We got internet after Dorian was born, when I was pregnant with Dante. It was at the point when Irving saw I could actually earn online (I walked to the internet cafe each day and spent an hour collecting job leads and assignments and sending them, then worked offline at home). Back then, you had to either prove an income of something like Q11,000 a month or pay for 2 years in advance. We managed to convince the company to let us pay for 1 year and monthly after that. It came out to Q9,000, which Irving borrowed from friends and family.
The internet was not great, but it worked most of the time and allowed me to get more work. Then it started to fail more and more often and before Christmas last year, we got a second internet one, a USB stick modem that you pay for with phone cards. It worked most of the time, so between the two of them, we managed fairly well.
Then Telefonica, the original internet, switched from a base to a stick modem as well. The usability dropped drastically. Customer service sucked, which was extremely frustrating. Finally, in January, both internet companies went downhill and last month, between the two of them I had about 50% up time.
So we bought another prepaid stick modem from Claro. It also works . . . from time to time.
I should mention here that I actually ended up losing/quitting my main job because I didn?t have enough internet time to work anymore. Where I used to spend my mornings with the boys and nights working, I have been working from dawn til about 3-5 pm when the internets . . . all three of them, cut out. If I?m lucky, they last til 7, but the past week, it?s all out by shortly after noon. Needless to say, that?s not really working for earning money and I?m spending my days and nights extremely frustrated, not being able to spend time with my kids or able to work much at all.
So, we finally made the decision to go with another company, one that is foreigner owned. They wanted six months up front, which I really did NOT want to do, but I?m desperate. It was installed today. We were told that noon is always a slow time. Well, it was a bit slow, but definitely something I could work with.
And then it got slower and slower until now, at 7 pm, pages won?t load or they take literally 10 minutes to load, which obviously doesn?t work if I?m needing to do research. I?m unable to open more than one tab at a time either, which is what I need in order to do my investigations . . . and we?re back to square one and out a heck of a lot more money. This is one of those times when I?m ready to throw in the towel on Guatemala.