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Secretive North Korea opens up to cellphones (1 million now?)
http://ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | reuters via Yahoo Canada | Jeremy Laurence

Posted on 11/21/2011 5:57:28 PM PST by dynachrome

SEOUL (Reuters) - Secretive North Korea is expected to register the one millionth cellphone user on its new 3G network by the end of the year, barely four years after people were thrown into prison camps, or possibly even executed, for owning one.

Most of the users are in the capital of Pyongyang, home to the impoverished country's elite and powerful who have the cash to splash out for a device and the calling fees.

"There has been an astronomical increase since even two years ago," said Michael Hay, a lawyer and business consultant based in the capital for the past seven years.

Two years ago, there were less than 70,000 users.

(Excerpt) Read more at ca.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cellphones; communications; nkorea
Wonder how Big Brother is keeping track of this many?
1 posted on 11/21/2011 5:57:31 PM PST by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

For a country where electricity is rare and freedom is all but non-existent.


2 posted on 11/21/2011 5:58:23 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Your take on 1 million cellphones in N. Korea? (if the numbers aren’t phony)


3 posted on 11/21/2011 5:58:42 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

The only way for international calls is through a certain switchboard, that is tightly controlled.


4 posted on 11/21/2011 5:59:02 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Hackers will overcome?


5 posted on 11/21/2011 6:00:27 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

doubtful. I wonder if those who live near the border might get a SK signal?

China and N Korea have some of the best hackers, on the government payroll.


6 posted on 11/21/2011 6:02:00 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: dynachrome

1m cellphones?
Well, gov and party elite and their families may be 500,000.

Anyway, gov probably have 500,000 agents listening calls unless Cisco provided some nice tools for them.


7 posted on 11/21/2011 6:02:56 PM PST by heiss (heartless)
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To: GeronL

“live near the border might get a SK signal” or even a rogue Chicom signal. Kind of wild west at their border.


8 posted on 11/21/2011 6:03:29 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome; TigerLikesRooster

I suppose this is leapfrogging from the 1950’s technology to modern tech. Probably 99% of this is inside of the “walled city” Pyongyang for party loyalists.


9 posted on 11/21/2011 6:06:05 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

1 million I have to question. I would think the party elite and military communication centers would be it. 100,000 sounds about maximum, but who knows what really happens in the Hermit Kingdom.


10 posted on 11/21/2011 6:10:55 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: GeronL
New North Korea cell phone.



11 posted on 11/21/2011 6:11:21 PM PST by TSgt ("Romney" means "rino cult" in Kenyan)
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To: GeronL

Well, cell phones have tended to take off very quickly in poor and underdeveloped nations. The lack of conventional infrastructure means that cell phone networks, which tend to be fairly inexpensive to set up, and which are pretty decentralized, are a real hit. Heck, even Somalia has a well developed cell network.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4020259.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_in_Somalia#Telephone


12 posted on 11/21/2011 6:19:25 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: dynachrome

“expected to register the one millionth cellphone user on its new 3G network by the end of the year”
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I have my doubts.
Over the past few months I have seen two documentary
programs on North Korea.
The first was rather glowing, with scenes of a peaceful, clean, and pleasant country of happy people.

The one that was on last night showed views of a very depressing country, especially the sickening health care.
You get into a hospital only to die.
The happy faces were only at the end of a propaganda gun.

At the main boarder crossing, the protocol looks like something one would expect between heaven and hell.
They can communicate only by megaphone.

Other Communist countries look like heaven compared to
Korea.
I think their entire budget is for military and propaganda photos of the dear leader.

I have no idea how this last film made it out of the country.


13 posted on 11/21/2011 6:26:35 PM PST by AlexW
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“one that was on last night”

Was that the documentary “kimjongphilia”?

Brave people took those images.


14 posted on 11/21/2011 6:32:09 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

Dunno. A good bet would be the same way that the government of Iran does.


15 posted on 11/21/2011 6:37:49 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: dynachrome

“Was that the documentary “kimjongphilia”?”
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I did not notice the name, or even the program.
Maybe Natl. Geo? Discovery? Yes it was last night, my time.

I have new Gsat here.
It is great service with movies, Nat. Geo, Discovery, FOX news, Aljazzera, and (NO CNN)haha.
20 channels in all.


16 posted on 11/21/2011 6:41:30 PM PST by AlexW
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To: AlexW

the one I saw was on the “Documentary Channel” on Dish


17 posted on 11/21/2011 6:45:36 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

“the one I saw was on the “Documentary Channel” on Dish”
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Likely the same program.
This one had the boarder crossing point, farming, hospital, and boarder escape scenes, probably by the guys escaping.

My G Sat has 29 channels
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_Sat

I do not have the additional HD channels


18 posted on 11/21/2011 7:00:03 PM PST by AlexW
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