Regulators to Allow iPhone 4 in South Korea
Last Friday's international iPhone 4 invasion
took hold in a wide array of countries that were every bit as eager to welcome the 4th generation updated Apple smartphone as the executives at Apple were to introduce it to so many new and potentially lucrative markets. On July 30th, the iPhone 4 reached Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. And while many other countries are slated to receive the iPhone 4 before the end of 2010, one prominent marketplace has finally given Apple the green light to complete its most recent iPhone 4 international roll out.
The Wall Street Journal
is reporting this morning that South Korea's stringent regulatory body has finally authorized the sale of the iPhone 4 in South Korea after a controversial but not necessarily unexpected move last month to delay the product's arrival while it underwent robust testing. Although South Korea typically doesn't come to mind when contemplating lucrative Apple product releases, the iPhone 3GS, for example, has already sold 840,000 units since only last November when it finally went on sale in South Korea, which is teeming with 45 million mobile phone users within a population of 49 million.
On Tuesday, the Korea Communications Commission formally announced in a statement that the Radio Research Agency "reviewed all the related documents submitted by Apple on July 29 and no major technical problems were found with the device." Quick to capitalize on the green light, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison added: "Our customers have made the iPhone the top-selling smartphone in Korea, and we're working very hard to bring them iPhone 4 as soon as possible."
Wall Street Journal