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Foreign Cellphones now allowed without testing and fees
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andyrider



Joined: 20 Oct 2010
Location: NYC

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:46 am    Post subject: Foreign Cellphones now allowed without testing and fees Reply with quote

Just wanted to say hello as a newbie on the forum.

I posted this in the General section already but figured it might help for the people browsing in the Tech section as well since it's an often asked issue.

I saw the news today regarding the new ruling that allows for the use of a cellphone that was purchased outside the country by an individual for a private use in Korea as long as they submit a form and without paying any fees. The phone won't have to go through a testing. Also, it seems it will greatly reduce the waiting time of typical 30 days.

It reads that the ruling will go in affect in January.

This will help a lot of people newly coming to the country.

http://biz.heraldm.com/common/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110111000452
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dazzed



Joined: 26 May 2007

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you get the application for this?
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andyrider



Joined: 20 Oct 2010
Location: NYC

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dazzed wrote:
How do you get the application for this?


http://www.ekcc.go.kr/servlet/ServiceSvl?capp_biz_cd=14400000001&back_tc=mg4c.cmd.info.info010.Info010AZ01r01Cmd&tc=mg4c.cmd.info.info010.Info010AF01r01Cmd&ctg_cd=R01

The page is right here. It's the Korea Communications Commission site. But, the English version of the page is not there. I checked.

It's in Korean so if you don't know, I can't help you.
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darkjedidave



Joined: 19 Aug 2009
Location: Shanghai/Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard this only applies to Koreans (you need an ID number on the application)
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Gaber



Joined: 23 Apr 2006

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our ID numbers wouldn't be sufficient? You need your resident number for pretty much everything official you do here.
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freddy teacher



Joined: 01 Jan 2011

PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spoke to my korean gf, she said that as of february we wont need to have to pay 400,000w to activate anymore.

she didnt give me the specifics, but she mentioned something along the lines of as long as it is unlocked, we're good to go.
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darkjedidave



Joined: 19 Aug 2009
Location: Shanghai/Seoul

PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great. I really hope my friend read it wrong and foreigners can do this, it would be stupid if we couldn't
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MollyBloom



Joined: 21 Jul 2006
Location: James Joyce's pants

PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, if a phone is bought overseas and taken back to Korea, we can change the SIM card and it should work okay?
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pkang0202



Joined: 09 Mar 2007

PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MollyBloom wrote:
So, if a phone is bought overseas and taken back to Korea, we can change the SIM card and it should work okay?


I'm pretty sure you would still have to get that phone whitelisted. That means going to that Korean website and entering in the phone's IMEI number (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mobile_Equipment_Identity) and then after that you could take it to a phone store and get it activated. It seems each person can only register 1 phone for personal use.
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kumoh



Joined: 05 Dec 2007

PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for sharing it is good news
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MollyBloom



Joined: 21 Jul 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pkang0202 wrote:
MollyBloom wrote:
So, if a phone is bought overseas and taken back to Korea, we can change the SIM card and it should work okay?


I'm pretty sure you would still have to get that phone whitelisted. That means going to that Korean website and entering in the phone's IMEI number (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mobile_Equipment_Identity) and then after that you could take it to a phone store and get it activated. It seems each person can only register 1 phone for personal use.


That's awesome! I wonder what the phone fee will be? Just negotiate a monthly fee and sign the contract?
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imarkon



Joined: 18 Jan 2011
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

waiting for more details about this matter Shocked
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freddy teacher



Joined: 01 Jan 2011

PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im a little surprised that no one has reported back yet? NO ONE has a foreign cell phone that they were interested in activating....?

I'll definitely post my results in a few weeks..
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imarkon



Joined: 18 Jan 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i actually do but I have no clue at all on what to do
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jonpurdy



Joined: 08 Jan 2009
Location: Ulsan

PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does this apply to the iPad as well? I currently tether it to my iPhone but wouldn't mind paying a bit and getting a SIM card for it (to not waste the iPhone's battery).
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