iPhone 3G / 3GS

Written by admin on June 24, 2009 – 4:29 pm -

Again yet another news tidbit about Apple’s iPhone surfaces on the Korea Times. According to the report the iPhone 3G has passed the Korean Communications Commission (KCC) testing and the device is certified for use in Korea. Normally mobile providers such as SKT or KTF apply for this but in this case Apple submitted the device for testing. This is by no means a guarantee that it will reach Korean shores as the networks themselves have to do what is called network interoperability tests which takes months as well. Nevertheless its a welcome piece of news that takes the iPhone closer to Korea.

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iPhone 3G in South Korea?

Written by admin on July 17, 2008 – 7:25 pm -

Since it’s launch on 11 July, the iPhone 3G has sold more than 1 million units. Meanwhie Apple fans in South Korea have been left hanging if the iPhone 3G will ever hit the streets. 

There seems to be a glimmer of hope on the horizon at the The Chosun Ilbo reports that Apple has posted a job listing on its website for ‘Korea iPhone Account Manager’. The job description indicates that the person will be responsible for managing day to day issues with Apple’s chosen carrier. 

The biggest hurdle is the South Korean governments requirement for all mobile phones that access the internet to support WIPI. There is a possibility that they will scrap WIPI all together by the end of the year. The second hurdle are Apple’s demands such as revenue sharing.

My opinion is that pressure should be put on the S. Korean government to open up the mobile phone market here considering they have been flooding the international market with Samsung and LG phones. As much as I would love seeing the iPhone 3G here, I would also like to see Nokia, Blackberry and Sony Erricson get into the Korean market.

 


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