Viettel launches ‘Tourist SIM’

18 May 2009

Vietnamese military-owned telco Viettel has introduced a pre-paid mobile service specifically for foreign visitors to the country, according to VietNamNet Bridge. ‘Tourist Sim’ offers users a free SMS service providing information about the weather, transport times, hotel addresses, tourist sites, foreign exchange rates, taxi firms and tourist agencies. Travellers can purchase SIM cards for either USD5 or USD10, which can be charged via top-up cards with tariffs for outgoing international calls at VND3,240 per minute (USD0.18), 10% lower than the charges for international calls of other services. The fee for an outgoing international SMS is VND2,160. Nguyen Viet Dung, Viettel’s deputy director, said: ‘Around four million foreign visitors go to Vietnam a year and telecoms is one essential service for them during their stay. By providing the service, with supportive information and a convenient distribution system, we believe that foreign visitors will be very pleased when they come to Vietnam. This is also a factor contributing to the development of the country’s tourism industry.’

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