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KT to lower bar for foreign residents’ mobile phone subscriptions

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Any English language instructor on an E-2 visa will tell you how restrictive it is to say an F-4 or F-2.  This is all too evident when it comes to getting a mobile phone.  I believe LG allows regular contract phones (sans huge deposit) whereas most other places make you get a Korean co-signer or put down 250,000 to 300,000 KRW to make sure you don’t run off on the bill when your contract is up:

Among foreign subscribers, 52 percent have pre-paid plans, and some even borrow identification from Koreans to receive mobile service in the country due to the strict guidelines governing purchases of mobile phones by foreigners.

If those options fail, it’s pay-as-you-go which can be quite annoying as you have to constantly fill up on minutes but at least you can control your phone bill costs and still actually receive calls and texts even though you run out of money.

Looks like KT is going to be more flexible with foreigners now in terms of getting a phone on a regular contract plan.  Maybe this plan is finally starting to kick in and companies are starting to realize that money is to be made of foreigners rather than playing off a fear of constant default.

Written by recruiterinkorea

May 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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