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(1) Wire Phone

If you want to use a wire phone in your home or office by phone companies
that provide wire telephone service, you should contact to wire
phone company. When installing wire phone, installation fee and extra
expense may occur.
Typical wire phone companies in Korea are 'KT(☏ 114)’, ‘SK Broadband(☏106)’,‘ LG U+(☏101)’and current trend of wire phone is going to go over to the Internet phone.
Considering usage and service, you must choose a company that suits you. In the case of foreigners when signing up 'copy of your passport and alien registration card "is needed.
(2) Mobile Phone

In Korea, most people have enough to hold a cell phone, mobile phone use is widespread.
Korea's leading mobile companies are SKT, KT, LGT and because of various payment system and benefits by provider, charge can be determined by your call volume and data usage.
Name Differences: Things you should know
• No deposit, prepaid system
• Korean credit card or bank account required
• Information available in English, Chinese, Japanese
• Cell phone (1583) free call, 02-2190-1180 (charge)
• Website :
• Deposit required to register
• English information : ☏ (080)2525-011
• Website : (English available)
• Domestic carrier, bank account required
• English information : ☏ 1544-0010
• Website : (English available)
Prepaid cell phones : It is used for a desired amount of time, but rate is little higher but there is no contract.

※ Foreigner mobile phone startup requirements
    • Require Alien Registration Card or domestic residence certificate.
    • Payment can only be made through credit card or bank account.

※ Caution when using a mobile phone
    • When using the mobile phone, advertising phone or message related to adult advertisement may come if you call
       with a mere curiosity, it may result in unexpected excessive charges. Unless the information is necessary , it is
       good to ignore.

(3) Pay Phone

With the widespread use of mobile phones, although the number of pay
phone usage is little decreased still for the convenient of emergency report or
people who don't have mobile phone there are pay phone booths on the
The basic call charge of the pay phone is 70 won in 3 minutes and If you are making a long distance or international calls the call charge will be changed.
As a payment means, coins or a card are used (public telephone cards,
credit cards, IC card), you can use directly into the phone.


※ Collect call service
If you want to use a public phone without coins or a card you can use a collect call service.
the way how to call domestic is "Emergency button +1541+ phone number #".
By using this service call fee is charged to the other party, but the price is slightly more expensive than the normal
call charges.

※ Using the emergency call from a public phone
All public phones have red emergency call buttons. Emergency Call button that you can use to
emergency is simply pressed.
Emergency numbers below should be sure to memorize.
- Crime report: Emergency button +112
- Fire report: Emergency button +119

(4) How to call

• How to call international

   Press the numbers in order. (service number → Country Code → Area code → Telephone number)
   Ex) Calling from South Korea to China :
         International call service number (001)+Country Code (86)+Area Code (20)+Telephone number (1234-5678)

※ International call service number : KT(001), SK-Tell link(00700), LG-U Plus(002), Onse Tellecom(00365)
※ Main country codes
Country Country code Country Country code Country Country code Country Country code
Nigeria 234 Brazil 55 Iran 98 Colombia 57
Nepal 977 Sudan 249 Egypt 20 Thailand 66
Russia 7 Sri Lanka 94 India 91 Turkey 90
Malaysia 60 Syria 963 Indonesia 62 Pakistan 92
Mexico 52 Singapore 65 Japan 81 Peru 51
Mongolia 976 Argentina 54 China 86 Philippines 63
Myanmar 95 Angola 244 Chile 56 Hong Kong 852
Bangladesh 880 Uzbekistan 998 Kazakhstan 7 America 1
Vietnam 84 Iraq 964 Cambodia 855 Australia 61
• How to call long distance

Area codes in Korea are separated into a total of 17 segments.
You simply press the phone number without area code inside the same area but when you call the other areas you must press the area code first then telephone.
Example) If you call Incheon area : ☏000-0000 (In the same area, no need to press area code.)
              If you call from Incheon to Busan : ☏(051)000-0000

(※The main area code : Seoul (02), Incheon (032), Gyeonggi-do (031), Gangwon-do (033), Chungcheongnam-do (041), Chungcheongbuk-do (043), Jeollabuk-do (063), Jeollanam-do (061), Gyeongsangbuk-do (054), Daegu (053), Gyeongsangnam-do (055), Busan (051), Ulsan (052), Jeju-do Island (064))

※ Source : Guidebook for foreigners, daily living information in Incheon

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