How To Get Internet Access in Rural Jamaica

by Faheemah Luqman
(London, UK)

QUESTION:




I plan to be in a rural district in Westmoreland, Jamaica for just under a month in March 2014. There will be electricity on the property by then.

Please recommend the cheapest and best options for me to gain internet access using a laptop computer during my stay.

Thanking you for your advice.

ANSWER:


by Wellesley, February 2014

Hi Faheemah,

Thanks for stopping by my-island-jamaica.com and for you question.
I made some calls into the three main providers of telephone and internet service in Jamaica:

  • LIME (Cable & Wireless)
  • Digicel &
  • Flow Jamaica


Here's how to go about getting internet access for you laptop:


  1. You'd first need to contact each of the providers and see if they have coverage in that particular area.

    LIME and Digicel, the two more established ones, more than likely do. Note: In many cases, you might be able to get internet access if you can use their phone service.
  2. Their contact/ customer service numbers are as follows

    • LIME (Cable & Wireless) - 1-888-225-5295
    • Digicel - 1-888-344-4235
    • Flow Jamaica - 1-876-620-2200


  3. You may need to provide the district or street address of the place that you are enquiring of service for.
  4. In most cases you will have the option of a landline or wireless but landline might be rare in the rural parts of Jamaica.

    Wireless will be available if the provider have cell sites or cable running in the area.
  5. For any of their services, you will need a valid photo id, TRN (like SSN), and a deposit (or payment for the cost of the package).

    You may also be asked for a proof of address. I think Digicel requires two utility bills as proof of address.

  6. Package prices will vary based on the pre-paid or post paid options.

    Package prices will also vary based on the internet speeds

  7. By the way, bear in mind that if you have a smartphone that already have internet, you might also be able to 'Share' that internet with your laptop.

    The download speed will vary based on the internet service. 4G's are probably the fastest here at this time.

Hope this helps.


Talk again soon.
Regards,

Wellesley M. Gayle
Founder, www.My-Island-Jamaica.com

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