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Using a Non-Korean Mobile Phone in Korea and Banking Info

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Elijah H. wrote:

Thank you for your information! I am living in the united states an im moving to korea very soon! I would like to know what cellphone companies they have there.. and if sprint pcs or verizon, or at&t phones will work there…! please get back with me, it would be a big help! Thanks in advance,
ELijah H.

This is a question based on this post and that I get asked a lot.  Basically, if you’re going to live in Korea for an extended period of time, you will need to buy a cell phone in Korea using a Korean network.  You cannot use your American or Canadian cell phone here unless you are okay with paying ridiculous roaming rates.  I have heard of people registering their Blackberry or iPhone that they brought from home and using them in Korea, but there’s a hefty charge; I believe it’s in the 300,000 KRW range.

There’s 2 ways to get a cell phone:  pay-as-you-go or a contract phone.  The latter is a little tricky since some companies require a large deposit or a Korean co-signer.  Prepaid phone services in Korea are much better than back west since calls you receive are still free so even if you run out of minutes, you can still receive calls.  If you are able to get a phone under a regular contract, you don’t have to pay for the phone out front; you can spread the payments over a number of months, typically 24.

Another question that comes up a lot is if people can use their Canadian or American bank accounts in Korea.  When you get to your school or hagwon, they would most likely want you to use the same bank that they use so it’s easier for them to transfer money into your account every month.  There are banks that have offices in Korea and overseas (KEB, Citibank, Shinhan, etc), but as they are still separate entities so you would still need to open up a Korean bank account regardless, which is a fairly painless process.  If you need to send money back to make payments on loans, cars, homes, etc., just bring all your banking information with you to set up a system where you can transfer money from your Korean bank account to your home bank account every so often.

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October 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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