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Communications Phone and Internet
Phones • Payphones : Useful until you are set up with a mobile / cell phone
Phones • Skype (Google Chat): One of the best and cheapest way to make international calls. • The Skype application for i-phone is very useful if you have wifi.
Mobile Phones (携帯電話） • 3 main companies : Docomo, Softbank and AU.
携帯電話 • Docomo: Best coverage, good range of phones but expensive. • Softbank: Bilingual service, affordable price plans,good range of phones (iPhone) • AU: Smallest company but cheap price plans (iphone)
Your choice • Most JETs choose Softbank • White Plan or Double Plan : http://mb.softbank.jp/en/price_plans/whiteplan.html • AU plan for iphone users: http://www.au.kddi.com/english/iphone/ryokin/plan.html “Everybody discount”
Your choice • Docomo plan for smartphone users : http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/charge/introduction/xi/image/index.html?tab=1 • Make your choice based on service, usage and other JETs to keep the prices as low as possible.
Smartphones • Smartphones can make your life easier in Japan • Expensive at first but good in the long run. • All in one: MP3, GPS,Internet, Email, Camera. • Useful applications to learn Japanese.
Advice regarding mobile phones • Explain to your supervisor/predecessor/Japanese friend what you need and ask them to explain for you in the store. • Don’t be scared to ask questions before choosing one. • Talk to other JETs about their plan.
Internet • Options: Fibre Optic, ADSL • Fibre Optic is most expensive but fast and reliable • Yahoo BB and NTT • Yahoo BB is the best option