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For those of you who are spending some extra time in Japan, are you considering getting a wi-fi hot box or a SIM card for your phone while you are there.  Our service provider in Canada will charge about $60 for our same data plan here.  But I am pretty sure that won't be enough for all the map searches and information gathering.  Not to mention streaming things while waiting around.

What do you do?

 

Thanks

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I'm an Australian and visit Japan frequently. Until my last trip, I have relied purely on wifi (updated my phone plan and get free international roaming). Wifi has improved greatly in Japan over the past 10 years. It used to be nearly non existent but now it is rare not to find it. Starbucks has free wifi and there is one on every second street (they love their coffee). Train station generally have wifi and a lot of shopping streets and centres have it also.

This doesn't help you with your question but is helpful info to know. Friends have rented a portable wifi modem before but I have never felt the need to.

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Just back from 2 weeks in Japan - 8 night cruise plus extra time in Tokyo. 

We rented a pocket wifi device from a company found here on cc.

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With exchange to CAD it was about $75 for 15 days with unlimited data. The device was delivered to our Yokohama hotel precruise. We used it in our Japan ports and post cruise in Tokyo. It came with a return envelope, so we were able to drop it in a mailbox at Narita before our flight home yesterday. 

 

Very easy to use & worked for both iphones.

Wifi is available in various locations, but if you are using apps to navigate the trains & subways plus other maps then the pocket wifi device is very convenient. Recommend using maps.me, Rome2rio & Tokyo Subway apps. 

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I use Skyroam all over the world.

You can choose to use it with a monthly subscription or with daypasses.

I use daypasses and just pay for the days when I actually decide to use it.
Used it in many parts of the world (incl. Japan) and I am very pleased with it.

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On 4/4/2019 at 12:12 AM, Miaminice said:

I use Skyroam all over the world.

You can choose to use it with a monthly subscription or with daypasses.

I use daypasses and just pay for the days when I actually decide to use it.
Used it in many parts of the world (incl. Japan) and I am very pleased with it.

Hi Miaminice, have just been researching Skyroam after reading your post.  Was looking to hire a router in Japan next March but like the idea of owning one out right for future travels. I love google translate and much prefer to be online instead of trying to type to translate.  So, Skyroam reviews are very, very mixed with a lot complaining about reduced speed  after 500mb per day and also seem to be a lot of issues setting up. Also like the godata plan where u can stop and start on a monthly basis. 1gb per month and can buy extra for $14 AUD which i think is good deal. Can you enlighten me regarding speed and set up.  W@ould be greatly appreciated. Cheers

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@neenee61

it is true that speed is reduced once 500mb are reached. Until then it is as fast as the network that it’s connected to. Sometimes 4G, sometimes 3G... so actually not too bad. 

 

After 500mb uploading photos, browsing and emailing still works OK. Streaming not so much. However, I don’t stream so I never cared.

 

Every once in a while connecting took a while. I will try the new app for connection next week when we are in Japan again. It’s supposed to be better.

 

Bottom line... I am happy with it and I will keep using it. I can only encourage you to try it and see if it does what you expect. In any case it beats the cruise lines services 😉

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Thank you for the info Miaminice.  I also reply on recommendations and reviews from the folks on CC than scouring thru the internet and trying to work out fact from fiction with reviews.  I have decided to buy the solis and think the godata plan will work fine when travelling.  I don’t think I will even use 1GB in a month. All apps are downloaded already and I don’t upload photos or stream. I like to have it for google translate which is great since the latest upgrade. I always get comped internet on Celebrity so use that for emails etc.  In process of buying nw and have a deal for joining newsletter.  Thyanks again & happy cruising.

Cheers, Denise 

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I'm taking Skyroam to Japan next month. Have used it before. Will have some free time on Princess' internet so mainly need it for 5 days pre/post cruise.

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I bought these SIMs cards . You must have an unlocked phone, which you can find out how to do here. I put the card into my phone in the lounge before boarding my flight to Japan. When I landed at NRT and turned on my phone it set itself up automatically. You can only buy data plans, not voice or txt plans as a foreigner. 

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