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How to set up phone service in Vietnam?


in Vietnam by @cr8on2 | 5yr  | 1 comment

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

Iโ€™m a noob - whatโ€™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 canโ€™t afford to miss a call.

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

  • Iโ€™ve heard everything from SIM cards to forwarding to a Skype number etc.

Note: If any of you are in Da Nang, Iโ€™d love to meet up!!! LMK.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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@taxico | 4yr

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)โ€ฆ if you top it up religiously, thatโ€™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 doesnโ€™t work wellโ€ฆ 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.

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by @tylertringas | 11mo 10 months ago | 12 comments

Iโ€™m surprised this isnโ€™t anywhere on the forum yet. But just a pro tip for Americans about to start a nomad adventure. T-mobile offers unlimited SMS & data in 120 countries for FREE with any of their (already pretty cheap) plans. Itโ€™s ideal if you plan to be back in the US for any part of the year, but I honestly would consider it even if youโ€™re going to be entirely out of the country.

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โŠ– necessary services and fees are roughly around โ‚ฌ2000 / year
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โŠ– European customers would have to pay VAT and Iโ€™d have to deal with that
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Hi all,

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Hello, what is the best voice service to use in Europe? I plan to move around to different to countries. Iโ€™m wondering what people are doing?

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by @dedalux | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Over the past few months I started doing javascript development work and Iโ€™m trying to build projects for my portfolio. Iโ€™m working on a productivity tool that would have a paid tier for users and Iโ€™m not sure about the best practices for setting up this up for myself in terms of tax efficiency and ways to incorporate.

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by @emondpph | 4yr 4 years ago | 9 comments

Hi everybody ! Big congrats to the creators of this wonderful site. It helped me a lot in my decision. I have recently decided to make the jump to a nomadic lifestyle. I am from Montrรฉal in Canada and I co-own a business in web development and video production. I leave in May. My apartment is already rented. My first destination is Canaria Island. :slight_smile:

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Whatโ€™s your favorite city in Vietnam as a nomad? Specifically Iโ€™m wondering which is the most nomad friendly; co-working spaces, number of nomads, fun things to do, etcโ€ฆ

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