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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 190721 10-Jan-2016 13:23
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I'm a self employed contractor who works from home selling digital marketing products to businesses. This year I plan to avoid the NZ winter and move to South East Asia for a 'working holiday'. I want to lease an apartment for a few months in Vietnam for example, and work remotely making calls over the internet and sending emails.

As a complete VOIP noob, my initial thought is Skype will do the trick. I will just buy a subscription or credit and away we go. But after some more reading on VOIP, SIP trunking etc last night (which I admit was confusing as hell), now I think there might be more reliable/better quality options.

What I am now considering is:

Softphone (Bria?) > cloud PBX in NZ
or softphone > VOIP provider (

I will be searching for apartments that have fibre and will need to make 30-50 ph calls into NZ per day and call quality is most important. Also I have a Macbook Air and will buy the best headset I can find before I leave (or should I consider a hardware SIP phone instead of softphone?).

Am I on the right track with this? can anyone suggest other solutions?

Thanks guys

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  Reply # 1466980 10-Jan-2016 13:45
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How good would your internet be in SEA?

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1466991 10-Jan-2016 14:24
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I've read on some forums that expats in Vietnam are getting 20mb up and down through international traffic on business fibre plans. Other expats say they only get a reliable 2mb up and down through international traffic with fibre on a basic plan.

Of course I will try and get the fastest possible, but in the worst case scenario will 2mb up and down be sufficient?


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  Reply # 1467137 10-Jan-2016 18:15
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Technically speaking, VoIP is more quality of the line than speed. I think you can get away with 50kbits up/down and use GSM codec and still have a clear conversation. If, however you have crazy packetloss... then you'll be asking/asked to repeat what you've said more often. I would also recommend QOS, to prioritize traffic to the VoIP line.

I could be wrong, so well find out soon :)

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  Reply # 1467145 10-Jan-2016 18:42
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Your biggest issue using an NZ based SIP service (like 2talk etc) overseas is the latency is the real killer. Even if you have all the bandwidth in the world if your latency is too high a conversation will just be you talking over the other person all the time.

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