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by otravers
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Moving to Chile
Topic: Internet Connection
Replies: 349
Views: 60223

Re: Internet Connection

For those of you with VTR, make sure to call them to get them to upgrade your plan to the new tiers. 400/10 just became 600/16 but they don't perform these upgrades automatically:
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by otravers
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: Internet speeds in Valpo
Replies: 10
Views: 1007

Re: Internet speeds in Valpo

When they install the modem you can ask the techie to set it in bridge mode so that it's just a dumb modem, then put your own router behind it where you can admin your own DNS, QoS, Wifi, etc. Also a tip for long-term VTR subscribers: make sure to keep up with their plans and call them to get your s...
by otravers
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: PC monitor repair in Viña or Santiago
Replies: 2
Views: 368

PC monitor repair in Viña or Santiago

The 27" IPS monitor I imported from South Korea a few years ago stopped working, but I'm pretty sure it can be fixed (probably a damaged capacitor or disconnected internal cable). I called several stores in Viña that don't do repairs, because that would require what is most rare in Chile, namely ski...
by otravers
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: Jumbo supermarkets.
Replies: 60
Views: 8584

Re: Jumbo supermarkets.

There is a good selection of food products in Tottus markets...they are quite similar to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods markets in California. Stopped by the one in Reñaca yesterday and they had a nice selection of imported food items from Tesco. Comparing Tottus with Whole Foods is like saying you dr...
by otravers
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Chile Investment, business, and Money Issues
Topic: interbank online cash transfers / bank recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 4396

Re: interbank online cash transfers

One of the few free things that actually work in Chile.
by otravers
Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Chile Investment, business, and Money Issues
Topic: Investing in International Stock Markets from Chile
Replies: 99
Views: 19981

Re: Investing in International Stock Markets from Chile

Looking more into TD's LUX platform, their multi-currency + ETF support makes me think of combos to hedge against holding assets solely in CLP and USD. For instance right now our Chilean house is $150K cheaper in USD than it was a few years ago (well not really because of its appreciation in CLP ter...
by otravers
Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Chile Investment, business, and Money Issues
Topic: Investing in International Stock Markets from Chile
Replies: 99
Views: 19981

Re: Investing in International Stock Markets from Chile

Interesting and timely discussion. Did anyone actually open an account with TD Direct Investing yet?

It happens that this guy just posted a video about their online platform:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w19Xf8nHfNY
by otravers
Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: So long, Chile.
Replies: 64
Views: 15123

Re: So long, Chile.

Too bad ExpatBob had these issues and decided to leave. I couldn't function without reliable internet either, and I've often heard about similar tales of dismal service in Santiago Centro. Here in the Viña/Concon area, in almost 9 years VTR has served us well for the most part. We went through regul...
by otravers
Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: Buying a mobile phone abroad based on specs
Replies: 1
Views: 708

Buying a mobile phone abroad based on specs

My Moto E 2nd Gen works OK but becomes sluggish when I open too many apps - like say having Whatsapp, Google Maps and Plex running while we're in the car (don't worry, I'm not fiddling with the phone while driving!). I've just read about Wileyfox, a British phone company that seems to be successful ...
by otravers
Thu May 12, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: taxes for importing a laptop
Replies: 84
Views: 14825

Re: taxes for importing a laptop

i brought in excess of 10k worth of stuff into chile from aliexpress :), There guarantee for delivery is great, and chinese love making the invoice $30 for everything. It would be great if you could advise Aliexpress virgins like myself on what good deals can be had there vs. Amazon.com. I've searc...
by otravers
Tue May 10, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Chile Real Estate, Property, and Construction
Topic: appraisal of property-value with the new tax laws
Replies: 10
Views: 3217

Re: appraisal of property-value with the new tax laws

admin wrote:UF is essentially a sudo-currency
Ahah, you've been doing sysadmin on Unix systems for too long!
by otravers
Tue May 10, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Winter Travel in the North of Chile
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Winter Travel in the North of Chile

We went to parque nacional Llanos de Challe last spring during the desert flower bloom and liked it. Not sure what it will look like in the winter.