Using Telephones and Mail Service in South Korea
There are four types of public phones in Korea. Orange phones are for local calls, which cost W30 per call and are automatically disconnected after three minutes.
A phone can be installed in your residence for a deposit of about W250,000. The money is returned when service is discontinued. If you're living in a boarding house, it's best to have your own line installed, as the house phone is often busy.
To call home, use one of the international callback companies listed in the introduction, or dial the following numbers to access your long-distance carrier's network. Complete dialing instructions will follow or an operator will come on the line to assist you:
- AT&T: 009 11
- MCI from a residential or business phone: 009 14
- MCI from a pay phone with a red button: 03
- Sprint: 009 16
- World Direct (Executive Telecard): 078-119-148-276
- BC Tel, AGT, SaskTel, Manitoba Telephones, Bell Canada, New Brunswick Telephones, MT&T, and Island Tel: 009-0015
Some schools have post office boxes for their teachers at the school.
Other options include using your apartment address (send photocopies of the address written in Korean to your friends and family), or opening a post office box at one of the main post offices. The annual fee is W6,440 (US$7.80). You can also contact a local American Express office for details on receiving mail temporarily.