Mexico.
The majority of Mexico works on the 3G system and 4G is only available in large cities like Hermosillo and Mexico City. When you cross over the border, make sure your cell phones have data turned off so you are not charged while roaming. Most cell phone carriers offer small plans around $25 that include a very small amount of data about 100 MB, but enough if you need to use your GPS or quickly check Facebook. That’s it. Unless you want an enormous data roaming charge on your statement, don’t turn it on.
In almost every tourist town these days, most establishments offer free WiFi to their customers. From taco shacks to dive shops, they all have WiFi available. Any place that caters to tourists will give you their WiFi code hoping that you will come back often to check in on the net and use their services. In Mexico, a coffee shop full of people working away on their laptops is not as popular as it is in the states. Rather, you will find people working away at the cantina but not for long periods of time and always with a cerveza in hand.
Another great place to find WiFi is in a hotel or resort lobby as it is often open and available for anyone to use. An alternative to trying to find free WiFi wherever you go is to buy a prepaid plan from TelCel which is the mobile carrier in Mexico. For $399pesos, which is $25 US you can buy an external USB Modem that comes with 1 GB of data. That will last you 3-5 days if you are just checking Facebook, Twitter or your email. Stay away from YouTube as that sucks your data super-fast. For another $25 you can buy 3 GB of data once you have gone through what came on the drive and that can last for a few weeks. For it to work, you need to be in an area where you can pick up cell phone service. In towns it is fast (well, 3G fast) but out on the beach it won’t run as smoothly as what you are used to in the States. This USB drive is yours to keep and is specific to your operating system and only works on one device at a time.
Another option is to use a Text+ App.You can also connect through textPlus with no up-front costs, contracts or hidden fees. The only downside for me is that you can not use the app to make 911 emergency call. Aside from that, it’s a great app and is available to many users. The great thing about textPlus is that you can keep in touch and connect with friends & family around the world for free.Since international calls can add up, you can save on international calls without having to add an expensive calling plan to your landline or mobile device. So the next time you’re on a international business trip or vacationing in Mexico you can connect for free with other textPlus users worldwide. Whether you buy a TelCel USB modem or grab fish tacos, you can stay connected while in traveling throughout Mexico.
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