They are up 30.5 percent year-on-year
Four other local businesses are providing similar services, competing with Facebook Messenger, Line and Viber
State-run businesses continue to dominate the market
The ban will take effect on December 15
Vietnam's smartphone sales surging 27 percent in the first six months to 6 million units
Local networks believe they are ready for a nationwide launch this year, but officials say there's no rush
It is the last of three biggest mobile network operators to open its own retail chain
Google's achilles heel is the mobile market
The Obi phones will be available next month with prices starting at around $130
3G in Vietnam has been criticized for its slow speed
The country is one of Apple's fastest growing markets
Local streaming websites are not fretting, saying they have a lot of 'loyal users'
Vietnam's swelling middle-class sees Thai products as better and vastly preferable to the cheap but unpopular goods from...
Samsung's Indian market share rose to 30 percent as of February this year
Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar remain their new favorites, but many also expand to the EU, Japan and the US