Lets face it, travelling to a country where the majority of the population doesn’t speak English, and you can't even read the writing/script – it is definitely the sort of place having a local SIM with plenty of data is handy.
The problem is, it is a real pain, if not impossible, for the average traveller to try and buy a SIM once there. It is even illegal in Japan for a short-term traveler to buy a SIM with calls and SMS enabled without a suitcase full of paperwork.
dataGO is here to help!
We have just added Japanese SIMs to our portfolio.
This blog post will take you through a few of the basic reasons why one of these SIMs should be at the top of your packing list for Japan.
Get Set, before you go
First and foremost, dataGO is the only SIM specialist outside of Japan with these data SIMs for Japan. We are also the only company willing to ship them anywhere around the world- so you have them in your hands ready to go, before you go.
So what is the run-down on what these SIMs give you:
- 1GB of pre-loaded, pre-activated fast 3G data on the DoCoMo network
- 30 days of usage, starting from the first day of use
- Must have a 2100 MHz or 800 MHz compatible phone (check here)
And as always, when using a foreign SIM, your phone must be unlocked.
Data only – but what about calls and SMS?
This is pretty easily solved by most travelers with Apps like Skype/Viber for calling, and WhatsApp/iMessage/Kik for messaging. These Apps just use data, and allow you to keep in touch.
Anything else I should know?
There is one tweak required to your APN settings (very straight forward for Android or Apple users – see our FAQs/activation guide here), and as we already mentioned make sure you have a compatible unlocked phone.
Now that you know the basics of this fantastic option for staying connected on your next trip to Japan, you won’t have to worry about a huge roaming bill when you get home, or getting lost in the Tokyo subways or ski fields of Japan!
Check out our product summary page here, FAQ/activation guide here, and make sure purchase one in our eStore here before your next trip!
Written by Peter Cain
Peter Cain is the Founder and CEO of dataGO.co, a company committed to making it easier and cheaper to stay connected whilst travelling. You can find him on Twitter and Google+. You can also find dataGO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ for all the latest info on local and roaming SIMs and data hotspots.