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Renting Cheap Pocket Wifi Egg in Seoul, Korea

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There are many WiFi options in Seoul, Korea, you can get free WiFi especially in Seoul's Cafe's and restaurant. 

If you are concern about security, fast and convenient WiFi access, there are some options that you can consider:

1. Olleh KT WiFi Prepaid Card


Olleh WiFi zones are wireless internet hotspots at universities, cultural attractions, shopping malls,
banks and public offices nationwide in Korea provided by KT.

This WiFi Zone coverage is pretty big, almost every major places in Seoul including subway, this is the cheapest option if you do not want to depends on the free WiFi.

You can buy the ID and password online: 1 hour = 1 USD, 1 Day= 3 USD or in Seoul, Korea at G25, 7-11, CU, etc: 1 hour = 1100 KRW, 1 Day = 3300 KRW.

for more information take a look at this link.

2. KT Olleh WiFi Router Egg



KT WiFi Egg rental at 8000 KRW / USD7.5  per day (Discount 50% of rental fee per day after 11 days)

There is a counter at the Arrival Hall Airport.

Try to get the KT WiFi discount coupon (discounted price 5000-6000KRW /USD 4.6- 5.5 per day) at VisitKorea Coupon page.

Email contact: can't find, Domestic 1588-0608 International +82-2-2190-0901
For more information take a look at this link.


3. SK telecom WiFi Egg / Router

SK Telecom rental at KRW 3000 /Day (Device) + KRW 5000/Day (Data).Total: KRW 8000/Day or USD7.5 If the rental period is longer than 6 days, device rental fees are free for the additional period.

There is a counter at the Arrival Hall Airport. 

This is a better option than the KT WiFi Router Egg if you don't have the discount coupon as on the 7th day onwards the rental fee is only KRW 5000 / Day or USD 4.6

Email contact: can't find. Domestic 1599-2011   Overseas+82-2-6343-9000(Press 4)
For more information take a look at this link.


4. Pocket WiFi Korea


Pocket WiFi Korea Egg, they are offering Airport pickup (someone will wait for you at meeting place in the Airport) or they can send it to your hotel / accommodation.

They are 2 types of pocket WiFi Egg
  1. Pocket WiFi Seoul
    Fee USD 3.95 per day (unlimited Data)
    Battery lasts around 8 hours
    Connection Up to 5 devices, Coverage Seoul 
  2. Pocket WiFi Korea
    Fee USD 5.25 per day (unlimited Data)
    Battery lasts around 5 hours
    Connection up to 5 devices, Coverage Nationwide (including Nami and Jeju) 
Email contact: contact@pocketwifikorea.com
For more information take a look at this link


5. LG U+ WiFi Egg


Operated by LG
Wireless router that allows high-speed data transfer via LTE
Up to 3 devices including smartphones, tablet PC, and laptops can use Wi-Fi access simultaneousl
Fits in your pocket! Your pulse! Micro-sized minimal design

LG U plus WiFi Egg rental at KRW 3000 /Day (Device) + KRW 5000/Day (Data).Total: KRW 8000/Day or USD7.5  If the rental period is longer than 5 days, device rental fees are free for the additional period.

Personally I like this WiFi Egg, this is cheaper than KT Olleh / SK Telephone. The device is nice and slim, during my Korea stay I don't have any issue using this WiFi Egg in Seoul / Seorak Mountain / Nami island. Device can last for 3-5 hours (they could also lend you and extra battery at no additional charge). 

LG U+ counter at Arrival and Departure has much lesser queue compared to SK and KT, so this is a plus especially when you are rushing on the way back.

I've also got an additional discount because I book the device in advance: "E-mail us before 3 days you come to Korea!!!!!!  You can get discount from Daily rental fee(3,000 > 1,500 won)"

Email contact: lgrental@lguplus.co.kr 

for more information take a look at this link.


TIPS:

1. Send them email (and book) way in advance and ask them for discount. their replies are quite slow, sometimes it can take 2-3 days for a single reply. You can try to call them but it's better to get a written confirmation.

2. look for discount coupon and compare the price. try to use Google with a keyword "KT Olleh discount" and put the search limit for a month / week to get the latest discount.

