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Korean Couple Phone Charms

October 12, 2011

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Now, you might remember a loooooong time ago we did a video on Korean Couple Shirts (back when our camera suuuucked) and we talked a bit about how couples in Korea show that they’re couples by having either matching or coordinating outfits. Today, we’re touching on something else for couples, but not as blatantly cheesy. Korean Couple Cellphone charms!

Korea’s really into couples showing off their couple-ness through having matching things, and we’re not really that into it. Sure, we have some couple shirts, but we barely ever wear them. Except for the last time we went to Toronto. We were walking through downtown Toronto together, in the cool hipster area, around a bunch of people with cooler clothes, awesomer hair, neater tattoos than what we have, and so we didn’t feel as special there as we do here in Korea (barely anyone has funky hair and tattoos in Korea). But, that day in Toronto, we were wearing our couple shirts. Our frumpy dumpy couple shirts. And, oh boy, so many people stopped us and asked us where we got them from. And when we said “Korea” we felt totally badass. But that’s another story.

Interestingly, the two of us don’t blatantly go out of our way to match, but we accidentally, perhaps subconsciously, do at times. The best example we have is, one day I was wearing my “Video Games Ruined My Life. Good thing I have two extra lives” Shirt, and Martina was wearing a shirt that had a single heart on it. Coincidence? Maybe. Destiny? DEFINITELY.

Back to the point, we sometimes find people wearing entirely matching outfits. Same sweatshirts, same hats, same jeans, even same shoes. No joke. Fully in uniform. That’s creepy! These charms aren’t that creepy. They’re kinda cute, and they’re unobtrusive ways of being couple-ey with your significant other, without looking too weird. Awesome!

Anyhow, what we asked in the video still stands: are these popular in other parts of the world yet? We feel like we’ve been desensitized to this kind of stuff in Korea now, but we’ve been away from North America for a looong time now (over three years) so we feel like we’re a bit out of touch. Do people use this kind of stuff? Would you?

Otherwise, here are this week’s Bloopers. Martina, err, doesn’t take to criticism well:

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  1. Here in Brazil most people have phone charms too… I’ve already seen many couple keychains out to sale, but it’s not so common to see people using them. It’s more common to see girls with like “necklace couple charms”? hahaha I don’t know how to call it. I would use the phone charm you guys have :D I don’t know about my boyfriend hahaha I just wouldn’t use like couple t-shirts :P But these tiny things are cute!
    I have a phone charm too :D

    5 years ago
  2. Here in Manitoba, most people have phone charms, but I’ve never seen couple phone charms like those on someone’s phone here. Although they are awful adorable ^.^

    5 years ago
  3. Well, I think so. I saw a bunch of couples have them on their own phones here in Ottawa, and I know my two friends do but they’re not Asian or into anything Asian. Hope that helps?

    5 years ago
  4. I totally have a phone charm, its My Melody<3, and I'm from Houston, Texas, but I don't think there that popular, but I love them

    5 years ago
  5. these are adorable! ♥  these aren’t really common around here in Canada, as far as I can see, unless you go to an Asian shop, where you will see tons of them. I’d definitely use these couple charms, though. I guess it’s because I’ve lived in an Asian country for a bit of time (Philippines) and these things were EVERYWHERE. Couple shirts, couple necklaces, couple phone charms… I guess just out here it hasn’t really become mainstream yet (don’t know if it will, though, since western tastes are different)

    5 years ago
  6. I have about 12 or so charms on my phone right now… 

    But actually, they’re really not that popular around here in the US…

    5 years ago
  7. I would totally use them. I have a flip phone and it has a notch for charms. My current charm is a little cookie/pastry that says love on it, it’s from my pen pal in Korea :) Do they make best friend charms there? I think that would be cute to have a matching charm with your friend! 
    http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee348/Life_Projections/IMG_2004.jpg

    5 years ago
  8. Ha ha ha, I remember the days when my wife and I were first dating and we’d dress alike.  The weird part was that we didn’t do it on purpose, we’d just wear matching colored-shirts a lot.  It helps that my wife did most of the shopping.  ;)

    Thanks for the tip on the iPhone charm issue.  I’ve often wondered about that because we get little charms in Japan too from Shinto shrines and I usually just have to keep them in my wallet for good luck.

    5 years ago
  9. I have a Hello Kitty dressed as a bumble bee phone charm. :3 Reading the comments I’m actually quite surprised that they’re not popular outside Asia. But then again my phone is like 5 years old, and it’s Samsung, and I did buy the charm in Chinatown. 

