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


I'm using Wi2 wifi service for more than a year now. It's not perfect but good enough and has wide coverage. Features I like about it;
- If you define your mac addresses on customer panel, devices connect automatically.
- You can use it with up to 5 devices
- It's strangely 380¥ per month. (Doesnt show up this price until signup form)

Just check,

Furkan Mustafa

On 2013/05/21, at 12:26, Raymond Wan <> wrote:

> Hi Lyle,
> On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM, Lyle H Saxon <> wrote:
>> 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?
> I know Japan's mobile phone industry is changing and slowly opening up
> so I don't know if this is relevant anymore.
> But just over a year ago, I had a Japanese phone and an overseas (Hong
> Kong) phone and took the SIM cards and switched them "for fun".  And
> both phones rejected them.  The whole LCD panel on the phone was
> blinking...I thought it was going to explode.  :-)  I shut it down and
> switched the cards back and (AFAIK) there was no permanent damage.
> Incidentally, the HK phone was a Sony Xperia...  :-P
> As for the 3 people:
>> 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.
> ...
>> 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?"
> A -- Neither of the phones I tried were unlocked so maybe A is on to
> something.  But if the Japanese SIMs are locked, then isn't that going
> to cause a problem?
> B -- Wi-Fi is hard to find and if you find it, you have to be a
> customer of some Internet company first and log in with their user
> name / password.
> I think things were getting better and I think Docomo or someone was
> planning to open up their phones?  So maybe my experience is getting
> out of date.
> There's always payphones, of course...maybe I'm just too "old school"!  :-)
> Ray
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