Carrier I need help using an iPhone 5c (unlocked) with Softbank in Japan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Aalz-7, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Aalz-7 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2014
    Japan, Yokohama
    I have quite a few details to share, so if you aren't experienced in this field or haven't lived in Japan, this post may not be worth the read.

    Anyway, i moved to Japan from Canada for 1 year. I brought along my unlocked iphone 5c, thinking i could simply get a contract without a device, or get a prepaid sim card. I first went to docomo, and they said that i am not allowed to use my canadian phone here (they went into settings -> general -> about -> legal -> regulatory and looked for some certificate which wasnt present). Anyways, i decided to go to softbank and see if they could help me,which they couldnt. I looked into B-mobile sims, but the data was terrible. I looked into sim rentals but the costs were too high. I impulsively bought a flip phone on a two year contract with softbank because i desperately needed call and text. I was now under the impression that my iphone 5c would simply not work in japan due to some technical problems, but later on, my friend let my borrow his docomo sim card in his docomo locked iphone to see if my iphone would work here, and it did.

    At this point, i need to find a way to transfer my existing plan (the sim in the flip phone) to my iphone 5c. the problem is that the flip phone doesnt use a nano sim.

    I went to two different softbanks and asked if i could get my current sim exchanged for a nano sim card. In the first softbank, i was rejected after i told them my phone was canadian. In the second softbank, i was told you couldnt get an unlocked iphone 5s in japan (this was probably due to a communication error, as i cant speak japanese).

    So i need help. I could just cut down my sim card to nano size, but i will leave that as a last resort.

    Can anyone please help me out? i simply want to use my unlocked iphone 5c as a phone here. This issue has been giving me a headache for a week. Thank you.
  2. Joe HS macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2011
    United Kingdom
    While I have not done it myself cutting a SIM is not difficult and I would go that route provided you're sure it will work in the iPhone (as it's Softbank and not the network you did test). There are tools available very cheaply which look like Hole Punchers on Amazon and similar sites for doing it – and many come with adaptors to fit the smaller SIMs in larger slots if doesn't work and you need your flip phone to work again.

    Also why did you sign up to a two-year contract if you won't be there that long?
  3. Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2010
    I need help using an iPhone 5c (unlocked) with Softbank in Japan

    SoftBank uses a different model of iPhone. It's because of TD-LTE and band compatibility. IPhone 5S-A1453, iPhone 5C- A1456.
  4. Aalz-7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2014
    Japan, Yokohama
  5. apollo1444 macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2011
    cutting the sim might work... wait a minute why did you explain to them anything about your phone? just tell them i want the nano sim period deal with that

    LTE might not work in all japanese networks but 3g will work just fine and japanese 3g must be fast enough...
  6. MuGeN PoWeR macrumors 68020

    MuGeN PoWeR

    Jun 29, 2011
    just get the cutter and cut it ino nano sim and put it in your iphone. the maximum is LTE will not work. but i guess you will get 4G speeds.

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