As far as tourism-related publicity stunts go, this is a pretty cool one. Starting at the end of February, select visitors to South Korea will be given a free Galaxy Note 5 and 1 GB of data per day to use during their stay, courtesy of Samsung and local carrier SK Telekom.
What’s the catch, you might ask? There isn’t one. It’s all part of a publicity program to boost the international recognition of South Korea’s impressive wireless infrastructure and state-of-the-art mobile technology. In co-operation with the Korea Tourism Organization, Samsung will provide up to 250 visitors per week with a free Galaxy Note 5 to use for up to five days and SK Telekom will provide 1 GB of data per day.
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You’ll have to fly into Incheon International Airport in Seoul to take advantage of the deal and you will need to apply before you fly via the Korea Tourism website. Note that not every visitor will receive this free device and data offer – you have to be selected through the application process – but it will give 12,000 tourists a year a taste of just how good mobile can be. If you’ve got a trip to South Korea planned after February, hit the KTO website to apply.
Imagine if 12,000 visitors to New York City were given a Nexus 6P with an unlimited data plan…