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iPhone available in Korea (in 2009)

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iPhone PicThe popular American gadget, Apple’s iPhone is set to be officially allowed in South Korea coming up next year in 2009.   According to this article from the Joongang Daily, the iPhone will debut in South Korea in April.

An excerpt from the article:

Popular Phones to invade Korean Market

Change in software regulation will allow in the iPhone and BlackBerry
December 11, 2008
Starting next April, the iPhone, BlackBerry and other foreign-made cell phones will be able to make their Korean debut without Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability, the Korea Communications Commission announced yesterday. Continue reading

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Some advice on getting cell phones in Korea (for foreigners)

Update (08-20-2012):
2012 Guide on Getting Cell Phones in South Korea (including the iPhone 4s)

Mobile Woes Over for Foreigners

By Kim Min-jung

As many of you I’m sure already know, the prospect of integrating in to an entirely new culture can be a somewhat daunting experience. Such fears can be further widened when one is without certain basic necessities.

One of those necessities is a cell phone. As phone booths in Korea have become nearly obsolete, the need for cell phones has grown exponentially. With this in mind, I want to shed some light on the services LG Telecom provides that are tailored exclusively to the needs of foreigners in Korea. Continue reading

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Facebook as the ultimate online communication tool?

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Facebook image with Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook image with Mark Zuckerberg

Was trying to reach someone I haven’t talked to in a while via their main gmail.com email account…no reply.

A few weeks later when I REALLY had to get in touch with them, I messaged them via Facebook…immediate reply.

Online behavior or communication moving forward is becoming very funny in a somewhat sarcastic way.  We all have multiple messages (or rather any of us who are online in social networks, those of us who have email & of course all that subscribe to a cell phone service) bombarding us regularly.  We filter through those messages as fast as we can.  For some of us, responding after a few days, weeks or even months seems normal.  For others, responding in seconds is our normal way of replying. Continue reading

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No iPhone in Korea…

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Not yet, that is…

I was looking at the list of countries that the 2nd version of the iPhone will be released in on July 11th.

What sparked the desire to jump over to Apple’s iPhone page was a post by CBBQTT (aka Chief BBQ Taste Tester or in the corporate world: wonderkid CEO) Matt Mullenweg of this (WordPress) blogging company fame posting on the WordPress.com corporate blog “iPhone Updates: Prologue and Mdot.”  Mullenweg was basically saying WordPress was updating the mobile interface in preparation for the larger release of iPhones to the world.  A smart move in my book even though some might say it’s jumping on the iPhone bandwagon. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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I guess the new Apple iPhone is out…

…and I haven’t even bought my first iPhone.  I’m in the dark ages…

This article popped up in my gmail acount.  Lots of speculation about Job’s traveling a bit more to publicize it, some site called ImportGenius doing undercover espionage to find out all the dirty details…

Can you imagine if all this effort was shifted towards the environment?  Sheez, we may actually not have global warming.  There’s a thought…

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Free long distance phone minutes…

No, this isn’t a scam, but I just have a few bucks for the first lucky person to use them.

About $7-8 bucks are remaining on this phone card I only used a little in Seattle.  It will expire by November of this year & I probably won’t be able to use it.  So, here are the details:  The phone number to call is 1-800-440-0383 and the pin # is 165 114 1390.

This site gets about 200+ people a day and another website of mine I posted it to gets several hundred as well.  So, the minutes might not be there, but you never know…

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WiBro Blankets Seoul, SOUTH KOREA With High-Speed Internet

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Wireless Heaven: WiBro Blankets Seoul With High-Speed Internet

ORIGINAL: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/02/133_18482.html

By Cho Jin-seo
Staff Reporter

Koreans have very high expectations on the quality and the speed of telecommunication systems, whether they are mobile phones or broadband Internet lines or a mobile TV. And that standard is being raised even higher this year with the introduction of Mobile WiMax (WiBro) network in major cities this year. Continue reading

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Planned cities – the wave of the future?

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I’ve been reading on a higher frequency about cities that governments and private organizations are working together and sometimes creating for various purposes including interconnectivity, globalization and many other themes to supposedly organize the chaos of traditional cities into supposedly more efficient entities for it’s citizens (wow, this was a very long run on sentence).  Another example was just reported today here: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0350655.htm

Knowledge Economic City and Cisco Team Up to Develop World-Class Connected City 

The text of the article follows:    Continue reading

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Be careful with the charges on SKYPE or other Internet phone services

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Well, I’m not 100% sure what’s going on, but I just wrote the following message to SKYPE’s customer service. The one thing the site has going for them is that their Customer Service link is NOT buried like Continue reading

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“Texting” (a.k.a. text messaging) in Korea

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Been a bit out of writing much to the blog lately — 3 or more days seems to be “out of it” for me these days. Nevertheless, I’ve had some thoughts I finally get to write with my hour or two of free time this week.

Yesterday, I had a thought about what I’ve witnessed from the beginning here in Korea. In the U.S., I never found sending text messages too convenient nor easy. The alphabet typed with 9 or so keys was just a bit more tedious than typing at my 100 words per minute or so that I’m normally used to. However, after I got here and watching Koreans rarely using voicemail when calling people and just sending text messages as an alternative or sometimes in more frequency than even calling, I thought “this is interesting.” Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Websites (2007)

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#1. Lemonade.com

Making extra cash through lemonade-stand sales isn’t just for kids anymore. You, too, can now get in the game at Lemonade.com by setting up a virtual “stand” filled with products you’d recommend to friends. Add the widget to your Facebook, MySpace or blog pages and when purchases are made through your site, you receive 5% to 15% of the cost of the item. The stands are a win-win for everyone: Online retailers get free advertisements, social networkers are recommended good products, and you get paid if the deal goes through. Continue reading

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Profound thought of the day: Computers should be used for more creative purposes

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Imagine 3 objects on a worksheet in front of you where you had to pick the one item that did NOT fit.  One picture was one of a paint brush, another a computer and the last item was a TV.  Which one would you choose?  Most people would choose the paint brush.  Continue reading

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It’s that time of the year for the top 10 of the year lists…starting with Science & Technology…

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Top 10 Science & Technology News of 2007

Published on 12-10-2007 17:49 here: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2007/12/133_15291.html

Environment, Energy, Mobile Internet Are This Year’s Most Debated Issues

By Cho Jin-seo
Staff Reporter

The science and technology section of a newspaper is often its most cheerful page, since its stories tell about new inventions, innovations, evolution and natural wonders. But this year, the primary tone of the science sections was rather grim. The global warming issue and its threat was selected by science journalists in South Korea as the most critical scientific issue of 2007. Continue reading

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WiBro is NOT available in Busan (at least with KT)

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Went into a KT Plaza where I got my Nespot service a few months back. Nespot costs me about 15,000 won (about $15 US) if I can find a “hot spot” to connect my wireless modem to the Internet. Well, I haven’t been able to find much convenient to work or at home. Plus, I haven’t been able to do much other than work & come home to eat & sleep…so it was a waste spending $15 a month on something I can get at home or at work. However, I wanted to use the subway time more effectively. Continue reading

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