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Phone, Internet, Telecomunication, 3G


Fixed telephone and fax

Provided by Vietnam Post and Telecommunication (VNPT) and Viettel;

Phone number code:  Night digits (for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City only) and  Eight digits (for other cities). Each city has its own code (city code), such as: 4 (Hanoi), 8 (Ho Chi Minh City), 54 (Hue) etc…

Mobile phones

Provided by VNPT, Viettel and some other state-owned companies, including:

GSM: Vinaphone (code: 91), Mobiphone (code: 90), Viettel (code: 98);

CDMA: S-phone (code: 95) and EVN-Telecom (code: 96)

Using GSM 900/1800 with  standard SIM card which is compatible with most of Asia, Europe and Australia, but not with North America;

Phone number code:  Network code +  seven digits (e.g: 098.1234567)


Charges are depended on the service providers.

International calls cost around US$0.25 per minute but may be higher at hotels. A  cheaper alternative is to make these calls from the post office. Reserve charges or collect calls are possible to most, but not all, including: France, Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

In-city calls are cheap and usually  free at most of hotels and restaurants for tourists

Tel-to-mobile calls cost around 1,200d per minute;

Mobile-to-mobile calls cost around 2,500d to 3,000d per minute. Instant message (SMS) costs 400d for domestic and US$1 for international one.

Make direct calls

International code:     00

Domestic code:           0

Vietnamese code:       84

To Vietnam

00 + 84 + [city / network code] + [phone number]

From Vietnam

00 + [destination-country code] + [phone number]

Within city

[phone number]

To other city

0 + [city code] + [phone number]

To mobile phones

0 + [network code] + [phone number]

From mobile phones

0 + [city / network code] + [phone number]

Discount options

171 service: dial 171 at the beginning of any calls (or at the end when call to mobile phones), save up 50%;

Make call between  11pm to 7am and  weekends, save up 20%;

Buy a  SIM card with local number for your mobile phone. It’s more convenient to receive any calls such as from relatives and sometime cheaper than using hotels’ service;

Using  roaming service to use your phone number in Vietnam (if not expensive).

3G InternetInternet is widely used in Vietnam If you have I phone 3G, 3Gs, 4G or any mobile such as HTC, Samsung with internet integrated, you could register pre-paid service internet which cost relatively cheap in Vietnam: It is very convenience to travel, to check information.

Here is our guide to register 3G service in Vietnam: Viettel is recommended due to its wide coverage network.


Step 1: Buy the local Simcard (auto activated).

Step 2: Register 3G service

Type: 3G 0n (3G space On) then send to 161. You will get the welcome message in Vietnamese.

Step 3: Choose Service Category.

Type: MI50 then send 191. It means you have selected 50,000 VND with 350 Mb data service and valid for 1 month.


Step 1: Buy the local Simcard (auto activated).

Step 2: Register 3G service

Type: GPRS On (GPRS space On) then send to 333. You will get the welcome message in Vietnamese.

Step 3: Choose Service Category.

Type: M25 then send 888. It means you have selected 25,000 VND with 120 Mb data service and valid for 1 month.

Postal service: A regular international post service is available. In addition there are some new, special services: Express Mail Service (EMS). The domestic EMS ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours. International EMS has relations with nearly 30 countries world-wide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Air mail and small parcels must however be subject to additional charges. Express money transfer is also available; money is delivered to the receiver within 24 hours.

Telecommunications: Long-distance and international direct-dial calling is available throughout the country. Fax machines are quickly proliferating in Vietnam; public and registered fax machines are available in hotels, business and public offices. Internet access is available at most hotels and Internet cafes.

Television and Radio: Vietnam Television (VTV) broadcasts three channels (VTV1, VTV2 and VTV3) throughout the country and VTV4 for overseas Vietnamese. VTV will have eight channels by 2010. International channels such as CNN are available in most hotels equipped with satellite dishes or TV cables. Voice of Vietnam Radio broadcasts throughout the country; all provinces and cities have their own radio stations as well.

Important phone numbers (available in every Vietnam cities)

113     Police

114       Fire Brigade

115       Ambulance

1080     Information about society, economy, culture (in Vietnamese, English, French)

101       Long Distance Domestic telephone service

102       Directory assistance for long distance domestic telephone service

103       Operator-assisted long distance domestic telephone service

110       International telephone service

112       International telephone service rate

113       International telephone service inquiries

116       Phone number inquiries

117       Time inquiries

118       Ring back test

119       Advice on telephone repairs

1088     Consultation in areas of health, law, informatics, psychology, living skills…

See  Vietnam Yellow Pages for more information.

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