The mobile phones confiscated by customs officials at Tan Son Nhat airport (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Authorities recently seized a large number of mobile phones at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, which were transported from the Republic of Korea (RoK) to Vietnam, said customs officials at the airport on May 20. Officials examined a 35-year-old RoK national and discovered 418 used mobile phones in his personal luggage. The illegal batch of goods is estimated to be worth nearly 3 billion VND (128,300 USD). The male passenger boarded a flight from Seoul to Vietnam without declaring his luggage. Customs officials said used mobile phones, including refurbished ones, are among products banned from import in Vietnam. The case is being further investigated.–VNA … [Read more...] about Airport officials seize large quantity of used mobile phones
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Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương Though school regulations do not allow students to use mobile phones in classes, I’ve seen many cases, including my nephews, carrying smartphones and using them publicly in schools. Mobile phones, especially smartphones, have become an essential part of our daily lives. I can’t imagine going one day without touching my iPhone, as I need to make calls, reply to messages, draft emails, and scroll my social feeds. Of course, I’m already an adult. I first had my phone about 10 years ago when I was 16, and I felt okay with having it at that age. However, I believe that’s not the case these days as even my 10-year-old nephew has asked his father for a phone. That’s why when I noticed the topic of phones in schools, I had mixed feelings as to whether mobile phones are beneficial or distracting for students. I spoke with four people, two of them four or five years … [Read more...] about Should students use mobile phones in schools?
By Nguyen Quy  January 16, 2019 | 08:11 am GMT+7 A South Korean tourist carrying 200 used cell phones into Vietnam has been detained and placed under investigation. Kang Joo Kyung, 35, was stopped at Tan Son Nhat International Airport last Thursday after customs officials checked his luggage and found 200 used cellphones worth VND1.6 billion ($68,915). Among the phones were brands popular in Vietnam, like Apple and Samsung. Having no valid documents for the phones, Kang confessed to the investigators he was hoping to sell the phones and earn some money. The case has been handed over them and will be pursued with further, police said Tuesday. In 2017, a Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced two South Korean men, Her Min Chul and Cho In Soo, to three years in jail each for smuggling 96 used cell phones to Vietnam. Vietnamese regulations require mobile phone importers to register for quality inspections with the Department of Telecommunications. Importers who fail to do so … [Read more...] about South Korean man arrested with 200 used mobile phones at Saigon airport
Driving, speaking on phones.—VNS Photo Gia LộcViet Nam News Gia Lộc HCM CITY — On May 31 there was a deadly accident in Hà Nội’s Bắc Từ Liêm. It happened because a truck driver was talking on his phone while driving and ran into a motorbike killing a pregnant woman and her four-year-old child on the spot. Speaking or texting while driving or riding motorbikes is a common sight in Việt Nam. While official figures are not available on the direct links between this behaviour and accidents, Uông Việt Dũng, deputy chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee’s secretariat, said such drivers are many times more likely to cause an accident as people not using phones. Nguyễn Ngọc Tường, deputy chief of the HCM City Traffic Safety Committee, speaking at the launch of the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation’s ’Leave Your Phone Alone, or You Could Be … [Read more...] about Driving, speaking on phones a deadly combination on the street
Illustrated by Minh TríViet Nam News By Mai Hiên Twelve-year-old Nguyễn Thị Hoa Ly from Hà Nội’s Hà Đông District is upset as she feels lonely even at home. There are three people in her family and they only meet in the evening. After dinner, each member of the family sits in the corner of the living room glued to a mobile phone screen. “My father uses the phone to play games as soon as he returns back home from the office,” she said. In the past, her mother sat with her while she was reviewing her lessons. But recently, she has stopped doing so. “All she does in the evening is stare at her smart phone” she said, adding that her mother spent at least three hours on the gadget. She wonders how to make her parents put their phones down and engage with her more often. The fact that parents spend more time on phones or social networks than they do talking to their children is not just a problem … [Read more...] about Put the phone down and talk to your kids