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

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

  1. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    You only pay 1/2 price fares with the kids version.
     
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    This looks good, as the data lasts 45 days before expiry.. I may have to change over to grabbing one of these instead as I do not have to recharge
    All up ¥6600 for 5GB. Plus shipping ... so ¥7490
    Pick up at the airport, always in stock as it is reserved for you.
    Should be no problem with coverage in Nozawa :)
     
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  3. Sandy

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    Ok, I think I may have found some DoCoMo pocket WiFi. Uses 3G (up to 7.5Mbps), looks like about 3500 yen to buy.
     
  4. M_G

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    That's what I'm using right now on the train. Works pretty well. Costs us about 4,000 a month but it's a two year plan.
     
  5. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    The ones I've found are an outright BUY, no monthly fee, no 2 year plan.
    In this case, you'd buy the pocket WiFi, keep it year to year, and buy a 30 or 60 day SIM every time you come for the Japanese winter.
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    interested,

    although last year I just bought a sim through amazon and stuck it in my phone. Used it as hotspot - worked great.
     
  7. Donza

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    Pocket wifi sim price?
     
  8. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    You can get any of the DoCoMo SIMs, as above, from So-net, B-mobile, etc, etc.

    For example, So-Net, 5000yen, 3GB, fast LTE, 60 days, and can recharge, no throttling down.
     
  9. Donza

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    Yeah sweet
    "poppy, no youtube streaming"
     
  10. Nozawaman

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    Maladjusted_vagabond Hard Yards

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    I've been reading through, but hoping someone can offer advice. I'm planing on getting a pre-paid data sim, setting up a japanese number through skype and using my phone that way. I'm just wondering how reliable the coverage is going to be in the mountains.
    My other problem is I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to collect it, as I get into Chitose at 5:35pm (when I assume most places will be shut?) and then I'm not going to have an address to post to, as we've hired an RV to drive around Hokkaido. Are there any vending machine options in chitose?
     
  12. Sandy

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    https://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/buy/#air01
     
  13. Born2ski

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    I used https://www.sakuramobile.jp/ earlier this year who use the NTT Docomo network. They do mobile wifi routers and data sims. I went around Honshu from Tokyo to Yuzawa, up to Naeba, down to Madarao, across to Joetsu and back to Tokyo. The only place I saw it drop out was in the tunnels. I even had it on me going across the 5km long Dragondola from Naeba to Kagura and was still getting 4G signals. I also used it to Skype call to Australia without any issues. Although I did find sending text messages via Skype was hit and miss but that was a Skype issue not a problem with the data network.

    Just check out the network coverage maps and see if the places you plan to travel to get coverage.

    As for how to pick it up, you can easily get all these data sims or wifi routers delivered to any Japanese Post Office and just pick it up from there.
     
  14. Born2ski

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    @Maladjusted_vagabond Just to clarify I had a mobile wifi router. If you have a data sim in your own phone your coverage will also be dependent on the 4G and 3G bands your phone can use. If your phone can only use one or two Japanese bands/frequencies then it might drop out a lot more in country areas.
     
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    Hey guys,

    I'm going to be in Hakuba for about 3 months on a working holiday. Just wondering what the cheapest option would be for me in regards to data only sims (for my iPhone 4S, iOS 7.0.6) that allows Skype and things like that? Has anyone tried IIJmio (http://brastel.com/eng/japantravelsim)? What's the coverage like in Hakuba?
     
  16. azzski

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  17. Sandy

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    Read the last few pages of this thread, but this SIM uses DoCoMo, so the coverage at Hakuba should be ok.
     
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    HI all,

    Is this below the best option for a 14 day trip - i wont be making calls, so just data is fine.

    http://japan.globalbroadband.com.au/

    Good thing is i can purchase now prior to leaving for Japan
     
  19. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, this is good value, and has 3G & LTE.
     
  20. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    sara777 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hmm, about $9.50 per day (I am flying with JAL so eligible for discount), so cheaper than Telstra offer..
     
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    $90 for 9 days without any optional, unlimited data.. Might def think about it
     
  23. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, would need to big heavy user to make it viable. I used a 12gig sim last year for five weeks $120~ and came home with 2.5g left but if you are with a group and can share(10 devices) and cost, win
     
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    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Gosh no!

    I am on Holidays can live without wifi thanks! :)
     
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    sara777 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    :D I just cannot :nerd:
     
  27. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    .... junkie!! ;)
     
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    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Maybe i should rephrase.

    I can live without it 24/7!
     
  29. sara777

    sara777 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I got used to it 24/7 with the constant anxiety of family on the other side of the world and being available should something happen :(
     
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    And you will be!

    they can text you - and then you head back to the lodge.Am sure you wouldn't deal with that situation out in the street!

