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Does North Korea get smartphones?

Is mysterious North Korea as smartphone crazy as the South?

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 15, 2014 at 10:29

You can get a tourist visa to 'mysterious' North Korea... Don't believe the evil-hype. :D
In May 2010, more than 120,000 North Koreans owned mobile phones;[9] this number had increased to 301,000 by September 2010,[10] 660,000 by August 2011,[11] and 900,000 by December 2011.[12] Orascom reported 432,000 North Korean subscribers after two years of operation (December 2010),[13] increasing to 809,000 by September 2011,[14] and exceeding one million by February 2012.[15] By April 2013 subscriber numbers neared two million.[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_in_North_Korea

I'm not saying there aren't restrictions. There are.
Discussing those possibly goes beyond the, um, scope of Mobot hahaha...
It's similar to 1990s Cuba...

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:30

There are tourist videos on Youtube and elsewhere that show North Koreans use iPhones and Galaxies. Those are usually black market devices, but nobody's being gassed for owning them.

chrisdab  Aug. 7, 2014 at 19:30

There are tourist videos on Youtube and elsewhere that show North Koreans use iPhones and Galaxies. Those are usually black market devices, but nobody's being gassed for owning them.

They aren't being gassed but their whole family risks being arrested and jailed in worker camps.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 7, 2014 at 20:01

There are tourist videos on Youtube and elsewhere that show North Koreans use iPhones and Galaxies. Those are usually black market devices, but nobody's being gassed for owning them.

They aren't being gassed but their whole family risks being arrested and jailed in worker camps.


You know that how? Bit reliant on Western MSM propaganda, maybe?
But, hey, Saddam had WDMs and he committed the 9/11 crime. And, hey, obviously we had to kill Afghanis so that their women can bare their (now unfortunately dead) arms... What else? Putin shot down MH17... and we knew that within 30 seconds. Never mind Rapid Trident and Sea Breeze, eh ;)
In other news: Monsanto just wants our very best. And do NOT ever ask about Anthrax and Fort Detrick.
Now, rant over. Yes, you are probably right. ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 8, 2014 at 00:52

The truth is probably somewhere between Jan's total distrust of mainstream media and what the mainstream media actually report. Not everyone in NK lives like it's the 15th century, but nor does the average Joe (or should that be Kim) wander about with a new £500+ smartphone every 2 years.

That said, I wouldn't go near the place if you paid me to. Absolute madhouse, although in reality no worse than Syria, Israel, Palestine/Gaza, Lybia etc. Different problems, but not categorically worse. Hell, I'd take NK over the Gaza strip these days...at least if you keep your head down and yourself to yourself you might be okay in NK. You can be killed in Gaza for nothing at all when Israel decide to flatten your neighbourhood from afar. Disgusting :|.

However...I'm well off the topic of mobile technology, thankfully here in Western Europe we have the time, money and security to worry about such trivial matters.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 8, 2014 at 06:52

Jawohl, mein Herr.

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