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Tom567



Joined: 30 Apr 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:50 pm    Post subject: Telephone and Cable Tv Reply with quote

I got here about a month ago and am really frustrated with not having a telephone. How do I get a telephone here?

I am even more frustrated with not having cable tv. I live in a Leo Palace Apartment and my e mail to HQ wasn`t helpful. I don`t mind spending a few extra bucks to get CNN, StarSports, and/or other English channels. Is this possible living at LeoPalace?

Please help. Surely somebody was able to at least obtain a phone, somehow, before being in possession of the alien card.

Have you reached ZEN as well?
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Mr_Monkey



Joined: 11 Mar 2009
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Location: Kyuuuuuushuuuuuuu

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Softbank will set up a contract with you on the strength of the receipt the city office gives you for the documentation for the ARC. Docomo will not. That will get you a phone.

You should get a free internet connection with Leopalace apartments. Rather than laying down some cash for a Skyperfect dish or whatnot, you could just invest in a VPN service that will allow you to present a US/UK/Canada/etc. IP address to the websites you wish to access, and stream the shows you want to watch.
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ssjup81



Joined: 15 Jun 2009
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Location: Tendo, Yamagata, Japan

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I'm late to this, but didn't see this thread until now. I'm curious how things went for you.

In my situation, it took me a long while before I got internet/phone. When I got my card, I went to the Softbank, but unfortunately, they wouldn't let me sign up for a plan unless I had a Japanese credit card. So I had to use my boss' credit card to get it and that pocket wi-fi thing, which didn't work for me (satellite interference from my upstairs neighbors ><), so I was still without Internet...but I had a phone.

I had to get my internet installed.
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funkyging



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm three months and counting without a phone, but its been my choice for the last month, i want to prepay for the phone so saving up a bit of cash over the month for the next paycheck.

Contract phones will require a residence card(no more alien cards), a bank account, probably a hanko but they sometimes use a fingerprint

leopalace gives the option for pretty cheap internet and im hitting 47Mbps
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kah5217



Joined: 29 Sep 2012
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Location: Ibaraki

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it really hard to get a phone, even a rinky-dink "dumbphone"? I remember how hard it was to rent one when I was there, but that was because we were on tourist visas.
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ssjup81



Joined: 15 Jun 2009
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Location: Tendo, Yamagata, Japan

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

funkyging wrote:
i'm three months and counting without a phone, but its been my choice for the last month, i want to prepay for the phone so saving up a bit of cash over the month for the next paycheck.

Contract phones will require a residence card(no more alien cards), a bank account, probably a hanko but they sometimes use a fingerprint

leopalace gives the option for pretty cheap internet and im hitting 47Mbps
My first time here, I lived in a Leopalace apartment and had internet included. Just plugged it into my laptop, and boom, all set.

As for the phone issue, I used Skype. lol I did, eventually, have to get a phone (required) so another ALT in the area, had a prepay phone, so I just used that, rarely.

Anyway, you should be able to use your passport with your visa info, I would think since you don't (won't) have the alien registration card.
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