What boggles my mind more than North Korea? I don’t know, maybe magnets?
North Korea, known for being a mixture of insanely antagonistic, marching like the Radio City Rockettes and starving to death, also for not having Internet, also only allowing citizens televisions that only tune in to three state-run television channels with a tamper sticker that if you remove in an effort to modify the television to get either Chinese or South Korean television stations you and your whole family (I’m not making this up) are liable to spend the rest of your suddenly-even-shorter lives in one of their many concentration camps, is planning .. wait sorry this sentence is way too long even for me, I’m starting over in a new paragraph:
Possibly as a result of North Korean missile launches, nuclear weapons testing and reports of increasing pervasiveness of cannibalism, also possibly because Eric Schmidt went there and blogged about it (as did his daughter, who by the way is pretty smart), they are bragging about a spike in tourism (of apparent rubberneckers) and are trying to spike it higher by being more accommodating. Even though we’re all their sworn enemy, with Americans at the top of their list, if you decide it’s actually a good idea to go to North Korea, you might now be able to bring your cell phones with you and get mobile Internet, soon at 3G speeds!
As for their citizens, no soup for you (figuratively and literally…). About 4% of them might have cell phones, but no web and no international calling, especially to South Korea, on a 3G-capable network set up by Egyptian mobile carrier Orascom. As for what the hell Egyptian telecoms are doing 5000 miles away in North Korea, no idea. I guess they have some sort of expertise to share in preventing citizens from communicating?