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[tlug] [OT] Short-term cell phone access (SIM card, etc.)

Will be meeting up with a few people who are visiting Tokyo as tourists and I was asked about buying a SIM card here.  I haven't a clue.  Here's the relevant stuff I got via three different e-mails from three different people.  "A" isn't coming here - only "B" and "C".  Any tips about this?

A: ".... but usually ST gets his phone unlocked when he travels and then switches his SIM card out for an international one so that calls and texts are cheaper."

B: "I'm not sure how we'll be able to get in contact when I'm not at the hotel. My phone doesn't use a SIM card so I won't be able to switch out for an international card. I'll be able to check email on my iPad but only where I can get access to free Wi-Fi. I'm not sure how prevalent that is in Tokyo."

C: "I wanted to ask you about purchasing a SIM for my cell phone.  How does that work?  Do I just go to a retailer and purchase one?"


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