hey i saw you talking about getting a phone in korea! I am going to Seoul this month for almost 4 weeks and I wanted to buy a korean prepaid sim card. is that the same procedure (as in going to olleh in hongdae) or do you know if korean sim cards even work in foreign phones? i just assumed so because I have a samsung lol. also i thought I could just get a sim card at the airport... i hope you understood my babbling haha thank you <3
The number one thing is, your phone MUST be unlocked so that it accepts SIM cards from other carriers. I would call your phone company before you leave to check and see. Some companies don’t lock their phones to begin with, some will unlock the phone for you if it is, and others will flat out refuse and say you’re SOL. I tried unlocking mine multiple ways, including calling AT&T (they fall in the SOL category of phone companies), trying to do it myself, paying 2 different online “unlocking” services to do it for me, asking a phone guy in Itaewon to try AND NOTHING WORKED. I tried putting in multiple Korean SIM cards and my phone just flat out refused to recognize them. :/ Maybe I’m dumb, but yeah. That was my strugglebus of an experience. Hence why I ended up just buying a Korean phone off Craigslist.
So long as your phone is, for sure, unlocked though, you should be able to use it in Korea with a Korean SIM card. I recommend buying the card at a phone store like Olleh instead of the airport because the workers will actually help you put it in and get it working, whereas at the airport, you buy them at a little convenience store and if you can’t figure out how to get it to work, there’s no one you can ask for help. (I say this because I bought one at the airport as well and never got it to work and was really grumpy about wasting the money. I HAVE HAD MANY STRUGGLES.)