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Clear telephone fixed or wireless in developing country

Our IT people have to travel to developing countries and still participate in conference calls with U.S. institutions while traveling abroad while setting up our offices. This would be before our dedicated internet and private lines are installed. The U.S. customers on the conference calls are not accustomed to such poor quality connections from land lines and cellular services: They can sound extremely muffled, distorted, can be unhearable or can't hear themselves for 30 seconds, etc. And we are not interested in making excuses to the American clients by pointing out on a big conference call that we are traveling to India and the Philippines because doing so then highlights our "abroad-ness" that we don't want to emphasize. Even high quality hotels have poor internet connections and fixed telephone in these countries. If they had good internet, I would just recommend they bring along a VoIP box and land line telephone. So here is the question:

What can the IT folks to do sound good on telephone calls when they are traveling to this undeveloped regions? Satellite phone? Take a VoIP box to a dedicated internet location that they can pay to use, but where?
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There is one part of this that you're missing or I didn't emphasize strongly enough... Have you ever made a telephone call to or from a POTS LANDLINE in Manila, Philippines or New Delhi, India? They are awful too. It's not just cellular networks that are unprofessional and not to a Western standard. The local phone lines often don't ring and when they do connect they can completely cut out for 30 seconds of silence or start repeating 20 seconds of the last part of the conversation or have static to the point you can't hear or be heard. Why would Rebtel be able to solve this if it's using local phone lines?
OK, but if local phone lines, cellular networks and internet are not good enough, what other options are left in theory? I can think of only satellite mobile communications.
I think the best thing to do may be to go to some business -- let's say a hotel -- with a dedicated internet connection. And by dedicated internet I mean where the Last Mile cannot be oversubscribed as it is in many developing countries, depending on the neighborhood. And then to use a portable VoIP like Vonage. Unless someone has a better idea?
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