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Korea Telecom to lower restrictions on foreign workers owning phones


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Korea Telecom is planning to lower the tight restrictions it places on foreigners who wish to buy a mobile phone and will expand the range of services it offers to foreign customers.
­Currently, only visitors with long-term visas are allowed to buy a phone on installment plans, but from next month this will be expanded to cover most visa classes.

The JoongAng Daily newspaper reported that KT's foreign subscribers numbered 74,765 in 2005 but have surged to 136,656 in 2007 and broke though the 200,000 mark earlier this year.

The mobile network operator also plans to boost the number of stores it operates specifically targeting foreign workers in the country and will be relaunching its English language website next month.

"Korea is an advanced IT capital as well as a globalized country with a 1.16 million foreign population," said Pyo Hyun-myung, the president of KT's mobile business division. "But mobile services for foreigners have been rather inadequate. As a major Korean telecommunications service, we will spearhead enhanced services for foreigners."

In other news, the operator has signed an agreement to start selling Google's Nexus One smartphone from the middle of next month. The network operator already sells the Apple iPhone.


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