Mobile Carriers “Phone Paparazzi Policy” Expands Towards Retailers.
The oddly dubbed “Phone Paparazzi policy,” which is a compensation scheme for the citizens of Korea to report on any illegal subsides that are aimed towards attracting new subscriber onto mobile phones or broadband Internet services, will expanded towards all retailer across South Korea. At the moment, the reporting system is application to online retailers only.
The Korea Association of ICT Promotion has announced that it would expand the policy towards brick-and-mortar mobile phone retailers beginning this June. By widening the report categories of the “Paparazzi Report Center” jointly ran by the mobile carries themselves, which includes SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus and broadband Internet provides as well, it shall stamp out any illegal subsides for mobile phones and Internet service.
Before that, the reports categorization were main focused on online retailers and big-box retailers which offered over more than 270,000 won of subsidies for a mobile phone, more than 220,000 won for the Internet and IPTV and more than 250,000 won for Internet, IPTV and Internet phone. Currently, all the retail channels have been reported in case of offering excessive subsidies.
Althouhg, this has lead towards some critics towards the expansion of the paparazzi scheme which shall add more damage for the small-sized mobile phone and Internet retailers are the mobile carriers already impose penalties and reduce sales commissions against the offline retailers which have been reported by the reward hunters.
However, some criticized that the expansion of the paparazzi scheme will add more damage for the small-sized mobile phone and Internet retailers as the mobile carriers already impose penalties and reduce sales commissions against the offline retailers which were reported by the reward hunters.
Meanwhile, the paparazzi report center established last September has given out 13 billion won as reward money for 18,317 and 124 cases for excessive mobile phone and broadband Internet subsidies, respectively.