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  1. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Alpha with a nano SIM card, and operates on Cricket - a subsidiary of AT&T. I'm trying to find out whether I am likely to be able buy a nano SIM card in Cebu to operate on the local network. A related question is whether there would be an advantage in buying a nano SIM card while still at home and using it to sign up for local service later, once I arrive in Cebu. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. I am here to gloat and to celebrate. My and my GF are living at her parents house, where she grew up in the middle of the jungle about 20 km away from the nearest major town. The village is in a valley with mountains about 200 m high on each side and we are effectively in a riverbed. The village is so remote that after heavy rain of no more than 1 hour, it is inaccessible by anything other than a well maintained 4WD. There are no phone lines, no GSM network coverage, just pigs, chickens, and the usual drug related police shootings!! In order to be able to communicate with the outside world but more so to communicate wiht my GF and our baby while im away overseas earning money, i decided i would work out how to get an internet connection. So i put on my hiking shoes, and climbed all the mountains around us to find a signal. I found line of sight to the town 20 km away and got a decent signal. SO i went and bought myself 300 m of power and ethernet cable (network cable) 3 ethernet switches to use as signal repeaters, and 3 air-proof lunchboxes to put them in, and strung 100m segments of ethernet wire between the switches all the way from the top of the hill down to our house in teh village. The result is a usable 4mbit download 0.7 mb upload internet connection in a place so remote no communication has ever been made over any sort of technology in the history of this place. Today i witnessed a gathering of people around a cell phone crying talking to relatives they havent spoken to in Manila for over 3 years. The total cost of all materials and labour to make this happen was about 15k pesos. Every cent was worth it. I am a happy man today
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