Buying in Japan...using...then back to USA

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by goofyjoemoore, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. goofyjoemoore macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    Hi Apple folks.

    I'm living in Japan right now, will be here for a few years. I'm going to look into buying the iPhone this Sunday. I will be here for a few years, so using it here isn't a problem.

    What I want to know is, will I be able to switch out the SIM card when I get back to the States, and will it be just as simple as that...

    ...don't want to spend the JPY 80,000 on the phone and have it be an expensive paperweight when I get back.

  2. benflick macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Do you have AT&T now,or, do you or will you have an AT&T SIM when you get back to the US?
    If so, yes. But you'll need a DATA plan
  3. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
  4. Jayden0606 macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2008
    Bergen County, NJ
    In a couple of years you may be thinking about iPhone 4g! You should be fine though. It is tri-band UMTS so you should have 3g as well.
  5. heya macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    doesn't he have to unlock it from the actual provider?

    You should speak to your provider first about unlocking procedure..
  6. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Since you mentioned years, there will probably be something better out by the time you come back to the United States anyway. iPhone 4 or 5G even.
  7. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    cherry point
    take note from someone here in Japan and not people living in the states. The 3G will not work back home. It uses different signal here and we do not have any type of EDGE network. All we have here is 3G. So if you are going to be here for a few years like me then you will be okay.

    O one more thing just incase your japanese is not that great, when you go to softbank to get one be prepaired to pay 35$ a month for 26months for your iphone...go ahead and add that up. that is what we pay for an iphone here.:mad:
  8. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3G (16GB, 2.1 PWNed): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    There is no provision for unlocking here. The provider is SoftBank - they're a Japanese company, which means the staff are utterly CLUELESS. That's not to say they're stupid, just that if something isn't expressly laid out in the manual, they are simply not able/authorized to help you.

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