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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 17th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Half of South Koreans Own Smartphones

Considering how technology savvy South Korea is this high number of smartphone users should come as no surprise:

Smartphones now account for more than half of all South Korea’s mobile phones following the iPhone’s belated debut in the tech-savvy country in late 2009, industry figures showed.

According to the data from the three telecom companies, the number of smartphone subscribers hit 26.77 million late last week, 50.9 per cent of the total 52.55 million mobile phone users.

“The wide popularity of smartphones has transformed not only our daily lives but also society in general,” said Seok Je-Beom, director at Korea Communications Commission.

“It adds innovations to how work gets done in companies as well as creating new markets,” he said.

South Koreans were introduced to smartphones relatively late, with Apple’s iPhone approved only in September 2009 because of privacy concerns over some of its features. Since then they have been growing at lightning speed, with free wireless networks and cutting-edge gadgets widely available.

South Korea was one of the world’s most wired societies, with 95 per cent of homes using broadband Internet. It also has the world’s top Internet download speeds, according to a study released by Pando Networks. [Borneo Post]

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  • kushibo
    5:27 pm on May 17th, 2012 1

    Anybody know what the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S costs are if you have a contract with LG Telecom?

    How about without?

  • 한국
    11:20 pm on May 17th, 2012 2

    Do you mean the 위약금+재가입비 if you choose to terminate the existing contract with LG Telecom for a former smartphone and get the iPhone 4/4S with another contract?

  • kushibo
    12:22 am on May 18th, 2012 3

    I’m looking at two options: One is to switch my old phone to an iPhone that is subsidized and use it for two year or whatever is required.

    Another option is to use my US-based iPhone 4 on my LG Telecom line back in Korea, but I don’t think they’re on the same system.

    Another option is to buy an “unlocked” iPhone 4S in Korea (if that’s cheap enough) and then bring it back to Hawaii and use it on my AT&T line in the US.

    If my iPhone4 were to work on the Korean system and an unlocked phone were sufficiently expensive, I would also consider selling my iPhone4 for 150,000 won or so.


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