As I mentioned before, neither LG nor Samsung have a clue how to design mobile phones, but the ever fickle SKT are harbouring thoughts of cranking out Android products from either company rather than selling Apple’s iPhone. On the one hand, Android is a very good platform which I respect; it would make little sense for SKT to pass up the business opportunity afforded by the clever OS. But on the other hand, in serving an LG or Samsung Android, the telecom mogul will only further entrench itself in the quagmire of a stodgy Korean-only oligarchy.
TMA has been following iPhone developments in Korea for a number of reasons: most notably because the tallest member of staff lives here, but also because this market is fiercely closed, monopolistic, and undoubtedly, xenophobic. Well, for the poor louts whose iPhone has been castrated and left to sing the high notes of a glorified iPod touch, there is hope, though typcially expensive. iPhone in Korea, a blog dedicated to just that, recently covered the ins and outs of how to register, and use your iPhone on cellular networks in Korea. It isn’t easy, and as with all things foreign, certainly ain’t cheap, but at least it can be done. Again, this news rides on the cusp of the 2-year feinting publicity stunt which Korea’s carriers get off on: the launch of the iPhone.