In the past, the few tourists who made it across the border into North Korea had their personal mobile phones confiscated upon arrival and left their rights to free information (via the internet) behind. Not so anymore.
Although (very limited) internet is available to some, BBC news has reported that according to a spokesperson from North Korea’s mobile network company, Koryolink, foreigners may soon have access to internet services.
And they can reportedly keep their phones says a tour guide from Young Pioneer Tours, who, on a recent trip to North Korea, was able to keep his mobile phone.
Tourists still need to buy a SIM card for their phones, however communication with family and friends overseas as well as foreign embassies, should be considerably easier.