Kirari wrote:I would like to go the 'used' route, if possible, to save myself some money. Musashi mentioned recycle stores (second-hand shops, I presume?), and I've heard that phones can be bought via Yahoo Auctions. Are there disadvantages to doing this?
When my original phone from softbank got water damage outside of warranty, I bought the same model off of yahoo! auctions Japan. First off, if your Japanese is poor or non-existent, yaj can be hard to navigate, especially for payment options. If you have someone to help, though, then it is a good way to go. You can go into the store of the company you want to get a phone from, check out the different models, than hit yaj and find whichever one you like (including older model iphones), usually in mint condition for a little cheaper, or used for a lot. One thing that is awesome is that the sellers on yaj I've come into contact with are EXTREMELY honest about every little scratch and problem, which is really nice.
As others have said, you can also get them at used stores. Off the top of my head, stores I've seen phones at are the mega-store Mandai Shouten, at Hard Off/Off Houses (Book Off chains, but not Book Offs themselves), and any place that sells used electronics. If you are super inaka you might not have a place like this, but even decently sized towns usually have at least once recycle shop somewhere.
However doing things this way means that if something happens to the phone, you aren't going to get any kind of warranty for it. Personally, if you are getting a cheap phone like the 0 yen models many stores have, or older versions, I feel it doesn't matter at all, but if you want a shiny new smartphone like an iPhone, I would get it new through whatever company your contract is through. That way even small issues should be handled no problem, whereas if you buy it used and it breaks the first day, there isn't anything you can do.
Gizmotech wrote:Your apps are connected to your itunes account. So long as you are using the same log in information you will be just fine. I use my Canadian CC and Itunes acount no problem here in Japan on my Japanese iPhone.
A little off topic but continuing in that thread, you can have more than one itunes account, you just have to use a different email. So you can make a new account if you want to get apps from the Japanese store. iTunes credit cards are sold even in combinis, so it is easy to buy one of those and get credit toward apps. Your iphone will be fine with apps from two different stores no problem, but you do have to be logged into the specific account in order to update, which can be a hassle. Also, since my iTunes on my computer is my US name, the Japanese apps don't show up on the computer.
just a little extra info if anyone needs it...