May 9th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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Living abroad - data plan limits, internet challenges
Hi all -
I just joined the forum, so I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong place.
I recently moved to Guatemala and will be here for a couple of months. My new apartment doesn't have internet, however I've been able to go online via tethering and use my laptop from home. I have an unlocked t-mobile LG Optimus, and I use a local Movistar SIM card. While using 4G internet from home is problematic due to speed issues, it does allow me to use my laptop from home, which is better than nothing. While I can make local calls/text with my phone, I do not use this often - it's the internet/data that I care about.
I bought a prepaid Movistar SIM, and something like $25 bucks gets you 3Gigs of data. My question - how do I get out of this world where I'm tied to "limited" data? I work online, use Skype to talk, googlevoice, download netflix, etc. With these new limits, my lifestyle has been severely hampered! I have been here a week and I've already needed to reload.
I just found PDANet, and now I use that to tether, but from what I understand that only hides HOW you are using your data (laptop instead of phone) as opposed to HOW MUCH data you are using. Am I correct on that?
What can I do? I am only here for 3 months so calling a company to come out and set up a connection at the house seems impractical. Should I talk to t-mobile? Can they activate some kind of international plan that's better?
To recap: I have a limited amount of GIGs. I am trying to hide how many GIGs I am using with PDANet, but I'm not confident it's going to work. I need MOAR INTERNETZ. Yes, I want to beat the system, to have my cake and eat it too. But mainly I want a fast, reliable internet connection at home that's unlimited in scope just like it is back home in the states for $35 per month. I need to make business calls, folks. Online.
Any advice or recommendation of other online forums would be very helpful. It's such a broad issue, so when I google "how to get internet in Guatemala" I get a million things - I just need to find out where to start.