| When dialing from a mobile phone, always include the area code, even for local calls. Calls from landlines can dial local numbers directly, but should include area codes for calls outside of the calling area.
Korea Area Codes
|International Calls from Korea
International calls made from Korea can be made by dialing 001 (Korea Telecom), 002 (Dacom) or 008 (Onse). Rates and services vary between companies. Most people opt to use international telephone calling cards or online services like Skype rather than utilizing these services.
International Calls to Korea
International calls made to Korea should add '82' (Korea's Country Code) and drop the initial '0' from the number. As an example, numbers dialed 02-555-5555 or 010-555-5555 in Korea would be dialed 82-2-555-5555 and 82-10-555-5555.
International Telephone Calling Cards
International telephone calling cards are an inexpensive way to call abroad from Korea. To use a phone card, scratch off the box on the back of the card to reveal the pin number. Dial the appropriate phone number on the back of the card (either the mobile or landline number) and select a language. After entering the pin number, enter the number you wish to reach.
Country rates vary from card to card, so it's important to find the card with the best rate to the country you intend to call. Friendly vendors often have an opinion on which card would best suit your needs.
International calling cards are also available for purchase online, and provide similar services without having a physical card. This option provides the additional convenience of purchasing and recharging card online, without having to visit a store.
|Mobile phones are very common in Korea, with everyone, including children and the elderly, seeming to have their own "hand phone." Most models have an English menu option, as well as an English-Korean dictionary feature.|
|deposit in addition to the price of the phone if they do not have a Korean guarantor.
Another option is to buy prepaid mobile phones, which are easier for foreigners to purchase but the charge per minute is considerably higher than with post-payment plans.
Mobile Phone Rentals
Mobile phone rental services provide a temporary option for those needing phone services soon after arriving in Korea. This service is available at Incheon Airport, among other locations. Customers should present their passport as well as a credit card to rent a phone.
What to do after losing your phone
When you lose your mobile phone, you should call your mobile service company or visit their website filing the situation. Or you can just visit their store in person and ask them to help (make sure you bring your ID). In some cases, you might be able to track down your cell phone with new technology, but most of the time, it’s quite difficult to get it back. Bringing your Korean friend or coworker is strongly recommended due to the possible language barrier.
|DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting|
|DMB is a broadcasting service that allows viewers watch TV through portable devices such as cell phones, PDAs, car navigations, and MP3 players. There are two types of DMB systems in Korea: Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting and Ground Wave Digital Multimedia Broadcasting.
Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
Satellite DMB offers a variety of channels of TV, radio and movies for a fee. TU is a Satellite DMB provider with an English-version of its website.
Ground Wave Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
Ground Wave DMB offers TV and radio channels, but the available channels may change depending on the location. Watching Ground Wave DMB is free with your portable device, so you do not need to apply for a subscription.
|Home Phone Service|
|Foreigners may have a phone line installed at their residence by applying at a local phone office with their passport. Initial installment fees are about 60,000 won, with basic monthly charges approximately 5,200 won. Most foreign residents, however, do not have home phones, and rely solely on mobile phones for communicating domestically and internationally.|
|Public Phone Rates
Local: 70 won per 3 minutes
Domestic Long Distance: 70 won per 43 seconds
To make emergency call
In an emergency situation, you can use public telephones to call 119 or 112. Find the red button saying “긴급통화” (emergency calls), and dial the number
|Korea's information technology ranks among the world's best, with the country having one of the highest rates of broadband connectivity. Most residents own a computer and have a high-speed Internet connection at home. Rates range from about 25,000 to 35,000 won a month, and vary between companies and by the duration of the service contract. Modem rental fees for dial-up services run between 3,000 and 5,000 won per month. Installation and early cancellation fees also apply.
|PC Bangs (Internet Cafés)|
|PC bangs ('bang' means 'room' in Korean) rent computers with high-speed Internet connections to customers. These establishments are especially popular with high school and college-aged computer gamers, who descend on PC bangs in groups that spiritedly 'battle' each other. Others take advantage of fast connections to watch television shows and movies or search the web. These businesses are usually open 24 hours a day. Fees average around 1,500 an hour and can be widely found in neighborhoods throughout Korea. Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase, and most have smoking sections.|