I am going to Japan in a few weeks time for nine days which telco would the best to use for roaming or is their a telco in japan that have sims which are easy to get and use?

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finbar123

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I am going to Japan in a few weeks time for nine days which telco would the best to use for roaming or is their a telco in japan that have sims which are easy to get and use?

pab2025

Member since 25 Jun 2012

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When i was in Japan the last couple of years i went to a telco and they said there was no carrier that did pre-paid credit cards in japan.

Your best bet is to do some research into the global roaming packages from Vodafone and i believe optus is now offering one too.

Kuramoto

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Member since 07 Jun 2013

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If you want a local sim in Japan, you must rent them out at the airport. This can be quite costly depending on how much you use it, but it's definitely worth it and more convenient roaming (I find anyway).

Depending on what airport you fly into, they should definitely have a SIM rental service available. 

htc

Qantas P1

Member since 18 Jan 2012

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What Australian telco are you with. Optus has a new plan for unlimited roaming for $5. So $50 is well worth it for your trip and saves the hassle of losing your normal phone number etc. 

I think Vodaphone has a similar deal. 

Otchiman

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You could try bmobile they are data only though. You are pretty limited for choice in Japan sadly.

moa999

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And equally for those living in Japan, the carriers do not offer unlocked phones period, so Japanese can generally not use prepaid cards in other countries.

moa999

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Have used Softbank before who have booths at most airports... Now appears they do SIM rental as well

http://www.softbank-rental.jp/e/rental-plan-ib04.php

finbar123

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Thanks for the tips much appreciated 

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