Getting a prepaid phone

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  1. Kimmy says:

    thanks for the info. i would be getting a prepaid phone later eh.

  2. Tesha says:

    Sayang! I would have been textmates with **** if Angela and I had a working phone when we were there hehe. We brought along 4 (Nokia N75, Motorola Razr, Pantech, and Sony Ericsson), and not one worked.

    Nonetheless, it is good to note that even if 40 million people in Korea own mobile phones, there are still many phone booths where we were able to place calls (and where Superman could take his clothes off haha 🙂 )

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  3. uj says:

    Tesha, Korea uses CDMA protocol for their mobile network.
    Which means your GSM phones will not work.

    CDMA is used in Korea, Canada, and United States.
    GSM is especially popular in Europe and South East Asia.

  4. Tesha says:

    @UJ: That was one of the lessons we learned: check mobile network protocol 🙂

    Teshas last blog post..Pisay the Movie OST

  5. Emil says:

    Well the CDMA thing is not entirely true nowadays, S. Korea’s 3G network W-CDMA compatible now (KTF and SK Telecom) so in theory those 3G Nokia, Sony Erricson phones should work here. Problem is South Korean sim cards are locked to only Korean phones.

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  6. AzureWolf says:

    I am confused… It looks like the prepaid option is much better? You get a more expensive phone that you could sell and get some money back, or just keep to reduce your next 12-month contract (if there is one).

    That is interesting about the received calls thing! I would need less than half my minutes!

  7. kayekaye says:

    i have a question, where can i get a prepaid phone if i’m just going to stay for 10 weeks? thank you!

    • oxana says:

      Hey) You can go to Tongdemun street in Seoul…There are a lot of phone shops there….and..yep)) if you wanna made international call to Philippines , without buying international card, you can use international call service… (for example, KT international service: 00 345 + country code + area code + phone number)

  8. Adam says:

    “CDMA is used in Korea, Canada, and United States.”

    Does this mean that if I buy a brand new phone in Korea, it will work in Canada when i get back? (presumably i’d have to unlock it).. What should I look for to be sure?

    Or vice versa, if I brought a phone from Canada, should that work? (i’d probably go with the first plan, anyway, but i’m just curious)

    Thanks, I’m moving in a couple of weeks and i’ve spent the past few hours trying to figure this crap out… i wish we could all just agree to one standard, globalization my butt 🙂

  9. Diana says:

    hi there,

    first of all have to say – great job on the blog! i found it really interesting 🙂

    there’s something that i hope u can shed some light on – my sister is head-over-heels in love with the new samsung anycall haptic (ofcourse what with it being promoted by her fav korean groups..) and her birthday is coming up. I thought of actually making her wish come true by getting her one of this and coincidentally a friend would be going to seoul soon.

    I know that the model is not available outside the s.korean market so my worry is that it might not be usable. do you know whether the phone would be locked..or would it help if i get a prepaid phone.. would be great if u can help 🙂


  10. Gelo says:

    That’s my phone! The red one ^;^

  11. Daniel says:

    Where did you find a place to sell you a new-ish phone for that cheap? I can’t find anything less than 50,000, and those are old, beaten phones.

    Daniels last blog post..I’m not complaining

  12. herry says:

    wow thats is a good information… btw that was my cellphone the red one :p

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  13. Badger says:

    handy information this bit “Even tourists in Korea can get a prepaid phone. However, it would be disconnected after 90 days unless an ARC” have a friend out teaching english in Korea at the moment, think he had a few issues with getting a phone out there, i guess it cant be that difficult thou.

  14. vishal says:

    I have a nokia 5800 which is actually 3G phone, i m in suwon now.
    Where can i get connection from SKT or KTF???
    main problem for me is language, if anyone can suggest me near by location where i can go and buy a new connection, that would be highly appreciated.

  15. Arup says:

    Hi Its really a nice blog. I am having a Corby CDMA which i used in India. But here in Suwon I tried with one Sm card which didnt worked. Can you please tell me which Connection in South Korea will work in my Corby CDMA
    .-= Arup´s last blog ..Just Borned =-.

    • Betchay says:

      hi Arup! it would be better if you go to the phone companies… usually, phone connections here are tied up with the networks

  16. SAM22 says:

    Good day. I’m just worried of the phone that about to send here in the Philippines by my sister in Korea. The unit is Nokia 5800. Can it be used here in the Philippines? Thanks

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  17. arya says:


    I have just arrived to Seoul last month, and now I want to have a brand new korean cell phone. However, I want to have a long lasting one, means that I want to use the cell phone when I get back to Indonesia. Can I do that?

    Indonesia actually has two network systems, one is GSM and the other is CDMA. So, if Korea use the CDMA, I think I can use the phone in Indonesia.

    The problem with me now is language, so many cell phone shops are not using English. It is so hard to communicate. Is there any shop that can communicate with English?

    Thanks and regards


  18. Junior says:

    I just moved to Seoul and bought my phone from My recruiter referred me to them. I ordered the phone for $40 online and the phone was waiting with some other things I ordered at my school when I got there. It couldn’t have been easier.

  19. izz says:

    Hi all,
    please help me. next week i will going to seoul. i’m a little bit confused about the prepaid fhone. i plan to have a prepaid fhone there, just only to use for a week. is there any just a simple way that just only buy a prepaid sim card and put it on our fhone? can i just bring my fhone and buy the prepaid sim card there?? i’m using Blacberry and Nokia (no 3G)
    some one please help me with this…
    kindly need u guys help..

  20. Erick says:

    Wise move, getting a prepaid phone is the smart way to go. No contracts is always good. I don’t know how it is in South Korea but here in the US, prepaid providers use contract provider coverage so you get the same exact service with prepaid and now with the prepaid providers offering smartphones with unlimited plans, you really don’t miss a thing when on prepaid.

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