How to set up phone service in Vietnam?

#1

Headed to Da Nang, Vietnam in my first international digital nomad experiment!

I’m a noob - what’s the best way to set up my phone over there.

  • I need to keep my same cell number as I get business calls to it. I can’t afford to miss a call.

  • AT & T is my USA carrier, but heir options are very expensive.

  • I’ve heard everything from SIM cards to forwarding to a Skype number etc.

Note: If any of you are in Da Nang, I’d love to meet up!!! LMK.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

#2

port your number to Google Voice.

install Google Hangouts on your phone. Google will manage your incoming texts and calls. you can also make free outgoing texts/calls to the US.

get a local prepaid SIM (must include data) and pop it into that phone.

install Skype in the phone. set up Skype Caller-ID. it takes 48 hours to activate.

after activation, you can now send OUTGOING texts to non-US numbers (requires Skype credit).

this is because your local VN prepaid number expires after 1-3 month if not topped up (depending on plan)… if you top it up religiously, that’s okay. as i fly in/out of VN, my number some times expires and i have to get a new one.

thus i prefer to give out my US-number and communicate via WhatsApp with the Vietnamese. i save my local VN prepaid minutes for local VN landline calls.

if you have a cloud-based Office 365 subscription, that will add 60 world minutes/month (excluding Vietnam) to your Skype account (linking/activation required).

this gives you a back-up service if Hangouts doesn’t work well… as well as for making calls to non-US and non-VN numbers (check list of eligible countries for Office 365 Skype World Minutes to be sure).

option 2:

roam on your old number. set up a new GV number instead of porting your old one, and follow as above.