    5 years ago
  10. My Old Sony Phone had things like that but it is bell charms except they fell off after a few months by itself 

    5 years ago
  11. rj

    At least, over here that isn’t popular…not even phone charms. Still, I have my You’re-Beautiful-Piggy-Bunny-bigger-than-my-phone charm hanging right there…on my phone. In theory it is meant to attract other hallyu fans that get the reference. No success yet. I’ll see at the opening of the Korean bbq place.

    Anyway, back to the subject. People should go for the adorable, but they are more into cellphone cases/skins. As for couple’s whatever, yeah, if I had a boyfriend I would def. try to make him match at least once every six months (ideally I would get a bf that would like it). But that ain’t popular or widely known over here….unless your siblings, and you are, like, under five, and your mom thought it would be cute for one to wear the matching clothing.. I thought that would have died out by now…

    5 years ago
    • I was in Wonderland in Cnada and I saw this Korean couple wearing matching clothes. So cute!! Anyways, good idea on the charm. I was thinking whether to get a shirt that lists all the clubs Im in. Like VIP, ELF, A+, etc. To see whether it would attract kpop fans. 

      5 years ago
  12. I’ve never seen anybody else using these… in fact like a year ago I ordered a cos play outfit and got one with a character on it and I just stared at it, I had no idea what it was, so I put it on my keys. Eventually I learned…

    5 years ago
  13. If I ever had a phone with a notch (or got a protective case that came notched) that charm better not be fragile. While I try not to abuse my phones, they do encounter some mishaps. Being dropped, accidently dunked in cheese once…At least I’m not like my brother who’s run over his twice!

    5 years ago
  14. I live n Europe, but me and my friends [and also many other ppl who have nothing to do with Korea or Asia whatsoever] have a bunch of the charms stuck to our phones, we absolutely love them <3 but our phones are Samsung, so yeah – they naturally come with the notch ;)

    5 years ago
  15. This video is adorable, but so sad to the single waiting to be mingled people.

    5 years ago
  16. Unfortunately, I have not had a phone with a place for a charm since about 2003… : (

    I am considering looking into a case for my lovely phone… I love my Dell phone… : D

    5 years ago
  17. Haha, neat. My phone has a notch! But then I realized my phone is Samsung >.> Of course it will have one.

    5 years ago
  18. “I know how to enunciate, unlike some people here.” OMG You sounded like my husband right there and I called him and yelled at him for being a “jerk” (we mean it in a sweet way) again! Honestly, it made me miss my husband, I’ve been living away from him for a year now *sigh*… okay that’s my sad story but really, you did sound like him XD

    5 years ago
  19. I really want to get phone charms but my phone doesn’t have a notch :( so i looked them up and bam: http://www.accessorygeeks.com/universal-adhesive-o-ring.html now i need to get my mom to buy it for me…

    5 years ago
  20. Omg I LOVE your green squeezy edamame phone charm!! It’s so green and squeezy and the beans peek out when you squeeze it! So adorbs!

    5 years ago
  21. I see and know a lot of people, mostly female though, who use phone charms, but not couple charms. The whole couple look isn’t catching on here in the US.
     Like one person commented, family outfits or group shirts for events so you don’t get lost or to advertise yourselves. But not couple-ness dating similarity. It’s our loss, lack of aegyo, no cuteness factor here.

    5 years ago
  22. It’s already quite popular here in Poland, not all cellphones got notches in them but my LG does have it. But I only have a liitle leash for a hand on it.

    5 years ago
  23. Apparently Thinkgeek has couple shirts that have hearts that light up when they get close to each other. One of my good friend’s ex-girlfriend got it for them. He hated them, but of course, wore it to make her happy. He wanted to burn it when they broke up :)
    Since my husband pretty much wears black and black and more black I don’t think we’d be doing the couple clothing anytime soon :P

    5 years ago
    • rj

      With one single comment you have just led me to eternal economic ruin. Awesome stuff, thanks for sharing ;)

      5 years ago
  24. My LG Phone has no charm hole!! i love to put lots of charms on my phone *-* THEY ARE SIMPLY CUTE!!! Martina! i like the one  you had, the green pea pod~! :D

    5 years ago
  25. I’ve seen charms be quite used in Mexico. That and also phones that double as music players/radios. It’s very common to see people with charmed phones and listening from their phone. Also, there’s a lot of little stands that sell charms and things related of that sort. Well, that’s what I’ve seen in the area of Mexico I’ve lived.

