Monday March 29, 2010 22:24

iPhone was sold half a million in Korea

Posted by Channy Yun

At last, half a million Apple iPhones have sold in Korea by the end of this month. The phones were an instant hit as soon as they belatedly hit the Korean market on Nov. 28, 2009 and sales remain at some 4,000 a day. The phones sold over 500,000 in only seven countries including the US, Germany, France and Japan. Apple is reportedly surprised at how fast the iPhone is selling in Korea.

People believes iPhone sales will slow down with the launch of new smartphones like Samsung’s Android Phone but still expects the total number sold to reach 1 million this year. Because many people are waiting for new iPhone 4G device in June.

Ironically Safari users in Korea were increased about 10 times compared with 6 month before. The most Korean online news service, Media Daum reported web browser share: IE6 57.1%(-7.8%), IE8 21.2%(+12.9%), IE7 16.8%(-3.01%), Safari 2.54%(+2.15%), Mozilla Firefox 1.2%(+0.01%) and Google Chrome 0.96%(+0.34%). The number of Safari users caught up with Firefox’s and it became #2 web browser in Korea.

The move comes amid brewing competition between Google and NHN, Korea’s top internet search service, in the fast-growing mobile market in iPhones and Android phones. The government telecom regulator is considering requiring other handset makers and mobile operators to add Korean search services as options other than Google. Google is overshadowed by NHN’s Naver in the Korean market but is poised to catch up in the mobile arena on the back of the popularity of smartphones featuring it as the default search engine.

In addition, the government plans to adopt standard software to enable required security measures on iPhone and Android phone for mobile banking services. However, critics claim that the decision to pick a specific technology to control transactions over different mobile platforms is an ill-advised move, as it may eventually expose mobile users to a similar, shaky security environment experienced by computer users in the Microsoft-dominated desktop world.

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