SK Telecom signs deal with The Pokemon Company offering free data to Pokemon GO players in South Korea

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March 20th, 2017 partnership SK Telecom
The Pokemon Company
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SK Telecom signs deal with The Pokemon Company offering free data to Pokemon GO players in South Korea

South Korea's SK Telecom has signed a deal with The Pokemon Company to jointly promote Niantic-developed Pokemon GO.

The agreement sees SK Telecoms stores in-game being used as PokeStops and Gyms. The mobile operator has an estimated 4,000 stores throughout the country.

In return, players on SK Telecom will not incur any charges when playing Pokemon GO using mobile data. The deal will run from now until the end of June 2017.

Benefitting all trainers

"Partnering with SK Telecom will benefit all Pokémon GO Trainers across Korea, adding 4,000 new places for them to play the game," said John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, as reported by Korea IT Times.

"We're happy to be working with a telecom provider who is so connected with games and understand the needs of local players."

Pokemon GO first launched in South Korea on January 25th 2017, six months after it was first released in the US. Within five days it had already received 4.2 million daily active users.

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