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Aussie Mobile use in Tokyo
wbdj 
10/8/08 6:19:12 PM
Master

My sister's travelling to Tokyo in a week, for a week, on her way to UK.
Can she pick up a prepaid sim at the airport or some other option so she can get in touch with her friend there?
Current phone is Samsung SGH-E800 (dual band) on Optus prepaid here in Oz so no roaming available in Tokyo.
Hopefully activation instructions there would also be in english.
ny advise from travellers or current residents greatly appreciated.

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Athiril 
10/8/08 6:21:49 PM
Titan

Hmm my mum has prepaid optus and she's got roaming...

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drago13666 
10/8/08 6:25:53 PM
Titan

as long as the phone is not locked then it will be fine

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MSGT Bilko 
11/8/08 2:23:21 AM
Champion

If you have a tri-band GSM Phone, it will not work.

I have been to Japan twice and have roaming up thru telstra.

The first time, I rented a phone while there, the second time, I got the phone before I flew out. I am fairly shaw that there is a place at Tokyo airport that you can pick up a phone.

Do a google on the Moble bands in Japan, then
Do a google on rental phone japan.

See how you go.

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Lazzarus2nd 
11/8/08 3:03:12 AM
Champion

Wouldnt they ahve mobile phone outlets, like we have soft drink outlets?

I thought they had heaps of that stuff over there.

Technologic you know.

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chrisg 
11/8/08 9:51:50 AM
SuperHero
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There is, or was last time I went through Narita, a store on the mezzanine area that has pre-paid phones.

I haven't bought one - no need as my phone works in Japan, but I think the deal is the same as most places, pay a deposit and get it back less calls when you return the phone.

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s.o.u.p! 
11/8/08 10:05:44 AM
Champion
that area of the world has some weird setups as far as mobiles go, I'd just get a cheap prepaid when I'm in Tokyo if mine didn't work.

also you'll need to make sure that her phone isn't locked to a network, if it is it may not work, even if it's a telco with the same name.

this rental idea sounds good also.

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tmccoy 
11/8/08 10:19:02 AM
Champion

network locking doesn't apply once you roam, just as an FYI.

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Master_Scythe 
11/8/08 1:45:02 PM
Titan

Once you're over there (i just got back)

you can buy a 1000Y card ($10), which you use to dial with and it gives you 15 minutes of talk time, and you can obviously break that up.

$20 = half an hour of chat, which was the better option for me than bother carrying a phone, risking losing it, and paying roaming chrges.

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hill60606 
11/8/08 2:27:35 PM
Immortal

You need to use a 3G phone in Japan.

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Girvo 
11/8/08 10:56:09 PM
Immortal

What bands Hill? 2100 HSDPA?

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hill60606 
12/8/08 7:39:25 AM
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Quote by Girvo
What bands Hill? 2100 HSDPA?




Excuse the crappy formatting:-

Japan 

The following networks operate in this country/area:

eMobile, Ltd.


3G 1700


Live

Network Information Roaming Partners Services

NTT DoCoMo, Inc


3G 2100


Live

Network Information Roaming Partners Services Coverage Map

SoftBank Mobile


3G 2100


Live

Network Information Roaming Partners Services Coverage Map


http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/cou_jp.shtml

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wbdj 
12/8/08 12:06:14 PM
Master

Thanks for everyone's advice.
For Master_Scythe's phone card suggestion, how convenient is access to public phones in Tokyo?
I know here in Adelaide it's pretty crap. Maybe there's just a mobile taped to every light pole over there...

So 2G has been dumped already in Japan for 3G. No coverage other than 3G? That's weird.

But that would be the home of technology then, so they are at least a few years ahead of us. Imagine the fuss if Australia wanted to shut down 2G network nationwide?


Edited by wbdj: 12/8/2008 12:16:36 PM

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Girvo 
12/8/08 1:02:13 PM
Immortal

Weird? It's great!




Anyway, any 3G phone that has the 2100mhz band [Read: Optus, Vodafone and Three phones] should roam on NT DoCoMo [I love typing that] or SoftBank, which are the biggest anyway.

So, as you've worked out, you're shit out of luck with that phone.

D:


But, there are cheap as chips 3G phones now second-hand, short of just renting a phone over there [possibly the best way].

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Master_Scythe 
13/8/08 12:26:21 PM
Titan

Quote by wbdj
Thanks for everyone's advice.
For Master_Scythe's phone card suggestion, how convenient is access to public phones in Tokyo?



They're everywhere. Kinda like vending machines. and Pachinko.

If you come back and every story you tell doesnt start with SOMETHING to do with Pachinko, you're lying :P

lol, anywho, there are 2 types of phones over there.

Green ones and grey ISDN ones. the green ones are a little more common, but not much. Theres always at least one grey one per street (grey are what you need).

The green work too, but you have to pay a buck to get a dial tone, then you're away.

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MightyMouse 
26/8/08 10:02:53 PM
Overlord

If she does decide to use a mobile instead its worth noting that its now illegal to sell prepaid phones to foreigners who don't have an alien registration card (gaijin card), which she won't have (You can't BS your way around this... I tried... repeatedly).

She can rent a phone at the airport though - most of the major carriers have stands set up for just this purpose. off the top of my head I think they take a deposit and charge around $4 a day before call costs. From what I hear they also tend to give you an envelope ready for you to drop the phone in the mail when you're done with it.

The stands for the rentals are just outside the arrival gate along the wall between the doors out to the buses (next to all the help desks and stuff)

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