Good that moving was relatively easy. I'll probably have to move to a different country sometime within the next couple of years (for personal/academic reasons) and I'm dreading it. Especially if we can't take our dog with us
Just wondering, what kind of Internet connections do you guys have in the Philippines? As in bandwidth and the relative cost of, say, MB per currency unit? ›››
Well, investigate taking the dog - it's easier now than it used to be.
Internet? The combination of "emerging economy" and "lots of islands" means that the cell infrastructure is a lot better than the alternatives, so you get all of the bandwidth, cap, cost drawbacks of cell for internet. There's also a lot of difference between Manila and the provinces (I'm in the largest provincial city). Manila's starting to get LTE now, but it'll be a while before we get it here. There's also a cable option, but they have some crazy data cap so I didn't really check it out.
Cost? Typically around US$15 a month for a 1Mb/s connection, either cell or, where available, DSL. The good part is that you do actually GET 1Mb/s, even on overseas sites. The fastest available in my city is an 8Mb/s connection with DSL at around US$60 a month, but you won't get those bandwidths with overseas sites - that was the connection I had before I moved, and it rarely went over around 1.5Mb/s. (It was the same in Singapore - the quoted bandwidths were high, but you never got them overseas). The DSL and one of the cell providers are uncapped, the other suppliers have data caps.
And if you need hints and tips on "moving to a different country", feel free to PM me. I've done it twice now, once from the UK to Singapore, and then from Singapore here. It is very daunting, and it's easy to be overwhelmed, but it's manageable. The one thing I've never had to worry about is language though, I suspect that makes things a lot harder.