How smartphone became Seoul-friendly

Until Wednesday, Apple’s list of where its iPhone was available was enough to spark cries of protectionism from tech-savvy South Koreans.You could buy one in Montenegro or Niger, but there seemed to be no route for the iPhone into Korea, where Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics dominate the handset market.But a ruling from Korean regulators has belatedly ushered Apple’s sleek, touch-screen smartphone into the world’s most wired market.To read this report from The Financial Times in full, see: see:South Korea to Allow iPhone Entry
South Korea’s communications regulator decided Wednesday to allow the sale of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, a government spokesman said, lifting a technical requirement that had blocked the product.The Korea Communications Commission made an exception to a rule that requires cellphones sold in the country to use domestic technology for location-based services such as GPS. The commission’s action comes after months of consumer pressure. South Korea has long stood out as one of the few technically advanced countries that doesn’t allow the iPhone.

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