It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Vietnam

Vietnam Phone photo

Photo by Jasondenys

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Phone Police 113, Fire Brigade 114, Hospital 115, Time 117, General Information 1080 Landline numbers in Hanoi and HCMC have a sequence of eight numbers, others have seven. Vietnam international code: +84 Hanoi area code : (04) Ho Chi Minh area code : (08) VoIP calls Telephone bills are 30% to 40% cheaper if dialed with 171 or 178 services. Domestic call : 171 (178) + 0 + Area code + Number. International call : 171 (178) + 00 + Country code + Area code + Number. Since hotels and guesthouses often charge higher for telephone calls, try to find a post office or any reliable public service.

Mobile phones There are many mobile networks with different codes: Vinaphone: 91, 94, 121, 123, 125 (GSM 900) Mobifone: 90, 93, 122, 124, 126 (GSM 900/1800) Viettel: 98, 97, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169 (GSM 900) SFone: 95 (CDMA) Vietnamobile: 92 (CDMA) EVN Telecom: 96 (CDMA) Beeline: 199, 99 (GSM 900) You can buy a SIM card in every shop selling mobile phones, or showing their network’s brands. The standard price is no higher than 75,000 dong, but foreigners are often charged 100,000 dong. Prepaid account charges vary from 1,700-2,500 dong per minute. Recharge cards are available in denominations of 50,000, 100,000, 200,000 and 500,000 dong. Roaming onto Vietnam’s GSM networks are possible with foreign mobile phones, subject to agreements between operators.

Other tips on staying connected while in Vietnam? Please add your comments and tips.