From a recent survey, an average South Korean mobile phone subscriber spends US$400 to buy a phone. SK Telecom subscribers spend most: over US$500. LG Telecome subscribers spend much less: a little over US$300. SK Teletec phones on average cost a little more than Samsung Anycall phones. Motorola and Hyundai/Pantec&Curitel phones are the cheapest. I haven’t bought a computer or a computer CPU in the last several months, but I spent about US$2,000 on mobile phones during that period. Just as there are people who use hundreds of types of computers, there are people who try almost every phone available to them (like some people I know who have used hundreds of phones), but by now phone processors are not that different from PC processors that even Intel’s biggest worry is that they failed in mobile processors.
It’s not the first country to achieve this feat, however. In some Asian markets, itâ€™s quite common to have one phone for work and one for social contacts. Âµ
People who have five or six or more phones (of course all working at once) are common in South Korea though they are still a minority and they are mostly under 30.