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Is it possible to buy/ hire mobile phones in Vietnam?

Yes, it’s very easy to hire or buy cell phones here in Vietnam. There are many new and used mobile phone shops. Prices are extremely cheap and buying a SIM card is very easy. If you are traveling for an extended period of time we recommend that you have a phone number for safety, and for sharing your number with friends that you meet along the way.

How much of my route will have mobile coverage?


The coverage is fine in all major city centers, towns and townlettes. Once you are trekking far into the jungle or in the remote areas (such as Pu Luong, Cuc Phuong, or Ha Giang) service begins to fade away.

Tip: Get your phone unlocked before leaving. By getting your phone unlocked you can get and use Vietnam carrier SIM cards. Most phones that have been provided to you by your cell phone carrier in your home country are locked. 

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