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Telephone Communication in Korea


Making international and local telephone calls

1. International Telephone Calls:

Korea Telecom, Hansol, World phone, and Onse are all companies servicing international calls. Rates vary between each company so compare them to find out which is best for you. Most offer discount rates between 00:00 and 06:00.   

From a public phone:
You can use both credit cards and phone cards. Coins are not really suitable for international or long distance calls. Phone cards can be purchased from Korea Telecom stores as well as many 24 hour stores. We recommend you buy a 10,000won card for international calls.
      
*Example of how to dial: (Phone no. 123-4567 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.A)

   [(No. of international call)+(Country code)+(Area code[without 0])+(Phone number)]
   [001, 002, 008... + 1 + 212 + 123-4567]
            
Cellular phone:
"Cell phones" have become widely popular since mid 1990.
Foreigners can rent a cellular phone from Telecom companies. For more information on this ask at the airport or call (02)3788-3011/3012 or (02) 666-4244/6011, or check www.sktelecom.com / www.lg.co.kr / www.ktf.co.kr
   
*Example of how to dial: (Phone no. 123-4567 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.A)                  
   [(No. of international call)+(Country code)+(Area code[without 0])+(Phone number)]
   [001, 002, 008... + 1 + 212 + 123-4567]
   

2. Local Telephone Calls:

Remember to use area codes.

When you use a public phone:
Public phones accept credit cards, phone cards, and coins (10won, 50won, 100won and 500won coins).
Calls cost from 50won and this gives you about 3 minutes locally.   
Phone cards are available from 2,000won to 10,000won in many stores. You can find phone booths in subway stations, public offices and on the street.

*Example: (Phone no. 123-4567 in Busan from Seoul. However if you are in Busan then no need to press area code)
   [(Area code)+(Phone number)]
   [051 + 123-4567]

When you use Cellular phone:
Rates vary according to the company so choose carefully.

*Example : (Phone no. 123-4567 in Daejeon to Seoul)
   [(Area code)+(Phone number)]
   [02 + 123-4567]


 
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