A friend in the US has, for some time, been umming and ahhing over a potential move to Mexico City. It is a big move and a big change in lifestyle, so plenty of umming and ahhing is required. There are pros and cons, it goes without saying. There will be new things in your life you’ll come to cherish. There will be things from your old life you’ll come to miss.
But there are some things that you simply can’t live without. Like the internet for example! For me that would be a personal issue. I guess I could live without it….but….no, I don’t want to even think about it. The horror! For the aforementioned chap from the US, a good, reliable connection is a must, for business reasons.
And he asked me to provide some more fodder for his umming and ahhing sessions. What sort of speed do I get? Which ISP do I use? Is it reliable? I thought I’d go further, and write this post. With an issue like this, the more data there is, the quicker the umming and ahhing can be silenced.
If you live in Mexico, Mexico City in particular, and can spare a minute or two – it’ll take no longer, I promise! – perhaps you could help out. Go to the Speed Test web site, and run the test, and add a comment to this post to let us know what sort of download and upload speed you get. Who your ISP is as well would be useful. And if you’ve had a good or bad experience with them. Oh, and how much do you pay each month? I’d be interested, as well as the amigo.
As for my own experiences with Mexico and the internet. I did write a post, and not a terribly complimentary one, about my service provider a few weeks back, Telmex, when my wireless modem died. It took far too long to repair. But in fairness, I could have bought a cheap modem, non wireless, to get me through. If I’d had the cash handy!
And there was another post not long before that about how quick Telmex are to cut off your phone line if you are so much as a day late in paying the bill beyond the due date on your bill. But, that has never affected the internet connection.
But otherwise, my internet connection has always been reliable. When I arrived and signed up with their Prodigy package, I got a 1/2mb connection. This went up to 1mb a year or two later, and I had a free wireless modem delivered to replace my old modem. Everyone did.
Technically speaking, my 389 pesos p/m chosen package with Telmex still boasts a 1mb top speed. But about a year ago my line was upgraded to 2mbs. This options normally costs 599 pesos, but I got it free. It’s not a mistake on Telmex’s part though – everyone I know who has had a Prodigy account for years and years got this free upgrade. For loyalty, one assumes. So a gold star for Telmex on that front. They now have 1mb, 2mb and 5mb options.
So anyway, the performance of my line. As the screenshot below shows, it’s not too far off the promised 2mbs. I check it every now and again, and the results are always pretty similar. Today I got 1.8mbs download and 0.25mbs upload. What’s yours? To save you scrolling back for the link, here it is again – Speed Test.