Since Korean cell phones must now be unlocked, you can bring your phone with you (note that you still cannot get SIM cards in Korea for phones brought into the country).If you have made a deposit on equipment, you will not receive your refund until you have returned the equipment.If you have Internet/Cable/Satellite contracts with a set expiration date but are having to cancel it early, be prepared to pay the early cancellation penalty (If you are moving within Korea and to an area where that service is available, that will not usually not have a negative impact on your contract.) If you have a friend or someone else cancel your contract, either because they have used your service for a time or because they will be paying your final bill, make sure that that person has your alien registration number (a copy of your ARC would be helpful).
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One big advantage might be that you could use Skype at any time for calls including the 1330 translation service. When you arrive at Incheon airport or their other airports, there are many booths where you can get a local SIM card or rent a pocket wifi router - like KT Olleh, SK telecom etc.
I rented pocket wifi from KT Olleh which allowed 3 devices to connect at the same time. However, i feel that the airport collection and returns are quite hectic with all my luggages and tax returns. Haha i think we shouldn't push our luck hoping that we will find unlocked wifi everywhere I didn't realise that you could rent wifi routers straight from Aussie! Yes I think with several people the egg will serve you well.
If you can’t make sure whether your phone is unlocked, call your home service provider and let them know you need it be SIM-free because you are traveling. WCDMA (also referred to UTMS) is a third-generation (3G) technology used in most newer models of smartphones and all i Phones 3G and up.
Find out more about your phone’s specifications at There are numerous types of SIM card providers in the Korean market.
I find just using hotel/free networks etc is good enough for me as I plan a route ahead and download the maps -- that way the gps will still show our location.
However if you have a number of users on the same device it would be quite economic to rent an egg.
My family is going to Korea for a week, I was wondering if it's easy to get wifi on the go in Korea, or would it be more convenient to get a wifi router/ SIM card data plan.
I have never rented a router before, but i have heard that they provide better coverage and can be shared with the whole family.
To make a local SIM card work, your device must satisfy these requirements: Be unlocked/SIM-free before coming.
Many GSM phones have SIM lock or network lock built into by manufacturers to restrict the use of them to specific network providers.
In one instance, when we were able to get the stats we noted that while the numbers of defaulting foreign nationals was high (relatively speaking) the amounts were quite small (a high percentage under W10,000) which led us to conclude that the problem is most likely the result of timing and misinformation.