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South Korea's telecommunications regulator, the Korea Communications
Commission, gave the iPhone the approval it needed this week to allow it to launch at any time within the country. This is the second time the device has been granted this kind of freedom by the commission since September.
The new decision may have something to do with location-based services as South Korean law requires companies providing location-based data to obtain government permission. The decision in September decided that local network providers could obtain permission on Apple's behalf.
KT and SK telecom, both local providers in South Korea, have been in talks with Apple, but Apple spokesman Steve Park told the AP that Apple has yet to decide whether it will bring the iPhone to South Korea. The Cupertino-based company has yet to add South Korea to its list of countries where the iPhone is "coming soon."