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    Default Claro / Movistar Internet - Masaya

    So the time is close to the time to head out..

    Recently I unlocked my Movistar Cell modem (Jingle/Dongle) such that it can work on either provider.

    Posted rates aside, to which Claro looks like a better deal, which service is more "reliable" currently in the Masaya area...

    The normal bounds of "Reliable" applied of course.

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    Don't know about Masaya but I will tell about here, speed has gone to crap with Claro. I am talking dial-up speed. With the speeds you are used to and if you get there and find it slow as here you will pull your hair out. Never very fast here but the past 2-3 weeks have been miserable, I have gave up trying to surf and some days just getting into my e-mail is difficult. I guess I will have to go to the office soon and see what the latest BS story is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookshow View Post
    Don't know about Masaya but I will tell about here, speed has gone to crap with Claro. I am talking dial-up speed. With the speeds you are used to and if you get there and find it slow as here you will pull your hair out. Never very fast here but the past 2-3 weeks have been miserable, I have gave up trying to surf and some days just getting into my e-mail is difficult. I guess I will have to go to the office soon and see what the latest BS story is.
    It's really show here in Condega, and inconsistent. Drops constantly, hard to get anything done.

    I have DSL so it could be the rain getting the lines wet, but we haven't had all that much rain. A good one might flush out all the dust.

    We keep forgetting we are 3rd World here, internet and electricity are a bonus. We lost power again yesterday afternoon, I only notice it because it's so quiet in the evenings.

    Someone should make a correlation between between electricity outages and births nine months later. Not much to do when the lights go out.

    I don't lose internet, but it was still shaky, which leads me to believe it's not a -too many users- problem. I do notice a slowdown, every morning at 8AM when the Sandinista functionaries arrive in their offices, turn on their computers, and begin to stream porn. If Nicaragua would block porn sites, internet speed would likely improve dramatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyWestPirate View Post
    I do notice a slowdown, every morning at 8AM when the Sandinista functionaries arrive in their offices, turn on their computers, and begin to stream porn. If Nicaragua would block porn sites, internet speed would likely improve dramatically.

    Unlike most of the first world where the same function is responsible for the gargantuan increase of Bandwidth.. And Profit for Corning, Cisco and JDS Uni phase.
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    Here in Leon , jodido, I'm just fine visiting wi-fi cafes with my netbook or the occasional cyber with a memory stick. For me the net is simply news, e-mail, banking, and blogs like TRN. I download the news to read later, at my leisure. I don't care to watch movies off the net, cause I like the A/C'd, surround-sound cinema. (Besides, who's seen a movie in the last ten years that is NOT based on the same Hollywood formulaic script-plot?) I don't own a smartphone, but I did buy 'em for wife & oldest kid. They cruize the net on MoviStar, 3 days at a time for 60 cords, or somesuch deal - no complaints. I did look into DSL but both of the Nica duopoly want bank account info, personal references, proof of income, ... typical first-born-jeopardy contracts. Totally absurd. If they're worried about the money, why not just require a fat deposit? (Clearly they learned for US moguls and their 2-yr contracts wherein death is no excuse.) Or it may simply be that they're doing the legwork for NSA/CIA who want to know what everyone everywhere is talking about, to protect us, of course.
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    Default Re: Claro / Movistar Internet - Masaya

    Cut and paste from another thread..

    So here is the summary....

    We had 2 SIM cards One Claro, one Movistar.. Both were filled by ezetop... Easier than running back and forth for recharges.

    The Claro chip was (mostly) in a cheap android phone the Movistar chip in the modem most of the time.

    Movistar gave the best service...

    Using the NAV7 (500MB for 7 days @ $8 ) the "Data counter" on the dongle would typically reflect 400ish to 520ish mb of data being transpired.

    Using the NAV15 option sent to 7000 (1GB for 15 days) the data counter only got to 700mb and once was only 500mb.

    Claro..

    Using the 1g to 8833 yielded about the same 700mb but there were 3 full days of "No service"

    Download speed from both fluctuated between a frustrating 5kb/s up to a blinding 250kb/s..

    Here are some tips

    1) If connection is slow, disconnect and reconnect - There seems to be a selection of "slots" you log in to.. Some fast, some slow.. If you connect and disconnect enough one will stick..

    2) The ZTE driver is buggy.. If your modem is ZTE first try a full shut down of the ZTE drive by task manager before you go blaming the provider.
    2a) This is almost for sure the issue if your PC hibernates or you switch user logins on a PC frequently.

    3) Movistar does not send you a message when you are close to the end of your usage. Claro does send a message but was not always 100% .

    I would guess we spent $65 on internet and phone over the 22 days .

    If you just turn on a PC once a day, browse some news mail and other content poor sources (No video, no audio streaming) the Claro 1G or Movistar NAV15 option (Both 15 days for 1gb @ $8) should be a good bet.



    If I had to do it again this is what I would do...

    2 chips, one android phone, one android tablet with data (Like Nexus 7 with GSM) One Modem..

    Do regular browsing on the tablet. Should you need to access the net with a laptop or regular PC, set the tablet or phone to "tether by wireless" on either the phone or the tablet.

    Only use the modem for things that need the speed (Video, windows updates, etc etc.)

    One other tip as well. Set windows updates and all other software(s) to a method that makes you approve updates. I suspect a lot of lost data from data counters were updates to the OS that the counter might not track.. But that is assuming Movistar and Claro are honest in their data package adverts..

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