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taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

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taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

I am starting to get disappointed with what i am reading online.

Is a prepaid data sim possible for a tourist in japan?

not too fussed if it is a micro sim or not, as i can cut down a normal sized one

was looking forward to keeping up with TA while traveling through Japan on my new magical and revolutionary device :)

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1. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

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2. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

Another item I mentioned in another post is you might consider renting this device:

www.globaladvancedcomm.com/pocketwifi.html

A major flaw/draw back with the i-pad is the lack of a direct USB input, if they had that you could use a data stick.

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3. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

As a tourist you cannot legally purchase and activate any mobile service (such as 3G data). You can however rent,. I don't think they will be too happy that you cut their SIM card but if you insist and willing to pay for it, and don't mind being hated forever, it's your choice. Pocket wifi above is probably your best option.

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4. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

how does this one compare

jcrcorp.com/mobile/mobile_rental_wifi_router…

it seems more expensive than

www.globaladvancedcomm.com/pocketwifi.html

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5. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

The difference is the networks in Japan. The best coverage is provided by NTT DoCoMo for wifi connection for your iPad or iPhone. There are three network providers in japan and Softbank is the smallest - with the smalles coverage area. So it depends on the service you require like anything else. Do you want steak or hamburger? JCR uses NTT DoCoMo and GAC uses Softbank.

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6. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

I would suggest you just rent a mifi (pocket wifi) terminal if you can.

These devices are readily available in Japan, as manufactured by Huawei. This is what I use with my iPad, works great-even better than Softbank sim, as the Softbank network can be over capacity in places due to iPhone data usage.

The network to rent a pocket wifi terminal would be E-mobile, which specializes in data terminals. Softbank offers the same Huawei terminal as e-mobile and uses the e-mobile network as an MVNO for this product only

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7. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

Several companies are now offering pocket wifis.(aka mifis)

Cheapest seems to be Rentafone Japan www.rentafonejapan.com/Mobile-Internet.html

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8. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

Just a note the laws regulating prepaid are for voice communications.

When someone purchases a prepaid phone (eg voice) ID documents must be presented and recorded.

The laws were passed stemming from telephone fraud. Data plans only send and receive data and cannot be used to make phone calls (VOIP does not fall under the law).

Edited: 17 December 2010, 23:04
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9. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

Doesn't the iPad use a special microsim?

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10. Re: taking 3G ipad to Japan when on holiday - prepaid sim option

I recommend this micro SIM card. You need to read and understand Japanese to purchase this SIM online.

5,280Yen for one month, up to 7.2Mbps, unlimited data connection.

http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/sim_mp/index.html

2,980Yen for one month, up to 300kbps, unlimited data connection.

http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/sim_m/detail.html