North Korea Eases Up on Foreigners

North Korea has had a bit of a change of heart recently and they are now letting us non-Korean residents bring our phones into the country.  In times past, the most closed-off country in the world wouldn't allow any mobile tech into the country.  Even with the relaxed regulations, foreigners are not allowed to talk to locals via their mobile devices.  I'm not sure how exactly they would enforce this, but I think I'll take their word for it.  CNET has a lot more details.

This change in the rules may have been brought on by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's recent trip to the country in his push to get North Korea's government to give its citizens more Internet access. On his visit, Schmidt elected to leave his phone in China and rent a local handset.