Vietnamese mobile operators MobiFone and Vinaphone, both of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of state-run national PTO Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT), are reportedly preparing to further increase their 3G tariffs, following an earlier price rise implemented in April this year. Nguyen Son Hai, deputy sales chief of Vinaphone, was quoted by news website Saigon Tiep Thi as saying that further 3G tariff hikes are necessary for operators to upgrade and expand their networks to meet growing demand for mobile data services, Thanh Nien Daily writes. In April the two cellcos increased the cost of their unlimited 3G data plans by 25% from VND40,000 (USD1.9) to VND50,000 per month, stating that the higher price was necessary to offset declining revenues as a result of subscribers using smartphone apps, such as Viber and WhatsApp, to make free calls and send free messages.
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