February 18, 2020

Call me, comrade: the surprise rise of North Korean smartphones
In the decade since they were first introduced, apps have flourished but devices remain restrictive
2018 marks the tenth year that cellphones have been legally available in North Korea. The number of users has been growing significantly since then, but overall use remains low: according to the country's state-run Sogwang outlet in January, more than 3.5 million - out of a population of 25 million - have mobile subscriptions.“We started providing the 3G service in December 2008, so this