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Is Bangkok's internet good enough for professional VOIP?


in Bangkok, Thailand by @douwe | 6yr  | 10 comments

Hi everebody,

I am new on nomadlist. We are from Holland but are now living in Spain.
We have a home based telemarketing company which is based in Holland. We work with a Voip connection in Spain where we call to Holland. This works perfect.

We are thinking of moving to Bangkok. Best way to find out is to test offcourse, but before that I was curious if there is someone here who has experience with a good voip connection from Asia to Europe.

Thanks in advance for your answers!

Douwe

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@andrius | 6yr

I am VoIP systems developer.

So:

  • internet quality is quite good in Thailand;
  • you might use MobileVoIP app (available for both IOS and Android) and any of betamax services, I am using http://freevoipdeal.com because if its rate/quality combination. If you find that internet quality is not good enough for voice, you might use call-back option of mobilevoip app (it calls your number then destination number);
  • there are also app called Roamer for IOS and Android, they let you to save your mobile number when travelling, it is call forwarding service app. Also they have quite ok rates for calls and selling SIM cards, good app for traveller.
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@grantn | 6yr

Hi Douwe
Iโ€™m new here also. I normally live/work in Bangkok for much of the year, but Iโ€™m back in Australia for 6 months.
A few points:

  • I use Skype, in Bangkok, to chat all over the world, and generally very good especially if you just want VoIP.
  • When you check into your hotel, personally check where the WiFi hub/s are on your floor and get your room close to it. Can make a big difference.
  • When you get a SIM for your phone, I recommend AIS as their overall service works well for me, in most parts of Thailand, decent pre-paid plans and you can buy credit at any 7/11 or FamilyMart store. Their mobile Internet is fine.
  • For any technology purchases try to visit PanTip - a huge 5 story shopping center dedicated to technology.
  • MBK shopping center has a good mobile phone area also. Think on floor 3 ???
    Feel free to ask any other BKK questions :smile:
    Cheers and Enjoy
    Grant
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@manu | 6yr

Skype is best used to call other Skype users. For calling out itโ€™s very overpriced. You get the best deal by directly using SIP providers. I recently tested a few to pick my default provider for the next years:

  • http://www.voipvoip.com: Just 1.9 ct US to most countries. Even European cell phones. No connection fee. Responsive support.
  • http://www.easyvoip.com: A bit more sketchy than the previous. Has a big number of websites/brands. Charges 4 ct as for each call, but only 0.5 ct to popular destinations after that. Good for longer calls.
  • https://www.didlogic.com: Really a market place to trade phone numbers. You can buy and forward numbers from most countries for as low as 0.9 USD/month. Call rates are only average.
  • http://www.rebtel.com: Expensive rates, similar to Skype. They forward your local calls via the internet. So you can actually use it without any internet on your end.

Hope this helps someone. Let us know, if there are any other notable phone providers.

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@tprophet | 6yr

The prices of Skype are relatively high, but their technology is second to none when it comes to working over flaky or inconsistent connections. There just isnโ€™t anything better.

If you want cheap prices, download an app called cSipSimple and use it with CallWithUs, which has about the cheapest prices out there for SIP. The problem with SIP protocols is that they all assume a good, stable connection and nomads often wonโ€™t have this. For what itโ€™s worth, I donโ€™t even have that in the middle of Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable. :smile:

As for Thailandโ€ฆ the Army junta currently in power is starting to mess around with the Internet there. Itโ€™s still OK, but donโ€™t expect it to stay that way. Itโ€™s likely to be more like China in the future.

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@levelsio | 6yr

Iโ€™ve had the opposite experience. Ever since Microsoft acquired Skype and changed it from decentralized P2P to Microsoftโ€™s super nodes, itโ€™s been horrible on bad connections for me.

The new WebRTC-based apps are taking over Skype fast and they perform much, much better. See http://appear.in and http://room.co

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@tprophet | 6yr

Oddly enough, I didnโ€™t have great luck with Skype when they were p2p and better luck now. So, it works both ways.

I think the key takeaway here is โ€œyour mileage will varyโ€ so try different solutions and see which works best for you!

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@manu | 6yr

Love it. Great tip. Will try this out on Monday for a demo to a corporate client.

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@grum | 6yr

If youโ€™re in Bangkok, most average to good quality Internet connections will be fine for voip. Iโ€™ve used skype via 3G in Bangkok with minimal problems. Bangkok has great Internet - it wonโ€™t take you long to find a good connection.

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@douwe | 6yr

Hi Grum, thanks for your help!
Have you tried calling to Europe? Would you say the quality is good enough for a business call where it is important that the one on the other side of the line experiences the same quality as when I would call from Holland for instance?

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@grum | 6yr

In Europe, Iโ€™ve only chatted to London but to be honest, it wonโ€™t make a huge bit of difference where youโ€™re calling to if your originating connection is bad.

If you need a clean, quiet connection, many co-working spaces have the speed you need and Skype rooms, or at least meeting rooms that will make the experience a lot better. On top of this get a good microphone and your clients will have no idea which side of the planet you are on.

If youโ€™re planning on staying in Bangkok for a long time, you can get cable/fibre internet installed to your house for cheap (depending on the place you are staying at).

I stopped โ€œphoneโ€ calling people the day I left my home country - all my voice calls are done over the Internet. Its cheaper, easier and more convenient. (To be honest, many standard phone calls are routed through the Internet as well, but thats beside the point)

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in Thailand by @tomanna | 4yr 3 years ago | 26 comments

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