(image credit: EG Simcard official FB)
In the old days, in order to get a Korean number, we had to sign up for 1-year plans for about $30 a month, and switch to a special Korean-made phone.
Now it’s as easy as buying a SIM card and putting it into your current smartphone. Okay not quite that simple.
You can buy the EG Sim Card at the GS25 convenience store at Incheon Airport arrival hall. There are different cards for iPhone / Android and also different prices depending on how much data you need.
After inserting the card, you will need to follow the instructions carefully including uploading a photo of your passport. And also installing the “EG Sim Card” app on your phone.
The card cost me 30,000won for 1GB of data and some voice calls and SMS. If you’re on a short trip, it might seem pricey, but you can do a data hotspot and split the cost with your friends. Korean data is really powerful – about 5 times faster than Singapore data.
The card can be topped up using credit card (VISA etc). It’s 16,500won for 1GB of data. it will expire after a certain time (I’m not sure if it’s 1 month or 3 months) but you’ll be able to re-activate if you return to Korea, and you get to keep the same phone number.
Alternatively, if you want to scrimp, you can leech free wifi, which is also plentiful in Korea. Find out how here.
I’m not sponsored or related to EG Sim Card in any way. Just a satisfied customer.
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