Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:44

iPhone heading to Korea

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Apple has received official approval to sell the iPhone in South Korea. But the popular handset will be up against entrenched local brands.

The Korea Communications Commission has approved Apple's iPhone for sale.

The Korean mobile phone market is currently dominated by local manufacturers, including LG and Samsung.

Apart from the protectionism suspected in some quarters, one of the barriers to the iPhone's debut was the need to get clearance for the handset's location-based services including maps and the Find My iPhone feature.

Two carriers - KT and SK Telecom - are known to be planning to sell the iPhone in South Korea. According to some reports, KT may be first out of the gate by starting iPhone sales as early as October.

It seems unlikely that the third carrier will follow suit, as it is part of the LG conglomerate.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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