Apple's iPhone is set to make its South Korean debut in a few weeks after the local regulator cleared the final hurdle for sales of the blockbuster phone in a market home to 47 million mobile phone users.iPhones are fun. I enjoy mine, but let's not kid ourselves: many Korean cell phones do much the same thing. The appeal for an Anglophone is that a lot of cool things will now be accessible in English. But for the average Korean consumer, it will be a load of meh.
iPhone's entry could weigh on local market leaders, Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics, which are also the world's second and third-biggest mobile phone makers.
Korea Communications Commission said in a statement on Wednesday it would grant Apple's South Korean unit a licence that allows collecting information on locations and provide services such as map, phone locating and related marketing.
KT Corp, the country's No. 2 mobile carrier which has been negotiating with Apple to introduce iPhone, said sales could start soon but did not provide a date for the launch.
Korean newspapers said iPhone's sales could start as early as late next week.
And I say this as a lover of all things Apple.