South Korea's three main mobile communications service providers—SK Telecom, KTF and LG Telecom—have agreed to make life easier for their customers. Instead of always having different standards for their respective mobile phones' sync, charge ports, data cables and earphones, it's been decided to go with just one standard. Most cellphone manufacturers have different ports to help boost accessory sales, but the Koreans, in their infinite wisdom, have come to understand that making life easier for the customer may actually boost sales, as well as subscriptions for services. They also believe this standardization could help with synchronizing the cellular phone input/output port and external devices, which would help them with other value-added services in the future.
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