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The Greatest Device….Ever?

Living in South Korea allows me to have more than I ever did back home in the States. It’s one of the huge benefits of living here. I make good money, my apartment is paid for (I only pay utilities), so I am able to not only save money but spend money as well.

The best thing I have gotten in my 2+ years here in Korea is an iPhone. This is simply the greatest invention. I can’t believe how much I use it.

Right now as I type this, I am sitting in a laundromat with my laptop with my iPhone hooked up to it using it as my internet source.

Through the iPhone’s personal hotspot, I can hook it up to my laptop and use its 3G service for my internet. It’s not the fastest internet ever, but it works well as long as you aren’t trying to stream movies.

I use my iPhone for countless devices. It is my alarm clock. I check the weather daily on it. I also get most of my news from it.

Living in a foreign country, I can’t just turn on the local news and understand everything. I do have CNN, MSNBC, and a Bloomberg channel on my digital cable that is all in English, but most of the news I get from back home is from my iPhone. I have several apps that allow me to check the news whether it is financial news (yes I was curious at how the Facebook IPO would go), weather, political (although admittedly I try to stay away more than not), and sports.

I even watch baseball on my iPhone. I have the At Bat app which allows me to watch live baseball on my phone on 3G in connection with my subscription. It’s great. I love to watch baseball and when my favorite teams travel out west the games can creep into my work time here in Korea. Luckily I go to lunch straight away when I go to work. So some days you can catch me watching a game on my iPhone as I am at lunch.

At work I like to keep up to date with how other games are going. Most days it is the KBO schedule (Korean baseball), or even how a NBA playoff game might be going.

I can even check my bank balances, see where buses are here in Daegu, or use the subway map to figure out where to get off or on. I have navigation apps, Google maps which I can use to send where I am to friends. There is just so much stuff I can do with my phone.

I also listen to a lot of music and podcasts. Right now I am listening to my favorite sports stations podcast from this week as I type this blog post (1310 the Ticket in Dallas).

I can Tweet, post to Facebook, and use an amazing phone. Check out this post on the laundromat. Each photo there is from my iPhone. They aren’t bad. The phone and video on the phone is quite good.

It’s simply one of the greatest devices I’ve ever owned or seen. Some days I wonder how I lived without one before.

Heuksando, South Korea

Heuksando, South Korea (Taken with iPhone)

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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One Response to “The Greatest Device….Ever?”

  1. Aj says:

    I couldn’t agree more! I love mine too and equally love baseball ๐Ÿ™‚ I purchased the subscription and love it. I travel so much for work that it’s been really worth every penny. I think it’s great too that they also offer the “free game of the day” to those that don’t have one. I’m not sure if you purchased yours again this year or not but this was full of great info.! Nice post!


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