Lake Chapala Internet:
-For computer access, there are a few internet “cafés” scattered about town. The going rate at the internet cafés is usually around $20 pesos an hour.
-Also, the majority of Lake Chapala vacation rental houses provide phone lines and wi/fi.
-And if you are bringing your own laptop or PDA, the principal restaurants/cafés tend to have wireless Internet, for which they can give you the password.
Lake Chapala Payphones:
-Payphones use “Ladatel” phone cards that can be purchased in the majority of the Mini-Super Tiendas or at the Telmex stores. When purchasing, make sure to ask for public phone cards. Cards come in values of $30, $50, or $100 pesos. Calls to the United States or Canada are $5 pesos/minute, and the fee varies for other countries. Take Note: Phone cards sold in the US or Canada rarely work here in Mexico.
Lake Chapala Cell phones:
-For some USA/Canada cell phones, service in Mexico will need to be arranged prior to arrival in Lake Chapala. International roaming fees are also exorbitant.
-For those planning perhaps a longer stay, a great option is to purchase one of the cheap cell phone models (around $20 USD) sold for instance at Telcel locations or Oxxo minimarts etc. These cell phones are pay as you go and can make and receive international calls. Before leaving Lake Chapala you can donate the cell phone to a charilty where they will distribute them to families without phone who can use them for emergency calls.