120,000 Affluent N.Koreans Have Mobile Phones

      March 22, 2010 09:18

      Mobile phones available in North Korea show the name of leader Kim Jong-il in bold black text once they are switched on and have been programmed so that the only dates appearing on their scheduling functions are the birthdays of Kim and his father, former leader Kim Il-sung.

      The Chongqing Evening News on Saturday reported most mobile phones sold in North Korea are made in China according to North Korean specifications.

      Buying and activating a mobile phone in the North costs a whopping US$1,300, which translates into more than 600 months worth of savings of the average factory worker.

      But the number of mobile phone subscribers has grown to 120,000, or 0.5 percent of the country's population. Phone users can even access newspapers once they access a state-run Internet network using their handsets after entering their IDs and passwords.

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