Smartphone users make up 50% of mobile subscriptions

According to data released by the three domestic mobile carriers smartphone users now account for over half of handset subscriptions in Korea.

As one of the world’s most-wired societies, Korea has seen drastic growth in the smartphone market, less than three years after the introduction of Apple’s 3GS iPhone in late 2009.

Samsung Electronics, previously a minor player that couldn’t effectively compete with Apple, is now the top global maker of smartphones and Korea is seeing a new wave of handsets using advanced Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

The number of smartphone users as of the end of last week was 26.67 million, 50.85 percent of Korea’s 52.55 million registered mobile phone users, data from the local telecom industry showed.

“This is a milestone since the first iPhone was introduced, here, 30 months ago,” said an official from the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), the nation’s top telecom regulator, Monday.

For full article see Korea Times.