The current number of users on NTT docomo, au, and SoftBank in Japan is quite high. Within this number of smartphone users, there are those who are thinking, “Is it me, or is my cellphone bill pretty high?” or “Is there any way to lower my monthly cellphone bill?” Have you had any of these thoughts or similar ones cross your mind when staring at your cellphone bill? Such as…
If you are reading this article, you are possibly considering switching from your current mobile carrier to another company. When you buy a smartphone in Japan, the phone is usually SIM locked to the carrier you purchased the phone from (SoftBank, au, docomo, etc.). If you put in a SIM card of another company into your smartphone that is SIM locked, you will not be able to make calls or transmit/receive data. The solution you are looking for is to unlock your smartphone!
If you’re reading this, you most likely have a smartphone and are planning a trip to Japan — that means you need data. Tourist SIM Cards are a great way to stay connected after you land in Japan, but with so many options it really can be difficult to compare. If you’re shopping around for a plan, it’s important to understand what to compare before making your decision. READ MORE
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With over 13 million passengers passing through Kansai Airport (KIX) on international flights in 2018, Osaka’s premier aviation hub has established its place as the gateway to Japan’s Kansai region, signaling a growing need to stay connected during your travels with pocket WiFi or a Japanese SIM card.
If your travel plans include visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, or any number of the other must-see destinations of western Japan, then it’s important to consider where and how you can get and stay online before embarking on your journey.
Keep reading to find out what Kansai Airport Pocket WiFi and Travel SIM card services are available, and which companies offer plans that meet your personal data needs.
So you’re coming to Japan and you want to be sure that you’ll always have internet access when you need it. Free WiFi can be surprisingly difficult to find in Japan, even in big cities like Tokyo. So before your trip, it’s a good idea to make arrangements so you’ll be able to stay connected wherever you go. The two main options for short-term visitors are renting a prepaid SIM card or pocket WiFi in Japan, but which one is right for you? If you’re confused about the differences between the two, we’ve broken down the advantages and disadvantages of each one. READ MORE
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Haneda International Airport continues to shed its image as Tokyo’s premier domestic airport, opting to schedule more arriving and departing international flights; and as it becomes more accessible to overseas tourists and business travelers, the airport continues to introduce services and amenities that can help you during your stay in Japan, like Pocket WiFi rentals and Data SIM Cards.
If you booked a plane ticket that will be arriving at Haneda, be sure to keep reading as we present the best deals for Haneda Airport WiFi rentals! READ MORE
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If you’re planning a trip to Japan, there’s a good chance your final destination will be landing at Narita International Airport (NRT), just 60 kilometers east of Tokyo. And seeing how as much as 50% of all international travelers use this hub for entering and leaving Japan, it’s no wonder there are so many services and amenities catering specifically to international travelers at the airport. One such service—and an important one for your trip—is picking up a portable WiFi rental, which can easily be found at various rental counters around the airport.
But with so many companies to choose from, how do you know you’re getting the best deal on Pocket WiFi at Narita International Airport? We’ve taken the time to put together an easy-to-understand comparison to help you decide which company offers the best value for your money.
Cell phones are a modern necessity wherever you are, but no more so than if you are a student looking to make the most of your stay in a foreign country like Japan. Whether you are trying to navigate through streets labeled with kanji characters, arranging to meet friends at an izakaya Japanese bar, or sending the latest Mount Fuji pics to your family, it’s nice to know that the people you love and the places you want to go are just a touchscreen-tap or phone call away. Fortunately, there are plenty of Japanese cell phone plans for both short and long-term students. Before going to study in the Land of the Rising Sun, take a look at some of the options and decide which one is right for you. READ MORE
For years Japan was the world leader in mobile phone technology. Japan’s mobile network was the first to go nationwide. Japan was also the first to have mobile internet, the first with color screens on phones and the first for a whole host of other things we now take for granted.
But while the Japanese were forging ahead and using technology unique to Japan, the rest of the world was developing standards that now define a somewhat common ground globally. Because Japan has created its own closed mobile ecosystem, termed “Galapagos syndrome” because it has made their technology perfect in-country but incompatible on a world scale, using foreign phones on the domestic Japanese networks has been always been a challenge.
With the advent of 4G LTE networks, this disparity is becoming less of a problem for foreign travellers. It may be awhile before compatibility becomes a simple issue, but in the meantime here is a Japan mobile network guide to show you how to best use your options (such as a SIM card from Sakura Mobile) to successfully use your cell phone in Japan.
WiFi can be a lifeline for travelers around the world, but especially in Japan where your regular cellular service is not available or will cost you in high roaming fees. When planning your Japan adventure be sure to bring a WiFi-enabled mobile device to help you get around. Wifi access will help you get the best value food and shopping, as well as to discover popular tourist spots and hidden gems on the go. You will be able to use your mobile device in diverse locations including airports, convenience stores, and even on many of the super-fast Shinkansen bullet trains. Read below to successfully navigate the sometimes confusing array of WiFi options and get internet in Japan for an even more wonderful trip!