South Korea’s top mobile phone operator, said Monday August 1 it will start an international roaming service Tuesday allowing its mobile phone subscribers to share cell-phone networks in 29 Vietnamese cities.
The roaming service in the Southeast Asian country will be available with SK Telecom’s Vietnamese mobile phone joint venture, company executive Kim Young-joo said over the telephone.
Since 2003, SK Telecom has offered a mobile phone service using code division multiple access (CDMA) technology in Vietnam via the joint venture with South Korean and Vietnamese partners.
The service is currently only available for subscribers at SK Telecom and the joint venture in Vietnam.
To make a wireless call to South Korea from Vietnam, the service requires users to pay between 1,041 won ( US$1.01) and 1,363 won per minute, SK Telecom said. To receive a call in Vietnam from South Korea, the charges were set at 900 won, it said.
SK Telecom has around 19.2 million mobile phone subscribers in South Korea, accounting for more than 51% of the market.