Mobile usage in Japan

09/06/2016

Overseas residents (Japanese and foreigners) is I have summarized how to use mobile in Japan.

Living abroad who use a mobile phone in Japan in the temporary return (or travel, business trip), or, in order to have, you have the following way.

◇Bringing the country’s mobile phone, as it is used in Japan in the international roaming charges.
◇Buy a SIM of Japan (Softbank) that are sold abroad, insert the SIM free 3G mobile (or 3G portable Softbank), and use.
◇Buy a Japanese prepaid mobile in Japan, and use.
◇Rent in Japan for the SIM in Japanese airports, insert the SIM free 3G mobile, and use.
◇That can be used in the world SIM (referred to as “Global SIM". Normally, UK telephone number.) Was available, insert the SIM free 3G mobile, and use.
◇Rent in Japan for mobile at Japanese airports and country, to use during your stay.
◇In Japan for data-only SIM and pocket WiFi, and rent or buy, and use during your stay.

In order to eliminate the crime of using a mobile phone that has been registered anonymously, in Japan has been enforced law that “mobile phone fraud Prevention Act" from April 1, 2006, proving that there is a residence in Japan If you were not, SIM only of purchase and mobile phone contract in Japan, regardless of the prepaid postpaid, you can not.

In addition, this law is not only DoCoMo · Softbank · AU, etc. also apply Nippon communication call with b-mobile Talking and ions of prepaid SIM of.

For mobile communication dedicated SIM and equipment without a call, because it is not covered by this law, address is available contract even overseas.

I will describe the advantages and disadvantages of how to use each of the mobile phone below.

Bringing the country’s mobile phone, as it is used in Japan in the international roaming charges.

Note:
Since there is no career of 2G GSM communication method in Japan, 2G GSM-only cell phone can not be used in Japan.

3G frequencies that are used in North America, different from the 3G frequencies used in Japan.
However, since most of 3G smartphones are sold in North America are 3G frequencies cover of Japan in international roaming, will the hardware can be used.

North America other than the 3G cell phone, because it uses the same frequency as the Japanese 3G frequency problem is I do not think.

However the reverse is not necessarily true.

In other words, Japan’s cell phone, does not necessarily correspond to the 3G frequency of North America (USA and Canada).

Benefits:
◇Every time, phone number does not change.
◇Incoming calls to the country of their phone number can also be received in Japan.

Disadvantages:
◇Call cost is high.
◇Incoming also be charged.
◇Packet (data) is extremely high cost.
(Exception: if the United States, AT & case of T but I think relatively cheap if you have subscribed to the Global Data Add-on discount, details please check with AT & T.
In the case of the United States of AT & T than other companies, is not currently packet discount in Japan. )
Also come because it is their own phone number in Japan, in order to talk to the Japanese people will need to get over an international call.
Usually, country of prepaid cell phone, it is often that can not be roaming in Japan.

Buy a SIM of Japan (Softbank) that are sold abroad, insert the SIM free 3G mobile (or 3G portable Softbank), and use.

Nippon is called a SIM or Japan SIM, you will be able to obtain from the United States of Japanese mobile phone-related company.
Basically, it is SOFTBANK overseas residents for SIM.
Shipping destination seems to be limited to the United States and Japan (such as homecoming destination) address.
Where to get ID is required certificate, such as passport.
Payment method, you pay after use with a credit card of their issuance.

Benefits:
◇If you purchase once, telephone number does not change.
◇Is a phone number of Japan.
◇Incoming is free.

Disadvantages:
◇Packet (data) is extremely high cost.
◇It is not possible to have them shipped to other than Japan and the United States.

Buy a Japanese prepaid mobile in Japan, and use.

Note: foreign short-term stay, it is impossible to buy your own name.
Foreigners of more than 90 days to possess a valid visa stay, after the alien registration in the municipal office, and if we have that certificate and passport, you can be a mobile contract in Japan.

Since I wrote at the beginning part of the “mobile phone fraud Prevention Act", you will not be able to buy not to prove that there is a residence in Japan. However, Japanese passport owner will be able to buy it if it meets even conditions.

Purchase and shipping is only in Japan.

Benefits:
◇If you purchase once, telephone number does not change.
◇Is a phone number of Japan.
◇Incoming is free.

Disadvantages:
◇It does not allow you to use the Internet in the prepaid contract. (E-mail, available at 300 yen a month.)
◇Can not answer phone at the station side. (Answering Machine using a mobile body is possible, does not help Answering Machine is a place where radio waves can not reach.)
◇When replacing the SIM overseas SIM free mobile, you can not e-mail. (Text can be.)
◇It is not available except in Japan.

Rent in Japan for the SIM in Japanese airports, insert the SIM free 3G mobile, and use.

Softbank, has been rented at the airport in Japan for SIM.
https://www.softbank-rental.jp/e/
Or, following.
https://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/

In SIM free, as long as it is a 3G W-CDMA 2100MHz compatible mobile, you can use the this.

In particular, the people that can not be purchased in Japan for prepaid mobile phone (SIM) in relation to the law, this is only there will be if there is no selection.

Since the maximum packet rate of the day only to SIM for iPhone is 1500 yen, you can use it relatively safe.
Since there is no SIM in the upper limit of this packet fee other than the iPhone, please be careful.

Benefits:
◇Just credit card and passport, anyone (even foreign) available.
◇Is a phone number of Japan.
◇Incoming is free.

