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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Hello, fellow ex-pats,

I am going to Japan soon and I have a few questions about phones.

1. I have a GSM android phone here in the US (T-Mobile). I don't think it's unlocked. Can I use it in Japan? Are the frequencies different from the US?

2. How expensive is a decent touch-screen phone in Japan?

3. What are some good telecom companies and plans in Japan? I am looking for a phone with data since I will be using Skype a lot.

4. Does Japan have the same voltage and power outlets like the US? (I forgot).


Thanks!
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
Hello, fellow ex-pats,

I am going to Japan soon and I have a few questions about phones.

1. I have a GSM android phone here in the US (T-Mobile). I don't think it's unlocked. Can I use it in Japan? Are the frequencies different from the US?


You can use it, but you'll be on TMobile roaming. Which will bankrupt you in, ohhh, about a day.

If it's locked then you won't be able to connect it to a Jpns carrier. Happily, you can take the sim out and drop it into a Japanese phone, assuming you don't want to try unlocking it.


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2. How expensive is a decent touch-screen phone in Japan?


How much do you want to spend? They range from free to Quite A Lot.


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4. Does Japan have the same voltage and power outlets like the US? (I forgot).


No.

You need to spend 30 seconds putting "Voltage in Japan" into google to answer your question. Which is why I'm specifically *not* giving you the answer here. Rolling Eyes
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Power outlets are 2-pronged 99% of the time in Japan.

Voltage is almost the same, and that doesn't matter. What [u]does[u] matter is the frequency, 50 Hz or 60 Hz. As G Cthulhu wrote, do a search to see what it is in various parts of the country. If you are concerned about a laptop or netbook, don't be, because they adjust for such things (look under the device to confirm). If you are concerned about clocks or hair dryers, which will operate more slowly or faster depending on the frequency, you'll just have to deal with it.
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:55 am    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

G Cthulhu wrote:
Alex_Ander wrote:
Hello, fellow ex-pats,

I am going to Japan soon and I have a few questions about phones.

1. I have a GSM android phone here in the US (T-Mobile). I don't think it's unlocked. Can I use it in Japan? Are the frequencies different from the US?


You can use it, but you'll be on TMobile roaming. Which will bankrupt you in, ohhh, about a day.

If it's locked then you won't be able to connect it to a Jpns carrier. Happily, you can take the sim out and drop it into a Japanese phone, assuming you don't want to try unlocking it.


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2. How expensive is a decent touch-screen phone in Japan?


How much do you want to spend? They range from free to Quite A Lot.


Quote:

4. Does Japan have the same voltage and power outlets like the US? (I forgot).


No.

You need to spend 30 seconds putting "Voltage in Japan" into google to answer your question. Which is why I'm specifically *not* giving you the answer here. Rolling Eyes


1. I could try to unlock it but my I am not sure of Japan uses the same GSM frequencies as the US.

2. Decent Android with medium-small screen. Nothing too fancy.

4. Google? Do people still use that crap?
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenski wrote:
Power outlets are 2-pronged 99% of the time in Japan.

Voltage is almost the same, and that doesn't matter. What [u]does[u] matter is the frequency, 50 Hz or 60 Hz. As G Cthulhu wrote, do a search to see what it is in various parts of the country. If you are concerned about a laptop or netbook, don't be, because they adjust for such things (look under the device to confirm). If you are concerned about clocks or hair dryers, which will operate more slowly or faster depending on the frequency, you'll just have to deal with it.


Are the prongs flat like the ones in the US or round like in Europe?
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David W



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=japanese+plugs
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
4. Google? Do people still use that crap?
Give him a break and use the internet, ok?

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Are the prongs flat like the ones in the US or round like in Europe?
Still unwilling to use the internet?
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
4. Google? Do people still use that crap?


Those that don't want to spend two days on eslcafe asking basic questions that google could answer in 30 seconds, yes. Idea
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Glenski wrote:
Alex_Ander wrote:
4. Google? Do people still use that crap?
Give him a break and use the internet, ok?

Quote:
Are the prongs flat like the ones in the US or round like in Europe?
Still unwilling to use the internet?


OK. I will do a websearch for those things. Can you at least give me some info about cheap phone plans with data?

Danke Schon
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
OK. I will do a websearch for those things. Can you at least give me some info about cheap phone plans with data?
I'm sorry but I can't. I have never owned a cell phone in my life and do not try to discuss them. Other people can help. Best I can do is tell you what has already been written. Some phones (older models) will be free. Unless you get a brand new phone, it's the service plan that really bites you.
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:47 am    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Glenski wrote:
Alex_Ander wrote:
OK. I will do a websearch for those things. Can you at least give me some info about cheap phone plans with data?
I'm sorry but I can't. I have never owned a cell phone in my life and do not try to discuss them. Other people can help. Best I can do is tell you what has already been written. Some phones (older models) will be free. Unless you get a brand new phone, it's the service plan that really bites you.


You're never owned a cell phone? That's so old fashioned! How do you communicate?
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OneJoelFifty



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:31 am    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
Glenski wrote:
Alex_Ander wrote:
OK. I will do a websearch for those things. Can you at least give me some info about cheap phone plans with data?
I'm sorry but I can't. I have never owned a cell phone in my life and do not try to discuss them. Other people can help. Best I can do is tell you what has already been written. Some phones (older models) will be free. Unless you get a brand new phone, it's the service plan that really bites you.


You're never owned a cell phone? That's so old fashioned! How do you communicate?


By forums.

Go to the Softbank website, they have all the information in English. I can't say for sure whether it's the cheapest, but it is a common one for foreigners to go for when they arrive in Japan.
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:48 am    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Alex_Ander wrote:
You're never owned a cell phone? That's so old fashioned! How do you communicate?
By talking to people, using regular phones at my home and office, by email, by planning where to meet people (and sticking to my promise), by Skype on rare occasions, etc.

I don't play computer/cell phone games.
I prefer a computer screen to a dinky cell phone screen for Internet.
I own a camera.
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Alex_Ander



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:07 am    Post subject: Re: Cell/Mobile phones Reply with quote

Glenski wrote:
Alex_Ander wrote:
You're never owned a cell phone? That's so old fashioned! How do you communicate?
By talking to people, using regular phones at my home and office, by email, by planning where to meet people (and sticking to my promise), by Skype on rare occasions, etc.

I don't play computer/cell phone games.
I prefer a computer screen to a dinky cell phone screen for Internet.
I own a camera.


Such a rebel Wink
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