> On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM, fakufaku <fakuf...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Open mesh network with 900MHz freakduinos anyone ?
> I thought 900 MHz was Softbank's new Platinum band?
> --Richard Frankum
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On Monday, July 30, 2012 11:08:43 AM UTC+9, Totti wrote: > Hey all,
> since my mobile phone contract is going to end, I was looking for > alternatives. > However, as you all know Japanese mobile phone market is close to > insanity.
> All this plans, dozen of different options, half of which are > "mandatory options" (that is so ridiculous to have "must-tick" > options)... > Another half dozen of options which can or can not be canceled a few > weeks later. > All together with special offers, special plans, special service and > sure a dozen of money back offers.
> And to all this horror people at the counter are, let me say polite, > still on there way of being professional. They actually telling you > stuff which is simply not true and on most and all more difficult > questions they ask you to wait for them as they go to get feedback > from a supervisor.
> Actually, my phone is fine and I was considering to reuse it but maybe > switch to a cheaper plan with data-flat. I asked in several shops... > None of them could tell me if they just offer a bare standard contract > offering just a SIM card, no new phone, no special whatever options. > Just a monthly fee and a SIM card. I ended up again and again in a > selling conversation for a new phone.
> On the other hand I know many stuff is possible, as long as you show > the staff in the shop exactly what you want to have and point them to > hard facts. They will check up again and again with the supervisors > but eventually, after hours of debating and waiting you might end up > with a SIM card.
> So maybe we can summarize here the most easiest and cheapest way to > run a mobile phone in Japan without trapping in all this > super-offer-option-payback-point-collection nonsens... > That is a topic which is coming up over and over again on this list > and if we find some sane good solutions we could add this to the THS > page.
> Ok here is a start
> Long-time residents (2 years and longer): > Just sign up for one of the plenty 2 year contract offers, make sure > you do not pay to much for the phone (the price given is not the > market price), ask for discounts if you pay the phone in one go, take > a native Japanese speaker with you (it's not only language but also > cultural translation), try to avoid as many of the "attractive" > options as possible, make sure you can cancel the mandatory options > later. Do not get talked into something!
> Mid-time residents (3 month - 2 years): > Try to get a bare SIM card offer and use it in your own phone. > Make a 2 year contract like above but check out for cancellation fees > if you have to cancel in advance.
> Short-time visitors (<3 month): > Use some of the prepaid SIM cards like bmobile and your own phone > Rent a phone from services at the airport or online