Stay Connected with a 4G LTE KT Olleh SIM Card

Stay Connected with a 4G LTE KT Olleh SIM Card

It's an unlimited data SIM card in South Korea that will get you online for 1, 5, 10, or 30 days.

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The Rundown

  • If you'll travel solo, get an unlimited data SIM card in South Korea. It'll save you from your fear of missing out.
  • The 4G LTE KT Olleh SIM offers you connection for 1, 5, 10, or 30 days.
  • 5-day plan sells for ₱1,352 or $25.8, if not discounted.
  • Pick-up and set-up will be a breeze.
  • Expect the connection to blow your mind.
  • If you have installed a Korea data SIM card on your phone before, there's a special instruction for you on the TIPS! section below.
  • For your convenience, product purchase links are provided below.

To compare this SIM with a WiFi egg, read: Everyone's Connected with the KT Olleh 4G Portable WiFi Egg

Why get a data SIM?

Sure, there will be a lot of public hotspots and WiFi-powered cafes in South Korea. Most likely, your hotel or AirBNB host would also provide you internet access. But most of your time will be spent outdoors, googling your way to the next destination, and sharing about your experiences on social media. For these reasons alone, it's wise to invest on a Korea SIM card for apps like your browser, Facebook, Google, Waze, or what have you.

With a data SIM, you will also be able to make online calls and texts through social apps like WhatsApp, Kakao, Messenger, and Viber. There's no need to buy a SIM plan that includes voice and text messaging, unless you'd need to make calls or be reached with a local number.

Why get this data SIM?

Unboxing at Incheon. Kind of.

Unboxing at Incheon. Kind of.

It's what I got, and I am highly satisfied. I'm talking about the 4G LTE KT Olleh SIM Card. For 7 days, I was able to connect to the internet for emails, video calls, streaming, navigation, and social media. It was cheap, easy to install, and reliable. (I sound like a very eager salesman, but I am just a happy customer!)

It's also very stable. Unlike some users who reported about a decrease in speed after the third day of their usage, my experience with KT Olleh was smooth. Fortunately, I did not notice any lags or reduction in speed even after using it for 7 days.

If there's one thing, though, that I wish this unlimited SIM card would offer, that would be a plan for 15 days. Some travelers do spend around 2 weeks in South Korea, so having this option would be more practical than the 30-day package. 

Buying and Redeeming your KT Olleh Data SIM

Below are the steps in buying and installing the KT Data SIM card:

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First, make sure that the phone you have is unlocked. If it isn't yet, visit your nearest carrier store or phone repair stall.

To verify if your phone is compatible with a KT Olleh data SIM, click here.

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To get your KT SIM, buy it online via Klook here. If you don't have an account with Klook yet, it should not take more than 3 minutes to sign up.

When buying the item, you will be asked to select the number of days you'd want unlimited data for, as well as the pick-up point, i.e. Incheon International Airport. You can then pay for the product using Paymaya, PayPal, Visa, or Mastercard (credit or debit card). 

When the transaction goes through, you will instantly receive an email confirmation and voucher from Klook, which you will have to present along with your passport when you're ready to pick up. It's that simple. (You can either show a printed or mobile voucher to claim.)

Here is the list of KT Olleh Roaming Centers where you can get your data SIM card (note that the booth may just bear the "WiFi | Prepaid SIM" sign) :

  • Incheon International Airport
    1/F Gate 6-7 (open 24/7)
    1/F Gate 8-9 (7am-9pm)
    1/F Gate 10-11 (6am-10pm)
  • Incheon International Airport Terminal 2
    1/F Gate 2-3 (open 24/7)
  • Gimhae International Airport (Busan)
    1/F Gate 3 (6am-10pm daily)
  • Busan Harbor International Passenger Terminal
    2/F Gate 4 (6:30am-7:30pm daily)
  • Gimpo International Airport (Seoul)
    1/F Gate 1 (7am-11pm daily)
  • Jeju International Airport (stopped service on April 5, 2018)

The SIM kit that you will receive comes with an instruction manual. It'll say that you're supposed to restart your phone and wait for a few minutes before it gathers the signal. In my experience, I only had to restart my phone once and waited roughly around 3 minutes.

Note: There's a pin at the pick-up counter that you can use to eject your phone's SIM drawer.

Buying Offline

Alternatively, you can purchase an unlimited data SIM without ordering online. Just walk up to any bookstore, convenience store, or any of the KT Olleh Roaming centers listed above. The only downside of not buying from Klook is that you will have to fill out an application form (hassle!) and you'll miss out on the discount, which is usually around ₱130 or $2.5.

In addition, you can avail multiple SIM cards at the store by presenting just one passport.


BUY IT!

OPTION 1: KT Olleh 1-Day Unlimited Data Plan

  • PRICE: ₱325 or $6.2, if not discounted!
  • KT Olleh SIM card (nano/micro/normal size)
  • Unlimited 4G/LTE data connection (with no reduction of speed)
  • 24 hours validity
  • Free incoming voice calls and incoming text messages

OPTION 2: KT Olleh 5-Day Unlimited Data Plan

  • PRICE: ₱1,352 or $25.8, if not discounted!
  • KT Olleh SIM card (nano/micro/normal size)
  • Unlimited 4G/LTE data connection (with no reduction of speed)
  • 120 hours validity
  • Free incoming voice calls and incoming text messages

OPTION 3: KT Olleh 10-Day Unlimited Data Plan

  • PRICE: ₱1,893 or $36.12, if not discounted!
  • KT Olleh SIM card (nano/micro/normal size)
  • Unlimited 4G/LTE data connection (with no reduction of speed)
  • 240 hours validity
  • Free incoming voice calls and incoming text messages

OPTION 4: KT Olleh 30-Day Unlimited Data Plan

  • PRICE: ₱3,516 or $67, if not discounted!
  • KT Olleh SIM card (nano/micro/normal size)
  • Unlimited 4G/LTE data connection (with no reduction of speed)
  • 720 hours validity
  • Free incoming voice calls and incoming text messages

If you don't have a Klook account yet, you're in luck! You can get a discount if you sign up and book using my referral link. Click the button below to create an account!

PRICE WATCH

Here are the current rates of the 4G LTE KT Olleh Data SIM card, as mirrored on Klook:

Klook.com
Klook.com

TIPS!

  • Your data SIM card must be activated on the redemption date. The day count starts when you redeem it, not when you actually use it (e.g. the next day).
  • With this KT Olleh SIM, you can also use your phone as a mobile hotspot to connect all your other devices. I was able to connect my laptop and tablet seamlessly.
  • After use, you may bring your SIM back to your home country as a souvenir. There's no need to return.
  • If you have used any Korean SIM card on the same phone previously, dial *#06# and take note of the numbers that will show. You will need this when you order and get your SIM over the counter when you arrive at the airport. Do not book online!
  • Should you wish to cancel your order of a South Korea SIM card from Klook, know that refunds are only issued for cancellations made at least 48 hours before the pick-up date.

Reference

To know more about this SIM card in South Korea, you can visit KT's website here

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