Understanding K-Drama: Why Mobile Phones Are So Important

Understanding K-Drama: Why Mobile Phones Are So Important

 

Unless you are watching a drama set in a time before phones were invented, cell phones will play an important part in the plot of whatever k-drama you watch. The cell phone or hendeupon, to use its Konglish name, is used so frequently in drama plots that it almost becomes a character in its own right.

Characters never leave the house without their phones and almost everyone, no matter how poor they are, can afford the latest model. And while the whole world increasingly uses cell phones to stay in touch, k-drama characters use them to hatch evil plots, blackmail people, complicate their romances, and in general move the plot forward.

In "School 2013" Lee Jong Suk used a cell phone to warn the bullies who tormented him that he has recorded their threats. In "Rooftop Prince" Park Yoochun sends a picture to his villainous cousin to warn him that he knows what he did in the past. In "The Heirs" Lee Min Ho secretly watches Park Shin Hye to see how she will react to her phone messages.

In "I Need Romance 3" Kim So Yeon is annoyed at Sung Joon when he calls her not realizing he is the same person she has been crushing on.

And if a k-drama character gets separated from his or her phone, trouble can ensue. When Lee Jong Suk has his phone taken away by his teacher, it puts Lee Bo Young in danger.

There are a few reasons that cell phones are everywhere in k-dramas. A 2013 International Telecommunications Union study found that more than 100 percent of all South Koreans have cell phones, while only 50 percent of Americans did. That means many South Koreans have more than one phone. That same year another study found that among South Koreans, ages 6 to 19, at least 65 percent had smartphones.

Why the prevalence of phones? South Korea is home to electronics giant Samsung Electronics, one of the world"s largest smartphone makers. And phone manufacturers undoubtedly pay to place their products in dramas.

Why do k-drama characters type so fast? The simplicity of the Korean language and the way the symbols are set up on the keyboards of Korean cell phones make it easier to type really fast.

Cell phones play a big part in dating in the real life of South Koreans too. There"s less waiting for a phone call or playing it cool. If you meet someone you like in Korea, you are likely to text that person right away.

And yes, because so many students have cell phones, teachers will confiscate them and hold them until class is over. That"s another reason students may have more than one mobile phone.

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Cheap mobile phones at convenience stores

Cheap mobile phones at convenience stores

Cheap mobile phones at convenience stores

Convenience store chains including GS 25, 7-11 and CU have begun selling cheap mobile phones at their branches. A refurbished used mobile phone costs less than 30,000 won (28 U.S. dollars), whereas a new smartphone can go for as low as 70,000 won (65 dollars). Customers view mobile phones at a GS 25 store in Seoul`s Mullae-dong neighborhood Friday.

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More Mobile Phones Than People from Next Year

More Mobile Phones Than People from Next Year

More Mobile Phones Than People from Next Year

The number of mobile phone subscribers will overtake the world's population of 7 billion next year, the Financial Times reported Friday quoting a forecast by global telecommunications provider Ericsson.

It said the total number of subscribers will reach about 7.5 billion by the end of 2013.

The number of subscribers stood at 6 billion last year and will exceed 6.6 billion this year, with 900 million more people expected to subscribe next year. If things go as expected, they will then outnumber the UN's most recent population estimate of 7 billion.

A key driving force is the rapid spread of smartphones, which is causing changes in people's lifestyle, industry insiders say.

Instead of functioning simply as a telephone, the smartphone has made it possible for people to handle many other things on the move, including web search, schedule management, watching or listening to broadcasts, checking traffic information, and playing games.

These changes in lifestyle will in turn increase demand for smartphones.

"The company estimated that 40 percent of the handsets sold around the world in the third quarter were smartphones, up from 30 percent last year", the daily reported. "In 2018, almost all handsets in Western Europe and North America will be smartphones, but only around one-third of handsets for Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific".

New subscriptions are soaring especially in booming economies like China.

More Mobile Phones Than People from Next Year

Shoppers look at smart devices at a shop in Seoul on Friday.

Samsung is expected to benefit most from the growing smartphone market because it has the biggest share of the market.

