Galaxy S launches seem to carry a curse for SK Telecom. Last year the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) imposed a ban on SK preventing sales for 45 days right around the time the Galaxy S5 was supposed to launch. Now that the Galaxy S6 launch date is nearing, KCC is imposing another ban.
Pointing to illegal subsidies (as much as $450 for iPhone 6
subscribers), the KCC will ban the carrier from selling any phones and
signing on new subscribers for 7 days. The telecom will also have to pay
a fine of KRW 23.5 billion ($21.2 million).
SK Telecom and Samsung are concerned how this ban will affect their
businesses. It seems like the KCC hasn’t settled on an exact day to
enforce the ban. Samsung Galaxy S6 units are supposed to ship on April
10, so the ban may delay SK’s launch.
The other two major carriers, KT and LG U+, are unaffected by the ban and will be offering special promotions.
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