    5 years ago
  26. martina, that beans are so adorable! did you feature it in a vid before? seems like it or a photo?
     

    5 years ago
  27. i love the the charms! ever since i started watching dramas i wanted them… so now i only look for phones that have notch or some other possible way of putting them on.  but i have noticed that its not very common here in chicago , mid-west, for ppl to have them. 

    5 years ago
  28. I’ve seen them in Canada. Personally, I’m a bit of a fan of purse charms – when not overdone.

    5 years ago
    • yeah, i’ve seen them lots in southern ontario. all the walmarts around here carry the winnie-the-pooh in costumes in those little $2 vending machines. actually, there are quite a few different vending machines with different phone charms (nintendo, puppies, voodoo dolls, etc). i’m surprised that a lot of people keep saying they haven’t seen them b/c they’ve been around here for at least 5 years. weird.

      5 years ago
      • Actually, check out dollar stores – I’ve seen them there – probably made from lead!  But purty lead…

        5 years ago
  29. Yes, people here in Chile use it, I have one of Bigbang <3

    5 years ago
  30. Many phones have that notch to hang key charms on, especially Samsung and those crap-company phones because teenagers use them a lot.

    5 years ago
  31. You can buy phone charms almost everywhere you go here (North America),..but I’m not too certain people use them a lot.  In my experience people tend to think the phone charms are stupid…and I’ve actually been made fun of for looking for a phone that had a place for charms.  (I Love charms.  And even have one on my 3ds)  However, I’ve never found any couple charms – best friend charms, yes..but not ‘couple’…

    On a side note…my husband and I found this Sailor Moon shirt that had the kitties on them and it said “We are PUUUUUUUUUUUUURFECT together”  we almost bought them so we could wear them together. XD

    5 years ago
  32. I would love them! I had like 7 charms on my old phone but sadly my new one doesn’t have a notch for them….so instead I put them on my keys.

    5 years ago
  33. I have a newer-ish Samsung cell, and I was very a-sad when I saw that there isn’t a charm notch in it. I actually kind of yelled at it, “You’re a Korean brand phone! How can you not hold my phone charms?! D:”
    xD;;

    5 years ago
  34. It’s not very popular, but when I was in middle school here in Brazil a bunch of girls had phone charms and they also put stickers on their cellphone, but I dont know if middle school girls still do this

    5 years ago
  35. Time for you to start a new trend…

    5 years ago
  36. It doesn’t seem any different as the best friend items (key chains, necklaces, shirts, etc) they’ve been selling for, like, ever. I haven’t seen any cutesy couple items of the same nature, though.

    As for couples who match:
    During my first year at my design school, I had an instructor who matched her husband (also an instructor) everyday they worked the same days. Sometimes it would be same colored shirts and same colored pants. Other times it was like maroon shirt+khaki pants on one and the other would wear it in reverse. Because they’re older and so sweet when they interact, everybody just finds it super adorable. :3

    5 years ago
  37.  Oh my oh! Yeah I’d use them, when I had a phone that I could put charms on I used to make myself tons of different charms. I don’t know they just give your phone character or something. I had a mushroom on mine, used to totally womp people with it, amazing. But it’s okay Martina, Simon just doesn’t understand.

    5 years ago
  38. We have them in M’sia too. But they called that Family T-shirts. They will buy ALL THE SAME T-Shirts for the father, mother, and the kids. Its a little weird but you know definitely they are ONE FAMILY =)

    5 years ago
    • They do this in Utah as well in family photos and for family reunions, though I’ve never seen it on an everyday basis.

      5 years ago
    • family t-shirts?? i’ve never heard of them.. n i’m from M’sia.. lol!

      5 years ago
      • Oh Yeah!! I had them when I was in Malaysia loong ago. It was fun. We had a color for each family. So multiple colors for the entire extended fam..at least 25+ ppl was color coordinated in a picture  :)) 

        Not much color coordination or couple shirts in the states.. I miss Asia. I think it all boils down to collectivism in asian countries. We know that in most part of the western hemisphere, individualism supersedes collectivism.

        5 years ago
  39. I want one of those!!

    5 years ago
  40. Korean brand phones (e.g. samsung) has notches for phone charms here in the States.  It’s not as popular here as Korea – but when I had my Samsung phone I put a charm on it.  Now I have the blackberry that has no place to put a charm :(

    5 years ago