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North Korea turns off foreigners' mobile internet access

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
June 14, 2015
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You probably aren't planning a trip to North Korea any time soon, but if you are... well, don't expect to post your Instagram photos while you're there. The country's only cellphone provider, Koryolink, has turned off its 3G network access for foreigners due to a "service outage" from a "local internet provider." It's not clear what happened or when service will be back online. However, the shutoff followed just a day after Pyongyang's Koryo Hotel caught fire. While it's possible that this is a genuine outage unconnected to the blaze, officials also arrested outsiders trying to take photos of the incident -- this may be a convenient way of preventing embarrassing photos from reaching the rest of the world.

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