Internet Services, Korea
South Korea has the greatest Internet penetration in the world. There are free public hot spots almost everywhere. As well, Koreans claim to have the fastest Internet conneciton. Even if this claim is not entirely accurate, service is very fast.
As for broadband, Korea has one of the world’s highest broadband Internet usage in the world so DSL and cable internet providers are available everywhere. Basic dial-up access is inexpensive, with a special reduced phone call rate for Internet access.
OPTIONS FOR EXPATS
Because Korean regulations require that all Internet connections be traceable to either a registered company or individual identification, foreign nationals must have an ARC (Alien Registration Card) number to sign up for service. While waiting for your ARC, there are plenty of Internet Cafes and PC rooms (PC bang) available.
Month-to-month pay systems are available albeit usually at a higher rate than longer term contracts. If you leave Korea and have to terminate your contract early, you will have to pay the remaining balance in full. It is also possible to freeze your contract for up to 3 months, which then moves your termination forward an equal period of time.
Following are some of the Internet Service Providers in the Seoul area (note: English is sometimes available):
KT olleh Tel: 100
LG U+ Tel: 101
SK Broad Band Tel: 106
Korea Telecom (KT) Tel: 100
Megapass ((broadband Internet)
The rate varies from company to company and also depends on the duration of the service contract. The longer the period you contract to pay, the lower the cost. The rate ranges from about W25,000 (longest contract) to W30,000 (month-to-month, no contract) plus 10% VAT (value-added tax). The modem rental fee is an additional W3,000 to W5,000. There is usually an installation fee of about W30,000. Should you sign a two-year contract but have to cancel service before it expires, you will be expected to pay back the amount that was discounted.
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Last Updated on 2017-09-26
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