Apple iPhone to arrive in South Korea this week via KT Corp

November 22, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran


South Korea will get the first taste of the Apple iPhone this week, with KT Corp, the country’s second largest mobile carrier beginning to accept orders both online and in stores.
It is expected that the customers in South Korea will get to see the service kick-start on November 28. Though a late arrival, the official launch on November 28 will see South Korea joining other Asian nations who now offer the sleek smartphone. It may be recalled that the iPhone made its formal debut in China late last month, through local partner China Unicom Ltd. The iPhone had gone on sale in Japan last year. The company has also made it available in the markets of India, Australia, and also the other nations in the vicinity. With Apple spokesman in Seoul, Steve Park, officially confirming KT Corp’s announcement that Apple iPhone is coming to South Korea, all eyes are now on the Korean mart to see how it fares.
The arrival of the iPhone to South Korea had seen many a hurdle. With the Korea Communications Commission giving the nod for a business license to Apple to offer location-based services, which include maps, direction finders etc, all hurdles have now been removed. It was earlier reported that South Korea’s largest mobile carrier SK Telecom Co had evinced interest in bringing in the iPhone and had been in discussions with Apple about offering the iPhone. However, a decision never came up. With KT Corp now all set to offer iPhone services over its network, South Korea seems to be heading for the stores.
(Via Apple Insider)

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