SIM Card, Pocket WiFI or Free WiFi when in South Korea?

Staying connected has become a way of life that it would be unthinkable to be un-contactable or not being able to upload that post on Facebook or Instagram when you are on holiday. However, if you are the type of traveler who is fine without having to be connected all the time or can wait until you have access to free internet at your accommodation (e.g. guesthouse / hotels), for everywhere else there’s always free WiFI. The key word here being FREE, and it comes in two forms, those that require a password and those that don’t. 

Walk into any restaurant or café and chances are there will always be free WiFi, if the password is not readily available, you just have to ask the staff if they can tell you the password. Being one of the most wired countries in the world, South Korea also offers free WiFi zones where you can have access to WiFi without using a password; essentially it is public WiFi that is being made available to those who need it. Just lookout for the sign “Seoul Wi-Fi” and connect. However, the biggest risk with public Wi-Fi is that you have no idea how secure it is. That said, if you really need the free WiFi, taking a few precautions wouldn’t hurt.

[Top 10 Ways to Stay Safe On Public Wi-Fi Networks]

In case you still decide that a prepaid SIM card is your choice, here are some of the different options available:


The EG SIM Card is one of the more popular prepaid choices for foreign visitors. The card can be bought card offline at several locations or online before you fly. 

If you are getting the SIM Card, do note that the price does vary depending on your SIM card size. You need to check what type of SIM card slot your phone has. There are different charges depending on that. For example, it costs around 20,000KRW for the SIM card, but for a Nano card it would be an extra 9,900KRW for a Nano card, and an extra 5,500KRW for a micro SIM card.

So for example if you get a micro SIM card, you be paying a total of 25,500KRW. The 20,000KRW would be the balance for your initial voice or data usage. You can recharge your SIM by choosing what to top up, i.e., voice or data. For more information, visit EG SIM Card’s website.

[TravelBytez Review of EG SIM Card]

Renting a WiFi Egg

If you are traveling in a group and want to share the cost and/or want to have more data, than renting a WiFi Egg might just be the solution for you. There are many different platforms were you can rent your WiFi Egg from. Based on TravelBytez research, Klook offers are one of the most reasonable online. One major benefit of a WiFi Egg is that  you would not have to take out your existing SIM card and replace it; you just need to turn on the device and connect to it. 

Depending on which WiFi Egg you get, generally 3-5 devices can connect to it simultaneously at the same time, which is perfect for groups or family who travel together. The only downside would be the lifespan of the WiFi Egg, but that can be easily remedied with a power bank (so don’t forgot to bring one!). Typically a good WiFi Egg can last about 8-10 hours, or in some less than ideal situations 5-8 hours or less.  Another downside to would be that the group has to stay together, or getting another device might help when the group loses sight of each other.

Having tried the EG SIM card on previous trip to Seoul, we decided to try out renting a WiFi Egg on a recent trip to Seoul and the experience was fantastic (except for the one time we almost lost each other in the busy Myeongdong underground shopping mall).

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