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

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

  1. Born2skii

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    That's good info Sandy, I was going to get a portable wifi. However a sim is cheaper. Traveling in Tokyo and Myoko areas in January.
     
  5. M_G

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    Docomo is the best network around Myoko so I think we should be good to go.

     
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    Optus have a deal at the moment with double the normal data and some roaming options for people switching to Optus and buying a phone. Since I needed a newphone this works and it means I get 2 GB of data per month (heaps with all the wifi about) whilst in Japan and can receive calls for free (my current plan costs $1 per minute) and we can share the data between all of us. So my games addict will not need anything but mobile data next year when he moves.
     
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    Wow, this sounds great! So cheap! Has anyone tried it yet? I'm wondering if you can click on ads/earn data from your computer BEFORE you collect the SIM, & also wondering how much of a pain is clicking on the ads? Also worth noting you get 100mb free for referring a friend.

     
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    Found the answer to part of my question here > https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294232-i525-k11226970-Japan_welcome_Sim_any_good-Japan.html
    "6. Re: Japan welcome Sim, any good?
    Apr 16, 2018, 6:47 PM
    You watch it at home before going on your trip, to save up on the data amount."

     
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    Ok so I signed up for "Japan Welcome SIM&Wi-Fi", but the page that is supposed to have the questionnaires etc has none. So there's no way to earn extra data for free currently. Maybe it just takes a while to activate after joining? Not sure... Anyway, doesn't really matter - 300mb of data is plenty for simple stuff, & I can use wifi for everything else or top up my data if I really need to. This deal seems perfect for cheapskates like me. Y1080 for 20 days of mobile data - absolute bargain!

     
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    Hi all,
    I need some assistance if I can, I purchased 4 prepaid Softbank travel data sims in Australia prior to our trip to Hakuba which began today so I can communicate with the kids on snow out of wifi range.
    Long story short none of them will fire up in our IPhones. I have been messaging back and forward most of the day to Australia trying to sort this out but without success.
    As we are now in Hakuba can anyone tell me where the nearest place is that I would be able to buy another lot of data sims, anything in Hakuba or would it be a trip to Nagano. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
     
  13. JoeKing

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    I don't do anything Apple.. so...
    Can I ask a silly question? Do the iPhones have an Australian network locked into them?
     
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    Any set up instructions? Sometimes you need to download a profile to the phone so that it works with the sim in that country.
     
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    The might be locked to the telco provider. But the first thing you'd do is to get them unlocked, so that they can be used with other telcos whilst travelling. Did @CJP do that?
     
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    Ah thanks. That's what I was trying to establish. All my phones have been unlocked. Travelled with plenty of punters whose phones were not.
     
  17. CJP

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    Sorry didn’t mention all phones are unlocked, dodgy batch of sims it seems.
     
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    Bummer, dude. I don't know why in 2018/2019 we are still wrestling with damn phones and sim cards.
     
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    What about the APN settings in the mobile data section of the iphone settings?
     
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    doesn't matter if purchased in oz. I did the same a few years ago. But they are for Japan system/telcos, so might need the APN setup
     
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    Not sure how that makes a difference, they are Softbank data SIMs, they might need the Softbank APN settings to be manually entered.
     
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    OK, We don't bother, just use the Telstra prepaid International roaming ... works!
     
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    yes it works......but soooo exxy
     
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    I was just looking at that a moment ago. Sadly, cheaper by about half to pick up a data SIM for a 2 week trip. The $5 Vodafone roaming is good value though, if you're with them.
     
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    No ... with prepaid, and very few calls to make, we have a fairly big bank of credit Note, it is prepaid with regular topups, and credit just grows and grows since we don't use the phones all the time. At home, most email/web stuff is on the computer - phone is for taking calls and occasionally initiating them.
     
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    As far as I am aware, Softbank did NOT DO prepaid DATA SIMS. They only did prepaid voice SIMs.
    Check that, bbut here is how to set the APN

    https://www.softbank.jp/en/mobile/special/prepaid-sim-for-travel/en/
     
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    Thanks for all your info, I am off to Nagano today to buy more. Will let you know how I go.
     
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    I hope this is ok to post. Just found the info myself. For those of you with iPhone XR and XS you can subscribe to a few different global eSIM data only plans that include Japan. This allows you to keep your existing primary number but switch mobile data to the other sim (helpful for iMessage / WhatsApp etc). https://www.econnectjapan.com/blog/how-to-use-esim-in-japan/

    I'm giving the gigsky 5GB plan a whirl this trip. I'll let you know how it goes.
     
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    Bought 4 of these (2 x 8 days, 2 x 31 days). My daughter has one of the 31 days in her phone and it seems to be working okay but I just don't seem to need one for my phone. Hardly get out of the lodge. So if anyone is looking for a data sim card hit me up with a PM and I'll do you a deal.
     
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    hoping someone here might be able to help me

    I bought a JP Mobile SIM card in Australia and am trying to get it working in japan, I have a Samsung s6 and put in the APN details provided and am having no luck, my mate tried it in his iPhone and no luck either. Not sure if I have a dud sim or if this is a common problem.

    Thanks for any help anyone can give

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    Hey Pat. You might have a dud SIM. I have the same brand Sim for this trip and it has been awesome all through some pretty remote areas in Wakayama this trip, no issues whatsoever.
     
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    Pat, if you want, send me a P.M with your APN settings and I can check my phone setup and see if there's any difference....
     
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    I have been given a Telstra pocket wifi from someone who didn't use it. First I have to unblock from previous owner, but then not sure what to do to use it in Japan. I assume I can use it in Japan. ? Thanks in advance
     
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    I am pretty sure you wont be able to use it in Japan.
    I personally use a pocket wi fi in Japan from Japanese wireless. I have unlimited data and can hook up other devices to it. One trip a group on the bus could not get phone signal and they all hooked up to my wi fi can hook up to ten devices.
     
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    The girl in the Telstra shop said all I need is to unlock and get a Japanese sim card, but I have my doubts..
     
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    I looked into buying one here for my first trip to Japan, back then it was a no go. With the data sims available that may have all changed.
     
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    You'll need to check what bands the Telstra one uses. Japan uses different bands than Aussie networks.
     
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    Working okay for us in Myoko.

    Have a couple of spares to sell if anyone is looking.
     
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    can I use this in Japan? With a Japanese sim

     
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    From hotspot manual:

    And some Japanese 4g frequencies...plenty of crossover between the telstra device.
    http://eng.blogfromamerica.com/archives/

    If you get a Softbank or a Docomo SIM, then in theory, you should be able to connect. But you might need to configure the telstra device. You could potentially buy the SIM at the airport and ask them if they could do the setup. However, is the price difference between SIM and hotspot rental actually worth the possibility of it not working properly?

    I did the 4G frequency dance before buying a phone in Tokyo last year after a Bic Camera employee told me the phone's wouldn't work in Australia. Nonsense.
     
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    Pretty good deal by the look of it. Great value for the 16 day one.
     
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    It was given to me, so just trying to work out if its something that will be useful? Each year I have just bought a 30 day roaming package with Virgin for $25.00 each.
     
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    If it's just you, and the roaming works well then I don't really see much use in it. The hotspot is good for sharing the data with multiple people.
     
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    Also good if you need to be available on your regular phone number, but don't want to spend on roaming rates for data.
     
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    Just the 2 of us. so doesn't sound like I need it.