KakaoTalk's trial launch Monday of a free phone call service generated heated attention from Korea's smartphone users yesterday, while mobile carriers howled in protest, knowing their profits could erode and wash away.The service is called Voice Talk, and the top search phrase on the nation's largest portal site Naver was "KakaoTalk free phone call". Web communities were flooded with questions and answers about how current Kakao users could upgrade their apps to get it.Voice Talk works on both the Android and iOS operating systems, and it works through 3G phone service and over Wi-Fi. SK Telecom and KT, the two largest mobile service operators, complained that Voice Talk is "free riding" their Internet networks using the mobile voice over Internet Protocol (mVoIP). They urged the Korea Communications Commission to restrict the service, and warned that its use could boomerang on subscribers by forcing the providers to raise phone bills. Charges for phone calls are the main source of revenues for mobile phone service operators."The spread of mVoIP will harm industry progress, cause convenience to users and harm the national interest", said SK Telecom in a release. "It will drag down mobile service operators' profitability, which will in the long run result in a deterioration of service quality from monthly charge hikes and reduced investment in infrastructure".The telecommunication arm of SK Group proposed that the government come up with countermeasures as soon as possible. "If immediate government-level measures can't be devised, market-level measures should be enforced", it said. As an example of a market-level measure, the company cited a hike in the base rate for using providers' services. Free call services are not new. Skype has been around since the dawn of smartphones, and Daum Communication's MyPeople application launched an mVoIP service in February 2011.But KakaoTalk is much more of a threat. Its instant message service has 35 million domestic users, almost 70 percent of the Korean populace.In fact, mobile service providers are already limiting mVoIP. KT, for example, allows only 3G subscribers paying 54,000 won ($46) or more in basic monthly fees to use mVoIP. It restricts the data usage for free calls to 750 megabytes per month. Given that one megabyte corresponds to one minute of a phone call on a 3G network, users could make more than 12 hours of free phone calls monthly. The more expensive monthly fees become, the more mVoIP hours allowed. Both KT and SK Telecom have engineered their networks to prevent free Internet phone calls for subscribers paying less than the designated amount monthly and restrict the amount for others. LG U+, a third-tier player, bans mVoIP entirely.The carriers say their billing systems will have to be revised because they didn't anticipate the strong emergence of mVoIP. The KCC is in an odd position, having to consider both consumers and the mobile carriers. "We are discussing a variety of measures concerning Kakao's free calls", said an official with the KCC's Competition Policy Department. "But we are not in a situation to instantly reach a conclusion and take action".Meanwhile, Lee Sir-goo, CEO of Kakao, told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday that mobile carriers are "making an excuse for elevating phone charges with KakaoTalk's free calls. Voice Talk cannot replace mobile voice calls. It's disconnected frequently while the user moves. It's not an alternative but a complementary method for making mobile calls."By Seo Ji-eun
Her label BH Entertainment revealed, "We would like to percentage satisfied news about an very good gift actress Han Ga In has. As reported previous in the morning, a new existence has come to the Han Ga In-Yeon Jung Hoon couple. She is lately 19 weeks pregnant and is beginning her 5th month. Her circle of relatives is more than pleased and making ready to greet the recent life. She"ll be taking a ruin for her kid and can be that specialize in her pregnancy. We thank lovers for the affection and passion to the Han Ga In-Yeon Jung Hoon couple, and we ask for numerous blessings so the kid may also be born healthily. Thank you."
Along with her "bitches", CL leads her squad in this addictive catchy beat and music. She dances and bangs her head tirelessly whilst staying so scorching sexy!
Girl workforce Fiestar‘s youngest member Yezi will in the end be making her debut as a solo!
According to loads of insiders on November 23, Yezi might be liberating a solo someday in December. As of correct now, the plans are to unencumber it in a virtual unmarried format.
This will be Yezi’s solo debut since her debut as Fiestar in the summer of 2012.
It has been published that actor Kang Dong Won was a brand ago before he have become the star actor he's today.
On the November 22 broadcast of MBC’s “Section TV,” the newshounds had a communication about the pinnacle actor with now not most effective stellar acting talents yet an unbelievably good-looking face, Kang Dong Won.
It was revealed that Kang Dong Won had risen prime in prestige as a mannequin as well. He was the foremost model for a world- famend fashion display and was a most sensible model that all of the sumptuous brands wanted.
On the November 22 episode of “Section TV,” actor Ryu Seung Ryong opens up about what it’s like operating with miss A‘s Suzy.
When asked what it used to be like operating with Suzy, Ryu Seung Ryong says, “I’m rather resentful of her. there has been a gigantic difference on set between the days she became there and the days she wasn’t. She made it an relaxing filming enjoy for everybody concerned with her sure power and cheerful passion.”
She debuted as a soloist with "You End, And Me" ultimate year, and now she"s back with a self-composed song! She now not simplest composed the song herself, yet also wrote the lyrics for it, and it"ll be the primary time we see a self-composed song from Raina.
Kim So Hyun (born June 4, 1999) is a South Korean actress. She started her occupation as a kid actress when she became seven years old, and to start with rose to popularity in 2012 for gambling a villainous young queen-to-be in duration drama Moon Embracing the Sun, and a lady who falls into tragedy in 2013 melodrama lacking You. Other notable series come with black comedy The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013), mystery mystery Reset (2014), and teenager drama Who Are You: faculty 2015.
As the concert holds a special meaning, the girls put a massive number of work into the level production. International famend choreographer Rino Nakasone, who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Chris Brown and Janet Jackson, turned into accountable for the entire production, and a 50m x 13m stage in addition a 17m x 15m primary LED screen were a choice of the grand-scale functions of the concert.
Sooyoung said, "We′re thankful to be the 1st girl neighborhood to carry a tour. Gazing our firm sunbaenims grasp concerts each and every year, i used to be either green with envy and concept it was incredible. I feel SNSD may be taking the ones steps and that we′ve created a logo concert. If possible, I′d like to satisfy the enthusiasts thru concerts each year."
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The site had used pictures of Jay Park and Dok2 for their post on Korean rappers being focused on a drug scandal. In response, he angrily tweeted, "Trying to be a competent new"s sic source yet they post our pic"s sic implying that it"s us when it ain"t."
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Singer-songwriter IU looks flirty and adorable at the hide of GQ!
IU is featured in the December factor of GQ with a photo shoot and interview, and she displays off her stunning figure on the canopy as she stretches her palms up above her head in a cropped top.
More shocking pictures of IU have hit newsstands this month as she’s also December’s cover lady for the mag Marie Claire.