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Mobile Carriers Appeal to Children in Commercials

Mobile Carriers Appeal to Children in Commercials

SEOUL, Jun. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean telecom providers are concentrating on children in their latest commercials, a new marketing focus that differs from strategies employed in the past. Traditionally, parents who have purchasing power have always been the main target audience for mobile providers in South Korea, until recently when companies began making [...]

S. Koreans’ Monthly Smartphone Data Usage Hits 6 GB

S. Koreans’ Monthly Smartphone Data Usage Hits 6 GB

SEOUL, Jun. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The monthly data consumption of South Koreans using the fourth-evolution network (LTE) surpassed 6 gigabytes for the first time in April, reflecting the rising demand for video streaming and other services in the mobile environment, industry data showed Friday. According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Science, [...]

Government Committed to Slashing Phone Bills for Socially Marginalized

Government Committed to Slashing Phone Bills for Socially Marginalized

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) – The newly elected Moon Jae-in administration has reaffirmed its stance on cutting mobile phone bills for the socially marginalized in South Korea. In a business meeting with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) held today, Lee Gae-ho from the advisory committee for government planning said reducing [...]

ZTE Seeks to Expand Presence in S. Korean Market

ZTE Seeks to Expand Presence in S. Korean Market

SEOUL, Jun. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — China-based tech manufacturer ZTE Corp. is gradually expanding its presence in the South Korean market by joining forces with local companies, industry watchers said Wednesday. There are currently three ZTE-manufactured devices being sold in South Korea, including the LINE Friends smartphone released through KT Corp., the country’s No. 2 [...]

LG’s Mobile Fortunes ‘Highly Dependent’ on G6 Sales

LG’s Mobile Fortunes ‘Highly Dependent’ on G6 Sales

SEOUL, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) — LG Electronics Inc. is likely to cut losses in its smartphone business in the coming months, but the company’s efforts to revive its mobile fortunes are “highly dependent” on sales of the flagship G6 smartphone, an assessment by an international ratings agency said Saturday. LG’s smartphone division has posted [...]

South Korean Research Institute Develops 3-Dimensional Wireless Charger

South Korean Research Institute Develops 3-Dimensional Wireless Charger

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Researchers at the Electronics Telecommunications Research Institute have developed a cup holder-shaped wireless charger for smartphones dubbed E-Cup, allowing devices to charge regardless of their position as long as they sit inside the cup.  According to researchers, conventional wireless smartphone chargers are two-dimensional, and typically operate by placing the [...]

Biometric Authentication Under Fire After Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Hack

Biometric Authentication Under Fire After Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Hack

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) – The recent news of the Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris scanner hack came as quite a shock to South Koreans, who have seen a growing number of commercial banks adopt the new biometric authentication method for their mobile banking services.  According to reports, the German Chaos Computer Club (CCC) fooled [...]

Constitutional Court Upholds Law Restricting Subsidies on Mobile Devices

Constitutional Court Upholds Law Restricting Subsidies on Mobile Devices

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld a law that restricts subsidies on the purchase of smartphones and other mobile devices. The regulation, which sets the legal limit of subsidies at 330,000 won (US$295), was adopted to bring transparency and stability to the market long distorted by subsidies as telecom [...]