SK Telecom offers new cell phone Internet service
The Mobile Internet, April, 2005
SK Telecom Co, South Korea's biggest mobile phone operator, said
Wednesday it has launched a new version of cell phone Internet service
as part of its efforts to find a new growth area in the nation's
The new wireless Internet service, which is based on an interactive
user interface in the mobile phone's window, include a personalized
digital character, short text messaging and personalized programs that
let users to know about 10 kinds of information such as news, weather,
television programs and movies, SK Telecom said. The new service
allows users to talk to or manage their personalized digital
characters on the handset screens.
"As the mobile phone use environment becomes more sophisticated and
diversified, customers increasingly want to quickly and accurately
find needed information via mobile phones," said Yoon Song-yee, senior
vice president of SK Telecom.
The new service requires customers to buy new handsets and pay
additional fees, with a monthly subscription charge of 1,200 won.
So far, three such handsets made by LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung
Electronics Co. are available on the market, SK Telecom said.
SK Telecom is trying to persuade customers to spend more on wireless
Internet to diversify its revenue sources. SK Telecom controls more
than half of South Korea's mobile market with 19 million
subscribers. Around 39 million people, or 78 percent of the country's
population, subscribe to mobile phone services in South Korea as of
the end of March.
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