Selling an unregistered version of Monopod, also known as selfie stick, can get you fined US$27,000 (S$33,758) fine or up to three years in prison in South Korea.
The reason for this ban is those with Bluetooth function which allows users to control the shutter of the smartphone remotely. This provide a wireless link using radio waves between the 2 devices.
Such function has to be tested and certified to ensure it does not disrupt other devices using the same radio frequency and most unregistered version are not tested and certified.
An official at the ministry’s Central Radio Management Office told AFP:
“It’s not going to affect anything in any meaningful way, but it is nonetheless a telecommunication device subject to regulation, and that means we are obligated to crack down on uncertified ones.”