What is the best and cheapest way for using a mobile phone in Vietnam ? I am with Optus in Australia, they have told me the cost is very expensive to use International Roaming. What does everybody do? Can anybody help?
#1 ron67 has been a member since 17/12/2007. Posts: 21
Roaming has been the mobile industries cash cow for years.
Here in VietNam the networks with the most extensive coverage are VinaFone and MobiFone which BOTH use GSM LOW-BAND (as in Australia).
Actually MobiFone is owned by VinaFone and share many cell base stations but of the two VinaFone has the most extensive coverage.
There is also much smaller CDMA coverage by another growing network - owned by the military - but essentially cover the major cities only.
To purchase a SIMM I recommend that you go to the main VinaFone store in your city of entry - take your passport/visa - as they give you a large selection of numbers available.
The passport/visa is required for security as hand phones have been used to detonate bombs.
There are regular sales: at the moment VinaFone is offering 60% discounts if you buy VND$300,000 prepaid credit.
When you travel here resist the temptation to use your phone - I find that my hand phone gets teaser messages in HongKong, China and Thailand - as they just are waiting for you to accept roaming!
< www.vinaphone.com.vn/locale.do?language=en >, < www.mobiphone.com.vn/web/en/ >, < www.viettel.com.vn/english/ >.
#2 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349
What are you mainly using it for?
1) Email/google maps/....? 2) Voice & texts within Vietnam or 3) Voice & texts to international?
I a 1) type and give another vote for Vietel. Great data, even in the wilds. Cheap.
I've always bought a local card and put it in my regular phone from home. I don't have a contract so no unlocking or anything complicated. It's so cheap. You just opt for the english setting.
#5 violets has been a member since 6/7/2009. Posts: 152
Here is an updated price list for the mobifone packages.
The MIU Data Package/Plan has increased in price to 70,000 a month for those who are not students. But still a great price imo,
I visited the local mobifone office yesterday to ask them if my package would automatically renew itself at the end of the month - and it does. So if you're wanting to try out one of these packages but do not want them to deduct money from your account each month, make sure to ask about how to cancel.
In summary - if you're visiting Vietnam, you should be able to pick up a local sim card for about US$2.50 (50,000d or less) and then add a month-long unlimited internet/data package for only a few dollars more.
#6 lazybackpacker has been a member since 30/10/2013. Posts: 5
You should buy a new simcard but i dont know what is your devices? Iphone or android device? with i phone, you have to use micro sim as you know and should find the mobile shop, they will make it for you.
Vietel network is recommended, coz they are widely network and 3G base on GSM technology, you can not use CDMA decides here.
To use Mobile Phone in Vietnam, you just need to buy a Vietnam sim-card when you arrival Vietnam. There are 3 big providers in Vietnam: Viettel. VinaPhone and Vietnam MobiPhone, you can choose one of there providers to buy. The cost of a sim-card is very cheap. It is around USD 10.
#8 annajulianna90 has been a member since 20/11/2013. Posts: 4
I just got a Viettel Sim Card for my Android Device a couple days ago. I believe it didnt cost more than 200.000 dong and already had some credit on it. You can get different data plans by sending text messages to 191. For instance i sent 'Mimax' to 191 and got 600mb high speed internet for 70.000d. The coverage and the speed in norther vietnam are pretty good so far