EXCERPT: Korea’s isolation in the global IT business was reaffirmed when Steve Jobs announced that the new iPhone will be “affordable for almost everyone” in the world ― but not here.
“We’re going to be rolling out in 70 countries over the next several months. We are really thrilled with this,” the Apple CEO said to the tune of the Disney song. “It’s a small world.” … “Next time you are in Malta and you need an iPhone 3G, it will be there for you.”
In the annual conference of Apple, the celebrity American CEO said that the upgraded version of iPhone will be released in 22 nations simultaneously on July 11, and in 70 nations within this year, from Portugal to India and from Japan to Madagascar.
South Korea was not mentioned during the conference. The presence of two of the world’s largest mobile phone makers ― Samsung and LG ― has encouraged the government to shut its door to foreign-made mobile phones by using non-tariff barriers. Along with iPhone, the Nokia, Blackberry and Sony-Ericsson phones are virtually not allowed to be sold here.
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