While I plan on purchasing a cell phone in Japan, I still plan on bringing my current TMobile phone. Can I use this to connect to the internet via WiFi? I know free WiFi is not common, but are there cafes or stores where I can pay for WiFi time? I've also heard that many vending machines are being installed with WiFi as well. Anyone have experience with those? Also, I was wondering if there are many android phones available with Japanese carriers. I have many apps that I've paid for from Google Play, and would like to install them on my new phone. Is there any trouble putting my existing Google account on a new Japanese cell phone?
When people say not common in Japan, they mean NON EXISTENT. Places you would expect to find WiFi you won't, places you don't you will. There might be vending machines w/ WiFi in the big cities, but not likely where you will end up. As for Android devices, there are PLENTY available. Check out docomo, AU, Softbank... they all have a few different Android devices.
Any current JETs who had completed a 2-year contract and gotten a new phone? I have a Softbank phone on contract till next April so I won't be getting a new phone till then, but I just wanted to know the procedure for entering into a new contract. Do I have to return my current phone? Will I be eligible for 0 yen phones with the new contract? Do I have to change my SIM card to a new number and new email address?
Any help appreciated!
You do not need to finish your contract at all to switch over to a new phone. Your existing phone is yours, it does not need to be returned. I do not know about the 0 yen phones, (sorry). You should be able to just pull the SIM from your existing handset and slide it in to the new phone, and if it's a new SIM (ie, you get a smartphone w/ a micro-sim) they can transfer the contents from one to the other.
Jaime wrote:I'm hoping some of the current JETs might be able to shed a little light on iPhones vs. smart phones in Japan. Specifically, I suppose I'm asking about Softbank, because that is the carrier that JETs in my city seem to have gone with (and I will likely go with as well when I arrive).
Are iPhone plans different/more expensive than other smart phone plans? If I have to buy the phone outright, which is more expensive: an iPhone or a [comparable] Android? Also, is it possible to transfer the appsfrom my current Canadian iPhone to my future Japanese iPhone via iTunes? I'm guessing that transfering my music purchases won't be an issue... so it seem logical to then assume that apps/games will transfer as well...
Apologies if this has already been discussed. ^^;
You will have to look at the price of handsets on the SoftBank website and compare. The plan itself is 300 yen more expensive / month if memory serves, but that's it for difference. There are various features differences between the iPhone and Android devices, but they are relatively minor for most people. You can easily use your Canadian iTunes account on your Japanese iPhone. It's what I do, with no problems.