Samsung sold 56.9 million smartphones in the third quarter, more than double Apple's 26.9 million. The Korean firm will likely sell even more handsets in the fourth quarter that coincides with the high year-end season.

In contrast, Apple's iPhone 5 has failed to live up to market expectations. Apple is now also experiencing trouble over board room conflicts that erupted after founder Steve Jobs' death.

Securities firms are busy upgrading Samsung's sales forecasts.

"Samsung will likely sell more than 60 million smartphones globally in the fourth quarter", said Shin Hyun-joon of Dongbu Securities predicted. "Its overall operating profit will increase more than 10 percent from the previous quarter".

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Kim Ha Neul says, The four actors of A Gentlemans Dignity are just like their characters

Kim Ha Neul says, The four actors of A Gentlemans Dignity are just like their characters

Kim Ha Neul says, The four actors of A Gentlemans Dignity are just like their characters Actress Kim Ha Neul recently said the four actors of A Gentlemans Dignity, Jang Dong Gun, Lee Jong Hyuk, Kim Soo Ro, and Kim Min Jong, are just like their characters in the series.

In the episode of SBS TVs Healing Camp, Arent You Happy?, which aired on September 10, Kim made a guest appearance and said, The four actors I worked with in the drama series A Gentlemans Dignity are just like their characters in the series.

Kim said, Kim Soo Ro makes the atmosphere of the set cheerful and pleasant by saying hello to everyone in a loud voice, and Kim Min Jong is really quiet and kind. Jang Dong Gun teased me a lot, and Lee Jong Hyuk often asked how his hair was. Hes really funny.

Kim also talked about her first impression of Jang.

Source: Starnews

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A Gentlemans Dignity records the highest viewer rating again

A Gentlemans Dignity records the highest viewer rating again

A Gentlemans Dignity records the highest viewer rating again SBS TVs A Gentlemans Dignity recorded the highest viewer rating again.

On July 15, AGB Nielsen Media Research reported that the July 14 episode of A Gentlemans Dignity recorded a viewer rating of 23.5%.

This is 1.9% higher than that of the July 8 episode, which was 21.6%, and also higher than the July 7 episode, which was 22.0%.

In the July 14 episode, its revealed that Do Jin (played by Jang Dong Gun) is a father of Collin (played by CN Blues Lee Jong Hyun). Hearing about this, Yi Soo (played by Kim Ha Neul) gets hurt, increasing viewers curiosity about the romance between Do Jin and Yi Soo.

MBC TVs Doctor Jin recorded a viewer rating of 12.1%.

Source: Starnews

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Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul are now in love on A Gentlemans Dignity

Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul are now in love on A Gentlemans Dignity

Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul are now in love on A Gentlemans Dignity The viewer rating of SBS TVs A Gentlemans Dignity increased as Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul started dating.

On July 8, AGB Nielsen Media Research reported the episode of A Gentlemans Dignity that aired on July 7 recorded a viewer rating of 22.0%. Its 1.7% more than the episode aired on July 1, which was 20.3%. Its also the same as its highest viewer rating recorded on June 30.

This rating is especially attracting attention because the viewer rating of the drama series My Husband Got a Family, which is airing at the same time, declined drastically. The episode of My Husband Got a Family aired on July 7 recorded a viewer rating of 31.2%. Its 6.5% lower than the episode aired on July 1, which was 36.7%.

Considering the fact that the weather was nice on that day, the viewers of A Gentlemans Dignity stayed at home more than those of My Husband Got a Family.

In the episode of A Gentlemans Dignity that aired on July 7, a story after Jang proposed to Kim was shown. Kims family history was revealed and Jang and Kim started dating.

MBC TVs Doctor Jin recorded a viewer rating of 12.8%.

Source: Starnews

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CN Blues Jung Yong Hwa makes a cameo appearance on A Gentlemans Dignity

CN Blues Jung Yong Hwa makes a cameo appearance on A Gentlemans Dignity

CN Blues Jung Yong Hwa makes a cameo appearance on A Gentlemans Dignity CN Blues Jung Yong Hwa will make a cameo appearance in the drama series A Gentlemans Dignity.