    I am sure with a family emergency people with better phone plans etc will help you out.

    i.e @Sandy & @skichanger . Nora must have a landline...
     
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    We can sort something out. There's also various voice and messaging Apps.
     
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    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't stress. Even on the train you get options to sign up for some pretty good wifi. And we have wifi in the lodge.And there is free wifi all over the place just not up the hill. And whetever you get may not work up there anyway. And we have a VOIP phone you can use to call Aus in an emergency. Happy for guests to use it for long calls to deal with situations that come up but not for "personal" just having a chat calls. e.g. Last season we had some uni students who had a deadline to sort out some stuff. That is ok.And had a guest who broke his leg and we had to sort out some stuff for him. That is ok.
     
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    Ok, Telstra plan for Japan (Zone 2):

    7 Days
    Talk: UNLIMITED
    SMS: UNLIMITED
    Data: 525MB
    $70
     
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    Pretty damn unreasonable unless you actually need that unlimited talk and text
     
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    what a rort.
     
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    Sara you DON"T need it!

    Text is fine - how many texts will you send in a week? not $70 worth!

    And there will be nothing you will need wifi for outside of any areas that you don't already have it!
     
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    Ok then, thank you for your help guys :)
     
  38. Born2ski

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    We have a mobile wif-fi router for our trip(shared between 4) but that's because we're staying in a few places that don't have internet. On our first two trips to Japan we just used hotel wifi.

    For our phones we just text each other if needed. 50c per text or in an emergency it's $1 per minute for a call. Normally use just over $10 for a three week trip.
     
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    ^ this. You must be on a similar plan to us. It is a little higher than some when used O/S but this is more than compensated for by the really low cost the rest of the time in Aus.
     
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    So I fly out to Japan on the 30th and SIM / data plans as one of the last things to "work out" for Japan, but figured that I could just pick that up at the airport. But seeing as I'm flying into Haneda, it looks like I've missed the boat on most pre-organised options.

    Is that the case, or am I missing something from reading here?

    Note, I fly into Japan, and then (after getting JR pass, sending ski gear off to Myoko for later in the trip etc etc) meant to be jumping straight on a train to Kyoto.

    Am I missing something?
     
  41. Sandy

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    What time do you arrive at Haneda? Probably easiest is to go straight into Yodobashi Camera in Kyoto:
    https://www.google.com.au/maps/plac...15.79z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x76ee39833b9252db

    And get this:
    http://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/
     
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    Thanks Sandy.

    Flight get's in at 5.05am (yikes...).

    Just found this one (http://www.wifi-hire.com/en/Wifi/au/walker.html as an option).

    Expecting to be at the airport for a bit to do all the things we need to do though (assuming they will be open though!)
     
  43. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    How long are you in Japan, because that gets quite expensive?
     
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    We're in Japan for 22 days. Some hotels will have Wifi, some won't. With two young kids, our entertainment in the evenings will possible be a wifi connection for TV, seeing as we won't be able to head out.
     
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    OR, d/l some movies here, to a tablet, and connect to the HDMI on the TV in the room and have a movie night! What we do ... carry a HDMI cable and converters to the different size connectors, and we are sweet (except for one hotel in Taipei last October, where the TV was attached securely to the wall and no access to the HDMI - it was there, but couldn't get to it without breaking open the wall!)
     
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    Just did a search and found this - Softbank traveller SIMs available at airports. See http://www.softbank-rental.jp/e/selection-acc.php They also have phones for rent, might be worthwhile if you were going to be making multiple trips to Japan over the year. I'll prolly go with the prepaid SIM, collect at NRT and stick it into my "spare" phone. A HTC OneV, not the newest, not the smartest, but smart enough for me. :whistle: Really only want a phone number that people home can call if emergency. I'll likely leave it in the room while on slope, and turn it on in the evenings. SMS will be the way to communicate, and I can call if necessary.
     
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    I'm using
    http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/
    Just get it delivered to your hotel in Kyoto.
    Assuming thats where you are going?
     
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    They don't mention it on their website, but just like other providers if you use more than a certain amount of data in a day then your speed goes down the tube for the next few days. It's great for navigation, website browsing and the occasional short video, but couldn't be used for tv-streaming, extended youtube etc. I got 3/4 through a super-rugby match once on foxtel go before I was throttled.
     
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    Nah, I've never been throttled.
    streamed a whole game of ODI easily ..
    Never ever been shaped
     
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    <shrugs> A few years ago, there didn't appear to be any throttling, but last year when I rented a sim card for 3 months, it was definitely throttled after bigger usage. I called up once about it but they didn't give me any specifics.

    Maybe it's only throttled in certain geographical locations or maybe it's a new system or maybe I was just unlucky.