3. Print Screen your booking confirmation or print it out, just in case they can't find your booking.

4. Bring a power bank (recommendation: buy a Xiaomi power bank), in cold weather your battery will deplete faster.

5 Sometimes is better to pay more for convenient and efficient service.

6. Always check the WiFi Egg and the accessories given. Try to connect to your device as well before leaving the counter.
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  1. There is one more
    go on www.koreawifi.net
    Thx

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  2. hi,

    do we need to pay deposit? if yes, how much?

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    1. yes you do need to pay for deposit, you can go to their website and check the deposit fee a common fee would be 200,000KRW

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  3. Hi,

    Does the LG U+ WiFi Egg have coverage in Busan and Jeju?

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    1. they supposed to have a national wide coverage including Jeju, send them email to confirm: lgrental@lguplus.co.kr

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  4. If you buy a day, is that 24 hours of use at any time? Or does it basically expire 24 hours after your first use?

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    1. are you referring to Olleh Wifi prepaid card? it will expired 24 hours after your first use.

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  5. Can I buy the wifi egg router the day I'm going to use it, without all the reservations and deposits?

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    1. you mean rent it? yes you can but subject to availability and you might not get any discount. deposit is a must when you rent the device.

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  6. Do you anything about this wifi egg provider? http://wifi-korea.com/index.html It looks like it's the cheapest option in comparison with all of the above. How's the service/speed quality though?

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    1. Sorry, I'm not sure about their service & quality. please take a note that there will be delivery charge of $5 each for pick up / return in airport / hotel.

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    2. take a note at this as well:
      * No coverage in Jeju, Sokcho, Gyeongju, Nami island and ski resorts.
      * UDP signal gets weak in buildings, and very poor in COEX and Lotte World.
      * Network speed gets slower after 1 GB per day.

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  7. Hi, have you heard of Mobile Korea, here is their website https://mobilekorea.co/. So far they are the only ones whose wifi device can connect up to 10 devices and also the battery life is longer. I have been searching for reviews but I haven't found one.
    You have mentioned in this post that the LG U+ can connect up to 10 devices but when I checked on their link you provided it states that it can only connect 3 devices. Is this true? Hoping for your prompt response. Thanks.

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  8. this is the first time i've heard it. if you manage to try it please share it with us :)

    looks like they have mixed information in the website, in the chart it says it can connect up to 10 devices while below like what you've mentioned they say max 3 devices. I've update my blog post, the best is to try to send them email to confirm (lgrental@lguplus.co.kr)

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  9. Would this portable wifi work in a house/condo that doesn't have internet? Where would it connect to?

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    1. yes it would work. the portable wifi egg itself has an internet connection (there's a sim card inside the wifi egg)

      so your devices -> wifi egg -> internet.

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  10. hello, do you happen to know for example if i buy the Olleh KT wifi prepaid card and not use it on the same day, and probably activate the next few days, will that be okay?

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    1. Yes you can purchase it first then activate the card few days later

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  11. What would you recommend for a long term stay? I plan on being there for around four months and I'm told that using wifi is better than renting a phone. I want to get something that I can use for that long period of time while still being on the relatively cheap side. Do you know if they have any that are for long term usage?

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  12. Hi i am planning to take Sim Card (Data Only) from KT Olleh. But I don't understand what does it mean **To use the prepaid SIM, your cellphone’s country lock should be terminated. You are advised to confirm this through your communication company**

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    1. Hi Marylyn, some cellphone (or device) bought directly from the carrier can only be used with the carrier particular sim card. this referred as sim card lock.

      to test out, you can simply borrow another sim card from different carrier and test whether the call and data is working.

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  13. Hi! I can't understand for the Deposit stated in SK telecom for their wifi rentals. Are we paying it advance for the days or rental or after we use it? Thank you

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    1. Hi Abigael, when you pick up your device you need to leave your deposit. You'll get it back when you returned the device.

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  14. Do they take credit cards for deposits?

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  15. What happens if you don't have a credit card? So far it seems that I will not be able to rent because I don't have a credit card

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    1. I think you put a cash deposit. Call / email them to confirm

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  16. If we forgot to return the device, what do we do?

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    1. First contact and tell them your situation. They should be able to advice you.

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