On July 4, a person concerned with SBS TVs drama series A Gentlemans Dignity reported, Jung Yong Hwa will make a cameo appearance in an episode of A Gentlemans Dignity.

Another person concerned with the series said, Because Lee Jong Hyun and Jung Yong Hwa are members of the same group, Jung Yong Hwa kindly decided to make a cameo appearance on A Gentlemans Dignity.

On July 1, there were many people tweeting and retweeting, Jung Yong Hwa is shooting an episode of A Gentlemans Dignity from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 3 in Apgujeong.

In the series, Lee is playing the role of Collin, a son of Kim Eun Hee (played by Park Joo Mi), Kim Do Jin (played by Jang Dong Gun), Choi Yoon (played by Kim Min Jong), Im Tae San (played by Kim Soo Ro), and Lee Jung Rok (played by Lee Jong Hyuk)s first love. Hes also teamed with Im Meari (played by Yoo Jin Yi) in the series.

Because Jung did a great job in such drama series as Youre Beautiful and Youve Fallen for Me, many people are looking forward to his cameo appearance in the series A Gentlemans Dignity.

Source: TV Report

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A Gentlemans Dignity records the highest viewing rate

A Gentlemans Dignity records the highest viewing rate

A Gentlemans Dignity records the highest viewing rate SBS TVs drama series A Gentlemans Dignity recorded the highest viewing rate and ranked first.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on June 24, the episode of A Gentlemans Dignity aired on June 23 recorded the viewer ratings of 18.6%. Its 2% higher than that of the last episode, which was 16.6%.

The viewing rate is also the highest for itself, breaking the record of the one aired on June 17, which was 17.1%.

In the most recent episode, Yi Soo (played by Kim Ha Neul) realized that she was in love with Do Jin (played by Jang Dong Gun). However, she just cried because it was after she hurt him so much. Yi Soo struggled to apologize to Do Jin, but he only acted like he didnt know her.

MBC TVs Doctor Jin recorded the viewer ratings of 13.1%, and KBS 2TVs Talk Show Do Dream recorded 5.3%.

Source: Starnews

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Mobile phones can be purchased in supermarkets

Mobile phones can be purchased in supermarkets

Mobile phones can be purchased in supermarkets

Since May 1, mobile phones have become available at retail stores according to the revised regulations on mobile phones by the Korea Communication Commission.

As Korea launches its mobile phone blacklist system, consumers no longer need to sign a contract with a telecom company to buy a mobile phone.

Under the new system, mobile phone users have wider selection of telecommunications companies, as they can purchase a mobile phone from retail stores such as large discount stores, online shopping malls, and discount stores and register it with any telecommunications company.

Mobile phones brought from other countries can also be used by simply inserting a USIM card. Although users have to register their overseas mobile phone with the National Radio Research Agency, it will be registration-free this coming July if it is for private use rather than commerce.

The list of currently certified overseas mobile phones can be searched at http://rra.go.kr/approval/status/icrs_search.jsp.

Used phones are expected to be popular as well since they can be activated by adding a new USIM card purchased from any telecommunications company.

Accordingly, one of the telecommunications companies, KT, will launch a new plan for mobile phones purchased from retail stores called the Olleh Simple Plan. The plan allows users to pre-charge from 2,000 won to 50,000 won without any basic fees.

When purchasing a mobile phone from retail stores, however, it is necessary to register its International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) with a telecommunications company in case it is lost or stolen. As those phones will not be distributed by telecommunications companies, users need to make sure they can get a warranty for their mobile phone.

By Jessica Seoyoung Choi

Korea.net Staff Writer

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Song Joong-ki's face at the ground Chinese mobile phone  corporate apologizes

Song Joong-ki's face at the ground Chinese mobile phone corporate apologizes

A Chinese smartphone corporate is being criticized by skill of fans.

A poster of Song Joong-ki modeling for a mobile phonelogo has been plastered at the ground.

The netizens call for an apology by the cellulartelephoneguests and threaten that if the poster just isn'tgot rid ofcorrect away, the corporate will face consequences.

Vivo invested numerouscashto place up posters in the exits and entrances of the subways yet the tables have turned.

The agency apologized on its professional Instagram.

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