Posted on 15 October 2010.
With the iPad officially submitted to the Korean FCC this week for testing, it’s only a matter of time (rumor has it – end of November – just in time for Christmas) before the best (selling) gadget ever becomes more readily available in Korea.
November makes sense, as this is when the big jump to firmware 4.2 happens for the iPad, and no doubt this will include better language support and a much needed Korean keyboard layout.
For those of us who already have one (for which we’ve paid a premium) there is little solace; as there is no way I am upgrading to a 3G version so close after forking out 700,000 KRW to get the low end 16GB wi-fi only version. (just like I’m loath to upgrade my perfectly fine 10 month old iPhone 3Gs)
And besides wi-fi is pretty ubiquitous anyway so getting a connection on my iPad is no big deal.
Except when it is. But more on this in a moment.
In the meantime, Korean Telecoms continue to go through something of a rebirth, and in a move I never thought would happen, KT/Show has started to offer unlimited 3G internet access to customers on its iMedium and iPremium plans.
And yes…they mean unlimited (notwithstanding a fair use clause). The following is from an email I received from the English speaking part of the KT marketing team (@olleh_expats)
To answer your question, your data is indeed unlimited, regardless of whether you are tethered or not.
That so called “limit” is part of our fair use policy, and it just means that if you use more than 100mb in a day (iPhone and any tethered devices combined), your connection might be a little slower for the rest of the day. You will not be charged for any data over 100mb, nor will you be blocked from the network or anything like that.
OK fair enough, but notice my highlighting of “might”.
In a follow up email from the (not so) English speaking part of the KT marketing team (@ollehkt)
the bandwidth speed does not get reduced all the time. It gets only reduced when the 3G networks you are using get too much loads. And it happens very rare. We are trying to build enough 3G network nationally not to experience the too much loads on the 3G network and also try to give WiFi and Wibro(Wimax) to spread the loads on 3G network. So you do not have to worry about getting the bandwidth speed reduced. If it happens, send us tweet again that we can solve the network problem.
and that’s how KT got its groove back, I found a new fondness for KT
I tweeted about this earlier today and am particularly impressed with the email responses and the responses on Twitter.
Well done KT.
“But hang on Bimbo…” you might say
“You were talking about not needing a 3G iPad, not unlimited data on your iPhone, what are you talking about? Are you high?”
No dear reader, I’m not high.
What I have done is taken a few simple (OK, not so simple) steps to turn my iPhone into a wireless hotspot, essentially “tethering” my iPad to my iPhone for connection to the internet via 3G when there is no wi-fi around.
Hence, my initial worries about whether “unlimited” really meant unlimited, and whether it included Tethering or not.
How to do all of that is coming in a post next week. I would hate to be sitting here praising KT only to turn around and tell you how to a)void the warranty on your iphone and b)exploit a grey area in this whole “unlimited” thing.
For now, mad props to KT/Show and their marketing team. I didn’t know that sending out a tweet early in the morning with the #FAIL hashtag could be so powerful.
You can read Stafford’s original post here.