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Apple Smartphones Have Highest Resale Value

Apple Smartphones Have Highest Resale Value

SEOUL, Jul. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The resale value of secondhand smartphones a year after their initial purchase was highest for Apple products, followed by phones made by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, respectively. This is according to results released yesterday by Good Mobile, which reviewed 4 million data records regarding 19 types of smartphones [...]

Number of Feature Phone Users in S. Korea Falls Below 7 mln

Number of Feature Phone Users in S. Korea Falls Below 7 mln

SEOUL, Jun. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of feature phone users in South Korea fell below the 7-million mark as of April, government data showed Tuesday, as smartphones continue to solidify their hold on the local market. According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Science and ICT, there were 6.9 million users [...]

Gov’t to Provide Smartphone Price Comparison with Overseas Markets

Gov’t to Provide Smartphone Price Comparison with Overseas Markets

SEOUL, Apr. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s telecom watchdog said Thursday it will provide consumers with a means to compare local prices of smartphones with those sold abroad on its website starting in May, apparently aimed at lowering prices here. The move comes as local customers have been expressing criticism that smartphone makers tend [...]

Flagship Smartphones to Compete over High-end Cameras

Flagship Smartphones to Compete over High-end Cameras

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Global tech giants are set to release flagship smartphones equipped with high-end cameras in the second half, industry watchers said Monday, with the technological focus switching to dual lenses instead of megapixels. Industry watchers said key giants are set to release smartphones with dual-lens cameras, helping users take quality [...]

In Kim Jong Un’s Shadow, More North Koreans Have Cell Phones, Learn English

In Kim Jong Un’s Shadow, More North Koreans Have Cell Phones, Learn English

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Behind the warmongering, threatening, obnoxious bluster of North Korea is a rapidly changing society evidenced by the proliferation of cell phones and greater emphasis on English lessons throughout the public education system. The early 2000s was when cracks started to appear in the omnipresent communist ethos. Small outbursts of [...]

China Expands Presence in Indian Handset Market, Threatens Samsung

China Expands Presence in Indian Handset Market, Threatens Samsung

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese tech companies are gradually expanding sales in India, industry data showed Thursday, and starting to threaten Samsung Electronics Co., which is currently the leading player in the subcontinent.  According to the industry tracker Strategy Analytics, China-based Vivo sold 1.9 million handsets in the first quarter in India, accounting [...]

Middle-Aged, Elderly People Prefer Handsets from Budget Mobile Carriers: Data

Middle-Aged, Elderly People Prefer Handsets from Budget Mobile Carriers: Data

SEOUL, March 31 (Korea Bizwire) – Those aged over 40 are the primary clients for handsets provided by low-cost mobile carriers, industry data showed Friday.  The budget mobile carriers called “thrift phone operators” refer to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that rent networks from the country’s three carriers: SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG [...]

Recent Years in Numbers: Crime Rose, Volunteering Decreased

Recent Years in Numbers: Crime Rose, Volunteering Decreased

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Crime in South Korea is on the rise, while the number of volunteers is continuously falling, according to a new report by Statistics Korea published yesterday. The surprising findings revealed that only 10.4 percent of individuals younger than fifteen participated in any type of volunteer work over the past [...]

Smartphones Ubiquitous on Public Transportation

Smartphones Ubiquitous on Public Transportation

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Reading the morning paper on the bus or subway may soon become a thing of the past. A study by the Korea Information Strategy Development Institute revealed that 86.3 percent of the survey participants used cell phones on public transportation as their favorite go-to medium for killing time – which [...]