[ DEFINITION OF EGG – WHAT IS AN EGG ]
Egg, in consumer technology terms a decade past the Millennium,
is a portable modem that receives Korean WiBro (wireless broadband) signals
and converts to a wireless router that sends out Wi-Fi signals .
only the first generation of the original Egg was oval in the shape of a real chicken-laid egg, although double the size
the clever name borne of the usual marketing ploy stuck, due to several models saturating the market whose manufacturer and model number a nuisance to remember .
it is synonym to different names used in different parts on planet Earth
like Pocket WiFi and Mobile WiMax .
[ THE NEED FOR AN EGG – WHY USE AN EGG ]
Egg came at a time synchronized with the influx of Apple iPad,
whose Wi-Fi-Only models came a daunting W150,000 cheaper than its 3G models .
aside from the price factor : 3G is unbearably slow, although accessible anywhere where cell phone signals can reach you .
[ EGG USE – HOW TO USE AN EGG ]
- roughly a half has built-in battery and the other exchangeable,
charge it with applied cord and charger,
- to put it ON : press the main button a few minutes,
and OFF : again press the main button a few minutes,
- LED light signals distinguishable by color :
Red = (charging) on empty battery or (while in use) low battery
Yellow = (charging) half-charged or (while in use) half battery
Green = (charging) fully charged or (while in use) battery full
from Left : Compact Eggs, iPhone Battery Egg, Strong Egg, above Mini Egg and below Egg 3
all forming the third generation of Eggs evolving annually from 2009 when iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air landed on the Korean Peninsula
[ THE EVOLUTION OF EGG & WHICH MODEL TO CHOOSE ]
refer to my BLog posts for annual updates of models and speed comparison between as well as among developing generation of Eggs .
[ EGG CONNECTION SPEED & EFFECTIVE PERIMETERS ]
through May 2012 as the NEW iPad 3 is introduced : earliest model are still the most stable with constant connection, while battery life has doubled from 4 to 8 hours continuous usage .
[ EGG PURCHASE : WHERE TO BUY AN EGG ]
largely you have two choices :
- buy it on-Line (always the cheapest) or at a telecommunications branch
for common retail price of W120,000 and sign-up for monthly usage or
- subscribe to a 1 or 2 Year contract with incredible discounts
where the need for the former is almost negligable, for the latter comes with lucrative benefits as :
- NO Sign-Up Fee,
- NO mandatory insurance on device,
- FREE usage on the first 3~6 Months INCLUDED in the mandatory usage length,
[ BUYING PROCEDURE ]
most on-Line stores subscription will be 2 Years
but many related on-Line communities have group discount subscription of a Year .
you simply fill out their form on-Line or sent by Fax
and they will usually send by pre-paid courrier the next day .
[ PRODUCT SUPPORT ]
as if by government order decree, various models are made in succession by a handful of manufacturers
where if you have signed-up with a cell phone carrier : they will tell you a number to contact .
otherwise major makers here, and note most have free support within the year and because most sub-contractors aside from KT, have only a single location in the whole wide World :
- ModaCom : maker of
– second generation “Egg 2” KWD-B2300,
– third generation “Strong Egg” KWD-B2600 and
– “Compact Egg” KWF-B2700
DaeHyun Blue Tower Building second floor,
51 Gil 1 KangNam DaeRo, SeoCho-Ku, Seoul Tel.02-3487-0700
Seoul Subway Line 2 or ShinBunDang Line KangNam Station Exit 5 and is midway on the next block to your Right
Weekdays 9~11:30am & 1~5:30pm .. yep picky hours
- KTTech : maker of third generation “Mini Egg” KM-MR100
most larger KT Telecommuncations Branches throughout the Peninsula double as support centers
- infoMark : maker of “Compact Egg” KWF-B2700
located afar in the satellite city of Bundang :
Kins Tower 308, 25-1 JungJa-Dong, BunDang-Ku,
SungNam City, KyungGi-Do Tel.0505-555-0504
WeekDays 9am~12:30pm & 1:30~6pm
and noteable makers of portable modems, some out-dated or exporting :
[ EGG RENTAL : WHERE TO RENT AN EGG ]
two of South Korea’s major cell phone carriers SK and KT Telecommunications has extensive roaming sites divided into in-bound and out-bound for comparison,
and telecommunication desks at all international Airports has rental plans of common W10,000 a Day unlimited usage either in-bound and out .
– this document was prepared at the end-cycle of the third generation of Egg
circa May 2012 by Korea Tech BLog –