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Skype headsets in internet cafes

  • Jleef

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    Quick question - how common are headsets already provided in internet cafes across SE Asia? Will be using skype to phone home and just wondering if I should bring my own (albeit something else to drag around!) or hope the majority of internet access points I use have them already. Thanks.

    #1 Posted: 23/7/2009 - 03:22

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    I found that many of the internet cafes I went into a few months ago had these available, as well as webcams. But considering how many people use the headsets, and the various degrees of hygiene observed, it would probably be a good idea to bring your own regardless.

    Also, I found that if a place did not have Skype, they would download it just to get my business.

    Cheers.

    #2 Posted: 10/8/2009 - 00:23

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    I would recommend buying a webcam with a built-in microphone as the headphones can be a bit bulky. Should only cost you around 30 dollars for something decent. I have had good experiences with Logicool products.

    #3 Posted: 10/8/2009 - 06:47

  • BruceMoon

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    JLeef

    You don't say which countries.

    In the major towns where travellers go throughout Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand, nearly every 'cafe has some (at least one set).

    Laos & Cambodia is OK in most of the major tourist towns, but not all. The problem is that net speed here is unreliable.

    As you've probably read, I'm a light as possible traveller. Having said that, my wife has a frail 91 YO father. We take a mobile phone and talk. We buy a local sim card as call costs in SE Asia (except Cambodia) are REALLY REALLY cheap.

    Cheers

    #4 Posted: 10/8/2009 - 08:04

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