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NewsPoster Mar 27, 2013 06:14 AM
North Korea pulls 3G Internet access for short-term visitors
North Korea is stopping tourists visiting the country from accessing the Internet over 3G wireless connections, reversing what some believed was a major step forward for the secretive region. The change comes just <a href="" rel='nofollow'>one month</a> after the regime opened up its digital borders, with carrier Koryolink launching its mobile Internet service for visitors, as well as international calling, texts, and MMS messaging. <br />
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While access has been curtailed through the carrier for those visiting for the short term, long-term visitors and residents with government permission to access the Internet can still use the service. It is speculated <a href="" rel='nofollow'>by</a> <em>North Korea Tech</em> that people uploading images directly to the Internet through Instagram, streaming video out of the country, and sending real-time messages was deemed too difficult for the country to control, compared with asking for the deletion of items on a locally-stored device. Government-approved users are in theory more careful about what they put online, due to a number of risks. <br />
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The service is said to have charged tourists around $100 for a USB modem and $200 for a SIM card, with data costing from $200 for 2GB up to $500 for 10GB. International calling rates are apparently more reasonably priced, at between $0.50 and $2 per-minute depending on the country.
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