People provide information at a MobiFone's outlet Aiming to strictly control the country’s subscribers and prevent “trash” SIMs, Viettel, MobiFone, and Vinaphone have requested all Vietnamese subscribers to submit their portraits before April 24. If any subscribers do not submit portraits, they will be dealt under the Decision No.49/2017/ND-CP. However, this requirement roused concerns as people registered their phone numbers by their identification cards, which would make submitting a photo unnecessary. Tamas Bay Nguyen, a foreigner living in Vietnam and using the MobiFone mobile network, told VIR that submitting a portrait should not be necessary because he has already submitted his passport (which already has a clear photo for identification) to register in the first place. According to the latest report of the Telecommunications Department, as of this year's March 15, only four million out of the 38 million mobile subscribers updated their full information … [Read more...] about “Asinine” request by mobile networks send subscribers into frenzy
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Talk Around Town (26-03-2006) by Trung Hieu The people of Ha Noi may be forgiven for forgetting the name of Dang Dung Street, which is more commonly referred to now as the ‘Mobile Phone Flea Market’. This small street used to be very quiet, and few people knew about it. But today it is crowded as a well known market with shops trading second-hand mobile phones. These shops opened to meet the demand for mobile phones as they became increasingly affordable for most Vietnamese people. Not so long ago, mobile phones were used mostly by students from well-off families, but today many students from middle-income or even poor families carry them so they can receive calls from their employers. Peering through shop windows, customers browse shelves displaying the full gamut of mobile phone technology, from older bulky phones to the latest products from Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and others. The owners of shops like Tuan Linh, Dai Phat and Tuan Hai dispense advice on various kinds of … [Read more...] about Making mobile phones available to masses
A debate about mobile phones unfolded with my family after our housekeeper came back from a short break and showed us her new phone. "This is a modern mobile phone. It has a camera and music player. I decided to buy it to listen to music," she said. Her explanation surprised our family because in my home she is able to enjoy music or watch television at her leisure. From time to time, she would also use our home phone to call her family in Thanh Hoa Province. My mother-in-law, who is now retired and stays at home to take care of the family's children, advised her not to purchase the mobile phone because her "salary is only about VND1 million [US$52] per month." "Moreover, you have to feed a four-year-old child," said my Mother-in-law to my housekeeper. "There is no need to buy a modern mobile phone. You need to save money." The advice was not accepted. "Now, most people have a phone. In my village, many people, including buffalo herders, use mobile phones," the housekeeper said. And … [Read more...] about Mobile phone a status symbol for the young
VietNamNet Bridge – More and more people Hanoi have installed cellphone wave stimulating equipment at their homes to improve the wave quality. The equipment have interfered with other networks, thus making telecom services useless. About 40 different products have been available on the market sourced from Taiwan, China and South Korea, priced at VND3-20 million, and favored by consumers, because the equipment are believed to strengthen the mobile waves. Wave stimulating equipment is a kind of radio equipment which receives the GSM wave in the places where there are strong waves and then relay, amplify and playback in the places where there are weaker waves. The equipment have been named in the list of the products which may threaten the safety of mobile networks. These are not popular products, and the users of which have to be licensed by the Ministry of Information and Communication. To date, there have been only five mobile network operators which have got the licenses. … [Read more...] about Wave stimulating equipment cause a headache to mobile network operators
Hanoi Times - Creating Vietnamese cell phone brands is the wish of many people. But the gap between wish and reality is broad. How has Vietnam progressed in this field? Vietnamese mobile phones – more brands Fierce competition in the mobile phone market has forced mobile traders to employ different policies to promote their business. Building up their own brands has been selected by many companies. The profit rate from doing business with a specific brand of mobile phones is remarkably higher than working as a sales agent for Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, etc. That’s the outstanding advantage of developing specific brands. Companies that choose this development policy hope that their cell phone brands, which are multi-function, low cost, can gain a foothold in the cell-phone market. This thinking is sound as the market segment for low-cost cell phones has seen a high growth rate. Few people could tell you the name of the first Vietnamese mobile phone brand, … [Read more...] about What future for Vietnam-made mobile phones?