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]