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KT to begin selling China's Huawei smartphone

All Headlines 16:48 August 24, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- KT Corp., South Korea's second-largest mobile carrier by subscribers, said Wednesday it will begin selling smartphones made by China's Huawei Technologies Co. later this month.

The move by KT joins its rivals SK Telecom Co. and LG Uplus Corp. in introducing low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese smartphones in South Korea.

Huawei's P9 Lite smartphone will be sold at 316,800 won (US$282) in South Korea, KT said in a statement.

Last year, LG Uplus rolled out Huawei's Y6 smartphone in South Korea, while SK Telecom introduced the Luna smartphone, manufactured by Taiwan's Foxconn as a contractor.

Demand for budget smartphones rose after South Korea implemented a law early last year to ease fierce competition among telecoms firms.

An official in the local mobile telecoms industry said mobile carriers are likely to sell more Chinese smartphones because of their price competitiveness.

Meanwhile, KT will start selling the Chinese smartphone from next Monday via its outlets and website.

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