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Japanese phones, WiFi & walkie-talkies: the definitive guide

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Sandy, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Jonkl

    Jonkl Early Days

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    May I ask what are the pro and cons between sim card (data only) and pocket wifi... We will be going to Hokkaido for 15days.

    Always rented a pocket wifi with our previous trips and had no trouble. But the price had gone up from our previous rental deal, so just wondering if getting the Sim card from Japan rail link is worth it..

    We will be renting 2 pocket wifi units or 2 sim cards.
    The pocket wifi gives 50GB total usage per unit, which is plenty.
    Does the sim card option provide unlimited data??
     
  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sim cards used to be dearer and harder to get.
    Pocket wifi were a cheaper alternative.
    I think thats gone full circle
     
  3. Jonkl

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    Has anyone tried to put the Japan Rail Sim into a "non tested" mobile unit?
     
  4. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    I can confirm the sim card from japan rail is unlimited data. I used it last trip with no issues at all. I've got myself another one for next trip
     
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  5. Jonkl

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    What would you choose if the pocket wifi and Sim card are of the same price?
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    the sim card. I was able to tether off that. So, only one device to deal with
     
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  7. M_G

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    Question. Can you use a dual sim in your phone? I still need to get messages on my Oz phone but it would be good to have the internet function of the JR sim to return calls using messenger and Skype.
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Me too!
    No other local who has tried?
     
  10. Jonkl

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    Have you tested out the speed by any chance??
     
  11. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tested? As in get a metric on the d/l and u/l speeds? No.
    But I do not recall poor connectivity nor slowish connection being a real issue. A couple of times as I was driving in remot-ish areas, sure. But nothing that would stand out and make an impression on me.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    sorry, I have no answer on that one.
     
  13. silva

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    Most phones will only take one sim but you can buy dual sim handsets - a lot of tradies use them as they dont have to carry separate work and personal phones. I have used them with a Aussie and other country sim with no problems but have not actually tried it in Japan.
    In Aus it can be a bit challenging to get your hands on dual sim phones as the telcos dont like them. Telstra wont sell you one but optus has just started packages with a couple of the Huawei models. Otherwise purchasing outright is always possible.
    Here are samsungs current duel sim offerings:
    https://www.samsung.com/au/smartpho...VSoePCh0BvQT-EAAYASAAEgJXTvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
    and apples new iphone 11 pro has a dual sim model but it is not easy to get hold of
    https://www.allphones.com.au/apple-iphone-11-pro-512gb-space-grey
    there is iphone XS dual sim models as well.

    You can pick them up reasonably cheaply if you dont "need" apple or samsung eg:
    https://www.mobileciti.com.au/huawei-y5-2019-5-71-dual-sim-4g-4g-faux-leather-amber-brown
    https://www.amazon.com.au/RCA-Unloc...ywords=dual+sim+phones&qid=1572381423&sr=8-26
    https://www.amazon.com.au/UMIDIGI-U...ywords=dual+sim+phones&qid=1572381423&sr=8-19

    Tradie versions:
    https://www.amazon.com.au/CAT-S41-W...ywords=dual+sim+phones&qid=1572381088&sr=8-10
    Just in case you need a thermal imaging camera
    https://www.amazon.com.au/S60-Therm...eywords=dual+sim+phones&qid=1572381423&sr=8-7
    Not only thermal imaging but also has laser measurement and air quality monitoring
    https://www.amazon.com.au/CAT-S61-D...ywords=dual+sim+phones&qid=1572381423&sr=8-22
     
  14. Mils

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    I have a mate 10 pro and I will be going dual sim with data roaming off on my optus phone so if I have an emergency I can hit up the phone to make a call or send a text but the japan local data sim should cover all my bases
     
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  15. Ozgirl

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    I have a dual SIM phone - but no have never used it OS. I have no need.
     
  16. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Could be worth posting this question in the tech forum.
     
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  17. M_G

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    I have a dual sim phone (bought online out of HK before moving back to Oz) so there's room. Worse case scenario is take an old phone or tablet as back up and use that if the dual sim doesn't work.
     
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  18. Hyst

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    Ok, I did what I usual not do, I read the manual of my Samsung Galaxy 10e.

    And the manual says each SIM has there own settings, so you can have different telephone numbers from two different providers.
    According to my manual there should not be a problem, however.......nice to hear it does work in reality.:whistle:
     
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  19. Jonkl

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    Thanks
     
  20. Melskius

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    Just booked a pocket wifi from Wilh-ma, they post to you in Aus and you return it once back in Aus again. Offer was a special for $1 a day instead of $9. Had to spread some facebook/insta love to qualify. Says its unlimited with no throttling. They were very responsive via messenger to Qs I had. So figured for$14 it was worth a try. Will report back in march how it goes.
     
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    Yes, I used in my own wifi router, worked great. Speed was usually 5-20Mb from memory. It comes with full details like APN settings etc. I think it got sent from within Australia (brissie shipping address). The model router I used is this style https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4G-Port...640513?hash=item3652d0a941:g:duYAAOSwYTBdW3uu - ran a bit hot otherwise fine. Also works as a phone charger.
     
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  22. gibbsy

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    quick question, the JR sim cards are much cheaper than sakura, but is it possible to buy 2 and use them consecutively over a 45 day stay? the savings would be pretty significant....