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Korean roaming agreement for cruise ships

Korean telecoms provider SK Telecom has begun offering mobile phone roaming services for passenger ships, according to reports in the Korea Herald.

The service is a result of a cooperation arrangement with Wireless Maritime Services, which is itself a joint venture of US telecoms company AT&T and maritime VSAT communications provider MTN.

The new roaming agreement will cover 126 cruise ships operated by 25 companies, according to the report, with the aim of serving the approximately 30,000 Korean passengers travelling on cruise ships annually.

The new T Roaming Cruise service from SK Telecom will be available to users with compatible 3G or 4G handsets, and will reportedly be charged at a price approximately one quarter of the cost of a satellite phone call.

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