Visit sunny South Korea and get a free Galaxy Note 5 to use while you’re there

by: Kris CarlonFebruary 1, 2016


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…

  • Otto Andersson

    I’m passing through the country as I type this. Using my s6 I’m downloading torrents at 3 MB per second. :-)

    • Virtual Anomaly

      I assume you have unlimited data then. What’s the 4g speed download and upload?

      • Otto Andersson

        I’m on what they coin as Band LTE with SKT. It is stated as unlimited. Realistically it is 12gb a month. After consuming that you get 2gb only a day. If you go beyond that, they have the option of throttling you to 3g speeds.

        I usually use about 30gb a month. I never notice the throttling unless it’s for torrenting.

      • saksham

        in india its about 27 mbps

        • Lindle

          Good for you. Philippines has 3MBs for around $20 a month. this is an unlimited home connection
          Edit: Actually, maybe around $25

          • saksham

            i pay $75 for 5 mbps unlimited data every month :(

          • Otto Andersson

            God, I just got back from the pinas. In Batangas, I can’t get dial up modem speeds. Manila has definitely gotten way better in the past year.

    • balcobomber25

      3 mbps is incredibly slow for South Korea, the average speed in the country is 29mb.

      • KaiZen

        3MB/s ≠ 3mb/s
        If he’s downloading at 3MB/s connection speed is around 24Mb/s

        • balcobomber25

          When I am in SK my download speeds never fall below 20MB. Wired did a test with Cat 6 LTE and their download speeds reach 115mb.

          • Otto Andersson

            Well, if you were here for business, maybe you had access to more advance stuff. Either way, I’m really happy with what I got.

  • Chizusyo

    Korea here i come

  • nullified

    imagine 12000 visitors who didnt give back the Note 5 and flew back to their country

    • balcobomber25

      I imagine when you arrive at the airport you aren’t allowed to leave till you hand it back or pay for it.

  • HitokiriX

    South Korea has the best wireless/Internet structure that I have ever used. I have never had any issue in any area that I lived in while there and I traveled through most of the country.

  • balcobomber25

    I travel to South Korea for work often it is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Their mobile and internet networks are some of the fastest I have ever used.

  • May Czos

    500 million Europeans are waiting to buy it and they’re giving it for free in Korea…

  • Major Sceptic

    I would love to visit South Korea, and a Note 5 would certainly be a pleasure to use, (typing this on my note 4),
    I bought a 6p just for a change as I’ve been using galaxy notes for 3+ years , the P its a decent device, but I miss my note when I’m stuck with the p for any length of time..

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  • Android

    Can’t find it..

  • Renard Fiossa

    No thank you, I have a Nexus 6

  • wags4321

    I don’t see the application form. Maybe they aren’t posting it until late February.

  • wags4321

    it’s now march 7th, and still not posted or hiding somewhere. guess they changed their mind?