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Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)

South Korea - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)


Telephone

South Korea's country code is 82.

South Korea does not have a GSM network, which means that roaming opportunities are limited, although there are now both types of 3G networks (W-CDMA and CDMA2000). Roaming onto these is possible in a limited number of cases, so check with your operator.

LG TeleCom and SK Telecom offer prepaid mobile phone services (pre-paid service, PPS) in South Korea. Incoming calls are free. Phones and prepaid services can be acquired at any LG TeleCom and SK Telecom retail locations.

SK Telecom and KTF also offer mobile phone rental services, and some handsets also support GSM SIM roaming. Both companies have outlets at the airports in Seoul, Busan and Jeju and charges start from W2000/day. Reserve in advance via Tour2Korea (the official Korea Tourism Organization site) for a discount and guaranteed availability.


Post

South Korea's postal service is fast and reliable. Stamp and postcard prices vary and may increase over time. The price from 2006. 11. 1. is averagely W250 for standard-sized item.

Internet

South Korea is the world's most wired country and Internet cafes, known as PC bang, are ubiquitous through the country. Many customers are there for gaming but you're free to sit and type e-mails as well, typical charges are about W1000 to W2000/hour. Like anything, it may be more expensive in more "luxurious" places. Also, snacks and drinks are available for purchase in most PC bangs. PC bangs are often divided into smoking and non-smoking areas.


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