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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. yesssssssssss of yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! i whant one to !!!

    4 years ago
  2. I wanna know where I can buy an iphone case with a notch…

    5 years ago
  3. Awww…where did you get that cute squeezy bean thingy, Martina?

    5 years ago
  4. I think that in Europe it might be something almost non-existent… I have never ever seen an european use those, although I can see them for sell?! Maybe, we’re weird…o_O ahahah

    5 years ago
    • I don’t know about the rest of Europe, but I see a lot of people in Germany having something hanging on their phones (without having to buy special cases with notches!) or on their keys. Also as a couple. Or just close friends. For example, you can have the halves of little colourful hearts and then you give one half to your boyfriend/girlfriend and keep the other, and when you put your phones together, the halves connect and form a full heart. That just came into my mind because I use it that way myself :D
      I have never seen any couples wear real couple clothing, but sometimes they wear something that matches. Just like, similar colours and stuff.
      BUT I do see a lot of couples wearing the same necklaces/bracelets/rings/earring/piercings/ whatever. That’s also a more subtle way. I think I would do that as well. But matching clothes is not really something for me… If we had couple shirts, I would definatley love them though!

      5 years ago
  5. I always wanted a charm for my phone the phones i always get dont have notches of any kind and i dont have an iphone seeing as they are way to expensive for me and im not an at&t user. I love cute things, like hello kitty, anything anime, video game and kpop and jpop! :)

    5 years ago
  6. I love Simon’s T-Shirt!!!!  

    5 years ago
  7. OMG I so wanna have this to give to a certain someone <3

    5 years ago
  8. Couple Charms…no…phone charms in general…HUGE in the States.  I have a Hello Kitty (huge fanatic too!!!) that’s a bell holding fighting fans and then I have a jade phone charm that my fellow TKD friend gave me.  And yes…I have an iPhone too…so I bought a bling Hello Kitty case so I could attach my two charms.  LOL

    5 years ago
  9. Well in the state I live in in the States… actually idk.  The school I attend is 75-80% Asian so yes I do see matching couple charms quite often, I just don’t know if the rest of the state/ country has them.  Though a good handful of the non-asian couples at school have them either because it’s a asian-non asian couple or they’ve been influenced by their friends. 

    5 years ago
  10. I think couple keychains and matching things are cute! They just dont have them here.

    5 years ago
  11. Simon, I like your shirt :D

    5 years ago
  12. lol its tru that asia infringes copyrights very very VERY blatantly XD
    in mainland china, you can get fake Coach and Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags and sunglasses at tons of questionable looking tiny little stores on the streets.
    also, lots of clothing brands too, like fake Aeropostale and Abercrombie shirts and sweaters. If you look closely at those kinds of fake clothing in those little stores, you can see that there’s no real tag, and they attach a fake one to make it seem authentic.
    for example, i have seen a girl wearing a shirt that said “Abercrombie & Titch”.  needless to say i LOLed

    5 years ago
  13. I found couple phone charms in the  Chinatown of Montreal and I bought one for my friend and I ^^
    And guess what? It’s the You’re Beautiful Rabbit-Pig! So cute!
    I don’t have a phone, so I made two little holes in my Ipod case haha!

    5 years ago
  14. awww~ sooo cute! O:< couples in korea are more affectionate then here in america

    5 years ago
  15. Yeah… easy to find in China town downtown Los Angeles. I own a couple that have a little bell inside, it gets pretty loud so I don’t use them. But  I have seen really cute ones with like bears and dolls, they are really pretty and high quality.

    5 years ago
  16. They have cell phone charms here in the US, they’re also pretty popular–it’s just the couple ones that I think are probably more Korean.

    5 years ago
  17. In Quebec it’s easy to find some phone charms because there are so many “objects” distributers like the bubblegum machines that have stickers, toys, keychain OR phone charms in it. I didn’t really see if people actually put them on their cellphone but I personnaly love them ^^ (and I found couple phone charms (not a lot but I can say many) in the montreal’s china town but I’m not in couple so I just can’t buy any… -.-‘)

    5 years ago
  18. In The Justice League (at least the show on cartoon network) Wonder Woman and Batman totally hooked up! 

    In other news, I’m in Ohio and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone with an actual phone charm except on TV…

    5 years ago
  19. Martina!! My friend and I both have the same hello kitty Tmoney key chain as you! I freaking love it! I’m super excited every time I use it. Plus when ever my friend and I see each other we make our hello kitties dance together because they are best friends duh…that is normal right? haha Sounds like Simon’s a little jealous and by a little I mean A LOT!   

    5 years ago
  20. I bought the superman one because I thought it was adorable and I had no idea it was part of a couple keychain… now I know why it says “forever” in the back lol

    5 years ago
  21. I know the couple cell phone straps and things are really popular in Japan, but as far as the US they are not.  Some people will put a charm on their phone just for the heck of it, but with more and more people getting the giant touch screen, 4G, cell-phones of ‘I will pawn your life’ and dont have spots for straps I doubt even charming your phone will really catch on here.

    5 years ago
  22. Haha! Simon ur shirt…AGAIN! It’s awesome. Where do u find these things?

