Originally Posted by Dreaming Yachtsman
This presents a serious problem for us as my wife needs to be able to talk on the telephone for up to 6 hours a day for her job and we were hoping to do that in Belize.
Can anyone provide specifics on the areas where Skype is blocked?
Anyone have any alternatives or workarounds? What are the rates to call U.S. phones from local Belize cell phones?
I have extensive experience with Skype as I use it on a satellite
connection all the time. If your connection is marginal or perhaps is shared, the quality of the connection drops dramatically. Expect lots of dropped calls, missed moments filled in with white noise
and long pauses where you can hear your caller but up to about 2 minutes go by before they can hear you (that is an extreme case -- 30 sec is not so unusual though).
Workaround. A fellow I know uses one of the online chatting programs (I think MSM or maybe Yahoo) that has a function where you can leave a voicemail. He records the part he wants to say and sends it as a voice mail. He receives the same way. It's faster but the communication is not duplex -- then again, Skype is but you can't hear and speak effectively. Expect lots and lots of "Go ahead.'" "No, you go ahead." So I think of the voicemail as the VHF
of the internet. Ham is probably more likely a better comparison considering the distances though.
A second issue with his way: I am not sure it's secure; Skype is SSH.
Overall, the telecommuting is not ready for prime time outside major areas with outstanding connectivity.