Cuba Llama ? Anyone tried this service ?
Replies: 67 - Last Post: May 15, 2011 12:20 PM Last Post By: peloplata
May 11, 2011 10:52 AM
May 11, 2011 10:35 PM
61The assurance that the Magic Jack option is a viable option, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, pure bullshit. I have tried it multiple times over time, in a variety of locations and nothing ever worked at all. Only one poster has assured us that he was able to make it happen. I think his credibility suffers badly with such a false claim,no one can substantiate.
Cuballama: I could never make a single successful voice call with Cuballama but the option to send SMS messages at 5¢ has worked perfectly. They even have an option that permits your recipient to respond for 18¢ instead of $1 CUC.
I think the success rate is so geo-centric that I would invite anyone to invest the few $ necessary to test their location as a no-brainer. If the voice connect does not work, you can always use the investment for the cheapest SMS rate anywhere. I have been very happy with cuballama 's SMS abilities.
Keep your Magic Jacks at home. Unless your Cuba connections include an extraordinary connection, they are useless there.
May 12, 2011 9:39 AM
May 12, 2011 9:51 PM
63I'm not sure he was bull-shitting, V. I choose to think that his was an honest belief that the internet connection he was using was not actually a DSL connection. I had a rare opportunity to connect to a DSL line in Cuba and I could do million things, I'd never dreamt before. I think any such broadband connection could satisfy the Magic Jack prerequisites. The usual 33k line, however, never could.
Could have been self-aggrandizement, perhaps? Making someone else wrong?
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!".
What I know to be true and no one has suggested (corroborated) otherwise is that the Magic Jack has been unusable in Cuba on every occasion on which I have attempted to use it. My girl has one now and it's useless unless you have some "special" connections.
The Venezuelan 3000-fold fiber connection is going to have NO impact on anyone's internet connectivity in Cuba who isn't on the favored-pinko list. I have been saying that forever but the same "chosen few" here berate me for even suggesting it. Time will tell.
It's worth noting that there are a relatively few posters here who actually extract money from the Cuban economy as a function of what they do. It's further worth noting that it is almost exclusively those posters with whom I find myself in some level of discord from time to time.
Es Cuba, no?
May 13, 2011 11:13 AM
64Well Yes, it is Cuba,
One of my govt. connection possibilities would be at my sister-in-laws work. She has been able to post E-mail (pictures) in the past, and has been advised that their office will be getting computer "upgrades" in a month or two. I assume this might have something to do with the Fiber Optic cable, and that the Magic Jack MAY work there. I also have a few other leads of government work places where I could try it. As you know, it wouldn't be for us anyways, it would be left there for them to use. PS I'm certainly NOT on any favored Pinko list, and don't think your suggestion about leaving the devise at home and not trying, is the best you've given. I could suggest that your girl try looking for a govenment relative or friend that DOES have the appropriate connection, and pay what is necessary to get to use the equipment---but I don't know if she's tried that already. Before she moved to Canada, I had an Amiga who worked for a Chinese company on 3rd Ave., opposite the Melia Habana, below the Japanese Embassy; whose equipment and connection on the Internet was lightening fast--so I'm sure there are lots of places in Havana that have similar connections.
May 14, 2011 7:01 PM
65I didn't mean to suggest it was not possible to find a connection in Cuba where a Magic Jack might work, vballf, nor do I think I ever suggested peope do not try and find a way to make it work. In point of fact I think I stated unequivocally that I would LOVE for someone to make it work and that remains my keenest desire.
What I questioned was that it was clearly stated that the connection on which the MJ was successfully used was a basic string and tin can connection. I find that at least implausible and more likely, impossible. I base that on my expertise in the field of computers and my many varied attempts to make both the MJ and myriad other devices to work in Cuba.
I successfully established a fantastic voice connection over VOIP in the past using a router I setup through another VOIP provider, Packet8. I talked for hours to a lot of people, por nada, until Etecsa pinpointed my IP and blocked me from continuing.
I am quite familiar with the technology and with the MJ. Unless you have access to a broadband connection, it ain't gonna happen.
My girl has no fanciful connections with anybody in the Cuban hierarchy through whom she might gain the kind of access you are talking about. She has tried it where she is permitted to do so but even those locations are shrinking.
I wish you success in your endeavors and fervently want you, or anyone else, to find a way to get past the usurious calling rates Cuba imposes on their citizens and the rest of the world. I do not, however, wish anyone to suggest, as is too often spoken here, that Cuba has many easy options to do so. It's simply not true.
May 14, 2011 9:24 PM
66Pelo, I really have to ask….
Is this Cuba place you visit the same one down in the Caribbean that we are all talking about here, kind of to the right of Mexico and just down from Florida? The one with the embargo and the crap economy?
If so, is the town your gal lives in the suburb of the same Havana that most of us are talking about, the one with the two million or so people living in it and all the crazy crumbling buildings?
And if so, do you ever talk to the folks around you to try to figure out how they manage to do all of the amazing things they manage to do in the middle of the muddle there? Do you spend any of your time or money on “resolving” things THEIR way?
And if not, you would be amazed. Fancy schmancy or not.
May 15, 2011 12:17 PM
67As usual, I don't have a clue what you are talking about, TTA, other than to be assured it's, as always, some vacuous and unwarranted attempt to disparage me. I can only guess it might be about the subject of this thread. You occasionally manage to stay somewhat on point and this could be one of those rare times. Perhaps it might be best if you could address the subject of this thread, however, rather than sharing with us your opinions as though anyone here here could possibly care what they are? A tad egomaniacal to think anyone cares to hear them, donchathink?
If you are suggesting that anyone who knows anything about Cuba could easily get internet access piped into their house and could hook up a Magic Jack to it with cans and strings then I will continue to say that's just not true.
One poster said he could. No one else has been able to manage it, however, and I have tried on multiple occasions. Those are the facts, my friend. We've had a month intervening and no one has even tried it yet? What's a fella to think?
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