Foreigners who lives in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will soon be allowed to get access to mobile Internet starting as of Monday, a joint-venture technician told Xinhua Saturday.
In this photo taken on Nov. 28, 2012, a lady uses her mobile phone on the street of Pyongyang. Foreigners who lives in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will soon be allowed to get access to mobile Internet starting as of Feb. 25, 2013. [CFP]
"You will be able to tweet, Skype and surf the Internet from your own cellphones, iPads and other mobile devices as soon as you register at the Korean Communication Center,"said an unnamed technician from the Korean-Egyptian joint venture company Koryolink.
"We will provide both a USB modem and your current own SIM card to get access to Internet, respectively costs 75 euro and 150 euro upon registration, with different levels of charge standard, from 400euro/10G, 250euro/5G, to 150euro/2G for USB and 10 euro for SIM card per month," he said.
"We have tried more than one year to negotiate with the Korean side, and got the approval recently," said the technician, noting again "it has nothing to do with the Google trip."
However, DPRK citizens will still not have access to the mobile Internet service or make international calls.
The announcement came one month after the DPRK began allowing foreigners to bring their own cellphones into the country to purchase Koryolink-made SIM cards, at the airport or at Koryolink shops for 50 euros (70 U.S. dollars).
Calls abroad range from 0.38 euros a minute to Switzerland and France, and more than 5 euros a minute to the United States, with calls to South Korea still remain prohibited.
"Since the number of foreign residents here are limited, we will try to get more permission from the Korean security side to launch more services for short time tourists coming here for travel," he said.
Though the charge is comparatively expensive, we are excited about the relaxation of controls on communication, said a Nepalese resident, adding that it will be more convenient for them to work in the country.
There are 1.8 million Koreans using 3G cellphones across the country. However, Koreans and foreigners can not make calls between each other due to their SIM cards set by different segments.