Get a SIM card in South Korea

photo by Philippe Teuwen

South Korea is a busy country on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, within close proximity of China, Japan and Vladivostok.

While there are a number of different phone technologies in use in South Korea, you can find several that offer a standard GSM or LTE connection and allow you to bring your own phone.

Buying a SIM card in South Korea

There are no known restrictions on overseas visitors buying a SIM card while travelling to South Korea.

We're not sure whether any providers for South Korea offer prepaid mobile phone services for overseas visitors. Leave a comment below to let us know your experiences!

Mobile networks in South Korea

The following mobile networks operational in South Korea. Click through for information on compatibility, coverage, and pricing.

Name GSM UMTS LTE
SK Telecom No 3G 4G
KT No 3G 4G
LG U+ No No 4G

Some virtual network providers may not be listed in this table.

Your Experience

Have you recently travelled to South Korea? How easy was it for you to use your phone overseas?

These people shared their experiences.

  • james says

    Prepaid sims WITH data can be purchased at Inchon Airport inside K-Books.

    http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_5_7.jsp

    Company is Evergreen Mobile but they resell KT (Korea Telecom) service.

    1Gb of Data 30 days and minutes is about $50

    20/02/2013 2:57am (2 years ago) by james

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