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Kakao Talk – A Must Have App for Korea

Kakao Talk – A Must-Have App for Life in Korea!

Is your VISA in your passport and are your flights confirmed? Or are you almost there? If so, it’s time to prepare for your arrival in Korea. An important part of your arrival plan is for you to stay in close contact with your recruiter. In the past, we asked new arrivals to telephone us from Incheon Airport. The arrangement worked fairly well, but some of our friends found it inconvenient. New arrivals needed to go to the information desk or somewhere else in the airport concourse to locate a payphone.

So you might wonder if there is a more convenient way to contact people in Korea as soon as you arrive at Incheon International Airport. Why not use Kakao Talk? It is a free chatting and calling app for your smart devices (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows phone & Windows Desktop) and is used by 98.9% of Koreans. Most foreigners resident in Korea also use the app.

Why are Kakao’s services so popular?

The story begins a few years ago when Korean carrier services charged between 20 and 100 Korean won per text message (SMS, MMS and Multimedia message). You may think that 20 won (about 2 cents, U.S.) amounts to nothing. That’s what many young people thought until they discovered that they were exchanging so many texts that it would be cheaper simply to make a brief phone call.

Identifying a niche in the market, some bright spark came up with the idea of Kakao. Unlike carrier-provided messaging services, sending text messages via Kakao costs you nothing. Provided a user has access to a free Wi-Fi connection, sending even very long texts, large photo’s, and short videos is entirely free. Kakao also provides a selection of cute emoticons, both still and animated.

Kakao provides not only a messaging service but also such services as Kakao Story, Kakao Group, and Kakao Place. In order to make use of these services, you need to create a Kakao account using your email. When you have a Kakao account, you can also create your own Kakao ID to share with others!


Read More on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KakaoTalk


Installing Kakao Talk on Your Smart Device

Kakao website: www.kakao.com

Kakao supports many platforms and is available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. There is also a PC version.

Please visit iTunes Store or Play Store and search for ‘Kakao Talk.’ Alternatively, click on the appropriate link below.

Download Links:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id362057947

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kakao.talk&hl=en

BlackBerry: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/76029/?lang=en

Windows Phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/kakaotalk/6bb928fe-f012-468f-8f8e-9c42098ee783

PC: http://app.pc.kakao.com/talk/win32/KakaoTalk_Setup.exe

Installing Kakao Talk on an Android device

Search for ‘Kakao Talk’ on Google Play and touch the ‘INSTALL’ button. Then ‘ACCEPT’ the privileges of the App. Installation will begin.

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When you first run Kakao Talk, you have to activate the App using your mobile number. This does not need to be the number of the device on which you are installing Kakao Talk. Any number on which you can receive the four-digit verification number will work. Also, other Kakao users will use this number to find your Kakao account.


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Once you have verified the number, you can log in to your existing Kakao account to restore friends and profile info. You can also skip this process.

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Unfortunately, the terms of service and the privacy policy are available only in Korean. Their content is much like  similar documents that you might encounter in your home country. They are in harmony with Korean privacy law.

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The last step is to create your profile. You can add your portrait and insert your name.

If you click the button entitled, ‘Add Automatically,’ Kakao will search your phone book to see if there are any other Kakao users among your contacts. It will add them automatically to your friends list.

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The friends list below is empty:

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Here is the Chat room:

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With Kakao, you can send a photo, a video, a voice note, a contact, or even your current location. Remember to try the cute emoticons.

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You can add a friend by ID Search or by QR code:

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Other Kakao Services:

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