North Korea is loosening restrictions on foreign cellphones. Visitors can now bring their own phones into the country, the Associated Press reported. But if they try to call locals, they're out of luck, as calls between locals and foreigners are still prohibited.
This is great news for those who use their phones as a watch, alarm and camera, or just can’t stop playing games.
Previously, nearly all foreigners visiting North Korea were forced to surrender their cellphones at customs.
Foreigners got their phones back when they left, but there was often evidence they had been tampered with.
"It's a security risk, and the government would prefer that contact with the outside world stay limited," a reporter in North Korea says. "So the decision to allow tourists to bring their own phones — if true — is big news," he continued.
It could signify that some powerful figure, or some faction within the Korean Workers' Party, is winning a political battle towards reform.
Nobody knows for sure what goes on in the corridors of power in North Korea, but cellphone access could indeed mean that Kim Jong-un is the Swiss-educated reformer some are saying he is.