|Dec 12, 2012, 03:19 PM||#1|
Japan and a prepaid simcard
I'm leaving for Japan on the 25th of December, and I really need an phone simcard. I need to make some calls (Skype ToGo) and I need Internet to survive! (20 days!)
Does any of you guys know a good prepaid service?
Here in the US, T-MOBILE has a reasonable option. If I'm not wrong, about 3 dollars /day for unlimited 2G, Calls and SMSs.
I'm looking for something similar.
|Dec 12, 2012, 03:59 PM||#2|
I visited Japan last October and had the exact same questions. Unfortunately you can't buy prepaid SIM cards in Japan because of some telecommunication laws which prohibit non citizens from acquiring mobile numbers. You can however rent post paid SIM cards from companies such as SoftBank and global mobile. But if you're main use is data you are out of luck. The data rates are absolutely insane even with data caps that don't work in the same way as they do in the US. If you're not willing to part with more than 300-500 dollars for 20 days don't go near those post paid SIM cards. Also calls are extremely expensive from them.
Solution: What I did was rent a pocket wifi device at the airport it cost me 10000 yen for 20 days. The battery lasted around 6 hours usage and more if it was mostly idle. You get signals all over Japan so it's no issue. There's no data cap. So I'd just travel with that in my pocket since most of my communication with friends was via whatsapp and Viber etc anyways. Also I could use it for maps, Skype and connect my laptop at night too. Go for that if you seriously need to use data on your Japan trip. It'll save you tonnes of money. Good luck.
Last edited by sohaloh; Dec 12, 2012 at 04:04 PM.
|Dec 12, 2012, 09:21 PM||#4|
|Dec 13, 2012, 08:31 AM||#5|
Brand name? Just "pocket wifi device"?
Is it unlimited 3G?
|Dec 13, 2012, 02:41 PM||#6|
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