HCM City — The advantages of 3G services in Viet Nam are good quality, cheap prices and support services for equipment with flexible packages, compared to foreign markets.
|A user installs an application on his iphone. Customers using 3G in Viet Nam are offered good quality at cheap rates. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh
After six years studying in Ohio, Nguyen Anh Tuan said he was very surprised with the development of mobile telecommunications service in Viet Nam.
"I did not return once during my stay in the US. But now that I have returned, I realise everything has changed, especially telecommunication services," Tuan was quoted as saying in Vietnamnet e-newspaper.
Tuan's mother often called him from Viet Nam instead of waiting for his call as in the past.
In the US, he spent US$30 every month for a limited 3G connection by accessing email and social network. But he only needs to pay $10 in Viet Nam for the same services.
Luu Thanh Huong, who is an expert in the oil refinery business, agreed with Tuan.
"Before coming back from French, my relatives reminded me not to buy any smartphone or tablet because in Viet Nam the 3G fee is under $100," Huong said.
In France, each iPhone 4S 16GB sells for 630 euros (VND17.5 million) but Huong paid VND16 million in Viet Nam for her iPhone, along with free data, and gets 550 minutes free at a reasonable fee of VND315,000 ($15) for the first 12 months.
"The Vietnamese telecommunication industry has rapidly developed, especially for 3G service. Reasonable prices and high coverage allow people to connect anywhere," one expert said.
With an unlimited 3G package, customers can even watch HD movies on their tablets.
"The time on the road has significantly increased, and sitting in front of the computer has decreased. If we didn't have high-speed internet service, we could only send messages and telephone on our smartphones," Tran Bien Cuong, a student, said.
The three biggest telecommunication service providers, MobiFone, VinaPhone and Viettel, upgraded their 3G base transceiver stations to a higher speed to meet customer demand. — VNS