Hi guys! I'm a US & Polish developer (33yrs old). I've been developing for the last 14 year. I'm currently located in Ithaca NY around 4 hours from NYC. I work on my own projects but I also enjoy work on MVPs and helping startups.
1. Surround yourself with native speakers and spend as much time as you can with them carrying on daily conversations.
2. Stop worrying about your accent or the fact that people won't always understand you.
Virtual servers on Uptano are managed via the web interface and each includes a public IP address. Most ISPs do limit IPs per server. Also, our limits are higher than pretty much anyone needs per server.
Another vote for Hetzner, really their pricing makes anything stateside seem almost extortionate. You have to ask yourself if the extra 250ms ping from the States is worth it though. Game servers are right out.
I am interesting in 1) a provider with comparable features in Asia and 2) another with comparable price on the west coast of the United States. That is until OVH roll out their west coast data centre in the coming years.
BTW, I'm thinking of webnx's special deals as the best on the west coast. Competitive on the high end. No where near as cheap on the low end.
Although I've never tried them, there's http://www.server4you.com/root-server/ that is relatively good value for money, but still a little more expensive. I don't know how their support/reliability is.
I actually use OVH on some older Kimsufi plans. I'm kinda disappointed actually with these new plans as they got rid of the Core i5/i7 processors which were a bargain for the amount of CPU power you got for the money.
RAMnode has been pretty good for very fast mid-range SSD VPSes (watch their Twitter; they have 30% off specials all the time). SoftLayer also supports SSDs but they aren't low end, for the most part. I'm a happy customer of both but an employee/beneficiary of neither.