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Friday 23 May 2003
Mobile Phones in Vietnam
Mobile phone Mobile telephone companies have been pushing the government of Vietnam to drop taxes to help fight the huge trade in smuggled handsets.
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The mobile phone companies argue that reducing taxes will make legally imported phones more attractive than the cheaper smuggled models. Consumers can save about forty dollars by buying what many call “a hand luggage phone” carried into the country tax free. They're often sold by the same shops which stock the legally imported models.

The telecoms ministry says that last year there were more than seven hundred thousand phones sold in Vietnam. Two thirds of them had been smuggled in. But Nokia, which sells some of the most popular phones, estimates that figure has jumped. Company officials say that even more smugglers have entered the market, since the principals of a major distributor, Doug Nam Associates, were prosecuted for a multi-million dollar tax fraud.
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when goods are brought from one country to your own
when someone takes people or things illegally or secretly from one place to another
tax free
you do not have to pay any money on the goods that provide a country with public services
the total amount of goods in a shop
an approximate calculation
the market
the number of people who want to buy something
a person, company or organisation that that supplies goods or provisions to shops, businesses or countries
gaining money by deceit
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