updated 12:30 pm EDT, Tue September 15, 2009
Apple could require second license
Despite the announcement of a deal by local carrier KT, a South Korean iPhone is still being held up by government licensing issues, says the Korea Times. The Korea Communications Commission has put a hold on approving the device, as a result of the phone's location-based services. In general, any company providing location-based information to Korean customers must have a special license. Companies are often prodded to situate appropriate servers in the country, even though it is not a strict legal requirement.
KCC commissioners continue to debate whether Apple even needs the license, as the data collected by the iPhone -- which omits personal identification -- may be considered less than critical, not requiring a local server. An official suggests in fact that the KCC will likely side with Apple, although the body still needs time to decide on a ruling. The delay is believed to be keeping Apple and KT from finalizing initial shipment numbers, as well as subsidized prices.