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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/27/2009, 01:52

iPhone set for tough test in South Korea launch

Apple's top selling iPhone faces one of its biggest challenges yet when it goes on sale this weekend in South Korea, the world's most wired nation and long accustomed to cutting-edge gadgets.

The iconic smartphone hits stores on Saturday having already shifted more than 50,000 units in pre-sale orders, according to KT Corp, the country's second biggest mobile operator and sole iPhone provider.

However, in a country dominated 90 percent by giants Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, Apple will face stiff competition, a problem made worse by the fact Korea is one of the most advanced technological markets on the planet.

And KT Corp is staying tight-lipped about its sales target due to the phone's relatively lukewarm response in other Asian launches such as Japan, another high-tech-savvy market.

Analysts are divided over whether the iPhone will become a hit in one of the world's most advanced mobile phone markets.

Local media say the iPhone will appeal to younger customers in South Korea, where more than 90 percent of people own a mobile phone.

Kim Ji-Hyun, a market researcher at the country's largest portal Daum Communications, forecast KT's annual sales of the multi-media handset would stand at about 200,000 units.

But Eugene Securities analyst Kim Dong-Joon said the launch would simply lead to tougher competition.

"The sale of iPhones is expected to step up the production of smartphones here and competition in the local mobile Internet industry," he said in a research note.

Samsung Electronics has already slashed the price of its most advanced and expensive phone, an eight-gigabyte touch-screen model called Omnia2, by 44,000 won to 924,000 won.

KT set the price of the 32-gigabyte iPhone 3GS at 396,000 won (338 dollars) for customers who subscribe with a monthly service fee of 45,000 won. The price is 264,000 won for customers who subscribe with a monthly fee of 65,000 won.

KT are staying confident about the phone's introduction.

"The iPhone has been enjoying great enthusiasm from South Korean customers even before its official launch," spokesman Kim Cheol-Kee told AFP, adding: "We hope the iPhone will strengthen our competitiveness against other mobile carriers."

KT's online store has been visited by 40,000 people a day since it began pre-sales on Sunday and about 53,000 phones have been ordered over the Internet and at shops, KT said.

The company hopes its deal with Apple will dent the dominance of SK Telecom, which has a 50.5 percent share of the local mobile market compared with KT's 31 percent.

But SK warned: "The iPhone has a competitive edge in its price and is more convenient than existing local models, but we are not worried much about its debut.

"It will be difficult for Apple to erode our market share. Local firms will also unveil new smartphones to protect their turf."

The iPhone has proved to be a massive hit in markets such as the United States and Europe but has run into problems before launching in South Korea due to concerns location services such as "Google Maps" would breach a privacy law.

It sale was finally approved in September by telecom regulators who said such services would not encroach on privacy.

South Korean firms grew under trade barriers, which have helped Samsung and LG become the world's second and third largest handset makers.

But local customers pay the highest prices in the world for mobile phones and among the highest for wireless service.


now this is PoWn3d_0704, By technologically advanced, they really mean it. Over there they have things such as this....

1GHZ processor, 30 GB, voice and video communications, etc. this came out... let's make sure you read this.... EARLY 2007!!! YES, MORE THAN 2 YEARS AGO!!!





By 2013, most Koreans will have access to a fiber optic network delivering 1Gbit/s. Yes, ONE GIGABYTE per second.

(Now that outta give them an advantage on multiplayer games, huh ABL?)

How about this?


You only thought it was a flip phone....
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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 11/27/2009, 11:04

I think that is good for apple since I am not much of a fan of apple.

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/27/2009, 18:36

Well the only thing the iPhone really is is a itty bitty game console
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Post  0001 on 11/28/2009, 18:48

Kriff now that's pretty amazing I must say. Shocked Btw I moved this to the Tech area, because it's more about tech then Korea. Wink

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/29/2009, 00:36

Eh, tech and Korea belong together like peanut butter and laidies. Anyway, I just thought it was interresting to the extream...
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Post  0001 on 11/29/2009, 11:30

Interesting analogy..... Yeah, it always is interesting to know how far behind we truly are then some Asian countries. Shocked

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 12/1/2009, 00:32

Oh I know, you think WE'RE spoiled electronically....
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Post  0001 on 12/1/2009, 10:03

Yeah, you think WE'RE bad electrionically, I saw a documentary on South Korea, they are OBSESSED with their games and stuff. Spending all hours on them. Mad

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 12/2/2009, 22:58

AT ONE GIGABYTE A SECOND!

That's 10 times faster than my internet at my house.
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Post  0001 on 12/2/2009, 23:53

Man alive..... They're using Fiber arn't they?

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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 12/5/2009, 09:57

By the way Macs are not computers they are Macs a completely different class on their own.

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Post  0001 on 12/5/2009, 18:08

Kinda random.....but yeah you're right. Razz

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 12/5/2009, 18:29

Actually.... No.

The definition of the word 'computer' is 'a programmable device'.

So, actually things such as this...


Are technically computers, with the little bumps being the programming code.
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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 12/6/2009, 13:02

You are saying macs are on the same level as PC's die macs die.

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Post  0001 on 12/6/2009, 22:06

No he's not saying that, he's just pointing out that actually many things technically count as Computers, including MACs. But Computers, and PCs are two different things.

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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 12/8/2009, 13:28

Macs are useless electronics. They cannot do much.

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Post  0001 on 12/10/2009, 22:44

They're good for graphics design, and programs like CAD.

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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 12/11/2009, 18:43

How dare you mention that I will destroy macs they are simply fail systems.

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 12/13/2009, 18:13

no, Macs are cool if you just want to do things... CAD, the occasional game...
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Post  Sgt Angry Egg on 12/15/2009, 17:23

Most good games are for windows. Hence why I don't have linux, and won't until I have a good enough machine to run virtual box. Mac OS, however, doesn't really have any advantage over pcs other than user-friendliness & how pretty they look. Although they are probably good enough for the general populace. Most people just surf the internet & write documents, with the occasional high school video project, all of which macs can handle.

I don't use any CAD programs, so I can't really say, but wouldn't pcs be better for that, since the right mouse button adds functionality?
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Post  0001 on 12/20/2009, 22:16

Depends. Functionality wise yes. But apparently MACs because of the way they work are just better for graphics design and such, because of how they process or something.

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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 12/23/2009, 10:41

I am busy here trying to say that Macs are annoying and they don't really accomplish much.

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Post  0001 on 12/23/2009, 12:01

And I am busy here trying to explain you're wrong. Sure they are fairly useless, but they do have their place, albeit a very very small one. Wink

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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 12/24/2009, 11:11

Good you learned at least they are mostly useless. Cough*Totally useless*cough.

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