Japanese phone... in Japan!
Well here I am in Japan, with my 940SH using a rental SoftBank USIM (data enabled). Gonna talk about using a JP phone in Japan!
I tried setting up Mobile Suica by myself but it would error out at the 'Transfer to Area-B' app.
Took the phone to the nearest SoftBank store (Ikebukuro Sunshine City store, very helpful staff, has a girl who speaks Mandarin there too) and asked them to help me out. Took about half an hour (they had to find out my softbank.ne.jp email and input addresses and stuff like that) but eventually they completed the setup of Easy Mobile Suica (standard 'version' requires a yearly charge of 1000 yen). Incurred a data charge of 2000 yen in process (small charge for the excitement right?).
Worked exactly how I expected it to work- took the phone to the nearest Family Mart (store right in the lobby of my hotel, hehe) and asked them to 'charge' 1000 yen. Gave them 1000 yen, poked the 1000 option on the touch screen and scanned the phone. Beeped twice and voila- the app showed 1000yen available.
Went to the JR station, beeped it at the IC reader on the gate and passed through as if I were using the normal Suica card. Exited at Shinjuku station. Sat down and checked the log- showed a recharge of 1000yen, then a charge of 150 yen under that showing entry to the JR @ Ikebukuro Station and exit @ Shinjuku Station (obviously all that is in Japanese).
Bought a drink @ 7/11- works as expected. Works at drink machines with the IC reader (pretty rare actually compared to HK) too. No need to open the app to scan- just beep it and it'll work no matter what you're doing.
[IC READER USAGE]
Went to a few outlet malls and one of them (Lalaport Toyosu) had an interactive board showing ads and stuff like that. When there was an ad for a particular sports shop, scanning the phone on the IC reader under the screen 'sent' my phone a link. Incurred another data charge to access the website but it was for a 10% coupon for the store. Bought a few pieces of clothing and got back my money for the data charge and more
[QR READER USAGE]
Muji (chain store, has stores in a few Asian countries, sells household stuff and food) had a 10% off coupon, but you had to scan the QR code, access a link, enter your phone's email address and you'll be rewarded with a 10% off coupon. Did all that, incurred more data charges but got all that back with the savings. Oh yeah.
[1SEG MOBILE TV]
I'm pretty sure some of you have experienced this (I have too last year) but seriously- it's amazing. Despite what you might have read, you can receive a crystal clear signal even in a moving train or car. No stutters, nothing. Subtitles are a must for a learning-Japanese person though.
I'll update this thread later on as I use more features but here's the gist of what we're missing, using keitais outside Japan. Pictures may come later.
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