South Korea Offering Free Rental Phones To Test High Speed Data

January 27, 2016 - Written By Diego Macias

Travelling is great, in addition to increasing your knowledge by just being in other cultures and adopting some of the local customs, just the feeling of being disconnected to your regular routine can give you extra time to figure some things out. Of course, living in this time and age, it’s hard to imagine travelling without a few technological devices such as your smartphone, tablet or even a laptop. One of the drawbacks is that due to the high rates of roaming mobile data, you’ll probably rely on Wi-Fi connections which are not always available or get saturated more often than not, and thus, taking away some mobility out of these devices.

If you are a tourist in South Korea, or you’re planning to go there, you should know that this country has the fastest internet connections according to the International Telecommunication Union. It would be sweet to be able to try such high speeds in your own devices, but besides the high costs of roaming, your device might not even be compatible with those networks just yet. For any situation, SK Telecom Co, the country’s top mobile carrier, and Samsung are launching a promotion for a free smartphone rental. This is targeted specifically for tourists so they can test the carrier’s high speeds in one of Samsung’s devices, additionally, they will get to use 1 GB of data per day.

Since this is offered as part of the “Enjoy Mobile Korea” program run by the Korea Tourism Organization, those interested need to visit their website and apply for the program. This is meant for those who arrive at the Incheon International Airport, which is the largest airport in the country. The lucky tourists who get selected will be able to use the complimentary smartphone and data for five days completely free. It is not specified if users could pay an additional fee to keep using them after the trial period. The rental service will be given to 250 visitors per week, which might escalate to 12,000 visitors a year. The smartphones will come preloaded with the VisitKorea app, which contains tourist information in several languages.