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A couple questions on bringing my tech devices to Korea

 
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shamash



Joined: 02 Jun 2012

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:47 pm    Post subject: A couple questions on bringing my tech devices to Korea Reply with quote

I'm wondering about 3 devices:

iPad 3
iPhone 4
Macbook Air

I'm definitely wanting to bring my iPad 3 and Macbook Air since they are my main machines that I use. Will they be fine using a simple adapter with Korea's power supply?

A more advanced question on the iPhone 4. I have it unlocked by AT&T: Is that really all I need? I keep reading about some Kakao or something texting program that people use in Korea, will I be able to put that on my phone? Is it smarter to just sell this phone in America and buy a new one when I get to Korea?

Thanks in advance!
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

re: your power supplies - look at the labels.

If they say, "Input - 110-240 VAC" then you are fine with a simple plug adapter (and I would be very surprised if they weren't dual voltage).

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Jake_Kim



Joined: 27 Aug 2005
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: A couple questions on bringing my tech devices to Korea Reply with quote

shamash wrote:
A more advanced question on the iPhone 4. I have it unlocked by AT&T: Is that really all I need? I keep reading about some Kakao or something texting program that people use in Korea, will I be able to put that on my phone? Is it smarter to just sell this phone in America and buy a new one when I get to Korea?


iPhone4 is in fact the easiest device to bring in since its technical specs are universal, as opposed to, say, Samsung's Galaxy lineup.

All the info you need can be found at Olleh KT: http://expatblog.kt.com/
and you might wanna look into the details of available plans for iPhone in particular : http://expatblog.kt.com/81
When you read the section regarding 'Activating Non-Korean Phones', you may disregard any paragraph mentioning '(government) certificates' since it comes from an old-time regulation which is no longer effective.

Technically you can take your phone to another carrier, SK Telecom instead of Olleh KT, but the difference between the two would be marginal.

Kakao Talk is an instant messenger app, there's a version for iPhone too.
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shamash



Joined: 02 Jun 2012

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: A couple questions on bringing my tech devices to Korea Reply with quote

Jake_Kim wrote:
shamash wrote:
A more advanced question on the iPhone 4. I have it unlocked by AT&T: Is that really all I need? I keep reading about some Kakao or something texting program that people use in Korea, will I be able to put that on my phone? Is it smarter to just sell this phone in America and buy a new one when I get to Korea?


iPhone4 is in fact the easiest device to bring in since its technical specs are universal, as opposed to, say, Samsung's Galaxy lineup.

All the info you need can be found at Olleh KT: http://expatblog.kt.com/
and you might wanna look into the details of available plans for iPhone in particular : http://expatblog.kt.com/81
When you read the section regarding 'Activating Non-Korean Phones', you may disregard any paragraph mentioning '(government) certificates' since it comes from an old-time regulation which is no longer effective.

Technically you can take your phone to another carrier, SK Telecom instead of Olleh KT, but the difference between the two would be marginal.

Kakao Talk is an instant messenger app, there's a version for iPhone too.


Alright, I've already got Kakao up and loaded although nobody seems to use it here haha. You say to use KT, I've read a lot more about SK though being more popular? The difference you say is marginal, but what is that marginal difference?
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