Japanese Phones Picking Up South Korean Networks
Published on: 6th Apr 2008
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Mobile phone users in parts of Southern Japan have found themselves being charged for phone calls being made in South Korea. Residents in Tsushima, in Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture which is just 53km from the South Korean mainland are getting the problems reports the news site J Cast.
The problem is affecting DoCoMo subscribers who have international roaming enabled. According to the report, the mobile phones receive radio waves sent from a base station in Korea and are automatically switched into international call mode. A spokesman for NTT DoCoMo said 38 models have the problem and asked users to operate their cell phones manually to prevent an automatic switch.
A Korean TV show once showed Korean phones making calls from the Japanese Prefecture while still connected to a Korean network.
The problem could be politically sensitive as well - as there are territorial disputes between the two countries over several small islands which lie between the two countries.