Andy wanted to change our LG internet phone to Homeboy, a 7-inch tablet from Samsung launched by LG few months ago. What?! A Samsung product launched by LG?! Now before you wonder how the hell that is possible, remember that LG is also a wireless service provider in Korea. So this is solely a relationship between the network operator part of LG company and Samsung mobile. 🙂
This new smart device serves multiple home appliance functions. It lets you access 50 TV channels, free and pay-per-view movies, millions of music tracks and tens of thousands of e-books. More than 1,600 children’s stories and 32 different musical instrument applications are also available. Aside from those mentioned, Homeboy also serves as home CCTV- you can observe the happenings inside your house through your smartphone. This device automatically records the images if someone breaks into your home, and notifies you via text message. It can also be used as a navigation system, providing three-dimensional maps and real-time traffic information to smartphones.
Monthly subscription: 16,000~23,000 won (depending on the services you want)
Well, indeed Korea is taking the first step to the smart-home era, in which home appliances can be managed through a single device. What do you think about this gadget? 🙂
070 Korean Internet Phone
Though there are still people in Korea who use telephones, more and more are using wireless internet phones. I had my first Korean internet phone years ago when I was still in the Philippines. That time smart phones were not yet in the market and international call rates weren’t cheap. Internet phone was a big help for Andy and I to communicate with each other (whenever he traveled back to Korea) and with his family, talking for hours anytime of the day without worrying about expensive phone bills. Andy applied for internet phone service in Korea but brought the phone unit to the Philippines. Actually Korean internet phones work anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection. The minimum monthly bill for that phone was only 3,000 won (125 PHP or 2.8 USD).
The Korean phone numbers have 11 digits and start with 070. Here’s the call rates for internet phones from LG network.
Monthly subscription: 3,000 won
Installation Fee: 30,000 (070 wifi phone = 10,000, internet phone modem = 20,000)
- Internet phone to internet phone = FREE (regardless of the location)
- Internet phone to Korean mobile phone = 7 won /10 sec (cheaper than mobile to mobile rate)
- Internet phone to non-Korean mobile phone (international call) = 50 won /1 min
- International SMS = 150 won / message
Here’s how my old internet phone in the Philippines looked like..
When we moved in Seoul we changed it to this one..
To the person who invented the internet phone, may God bless you! Internet phone played a very significant role for the success of our relationship. Hahaha! I didn’t really want to be in a long-distance relationship. But what could I do? I fell in love with someone who’s not a resident of my own country. Hehehe! Communication is very important in every relationship, whatever kind it is. We’re lucky that we live in a high-tech world now, and that there are a lot of easy ways to communicate with our loved ones no matter how far they are. 🙂