S-Fone, the country’s first CDMA mobile phone network, has said it will make some technical changes to allow customers to switch to using sim card handsets.
Currently, S-Fone subscribers can only use non-sim card cellphones, a major drawback for S-Fone to attract users who prefer to keep up with fast changes in phone models. Customers of the country’s two leading GSM mobile networks, VinaPhone and MobiFone, can easily change handsets equipped with sim cards when new models come out.
S-Fone strategy and support director Do Van Quat said the system allowing the use of sim card phones would be put into test operation in September and that the sim card and non-sim card systems would co-exist for clients’ convenience.
Most CDMA phones now in use in Vietnam do not have the sim card holder, so, Quat said, those handsets would be thrown away if their users wanted to shift to using sim card phones.
For those CDMA handsets having the sim cardholder, all what S-Fone will do is to activate it, he said.
Quat noted S-Fone would adopt a flexible policy to facilitate the change of handsets when the sim card mobile system came on stream.
To lure more customers, S-Fone will make the most of the functions offered by CDMA technology, such as video on-demand, message call and mobile internet, Quat said.
Quat added it would also launch international roaming service.
S-Fone, which now has 180,000 customers, is looking to increase customer numbers to 500,000 this year and one million next year.