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    Vonage

    A couple of weeks ago I had fibre optic broadband installed. I have left the awful BT company whose customer service was less than non-existent as it actually tried its best to prevent me from getting fast broadband with any company other than itself.

    Anyway, the advantage of fast broadband is that it is possible to have high quality telephony over the Internet. I have now installed a Vonage box and can recommend it. For 11 per month it gives unlimited UK calls to most UK landline numbers, and Thailand is one of 38 countries where unlimited calls may be made to landlines AND mobiles. In addition it is possible to use Vonage on two extensions, smart phones, and yesterday my wife phoned her mother by using her mobile phone on a 3G network.

    I have only been using Vonage for a few days so I want to get too excited about it yet. First impressions, however, are extremely good. My Internet is provided by Zen Internet and I have been with them for over ten years. Superb customer service and a technical advice team who are genuinely helpful and know what they are talking about. Cheaper line rental than BT too ( 29% cheaper ).

    Zen is at at Award-winning Home & Business Broadband Provider, IP VPN & Leased Lines, Hosting & Domains | Zen Internet and Vonage is at many sites due to its world presence ( Canadian company ).

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    This is a Thailand web site FYI. Don't be talking shit about broadband or fiber optics here please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    This is a Thailand web site FYI. Don't be talking shit about broadband or fiber optics here please.
    I don't use this forum for silly quarrels as I have a life. I have recommended Vonage as a means of communication between the UK and Thailand and have done so in good faith. My wife is now able to phone her mother at any time without worrying about the cost and she can do so using a "mobile to mobile" method. The vast majority of families in Thailand do not have landline telephones. Some firms such as Telediscount offer calls to Thailand mobiles at 1p per minute but they must be made using a UK landline if costs are to be kept at this rate.

    I am sure that the majority of UK based Thai wives will be very happy to be able to use a mobile phone to phone home while knowing that they can phone as often and for as long as they wish for a fixed charge.

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    So post it on the UK forum...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    So post it on the UK forum...
    Vonage is available all over the world and all may use it. It is excellent and others will find it to be so.

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    Can123, I think the problem is that there are no expletives in your post, nor p*ss-taking of other TD members etc.

    Why don't you post your useful information on ThaiVisa? - our minds here are on more base subjects.....

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    Good info thanks for that .

    At the moment I use Sky unlimited fibre optics ,, used to be BT until I had the same problem with them .

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    Fiber optic are not available in bumfukissan...nor is broadband...so whats yer point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Fiber optic are not available in bumfukissan...nor is broadband...so whats yer point?
    You are ignorant beyond belief ! Can you read ? Ask a grown-up to help you.

    My wife's mother uses her mobile phone.

    She answers it when my wife phones her using her mobile phone.

    My wife pays nothing for the call because she has Vonage Extensions as an application on her mobile phone.

    My wife can phone as often as she wishes and the calls have no time limit imposed.

    My wife can also use our landline phone to call her mother.

    My daughter can use her mobile phone to call her grandmother in the same way.

    No need for broadband in Isaan.

    Now do you understand or do I have to draw fecking pictures for you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt
    Fiber optic are not available in bumfukissan...nor is broadband...so whats yer point?
    Don't really matter as there are a lot of us who aint " living the dream " cough , , who happen to use the lounge with our fibre optic BB

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    ^-^^Yes, there are a lot of you, not living the dream, but continue to pose as though...nothing personal, but as I stated, no fiber optic or broadband here, yes or no? So what good does it do those of us who are in fact "living the dream?" I call L.D. for 3 baht a minute using 12 go...cheap fuk's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt
    Fiber optic are not available in bumfukissan...nor is broadband...so whats yer point?
    WTF are you talking about?

    3G internet in regional Thailand is exceptional, especially compared to Australia.

    I've stayed all over Northern Thailand and Isaan, and over at least the last 2 years, with my AIS, in the majority of major towns and villages I am able to call skype to skype, stream youtube, etc, using my phone as a modem.

    Even the smallest villages with poor on no 3G coverage have TOT wi-fi hotspot towers nearby. You need to really be out in the sticks to not have broadband internet these days, same with anywhere.

    Now try even opening a browser at a decent speed in places like wagga wagga, broken hill or the shetland islands.

    Isaan does not have broadband

    Mobile penetration
    The number of mobile subscribers in Thailand had exceed its population since 2010 (106.6 percent). But with the 3G licences granted for all the main telco operators, dtac, AIS, and True, the mobile penetration rate in Thailand is growing even faster.

