North Korean Cellphones: Light in a Dark Society?

Just like the blinding lights of the Mansudae Apartments, cellphones are being used more for torch functionality than calls
January 31st, 2013
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Today in North Korea there are around 1.5 million mobile phone users, mainly concentrated in the capital city of Pyongyang. These phones can do nearly as much as you might an expect of an early smartphone from around 2008: apart having no internet access, they can take pictures, play music and, of course, make calls.  

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Chad O'Carroll founded NK News in 2010. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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