By Erik Crouch.
Image via News.com.au
It must be difficult when the little dictator wants a smartphone: can’t go with Apple (American imperialist bastards!) or Samsung (non-unifying bastards!) or Nokia (Finnish bastards!). Kim Jong-un’s posse apparently decided that HTC was the best of a bad bunch, despite being a Taiwan based corporation (Capitalist bastards! China-provocateurs!). Why the dictator didn’t go with China based Huawei is anyone’s guess – the answer may revolve around compatibility with North Korea’s bizarre wireless system, which was designed by an Egyptian telecom firm in 2008.
The AFP has more information on North Korea’s cellular situation:
While North Koreans live in probably the most isolated and censored society on the planet, the country is not a complete IT desert.
[…] the one million normal cellphone subscribers can only phone each other, not outside the country, and the Intranet is similarly cut off from the rest of the worldwide web.
“Kim and his family members as well as the North’s political elite appear to use smartphones or other mobile phones capable of accessing the Internet,” said the Seoul official.
The conversation on Kim’s smartphone began when the North Korean press published the above photo, which sparked a search to determine what phone model was most fitting with the dictator’s heavy-handed and terrifying leadership style. The result? The HTC ‘Butterfly’. If HTC offered a ‘Unicorn’ model, one assumed it would have been the top choice.
This author eagerly awaits Kim’s discovery of Instagram, and personally challenges him to a game of Words With [Evil Dictators].