    5 years ago
  23. Ok…so my phones have always had cell phone charm hole things and I LOVE THESE THINGSSS!!! My grandma had some nice one with glass beads. And like idk if the are popular but my asian friends are the only ones that I know of other than my gma and me that use one (and asian as in like actually from asia so they probaly got theirs in like Taipei or Seoul or something cool like that…)
    But im in Seattle so i got my awesome bunny one (its also screencleaner!) from Diaso ^^ ….so yah…
    But weird moment- at a totally random rest stop in Spain on the way to Madrid I found a vending machine with get this- MARIO CELL PHONE CHARMS!!! YESSSS!!! and it was so epic that I had to waste a euro on it! and I just happened to get my FAVORITE! The little ghosty thing! So now i have a mario ghosty thing cell phone charm from spain and I think thats pretty epic. and its wierd cause i didntreally see anyone in europe had cell phone charms but most alot of people in Spain had attacthed their wierd cell phone hole thing to like a lanyard around their neck,.. so they had like their phones hanging from the neck which I had never seen before…
    but COUPLE CHARMS! I want these soooo bad!!! Too bad I’m not…like dating. :( *sniff

    PS- Wonder Woman and Superman? There were some misguided later storylines where they tried to make them have a romantic storyline…they just ended up annoying people, adding awkward sexual tension and I dont think they were ever officially a couple….but Im not sure, see I’m actualy a Marvel girl.

    5 years ago
  24. Not a lot of people have cell phone charms but some do.  I personally love them and want one but they don’t have any from where I’m from and I’m to cheap to pay for the ones online because shipping is outrageous! :/

    5 years ago
  25. I don’t know how popular they are in Colorado… I haven’t really paid attention. I would use one, though! I think they’re super cute! But then again, my phone is Korean, I have Korean keyboard stickers, and I drive around blasting Korean music, so… not sure how representative that is of the average American these days. xD

    Also, I would totally try out couple phone charms lol. I would also try out couple t-shirts. Not a full outfit, maybe, but the shirts for sure. Probably not here, though. Just in Korea…….

    5 years ago
  26. Awesome t-shirt              lolololol

    5 years ago
  27. superman and wonder woman are together in this one:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_Come_(comics)

    oh the nerdery. also, martina, awesome earrings in this video.

    5 years ago
  28. It was trendy a time ago in Bs As..  like two years ago? ahaha I remember some of those things had lights and these lights turned on everytime the phone rang.

    5 years ago
  29. I have the same stress green bean thingy!! The one I have has little faces on the beans! XD

    5 years ago
  30. I totally have 4 phone charms on my phone right now. I’ve been rocking the phone charms for about 3 years now and I’m from Montana USA lol so it could start trending…or maybe I am just one of the few super asian fans out there.

    5 years ago
  31. well, here in Brazil it’s getting quite common – a lot because of Japanese and Korean import of straps. For myself, my cellphone has like 3 of them, and I have several in reserve. All my friends’ got  them, and even my brother xD

    5 years ago
  32. Here in Seattle I see them everywhere. Not couple ones, but just phone charms in general. Idk, maybe it’s cuz we have so many asian people here? :)

    5 years ago
  33. A lot of people around here (San Diego CA) have phone charms. I have a superman voodoo one, it’s adorable, and easy enough to find because you buy them at the movies at one of those quarter-vending-machine-things (I don’t know what they’re called :D).
    I think it’s more common to see asians with the really big phone charms (and some smell like food-it’s interesting), but I haven’t seen couple charms.

    5 years ago
  34. They sell cell phone charms here in NYC in Koreatown, but I’d never heard of them before I started watching kdramas. Then I found out that there’s a piggy-bunny cell phone charm (from You’re Beautiful) and had to have it, whether it looked ridiculous or not. My Droid X has a notch to attach stuff to it–most cell phones I’ve had here in the US have had that, but I’ve never known what it was for.

    Then the piggy-bunny got here and it was about as big as my phone. Droid Xes are huge already! I couldn’t fit the phone in my pocket anymore. So it decorates my cube at work instead. But it’s tempting to go to Ktown and get something a little less obtrusive to decorate my phone with. I think it’s a great idea.

    5 years ago
    • i think the notch was actually originally made to attach a strap to like the ones on cameras. oooolllllddd cellphones often came with just plain boring straps to put in the notches. my mom had a cell phone, like, 15 years ago or something? way back when you HAD to extend the antenna in order to get reception! she had a black strap for her phone.

      5 years ago
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. This video is adorable, but so sad to the single waiting to be mingled people.

    5 years ago
  50. 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
  51. Haha, neat. My phone has a notch! But then I realized my phone is Samsung >.> Of course it will have one.

    5 years ago
  52. “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
  53. 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
  54. 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
  55. 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
  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. 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
  59. 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
  60. martina, that beans are so adorable! did you feature it in a vid before? seems like it or a photo?
     

    5 years ago
  61. 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
  62. 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
  63. Yes, people here in Chile use it, I have one of Bigbang <3

    5 years ago
  64. 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
  65. 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
  66. 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
  67. 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
  68. 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
  69. Time for you to start a new trend…

    5 years ago
  70. 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
  71.  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
  72. 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
  73. I want one of those!!

    5 years ago
  74. 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