THE GLORIOUS Democratic People's Republic of Korea has pulled the plug on high speed 3G internet service, about a month after letting it in.
Access to modern communications was slow in coming to North Korea, but it was getting there. Recently it announced that mobile phones did not have to be handed over when entering the country, and then it went crazy and opened up access to a high speed 3G mobile network.
Maybe Kim Jong-un ran up a huge in-app purchases bill, we don't know, or maybe he's just had enough of that libertarian nonsense. What we do know is that 3G access is no longer available to tourists, and that anyone that wants to visit and use a mobile phone must buy a special SIM card.
"3G access is no longer available for tourists to the DPRK. SIM cards can still be purchased to make international calls but no internet access is available," says a note on the North Korean tourist board website. This, just as it was about to become The INQUIRER's favourite holiday destination.
Mobile phones apparently are like a bee in North Korea's beverage of choice - always around, and always annoying.
After the passing of his father, dear leader Kim Jong-il, Kim John-un told everyone in North Korea not to use their mobile phones for 100 days during a mandatory period of mourning.
Not doing this reportedly would earn them a presumably fair and reasonable "war criminal" status. µ