South Korea issues exemption, gets iPhone in return


In the same way that the FCC acts as the Black Gate of Mordor for US-bound mobile devices, the South Koreans have their own Hobbit-deterrent regulatory body to oversee mobile communications and devices, the KCC. As luck would have it, the orcs kind folks working at the KCC have had a change of heart regarding Apple’s darling.

Normally, the KCC requires that all mobile phones operating within South Korea must use “domestic technology” for location services on phones. However, earlier today, the KCC issued a specific exemption for the iPhone. See what money kindness will do for ya!

Word on the mobile street is that Apple has been in talks with S. Korean mobile carrier, KT Corp., for quite a while. So, now that the phone is legal, it’s just a matter of time before the “exempt” device drops.

Finally, an iPhone with some Seoul!

[via Macworld]