Goodbye WIPI

Written by admin on January 8, 2009 – 11:41 am -

The Korean Communications Commission (KCC) has finally decided to abolish WIPI (Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability) which was a requirement for data enabled mobile phones sold in Korea.

WIPI has prevented mobile phone giants such as Nokia and Sony Erricson from entering the Korean market. Starting April 1, 2009, this should open the floodgates for foreign made mobile phones to compete with the local heavyweights such as Samsung and LG.

What particularly interests me is the entry of PDA and Smartphones, which Koreans have not yet embraced fully. This will also pave the way for Apple’s iPhone 3G , Nokia’s E Series business phones, and Sony Erricsons P Series. Another reason I’m excited is because these foreign smartphones will surely have english support built in to them. Currently most phones from Samsung and LG have english support but Korean smartphones don’t since they usually use Windows Mobile that is localized in Korean.

You techies better start saving up since Korean Telco’s don’t usually subsidize the price of the phones, we can expect prices to be upwards of KWN 700,0000 (USD 500).

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