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LO­CAL­I­TIES, IN­CLUD­ING HANOI AND SAIGON,

Oi Vietnam - - Troi Oi! -

have new area codes this week­end. Af­ter July 17, lo­cal tele­com ser­vice providers will al­low cus­tomers to use the old area code for at least 30 more days while play­ing recorded an­nounce­ments in both Viet­namese and English to callers so that they are aware of the change. Hanoi’s area code will be changed from 4 to 24, while Ho Chi Minh City’s will be changed from 8 to 28. In Fe­bru­ary, the first 13 prov­inces and cities had had their phone area codes changed, fol­lowed by an­other change at the end of April for 23 oth­ers.

With the up­com­ing com­ple­tion of the last phase, all but four of the 63 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and prov­inces in Viet­nam will have had their area codes for lan­d­line num­bers changed, a move that looks to re-or­ga­nize Viet­nam’s area code sys­tem. In its ear­lier state­ment ex­plain­ing the need for such a change, the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions said the move was nec­es­sary to cre­ate a uni­form sys­tem for area codes through­out the coun­try.

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