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Zanniati



Joined: 04 Apr 2011

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:21 am    Post subject: Question about bringing a phone from the USA Reply with quote

I'm wondering if it's possible to bring a phone from the USA and have it used on the Korean cell networks. What type of phone does it have to be? Would a GSM phone work? Does it matter if it's Sprint/Verizon/etc? Thanks
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Brennan



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you ever get a reply or figure out an answer to this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_industry_in_South_Korea

this wikipedia page has some basic information to go off of. basically, their networks support CDMA technology and LTE.
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s4yunkim



Joined: 28 Dec 2008

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to bring any modern "GSM" phone to Korea and activate it. Korea runs WCDMA for 3G (different from CDMA for 2G), and WCDMA is what is in most countries worldwide for "3G".

If you are planning on buying a phone from the US, make sure it's a "GSM/3G" phone (T-Mobile, AT&T), not a CDMA phone (Verizon, Sprint). The exception to this is the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. (iPhone 4 Verizon model will not work in Korea).

Sprint iPhone 5's have been known to have problems with texting on networks outside of Sprint.


Some more info here: http://www.ktexpatblog.com/?page_id=2086


Feel free to shoot any questions you may have to me on twitter: @olleh_expats. Hope that helps!
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