Let's get to the point. We went to Yongsan the same day we visited Seoul Tower and bought a phone!
Look at this beauty. It's brand new from Samsung...the SCH-B490:
It's a clamshell design where the top part can swivel around 360 degrees:
Did I mention there's a built in 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and optical zoom?
...along with a gorgeous LCD screen to boot:
Oh yeah, let me mention that it always plays LIVE TV! I will post a video next. This phone only cost us a mere 760,000w...just over $800US!!! One more thing...
I DID NOT BUY THIS PHONE (I know, that was mean)! hee hee. It belongs to one of my 15 year old STUDENTS!
Now here's a picture of our REAL phone. It's an old, used Samsung that cost us 50,000w:
Side note: I already broke part of the phone. The battery pack now requires masking tape to stay attached to the phone. Yes, I know...I rule. This piece of tape will increase my signal reception of course! ;)
We're on a pay as you go plan. Incoming calls are free and text messages only cost 3 cents Canadian! We bought refill cards that do not expire. $12cdn for 1 hour of talk time. This is the most economical way to buy a cellphone when you are teaching English in Korea in my opinion.
Unless you are a talkaholic, paying a monthly plan is expensive and requires a one year contract + hook up fee. Pay as you go does not have any hook up fees.
Now here's the best part of the story. I was asked to choose the last four digits of our number. I requested the same last four digits of my home phone number back in Canada. When the lady came back the number was the EXACT SAME number as my number back home, but with an added "8" after the first three numbers (Korean numbers look like this: area code-xxxx-xxxx)! So it turned out like this: xxx8-xxxx. Freakalicious!
That's my story for tonight. I hope you've enjoyed this post and this wonderful new blue colored font I decided to test out. Goodnight!
Here's a picture of the used phone selection at Yongsan:
Need a rice cooker?
...or a notebook computer?