Before I came to South Korea, I was part of a proud and noble group of people, stubborn in our ways, desperately clinging to our beliefs, even as the steady march of modernization threatened our way of life. I, along with many senior citizens, was a member of the smart phone-less community. I was quite satisfied with my “dumb-phone,” even if my friends mocked it and ridiculed its lack of capabilities. But of course, with the highest percentage of smart-phone owners in the world, eventually even I had to join the sheeple and buy a Galaxy S5. As I predicted, I became quite addicted to it, and even now spend too much time aimlessly perusing Reddit or checking fantasy football. As an ex-pat living in South Korea, there are a few apps that certainly make your life easier. Let’s go through some, shall we?
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We live in a smartphone world. My dependence on my iPhone is, undoubtedly, ridiculous, and yet I just need it. Living in Korea has made my borderline addiction a little bit more understandable, though, because I use my phone constantly to get information about buses, subways, restaurants, and events. Living in an unfamiliar place is made so much easier by the accessibility of information on the internet and through apps, so here are the most useful apps I've found (and used!) while in Korea.
Who can live without a cell phone these days? Without one is like being disconnected from the world. That’s why before coming to Korea to teach English, obtaining a cell phone was on my priority list. There are several routes one may take to obtain one. Before I go over each one, I’d like to go over the requirements and a few differences between American and Korean mobile plans.
"Learn to speak their language and they will speak yours."
It’s no secret that South Korea is one of the most internet-wired countries in the world. With blisteringly fast internet speeds, it’s generally something everyone considers before making the decision to teach English in Korea. However, if you’re like me, the internet on your computer is not enough. You need to know about Korea’s mobile phone networks as well, particularly when it comes to foreigners securing their phones (smartphone or otherwise). I’ll try to offer some insight into smartphones in Korea and how to avoid some common frustrations for foreigners securing cell phones.