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  • Fanwarrior
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1087

    • June 06, 2011, 09:19:35 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Current Korean smartphones usable in the UK?
« on: April 14, 2022, 06:07:12 pm »
I found a post from like..11 years ago but I'm sure tech has changed since then. Anyone have any recent experience with taking a phone like a korean galaxy note s20 and using it in the UK? are they compatible now?


  • Kyndo
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    • I am a geek!!

    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Current Korean smartphones usable in the UK?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2022, 09:27:26 am »
This information is current as of 2020:

https://www.korea4expats.com/article-using-korea-bought-cell-phones-abroad-unlocking.html

Long story short, yes, it'll work if you unlock it. ... probably.


  • Fanwarrior
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1087

    • June 06, 2011, 09:19:35 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Current Korean smartphones usable in the UK?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2022, 09:53:28 am »
It looks like that is slightly out of date as well since it's talking about CDMA. 4G/5G are all new technology separate from the CMDA/GSM issues of before and the upgrade track for both lead to LTE and NR for 5G. I'd just previously read that not all implementations of 4G and 5G were the same, so I wasn't sure if that actually caused issues or not.


  • Kyndo
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    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Current Korean smartphones usable in the UK?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2022, 10:18:34 am »
I'll see if I can dig anything more up to date up after classes!


Re: Current Korean smartphones usable in the UK?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2022, 11:13:44 am »
Modern phones will work. You just have to worry about the UK's crappy network coverage.


  • hangook77
  • Waygook Lord

    • 5061

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: Current Korean smartphones usable in the UK?
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2022, 12:13:11 pm »
If you have a Korean unlocked phone which I think you do get here or can ask for.  KT gave me that.  I still have my first smart phone (over 5 years - was 3G before that).  But, I went to Canada before covid and put in a sim card from virgin mobile at the mall and got a local phone number for a month.  Then, back in Incheon I put my Korean KT card back in.  Kakao and some other apps still worked even though I had a different phone number on my phone.  I bought unlimited calling and about 6 GB of data.  I had to be careful to use wifi where ever I could and use up my data.  Unlimited here spoils me. 


  • Fanwarrior
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1087

    • June 06, 2011, 09:19:35 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Current Korean smartphones usable in the UK?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2022, 12:21:56 pm »
Modern phones will work. You just have to worry about the UK's crappy network coverage.
You weren't kidding. I finally managed to find ofcom's coverage map and the fact that they have significant areas marked "some problems" inside city limits is a bit embarrassing.