SEOUL- It is now easier than ever for business travellers in Seoul to keep connected with friends, family, and co-workers back home – all while using their own phone. South Korea’s mobile phone service system has launched a new and streamlined prepaid sim card service for inbound tourists wishing to use their existing smart phones purchased overseas. The new option serves as a cheaper and more convenient alternative to existing roaming services and phone rentals.
Currently, two options are available depending upon the length of stay. Stopover tourists in Seoul can have their current SIM cards switched with a fully-functioning local Universal SIM card (USIM) by visiting the 02 Mobile centre at the Coex City Air Terminal. Those planning to stay longer can opt for the “OLLEH Simple” prepaid sim card plan by visiting a KT Global store. All devices should be WCDMA and 3G compatible in order to qualify.
The City Air Terminal is conveniently located next to Coex, Seoul’s largest convention centre, making it readily accessible for international conference and meetings attendees.
The prepaid service ensures visitors do not have to worry about any last-minute fees owed when departing the country. In addition, O2 Mobile international calls may be even cheaper than local calls, with calls to the US costing $10.00 per 138 minutes.
The unbundling of the country’s mobile networks in May 2012 is a welcome change for the local meetings industry, making it even easier for business tourists in Seoul for events to stay connected.
The Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB), a division of the Seoul Tourism Organization, is the official government-sponsored body representing and promoting the city overseas as a prime venue for meetings, conventions and exhibitions. The SCB is in charge of international marketing and public relations for Seoul as a convention city. The Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) is a joint venture launched by the city and private enterprises in February 2008 with a core mission to promote Seoul as a convention and tourism destination.
According to the most recent sets of UIA data, Seoul was ranked 5th in the world for number of international conferences hosted in 2010 and 2011.