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Pocket Wifi Rental

by Rarose Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Hi,
Is renting a pocket wifi during trip in Japan worth it?

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    Re: Pocket Wifi Rental

    by SfumatoPants Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Yes, cheaper than paying roaming charges.

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    by dru46 Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Do you need wifi all the time? That's what you really need to ask yourself before you can say it is or isn't worth it.

    In terms of connectivity, there is a B Communication data SIM that is cheaper. You get 1 GB for about 3000 yen for up to 1 month. I don't know how it is set up or how to get it easily. You can get it at larger electronics stores. The only problem, it wastes a lot of your time to get and prepare.

    Pocket wifi? Easier to get than a data only SIM, and cheaper than a phone rental. If you absolutely need to be connected all the time, or most of the time, a good option.

    Free wifi? All Starbucks offer free wifi but you need to get a user name and password first. Also, NTT East (Tokyo and Tohoku) is now offering free wifi at many locations throughout Japan. You need to get a special card with a user name and password at Narita and I think Haneda International Terminal only. It is free for 2 weeks only.

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    by SfumatoPants Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    As of the beginning of this year there is one company offering SIM rental. You pick it up at Narita. I can't remember the name though, just remember reading the news release.

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    by Bilimari Online Now Mar 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    When I was in Japan last October, I was able to get on free wifi everywhere. Unless you need to be online all the time for the work, etc., I don't think you need wifi card.

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    Re: Pocket Wifi Rental

    by Rarose Online Now Mar 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    dru46 wrote:
    Do you need wifi all the time? That's what you really need to ask yourself before you can say it is or isn't worth it.

    In terms of connectivity, there is a B Communication data SIM that is cheaper. You get 1 GB for about 3000 yen for up to 1 month. I don't know how it is set up or how to get it easily. You can get it at larger electronics stores. The only problem, it wastes a lot of your time to get and prepare.

    Pocket wifi? Easier to get than a data only SIM, and cheaper than a phone rental. If you absolutely need to be connected all the time, or most of the time, a good option.

    Free wifi? All Starbucks offer free wifi but you need to get a user name and password first. Also, NTT East (Tokyo and Tohoku) is now offering free wifi at many locations throughout Japan. You need to get a special card with a user name and password at Narita and I think Haneda International Terminal only. It is free for 2 weeks only.

     I guess I don't need it all the time. Thanks for your advice 

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    by Rarose Online Now Mar 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Bilimari wrote:
    When I was in Japan last October, I was able to get on free wifi everywhere. Unless you need to be online all the time for the work, etc., I don't think you need wifi card.

     Ok, thank you bilimari

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    Re: Pocket Wifi Rental

    by Rarose Online Now Mar 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    SfumatoPants wrote:
    As of the beginning of this year there is one company offering SIM rental. You pick it up at Narita. I can't remember the name though, just remember reading the news release.

     Thank you for your information. I'll check about it.

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