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Why do I have to go and re-register my cell phone every 3 months?

This new policy was adopted late 2007 or early 2008 by the service providers to prevent phones being passed on to non-registered persons. The rational behind the new policy was that calls from these pre-paid phones are untraceable and have been increasingly used by criminals, including illegal workers. So for a while, all foreign subscribers had to re-register every three months and prove that they are here legally in order to continue with their phone service.

There are short term, even more expensive, rental phones available for visitors to Korea.

However, that policy is no longer enforced for most foreign nationals.  That said, foreign nationals are usually still limited to having only one cell or smart phone. This regulation does not apply to Koren nationals many of whom will help their foreign friends get a phone.

 

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