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Communications (Telephone, Mail, Internet, TV, Radio)

Mexico - Communications (Telephone, Mail, Internet, TV, Radio)


Communication facilities in the densely populated areas of Mexico are rapidly expanding. Some rural areas are still waiting for phone lines.

Until recently, Telmex was the only telephone provider, and it is still the largest. A phone line for your home will cost about $30 per month. This will allow you 100 local phone calls, with each call after that charged at a small fee. Most people in Mexico rely on cellular phones for their personal communication. You can either purchase a monthly plan (about $30 for 150 minutes per month) or buy a phone that relies on phone cards. Cards can be purchased in varying denominations, and are typically about $0.50 per minute.

One area of communication that doesn't seem to keeping up with the rest of the world is the mail system. It is generally considered unpredictable and slow. In fact, most Mexicans drive their monthly bills to their destinations rather than placing them in the mail because they can't be certain that they will arrive.

Internet access is readily available in most areas, and even DSL is available in many places. You will pay about $35 per month for the slowest speed DSL, with the charges going up as the speed increases. Internet cafes are abundant, and with rates ranging from $1 to $2 per hour, are fairly affordable.

Television (both local, cable and satellite) is available in most areas - again, unless you are in a rural area. Some of the providers are Cablevision, Multivision, Sky, and DirecTV.


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