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North Korea stops 3G data service one month after rollout

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north korea (Maxim Tupikov /
north korea (Maxim Tupikov /

Last month's revelation that North Korea would start offering a tourist-only 3G data service was hailed as a sign that the isolated nation may be loosening its grip on the internet, and even more so when it turned out that the access would be uncensored. Unfortunately, though, it appears that the regime may have had a change of heart — North Korea Tech spotted a message on travel agent Koryo Tours' website noting that 3G access is "no longer available" for foreign visitors. However, they will still be able to buy SIM cards from carrier Koryolink to make international calls. With the reversal coming so soon, it seems Dennis Rodman picked just the right moment to visit the country.