my gosh it is impossible to find a normal phone in Korea. it’s either smart or why bother. So I ended up getting a Galaxy note. It is the most giant phone ever!!!
Here it is next to my old HTC…
Can’t get over how giant the phone is. I can barely hold it with one hand.
look at that!! The only finger that’s long enough for me to grasp it this way is my middle finger, and even that’s barely long enough.
There is is in my palm. I did try to get a smaller phone, but they kept pushing this one (actually they were going to give me a even bigger one, some version of the LG optimus) but I hate LG phones (after getting one for free in Canada), I cannot stand LG phones. I had already decided that if I can’t get an HTC my second choice would be a Samsung (and this is Korea, so of course HTCs are hard to find…makes me sad). Anyways, yes GIANT PHONE!
My plan is 200 min, 200 text, and 1.5GB data for $43, but after including the phone I pay around $65 per month (or that was what I was told, will update once I get my bill). I am pretty content with what I am paying, since in Canada I’ll have to pay the phone up front, it will be discounted but still at lest $200 or $300 needs to be paid up first, and this isn’t happening in Korea. I went into the store, came out with a giant phone and paid nothing, plus I won’t be charged till April. Overall the process was fairly painless, except we went into 2 stores before we decided on this one. At first we were going to get it from KT (Olleh), but the people at the store were not very helpful nor friendly, and I was also told that I will need to pay about $200 up front for a simple phone. The next store we went to was U+ and the people were a lot more friendly. The sales person even told my co-teacher that because I will need to sign a contract, when I leave in a year I can just leave, because the insurance company will pay on my behalf, but that’s a secret, don’t tell people LOL. I was already told this by my friend, but my co-teacher insisted that I don’t do that or she will loose face, so depending on how much I like this phone I will either transfer it to someone when I leave or I will pay it off (or I will stay another year and keep using it LOL). They told me that if I decide to pay it off after a year it will be around $340, which is cheaper than buying a phone without contract in Canada, so I think that maybe an option for me. I will decide when it comes down to it.
So far the phone has been ok, aside from a few inconveniences, it is definitely better than LG, but overall I still prefer the user interface of HTC. For example I can upload multiple pictures at a time for the HTC, but Samsung only allows one picture at a time, and I can’t pick the albums I want to upload into (I can pick albums on HTC, even create one if I want).
I have a feeling that I will need to fork over money for data once I get back to Vancouver though…that will suck T_T why must Canada be so expensive!!!