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Cell phones in Japan
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I've been looking up options for getting a cell phone in Japan and they're pretty slim at present. Prepaid options are now pretty severely restricted and rentals are very expensive, but good if you're there for a short time just once and a while.

I did, however, find this option which I will be trying:

http://www.mobell.co.jp/mobal/domestic-cell-phone/

When my upcoming trip is complete, I'll post a review on how it works out. If the rates they post are accurate, they're actually pretty reasonable when compared to a rental. Also nice that you keep the number for as long as you like without a monthly fee.

We'll see what the stumbling blocks are, if any.

Anyone else have any experience with this particular product?

Posted on: 2012/4/20 1:58
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When I am in Japan, I just use Skype on my computer. It is free. You can also make calls through you computer or smart phone using Skype to call other peoples phones at their montly fee - it cost a lot less.

Posted on: 2012/4/20 22:49
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That's good advice. I've got a (US) Skype number as well and it's very handy. I could get a Japanese one as well, but haven't just yet.

Have you had much luck with public wifi in Japan? I understand it's fairly locked-down. Is there a company I can register with to get access at Starbuck's and that sort of thing?

Cheers,

-Kent

Posted on: 2012/4/21 5:22
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I have never had a problem with the internet, either at the hotel, or at a hotspot.

Posted on: 2012/4/21 22:50
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I think we might be renting a portable hotspot from this company:

http://www.rentafonejapan.com/Mobile- ... P3_jPzfza8CFc4a6wodel5WYA

Their price is the best I've found, and I think it'll be worth it for the reduction in hassle. I'll have it sent to the in-laws and toss it in the mail when the trip is over.

Benri desu yo!

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Posted on: 2012/4/25 1:46
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Quick update:

The mobal "JapanEase" cell phone has been an absolute life saver. Calling and being called by contacts inside and outside of Japan (while I am in Japan) couldn't be easier. It bills directly to your credit card, so you don't have to buy (or run out of) minutes. I use it very little, and pay very little as a result. I also get to keep the number indefinately for no extra charge which is nice. My wife is using a prepaid Japanese phone and it's a bit of a hassle compared, and the rates are no better by a long shot. The actual phone itself is lightweight and a bit on the crappy side, but WAY better than shouting or using smoke signals.

The wireless access point is also great, but the jury's out until I see exactly what the bill is when all is said and done. It came with an envelope, so on our last day here I just seal it up and drop it in a mailbox. Sure is nice to cruise the Noda City Express and surf news on the iPad, but also very easy to miss the stop!

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The wifi appears to have totaled about $160 for an entire month of unlimited use. 2 thumbs up!


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