Mobile Plans

Getting a Korean Phone Number

There are generally two options for mobile plans: prepaid plans and monthly plans.

Incoming exchange and visiting students staying less than one year are recommended to find a prepaid plan, which start around KRW 30,000. Long term residents may consider buying a contract plan (usually 1-3 years). Contract plans may require proof of a long-term visa.

Note: Incoming calls and messages are free! Only outgoing calls and messages count against your allotted minutes and messages.

Monthly Plans

Main mobile service providers (telecoms) in Korea are SK Telecom, LG (U+ / U-Plus) and KT (olleh).

Each provide different service plans, so be sure to visit multiple stores to compare deals. Payment can be made by automatic withdrawals, money transfer (mobile or ATM), credit card, GIRO, etc.

When getting a new plan, be sure to bring:

  • Passport
  • Alien Registration Card
SIM Cards

Short term visitors can get a SIM card to connect with friends and family around the world while you’re staying in Korea! With an unlocked phone, you can use a phone right away without any wait.

A brief introduction to SIM cards for unlocked phones
Video guide to getting SIM cards at Incheon International Airport

Useful websites

Visit Korea: Tips for moving to Korea, including basic information about mobile phone plans.