Emily Tan
May 16, 2012

Half of South Koreans own smartphones

SEOUL - Smartphone users now account for 50 per cent of all mobile subscribers in South Korea, based on subscriber data from mobile service providers KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus.

Since last March, Korea's smartphone userbase has grown by over 16 million
Since last March, Korea's smartphone userbase has grown by over 16 million

Korean newspaper The Chosunilbo reported that, according to the three telcos, 26.72 million Korean mobile users are using smartphones, 50.8 per cent of all 53 million mobile subscribers. 

Smartphone were introduced in Korea only in 2009 when only 470,000 Koreans used smartphones. By March last year, that number had only risen to 10 million. 

Korea is home to Samsung which overtook Apple as the world's top smartphone vendor in the first quarter of 2012 thanks to the strength of its Galaxy portofilio, according to IDC


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