"good" at that time of morning, except the inside of my eyelids. The "prime
time" shows start at 6:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m. Like everything else, we have
learned to adapt. I like the Mexican broadcasts of the National Football League
because I don't have to listen to John Madden making his ridiculous sounds
and saying, "bam," "crash," in describing a tackle or block.
The Megacable bill is usually delivered to our home around the middle of the
month. But don't count on it. Sometimes I don't receive a bill. On one occasion,
I didn't receive a bill and since I did not pay it, my service was disconnected.
When I called to get connected, the lady acknowledged that the man failed to
deliver the bill--but I still had an obligation to pay it. She told me in the future
if I did not receive a statement, go to Plaza Ley or La Grande Plaza and pay the
bill. When I receive a bill, I take it to the bank and pay it right away. You can also
pay it with a credit or debit card on line at www.megacable.com. I became a
Direct TV subscriber in 2003 and am much happier with service and reception.
Radio: For all the English-speaking news, tune in to 90.5 FM at 2 p.m. on
Wednesday and Sunday. The program usually runs November through April, and
is called Que Pasa Mazatlán (what's happening in Mazatlán). It announces all the
activities going on for tourists and permanent residents, as well as interviews with
interesting guests. Jack and Valerie Moreau are wonderful announcers.
Telephone: A telephone is essential in Mazatlán, although some people find
a way to avoid getting one. Telmex has a monopoly on the landline telephone
service in the city. So much so that if the previous renter or owner of your
address did not pay his/her bill, you must pay it before Telmex will connect
you. I know this as a fact, because the previous renter had not paid the phone
bill and when I went to close on my house, the bill had to be taken care of
before closing. I found Telmex to be the cheapest system in Mazatlán.
In order to get it connected, you must go to the main office in El Centro.
Unfortunately, no one there speaks English. I used my friend, Santana, who is
bilingual, and he had me connected and operational in two days. Most of the
time it takes longer. Any phone from the US or Canada will work, but I got a
new one as part of a promotion. Be careful though because there is a limit to
the number of local calls you can make during the month before a surcharge
kicks in. Also, for some strange reason if you dial a cell phone number, you are
charged extra for the call. Telmex bills can be paid at the bank, the cashier
checkout at Gigante, or at Telmex offices downtown or near Soriana's.
One other thing I learned the hard way. I could not get a dial tone or receive
incoming calls on my telephone, but I could connect on the Internet on the
phone line. I figured the instrument was broken and since it was under war-
ranty, I disconnected it and went to the Telmex office and demanded an
exchange. The nice man there plugged it into his line and got the same results.
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