Roughly 1 in 4 North Koreans own cell phone: South Korea
SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Roughly one in four North Koreans own a cell phone as the number of handsets in use has reached 6 million in the North, a South Korean minister said Monday.
A South Korean intelligence service reported to parliament in July that there were 4.7 million cell phone subscribers in the nation of an estimated 25 million people.
Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon told a parliamentary session on Monday that in North Korea a handset sells for between $100 and $200, cellular network connection speeds are slower than 3G standards, and that mobile phones are also spreading among young North Koreans.
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