Disadvantages:
◇Telephone number is different every time.
◇Can be used only in the SIM free mobile phone.
◇If you use other than iPhone, is extremely high packet fee.
◇Can only be obtained in several international airports in Japan.
◇Immediately get off the plane, to just before you get on the plane, can not be used.
◇Rental fee will be charged in addition to call charges.

That can be used in the world SIM (referred to as “Global SIM". Normally, UK telephone number.) Was available, insert the SIM free 3G mobile, and use.

What companies United Kingdom of communication company “can be used in the world about 200 countries, Global SIM" There is a SIM that is sold in purported that.
As an example of them, there is a eKit SIM in one of the SIM, which is available in the United States.
http://www.ekit.com

Since the supposed Global SIM also on non-US country similar to this are always selling, please try looking in their own country.

These SIM will have a (telephone number that starts with “+44") UK telephone number, you can call in most countries of the world.
During, have the United Kingdom and the number of American two countries “Dual Number SIM" is also available.

※ switching of telephone number in the “Dual Number SIM", where the input of startup PIN number when you turn on the phone, you switch. (Example:. If you enter “12345" United Kingdom number America number If you enter “22345".)
You can not use both phone number at the same time.
But, usually, the second call to the telephone number of the one, it is possible to transfer to the telephone number in another use and problem solving.

Benefits:
◇Since the phone number is one, all over the world, even where to travel, business trip, there is no need to tell the change of phone number to people who get over the phone.
◇Calls from international roaming fees cheap.

Disadvantages:
◇Can be used only in the SIM free mobile phone.
◇Incoming and many SIM to be billed.
◇Data (packet) is extremely high fee.
◇Since British phone number, if you do not have my international calls to people who come over except in the UK, you will not be able to call.

◇In order to suppress relatively cheaper call charges in the world, often are using “※ call-back system", it is difficult to use.

※ When you call “call-back system" = partner, is applied by dialing the telephone number of the other party. ⇒ Once I turn off the phone. ⇒ and your callback server has a telephone, to the other party, and call at the same time, it leads. ⇒ I receive a phone call. ⇒ You can be talking with the other party.

Rent in Japan for mobile at Japanese airports and country, to use during your stay.

To have more than one company in Narita Airport, will often also a place that can be borrowed before starting in the world of big cities.

Benefits:
◇(If rental of at home, identification also required) credit card and passport only, (even foreign) anyone available.
◇Is a phone number of Japan.
◇Incoming is free.

Disadvantages:
◇Every time the phone number is different.
◇Packet charges extremely high or, the Internet is not allowed.
◇In the case of rental in the arrival airport, and immediately get off the plane, to just before you get on the plane, can not be used.
◇Rental fee is charged in addition to call charges.

In Japan for data-only SIM and pocket WiFi, and rent or buy, and use during your stay.

If the purpose of using the terminal in Japan is at the center have an Internet connection, Japan Communications has launched a SIM for overseas residents.

Since already reach been activated, it saves you the activation of effort. Price also a decent, so automatically expires 30 days (extension possible), even cancellation procedures in a comfortable, cancellation fee is no required.

※ Check well in the following site, please purchasing.
http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/english/

Others, such as the number Global Aadvance Communications companies have rented in Japan for pocket WiFi. You can receive airport office or at the airport in the post office. Return also, is the end to put the equipment in an envelope, If you put in the post of the airport.
Fee will be charged to the credit card.
Global Aadvance Communications Japan pocket WiFi rental
http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/index.html
As such.

Benefits:
◇Because it is not subject to the “mobile phone fraud prevention law" if there is no voice communication function, Japan residence proof unnecessary.
◇Just credit card, anyone (even foreign) available.
◇Anywhere net can be.

Disadvantages:
Phone function is not.

Telephone (dial) method in Japan

In Japan, from US mobile phone, if you want to phone in Japan of the phone number

Please dial the phone number as it is in Japan.
(Example: 090-xxxx-xxxx, 080-xxxx-xxxx, 03-xxxx-xxxx)

In Japan, from US mobile phone, if you want to call US phone number

⇒ Method 1. I give it a “+1" in front of the United States of telephone number. The “+" I press and hold for 2 seconds or more “0".
(Example: + 1-212-xxx-xxxx)
⇒ Method 2. I will put the “010-1" in front of the American telephone number.
(Example: 010-1-212-xxx-xxxx)

“010" is the number that must be attached to the case international telephone call from a mobile phone in Japan.

How from Japan of people get a phone call to my phone

American mobile phone, even to go to Japan, remains of American phone number.

Therefore, people in Japan is “it is in Japan, the United States of mobile phone" when applied to, it is international telephone call need to American phone number.

When the United States phone number, and 212-xxx-xxxx,

From Japan of fixed phone, if you want to call the American mobile phone in Japan.

Please to international phone as “001-010-1-212-123-4567".

“001" is the number of the case to international phone using KDDI from a fixed phone.
If you want to use other than KDDI, you can change the “001" in the number of when international telephone of the telephone company.

“010" is the number that must be attached to the case international telephone call from the phone in Japan.

The next “1", is an American country code.

From Japanese mobile phone, if you want to call the American mobile phone in Japan.

Please to international phone as “010-1-212-xxx-xxxx."

“010" is the number that must be attached to the case international telephone call from a mobile phone in Japan.

The next “1", is an American country code.

In this case, the people of over Japanese side will be charged international phone charges to the United States.
In addition, the people of the receiving side will be charged international roaming charges of American mobile company.