Skype alternatives that work well in China? Skype seems to be consistently going down, sound quality often sounds like a toilet flush (google talk seems to show similar probs).
Weixin is pretty good...
I've been using Tango, a free app. It is better quality than Skype-to-Skype calls, but unfortunately, you can't use it to call phones.
I now mostly use skype on my phone with the cameras turned off, it works as well as a normal phone call. Either that or weixin. I haven't looked any further into alternatives because no one I know uses them.
On PC make sure all the Chinese tv/movie programs are completely killed as they keep uploading in the background and eating away your bandwidth like there is no tomorrow.
You can use Viber. It seems good~~~
weixin talking time is limited to 1min afaik. Tango and Viber? mmh maybe wil try it. I want to longer intercontinental conversations without interruptions, recalls and on different operating systems.
Weixin to make random comments and arrange talk times, skype on the mobile with wireless rather than off the laptop... don't know why but skype f**ks up less from my mobile than from laptop [思考]
You can make voice calls with Weixin, and actually (as I found out last night), it works really quite well. I was in Maan Coffee, the place was quite busy with about 30/kbs download speeds, but I was still able to have a decent conversation with a friend at home in england.
yes it seems modern smartphones run a better transmission protocol than old laptops/desktops.
RHUB web conferencing servers http://www.rhubcom.com is a great alternative to Skype. You can try the same.
I haven't tested this, but many say the Skype version downloaded in china is not as good. People who use the international version downloaded via VPN seem to have decent Skype performance.
My Skype works very well without any problem. I downloaded it from abroad.