    As of Q3 2013, NBTC estimates the total number of mobile subscribers in Thailand to be 90 million. That’s 131.8 percent penetration to the whole country’s population.
    There were 14 million smartphone users in Thailand as of Q4 2012, which is a 43 percent increase from 2011, according to infoma.
    Android devices dominated smartphone sales in Thailand in 2012: 70 percent of the smartphones sold were Android, 20 percent iOS and 10 percent others (Windows and Blackberry).
    In 2013, Android is projected to take most of the smartphone market share again with 68 percent Android, 18 percent iOS, and 14 percent others.
    It’s interesting to see that although Android still leads the market, the market share for both Android and iOS is expected to drop, while Windows and Blackberry expect to gain this year.

    In addtion, GfK projects that entry-level phones, prices around THB5,000 ($160) would drop in average price to about THB3,000 ($97) this year. This is also something Huawei mentioned when it announced its interest in the Thai market.

    For more details, see the full report by eMarketer here.
    Lol at dudes who think they're living the dream off the grid in their suburban mukdahan moo baan with satellite TV and 3G internet

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    ^yep the true 3g out here in the village is fine. Fuck the broadband city slicker cnuts.

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    Your 3G broadband is probably better than the rickety ADSL lines in town, as long as you have a signal, it's good and cheap. 4G should be here already if it wasn't for high level business and political squabbling. They have it in Laos, works well.

    Everyone should just be using skype or line, but its good to know about VOIP options better than skype if the person you're calling is not wired up, which is pretty unusual these days even for peasant thais in bumfuk isaan

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    When I was in the village cough again " living the dream " way out in the sticks I even managed to post daily pics of our bungalow build from my little Galaxy pad using A I S 3g ok it was nowhere near what I have at home in the UK but I was really surprised how well it did work .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Fiber optic are not available in bumfukissan...nor is broadband...so whats yer point?
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    but as I stated, no fiber optic or broadband here, yes or no?
    There is broadband in Isan, yes, but maybe not in your village. Give TOT a call, or 3BB, or True, to find out their coverage.

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    ^TOT will not/refuses to run a line in to my location. Even if I pay for the entire installation. I use an "air card," from AIS. works, but slow as molasses. End of the month its running on fumes...3G is a myth in LOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt
    3G is a myth in LOS.
    Are you way out in the sticks? I've seen remote places with poor coverage using TOT wireless hotspot towers. 90%+ of the Thai population surely has access to at least sem - decent broadband.

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    My BIL is right up in Burcat and he has some kind of booster aerial and the locals now buy they're internet off him ,,, not sure how it works , but might be worth a check in your local area to see if there are any entrepreneurs doing similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    I use an "air card," from AIS. works, but slow as molasses. End of the month its running on fumes...3G is a myth in LOS.
    It sounds like you are running out of '3G' speed data allowance and go onto EDGE. Change your promotion package to increase the amount of 3G speed data you can use. AIS currently have promotions that give free 'extra' data, ie, 4GB + 8GB free (at the faster speeds).

    Promotions, including 9GB for 699/month, 12GB for 799/month: AIS promotions


    Coverage map: 3G AIS | AIS 3G

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    My wife's mother does not use 3G. She just uses her phone as a phone. It rings, she answers and talks. We use VOIP ( Voice Over Internet Protocol ) and the existence of any form of Internet coverage in Thailand is irrelevant.

    If the mobile phone works as a phone, calls can be made to it for a fixed sum per month.

    I can also phone Australia, Canada and USA and sixty other countries, all for the same price.

    I would hope by now that even the most stupid person has grasped this concept.

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    I don't consider it the sticks, but evidently TOT does. I'm only 56 kilometers from Chiang Rai, but along the roadway coming this direction in many locations there are "0" telephone or power lines. Lots of microwave stations which coincidentally get over powered by Lao telecom towers. Wife's cell constantly obstructed by Lao cell.

    Its the life I chose and I don't really mind all that much. Its as you called it, part of living the dream. Fortunately, I've lived in equally rural circumstances most of my life. Time is on my side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    Promotions, including 9GB for 699/month, 12GB for 799/month: AIS promotions
    Thanks for that search Never-na...I currently use the 9GB package, perhaps upgrade to 12GB is in order. I'll give it a try next visit to C.R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123
    I would hope by now that even the most stupid person has grasped this concept.
    Yes, it would seem so. Why not buy/pay for your MIL's monthly phone connection/ bill here in Thailand then? Cheaper...ya think? 3 baht/min...not like its going to break ya big man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by can123
    I would hope by now that even the most stupid person has grasped this concept.
    Yes, it would seem so. Why not buy/pay for your MIL's monthly phone connection/ bill here in Thailand then? Cheaper...ya think? 3 baht/min...not like its going to break ya big man.
    You are an amazingly dopey person and I am glad that you live in Chiang Rai.

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