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Best 3G/4G carrier for Bali?


by @jruz | 6yr  | 7 comments

Hi, Im going to spend 2 month in Bali mainly in Ubud.
Iโ€™m getting a Hubud membership but donโ€™t want to be trapped there all the time, so I want some reliable mobile connection.

So far Iโ€™ve been checking out:

From the coverage maps on their websites, seems they all cover pretty well the Kuta area, but but other areas not.

My usage is mainly: Github, Slack and one daily Video Call.

Do you have some recommendation on this? I was thinking on Indosat.

Thanks!

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@dangermouse117 | 5yr

Just did my 2 month stint in Bali for this year.

3G in 2015 is much better than 2014. About 2x faster.

2014 a good speed was around 3-4Mbps
2015 a good speed is around 5-8Mbps
Upload/Download ratio can vary wildly, and 3G can drop out often.

Itโ€™s over congested in most popular places so you can ignore the above speeds in practical circumstances. Ubud central was dropping out to Edge speeds very often, (though Penestanan where I stayed a week scored a consistent and reliable 5-6Mbps). Canggu (Batu Balong beach) was unusable, always on Edge 50kbps.

Many places are on fiber Internet this year, I was getting 3-8Mbps in many restaurants and even a few homestays.

All speeds are testing to servers within Indo, expect much less if you are skyping to further flung places (like 4x slower is not uncommon). In general the pipes leading out of Indo have improved for 2015, IMO weโ€™re seeing 2x the International bandwidth as 2014 which apparently was an atrocious year.

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@kmander | 6yr

XL and Smartfren also provide 4G in Bali.

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@ariana | 6yr

4G with Telkomsel (the only 4G provider in Bali right now) works pretty well in the south (Kuta, Denpasar, Seminyak, Kerobokan). Youโ€™ll only get 3G in Ubud. Stick with Telkomsel (Simpati) anyway. It seems to be the most reliable. Always buy a data โ€˜packetโ€™ otherwise youโ€™ll go through your credit (pulsa) really quick.

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@jruz | 6yr

Thanks @ariana and @Don_Lee!
I will get Telkomsel and check the data package.
:smile_cat:

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@don_lee | 6yr

just tested with my TSEL 3G, looks pretty good but itโ€™s not stable. I donโ€™t think they have 4G in Indonesia.

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@jruz | 6yr

Thanks @levelsio,
Iโ€™ll stay close to Hubud and Salty Volt then.

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@levelsio | 6yr

I think most people are on Telkomsel, but honestly they all suck in Bali. Itโ€™s slow as hell.

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Hi guys,

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Hi everybody. I live and work in Germany and want to go to Canary Islands for 6 months to work from there. I'm going to keep my current job, just change the "home" in the home office part of things. Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of? I was reading about becoming a residence after 183 days, thus having to pay taxes there plus my employer having to register there. Does anybody know how it works exactly? Thanks a lot!

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Hi all!

I am considering going for 1+ month in Amed (to get more into freediving).

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Whats's a good place to work and surf in Bali?


by @anca_paul | 5yr 4 years ago | 3 comments

Hi everyone!

Iโ€™m looking for a place to stay in Bali - to have a good stable connection, and to be close to a few surfspots. From what Iโ€™ve read on the forum, Ubud is around 1h form a break, which is quite far away.

I will probably go for an apartment, but knowing the location/city first would help a lot! Any help is highly appreciated! Thanks a lot!

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by @thom801 | 5yr 5 years ago | 13 comments

Iโ€™m going to be traveling through and working in many countries in Europe this year and Iโ€™m hoping to either use my T-Mobile iPhone 6 (should work based on my research) or I can buy a hotspot to tether internet. This way I can work anywhere and not have to be asking for wifi passwords etc all the time. Does anyone know a good carrier/plan/hotspot? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Also: Iโ€™m always looking for great designers and developers to work with. Contact me if youโ€™re interested. I have plenty of work for you :slight_smile:

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by @wcitizen | 6yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

Hi DN community! Iโ€™m going to spend 4 month in US and wondering if somebody can recommend me cheap, but reliable=), mobile operator. Requirements:

  • simcard should be suitable for my unlocked iPhone
  • minor usage of texting and callings
  • minor usage of internet data, but with 4G support
    Hope this makes sense. Happy to add more specific info, if needed.

Cheers!

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by @nihilista | 6yr 5 years ago | 1 comment

Will be bringing the usual items such as a laptop, cell phone, Kindle, etc, but also some electronic personal care items like electric toothbrush, epilator, etc. Thanks!

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