In-depth Review of Cell Phone Price Plans in Korea

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Korea Sim Card (Prepaid) vs. Local Carrier

One of the most important things to consider when thinking about living in another country is how you will use a cell phone service in that country. If you are considering?visitng Korea for a short-term, I think buying a prepaid Korea SIM card and recharge as you need isn’t a too bad solution.

However, it becomes a totally different story if you consider living in Korea for longer than just for a few days or weeks.

You could buy a SIM card at websites such as e*simcard (one of the Korea sim card companies). However, the price they charge is way more expensive than other carriers such as SK telecom, KT or LG U-plus.

Let’s compare?the price differences of some prepaid sim card and major carriers in Korea; SKT, KT and LG Uplus.

 E*Simcard (3G)SKT LTE MatchoomSKT LTE MatchoomSKT Moohan 69
Price41000 + 10% VAT
50500 + 10% Vat69000 + 10% VAT
Included in the planN/AVoice : 100mins
Data : 3GB (LTE)
Voice : 100mins (Free between SKT users)
SMS : Unlimited
Data : 6GB (LTE)
Voice : Unlimited (Video calls : 200mins)
SMS : Unlimited
Data : 5GB (LTE)
Additional Voice 4 /sec + 10% VAT
(voice, video)
1.8 /sec (voice)
3.0 /sec (video)
1.8 /sec (voice)
3.0 /sec (video)
Free
Additional Data100MB :
5000 + 10% VAT

500MB :
10000 + 10% VAT

1GB :
15000 + 10% VAT
or
55.8 per 1MB
Up to 880MB: 20.48 per 1MB

Up to 3GB after 880MB : Free
Up to 880MB: 20.48 per 1MB

Up to 3GB after 880MB : Free
Up to 880MB: 20.48 per 1MB

Up to 3GB after 880MB : Free
Additional SMS20 message + 10% VAT20 per message20 per messageFree
Additional MMS 30 per message (no photo) + 10% VAT
200 per message (photo) + 10% VAT
30 per message (no photo)
100 per message (photo)
30 per message (no photo)
100 per message (photo)
Free

? ? ? ??Comparison of E*simcard Vs. SKT plan

Here we can brifely compare E*simcard and?SKT Matchoom at 41000 + 10% VAT.

  1. E* Simcard
    3GB Data : 45000 + 10% VAT
    Voice (100 mins) : 24000 + 10% VAT
    Total : 69000 + 10% VAT

  2. SKT
    3GB Data, Voice (100 mins) : 41000 + 10% VAT

ONE THING YOU WANT TO KNOW HERE!

Using the local carriers will let you use fast LTE data network while E*simcard provides?3G which is a lot slower.

Look at the 3G vs. LTE comparison below.

korea sim card

You can see that LTE is almost 8 times faster than 3G.

Now, let’s do another comparison here.

? ? ? ?Comparison of E*simcard Vs. Olleh KT plan

 E* Simcard (3G)KT LTE MoohanKT Everyone LTE34 KT Everyone LTE41
Price51000 + 10% VAT34000 + 10% VAT41000 + 10% VAT
Included in the PlanUnlimited Voice, SMS, MMS
5GB Data
Video Call : 200 mins
Voice : 185 mins (Free among KT users)
1.5GB Data
Unlimited SMS, MMS
Voice : 250 mins (Free among KT users)
2.5GB Data
Unlimited SMS, MMS
Additional Voice4 /sec + 10% VAT
(voice, video)
FreeVoice : 1.8 per sec
Video : 3.0 per sec
Voice : 1.8 per sec
Video : 3.0 per sec
Additional Data100MB :
5000 + 10% VAT

500MB :
10000 + 10% VAT

1GB :
15000 + 10% VAT
or
55.8 per 1MB
20.48 per 1MB 20.48 per 1MB 20.48 per 1MB
Additional SMS20 message + 10% VATFreeFreeFree
Additional MMS30 per message (no photo) + 10% VAT
200 per message (photo) + 10% VAT
FreeFreeFree

Take a look at?E* Simcard vs. KT Everyone LTE 34 as a sample.

  1. E*simcard
    Voice (185mins) : 48500 + 10% VAT
    Data (1.5GB) : 25000 + 10% VAT

  2. Olleh KT
    Voice (185mins), Data (1.5GB) : 34000 + 10% VAT

Using the Esimcard costs more than the double the price of KT plan!!
Needless to say you will spend even more if you used more voice and/or data because the E
simcard rate is more expensive!

Therefore, I strongly recommend you to consider using service from local carriers if you are staying in Korea for a long term.

Consult with us to if you need assistance in signing up for the service provided by local mobile phone carriers.

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