In this day and age, people rely on the internet for almost everything. Whether it is used to connect using social networks or to find information for both personal and work purposes, the internet has become part of our daily life. When planning a trip abroad, the first thing that many travelers consider is to prepare for being connected either using WiFi or SIM cards.
If you’ve been to Japan, you probably know that the main problem with buying a SIM card is the tedious procedure involved and a contract period. If any service is terminated before the due date, you may be charged with a termination fee or you may have to keep paying till the contract has ended. This isn’t a good choice financially. To resolve these problems, in this feature, we introduce JP SMART SIM: easy one-minute application, no contract period or cancellation fee.
Common Problems When Buying SIM Cards in Japan
Since there are many formal procedures in Japan for buying SIM cards, it is not a convenient option. Whether you plan to be a short-term or long-term resident of Japan, the problem that many people encounter is that it takes a long time to apply, usually there is a contract period and a cancellation fee.
For long-term residents of Japan, to open a bank account or to apply for a credit card, a local phone number is required. JP SMART SIM makes this extremely easy for everyone, which is why it is ranked the No. 1 SIM card among foreigners.
Let’s see what packages are available for both short-term and long-term residents in Japan.
If you are a short-term Japanese resident, for example, sightseeing or traveling for business for less than half a month, we recommend the following packages:
● DATA SIM Card
If you are planning a short trip to Japan you can buy a DATA SIM Card. You can use the internet to chat and call your friends and family through WhatsApp, Messenger, LINE or other apps. You can submit this application online using your passport and there is no minimum contract period.
There are 4 types of packages:
1. 3 GB (2,580 yen incl. tax/month)
2. 6 GB (3,388 yen tax incl. tax/month)
3. 12 GB (4,708 yen tax incl. tax/month)
4. 20 GB (6,358 yen tax incl. tax/month)
Users who opt for the DATA SIM card service can pay by credit card, debit card or other PAY services.
The application process is very easy. Once the application is approved, the SIM card will be delivered to you within the same day. You can check further details on the official website.
● PREPAID SIM
The PREPAID SIM card is suitable for short-term visitors to Japan. Your SIM card can be sent to the hotel or airport where you land, and there is also English customer support. The application fee is free, and you don’t have to cancel your SIM card contract when you leave Japan. If you order a SIM card before 14:00, your SIM card will be dispatched on the same day.
You can choose from a range of data packages based on your usage.
|Usage Period/Data||Price (JPY)|
|8 Days/6.6 GB||1,980|
|16 Days/9.2 GB||2,480|
|31 Days/12.2 GB||2,980|
|91 Days/28.2 GB||5,480|
|30 Days/10 GB||2,780|
|30 Days/30 GB||4,480|
|60 Days/15 GB||3,980|
|90 Days/15 GB||4,480|
|180 Days/20 GB||5,580|
|180 Days/100 GB||13,880|
|30 Days/50 GB||4,880|
|60 Days/50 GB||5,780|
|365 Days/100 GB||15,880|
The application process is very simple with only three steps as shown below.
Prices vary by package, so please make sure to check the latest updates on the official website.
Long-term Japanese resident
● CALL SIM
You will need a Japanese residence card to purchase this SIM card. This service is suitable for foreigners who need a Japanese phone number and plan to stay in Japan for the long term. Many telecommunication companies in Japan have fixed contract periods, but with JP SMART CALL you are not bound by a minimum contract period. You can cancel the SIM card service at any time. The first month of subscription is free, and customer service is available in English.
● SMART WIFI
With this service, a data of 3 GB can be used every day, there is no minimum contract period, and a residence card is required to sign up. If you don’t want to use a credit card, you can pay your bill at convenience stores throughout Japan.
Two packages are available:
1. 6,578 yen incl. tax/month
2. 7,128 yen incl. tax/month (+ Safety Support Pack)
There are three types of Wifi devices to choose from and all of these can be rented for free. Click here for further details.
Those who do not have a credit card, bank account, or seal (hanko) can apply for our SIM card services. You can pay your dues at convenience stores 24 hours a day.
Choose a package according to your needs.
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