The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has recommended that landline tariffs be simplified for residential users, reports Vietnam News Agency. If the watchdog’s plan is implemented, customers will pay VND200 (USD0.01) per minute regardless of where in the country they are calling: currently tariffs range from VND120 for local calls to VND400-700 for long-distance calls. The ministry has also proposed a VND7,000 reduction in the monthly subscription cost to VND20,000. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang said the move would help more people living outside cities buy phones. Charges for business users are to be decided by the telcos, effective immediately, but must be within 50% of VND200 per minute for a call and VND20,000 per month for a subscription. The MIC says it will continue to regulate residential phone tariffs until 2010. From 2011 operators will be free to decide charges for all subscribers, within the 50% band.