The hardware is available from D-Link and competitors … the problem in Taiwan will never be hardware. You need a VOIP provider, and I have yet to find one. Actually there are outbound call VOIP providers, but not full inbound/outbound (you can not have your own phone number on VOIP).[/quote]
You can take VoIP providers from a different country, it does not have to be Taiwan, unless you want to make calls within Taiwan of course. My provider is back home, so I can make local calls to my family and friends for just 1 cent a minute (landline). And I do have a phone number there as well, but that is not worth it, the costs per minute are too high if they would call that number. In the long run I want my family to get a SIP router as well, then it is transparent to them. All they need is pick up the phone and call my SIP number, the router uses the VoIP provider, and it is a free call.
So the idea is to get a hardware that is able to handle multiple SIP accounts. Get accounts in the countries that you want to place calls to. The SIP hardware would choose the appropriate provider, and you don’t have to worry about anything. And if someone in that country wants to call you, all they need to do is place a local call, and your phone here in Taiwan rings.
Well, I went to Gunghua the other day, but was not able to locate any SIP routers. What kind of hardware are you talking about, (SIP phones or SIP routers). I would prefer a SIP router with a socket for my analog phone, one for the land line, and a socket for my LAN/DSL splitter or such. A wireless SIP phone would do it as well, but then I have another phone that I need to use. The advantage of a router is that you can use your regular landline phone, and you don’t have to worry about anything else.
AVM has such a product, but I havn’t seen AVM devices in Taiwan yet. Just go to :
and look for “FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN”.
I was not able to find anything like that on the D-Link webpage.