South Korea Communication


Mobile phone coverage is generally excellent. The country has three service providersm, they offer prepaid mobile phone services in South Korea, incoming calls are free. Phones and prepaid services can be acquired at any retail location found on any street. Second-hand phones are also available at selected stores in Seoul, also can rent Korean phones at the international airports. South Korea uses the CDMA/WCDMA standard and does not have a GSM network, so most 2G mobile phones from elsewhere will not work.


Hangeul, Korea’s official alphabet, written in syllabic units made up of two, three, or four letters. Though East Asian tourists have been visiting Korea in droves since the turn of the millenium due to the Korean Wave. Children in particular will approach you or shout a “Hi!” in passing. Much of this is done out of curiosity and eagerness to hear English spoken by native speakers. Although most Koreans have been educated in English since elementary school and most companies set a premium on possessing a certain level of fluency, in general the people will find it difficult to understand or speak it. However, many city dwellers can speak at a basic level.


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. Also, snacks and drinks are available for purchase in most PC bangs. PC bangs are often divided into smoking and non-smoking areas. Airports, hotels, tourist information centers, public facilities such as subway and railway station, as well as many restaurants and cafés have either Wi-Fi or LAN internet access or both. You can even connect to the internet on the KTX train.