China’s No. 2 cell provider starts Korean text service

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China’s No. 2 cell provider starts Korean text service

People can now send Korean text messages in China, thanks to a deal between SK Telecom and China Unicom. SK Telecom said yesterday that people using mobile phone service by China Unicom, the country’s second-largest service provider, will be able to send and receive messages in Korean beginning Thursday. This is the first time subscribers to a foreign service will be able to send text in Korean. Though overseas text service has been available for some time, the Roman alphabet was the only one available. SK Telecom subscribers with global roaming were always able to text in Korean. The new service enables China Unicom code multiple division access users to send text messages to Korea at 60 won ($.06) per message. Sending a Korean message from Korea to China will cost 100 won. SK Telecom also has plans to extend Korean short message services to include China Mobile users as well. China Mobile is currently the largest mobile phone service provider in China. “We anticipate that about 1.2 million people in China, including students, diplomats and relatives such as ethnic Koreans, will be able to use Korean text messaging services,” said Baek Chang-don, a manager at SK Telecom. by Wohn Dong-hee

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