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North Korea to open up 3G mobile internet connectivity…for foreigners

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North Korea to open up 3G mobile internet connectivity…for foreigners
Starting March 1st, foreigners in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, will have internet connectivity for their mobile devices with service provided by Koryolink.

Koryolink is a joint venture between the DPRK’s Korea Post & Telecommunications Corporation and Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding SAE, based in Egypt. The internet will open up to foreigners on the day that the country will launch its 3G data service. Citizens of North Korea will still not be allowed access to the internet however.  That privilege remains available for only a select few of the elite, which keeps the country ranked at the bottom of internet freedom surveys.

Foreigners visiting North Korea used to not even be allowed to bring their mobile devices with them into the country, but the policy has been graciously loosened and now guests only need to purchase a SIM card from Koryolink for about $70. Per minute talk fees vary widely from about $0.50 per minute (to Switzerland or France) to more than $5.00 per minute to the United States. Calls to South Korea are not permitted.

The data plan pricing has not been announced yet. Cell phone service has been expanding rapidly (by North Korean standards) and allowing mobile data connectivity for foreigners is a pretty big step for a country that pretty much does not allow anyone to do anything, online or otherwise, anytime for any reason.

source: Yahoo!

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posted on 22 Feb 2013, 01:52 10

1. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

I feel soo sad for the people of North Korea..
I can't even imagine my life without checking PA atleast 10 times a day !

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 09:31

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Yes, it is sad, in North Korea only every sixth person has mobile phone.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 12:19

6. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

And in Rest of the world like here in my locality, most of the families have a minimum of 6 smartphones or tablets combined together...

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 01:28

10. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

india has become an ocean of electronic products lately.....are you from AP?.....i have a friend whose name is kartik, he is from AP so.....

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 04:24

11. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

Yeah, you're quite right but its sad to see that till now many major smartphones are not even released here let alone the pricing factor...

Ps- I'm from Delhi, the capital city of India...not from AP :-)

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:23

12. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

now, that's because the govt is charging them more money to sell those phones and nexuses aren't coming because most of the bollywood songs, movies etc are available for free, so people wouldn't buy them from the play store
.....so you are born and brought up in Delhi, yes, i know its india's capital city........mumbai is the financial capital and bangalore is india's silicon valley ......my friend is from AP, so i thought that you are from AP,as a state its doing pretty well.
i think that the pricing and availability of smartphones will be improved in india, apple have achieved a 400% increase in their marketshare, so they have started concentrating more on india, this is a great news for apple fans, this is also a good news for android fans because as soon as samsung came to know that apple's marketshare is increasing,they reduced the galaxy S3's price to a mere $499, which means that its cheaper in india than in USA.......and if the top two companies are concentrating more on india, then the others should follow them....
india is developing pretty quickly, the smartphone market is increasing rapidly.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 07:21 3

3. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

$70 for a SIM is absurd, but then again who would be sane enough to travel there in the first place.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 10:40 3

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

They get travelers???????

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 20:08

8. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Does north Korea even have cell phone service? This could just be some North Korea Trick. They are just going to put some tin cams on a pole and label them 3G.

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