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Are there Viettel SIM cards for sale in Siem Reap?

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Are there Viettel SIM cards for sale in Siem Reap?

Hello, this summer (end of June) I will be in Siem Reap for about 4 days. From there I will be in Vietnam for about a month. From what I understand the Vietnamese cell phone carrier Viettel does not have roaming charges in Cambodia. When I am in Siem Reap that is the only time I will be in Cambodia. Is there any way I can get a SIM from Viettel when I am in Siem Reap, from the airport or the city itself? It would make it easier for me in the long run for my trip. If not, which is the best SIM card to get for 4 days in Siem Reap, preferably from the airport? I don't have much of a budget for SIM cards as my understanding is they're pretty cheap in SE Asia. Thanks

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Rach Gia, Vietnam
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1. Re: Are there Viettel SIM cards for sale in Siem Reap?

I don't think you will be able to get Viettel SIM in Cambodia, in spite of that Cambodian metfone is owned by Viettel.When I bought my metfone card in the metfone Kampot branch, I asked whether I could use my Viettel card

in Cambodia, they said no.

If it is true that there are no roaming charges for Viettel, I won't have to keep buying metfone SIMs, that expire after 2 months of inactivity,every 3 months I come to Cambodia for my Vietnamese visa.

I was still able to get a 3G metfone for 1 $ last week , although the 4G SIMs are 4 $ now.

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2. Re: Are there Viettel SIM cards for sale in Siem Reap?

Husband and I are currently in Siem Reap and bought a Metfone SIM for USD5 but you can get cheaper ones. Had Viettel in Vietnam but does not work here. Viettel cost us around USD10

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Hi, I bought a Viettel card whilst in Hanoi with the understanding that it would work in Cambodia on the Viettel owned Metfone network. It doesn’t. I researched, asked the question, they were wrong.

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Hello Kevin W

Just buy either a cheap Cellcard or Smart SIM card and accept that it will only work within Cambodia. You won't go wrong with either telco. But at time of purchase at airport or elsewhere, just be sure to clearly know what you want your sim card to be capable of and be sure to tell the telco operator/vendor at the airport kiosk this information about intended usage and they will then quickly match your needs up with the cheapest appropriat sim card plan.

Vietnamese, Thai and Lao telco sim cards do not function within Cambodia, and vice versa, other than in the very expensive "global/regional roaming" mode, but worse still, you can't top up the credit on the card outside of each country.

So just get a VN sim card of choice once in VN. I do not recommend you buy your VN sim card at a border crossing as many problems can be encountered by doing so. Wait until you are settled at your first overnight town to buy your sim card.

There are far too many examples of people buying the cheapest sim card plan available without regard to function required then coming on forum to complain!

However, as a non-permanent resident of Cambodia I do have the problem described by thecyclist03 and occasionally have to get an entirely different sim card/HP number which is a bit of a pain but as I load all my contacts to the phone and not to the sim card, my contacts instantly have my new number once I call them so not a great hardship - just a minor inconvenience should they need to call me before I call them.

I have a cheap Samsung J7 smart phone, purchased in Cambodia, that accommodates two (2) sim cards and lets me elect to run on a particular sim card or on both simultaneously. The phone works magnificently. I keep my Australian Telstra sim card permanently in place and just swap other country sim cards in and out as required. For telecommunications/data you buy on functionality not price.

Best regards. Ian/Angkorlad

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5. Re: Are there Viettel SIM cards for sale in Siem Reap?

Vietel you mean is metfone here

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WiFi is plentiful, plentiful, plentiful. Didn't bother getting a sim card.

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