Find wireless carriers that offer eSIM in Vietnam 🇻🇳
Find wireless carriers that offer eSIM in Vietnam
Let’s take a look at your options for eSIM in Vietnam!
Vietnam is a safe tourist destination and is one of the few travel destinations that encompass incredible scenery, deep and heroic history. The beauty of nature is one of the major reasons to visit Vietnam. Other important reasons are opportunities to get to know local people and their unique culture.
Not only that Vietnam has a lot to offer, all major local carriers support eSIMs as well!
Traveling to Vietnam? Stay connected by purchasing an eSIM online!
eSIMs are easy to activate without the need of physical swapping of cards to install a connection. They also allow for another physical SIM to be used at the same time. Travel eSIMs are especially good as you can get them digitally right before you travel. eSIMs is perfect for travelers as it removes the need for individual SIMs. You can also upgrade devices in a breeze by registering your new device with your cellular network provider.
Viettel is owned by the Ministry of Defense and thus the Vietnamese army. It’s the market leader in Vietnam with about 40% of all customers on its network.
It has the best coverage in remote places even on 3G. 4G/LTE was officially launched in April 2017 on 1800 MHz (B3) over 25,000 base stations in almost 95% of the country giving it the best 4G/LTE coverage in the country for now.
As prices don’t differ so much between the 3 major operators, Viettel should be your first choice when you are going to rural areas.
SIM cards are available at the airports and lots of shops in town. Recharge cards are widely available in small shops and on the sidewalks. Shop staff is usually happy to try to help when adding credit, even if they don’t speak a word of English. Best option is to visit a Viettel store in a bigger city. They speak some English and prepare everything for you, even cutting to nano SIM. SIM cards are around 50,000-60,000 VND depending on number with some credit.
Vinaphone, is the second operator in Vietnam. It’s owned by the government through the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group. It has a market share of 30% and is the local partner of Vodafone. It gives a good coverage and speed throughout the country. 4G/LTE has been started on Phu Quoc island in 2016 and is now rolled out nationwide.
Mobifone,is the 3rd provider in the country with a 18% market share. It’s in the process of privatization. Speeds and coverage may be good in the centers and around the coast, but can be patchy in the mountains.
From 2016 it has been possible to roam throughout the whole country in the Vinaphone network with a Mobifone prepaid SIM. This seems to have ended in May 2018.
Mobifone’s 4G has started in 2016 in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCMC on 1800 and 2600 MHz (Band 3,7) and is open for prepaid without surcharge. It has been rolled out through the country and reached 95% at the end of 2019.
So how does a roaming eSIM compare with local eSIMs?
Local SIMs are charging about USD 3 per GB. The price per GB on Sim to fly is USD 3.10 of per GB on the first package then only USD 2.50 for add on packages. This makes the eSIM2Fly roaming sim competitive with the local eSIMs in price per GB.
Price of 6GB in USD
In the graph above, we see the equivalent cost of 6 GB when priced in USD.