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    Mobile Suica for Android

    Just want to remind everyone in Japan with an Android phone with osaifu-keitai that the official Mobile Suica app was launched yesterday (7/23), ugly suika widget and all.

    Grab it from the Market now!

    market://details?id=com.mobilesuica.msb.android

    Your locale will need to be set to Japan though, so no dice for people without a docomo or SoftBank USIM (or root with marketenabler lol).

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    Installed it today, and was faced with tons of gibberish. My kanji skills aren't up to par yet, will have to get a friend to help ;-)

    Finally a feature advertised 8 months ago is enabled on my phone. Yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrixl View Post
    Installed it today, and was faced with tons of gibberish. My kanji skills aren't up to par yet, will have to get a friend to help ;-)

    Finally a feature advertised 8 months ago is enabled on my phone. Yay!

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    I'm just excited to be able to use it when I'm in Japan next month

    Post some screenshots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamanote View Post
    I'm just excited to be able to use it when I'm in Japan next month

    Post some screenshots!

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    Gotta figure out how to take screenshots on the sh-03c I guess...

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    Post some pictures then

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    Yeah I'll get to it today or tomorrow. Still haven't figured out the app lol but will get someone to interpret it for me later today. Can't wait!

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    OK! I've configured it and will try to figure out how to charge it tomorrow then use it to ride the trains!!!! Woooooooo


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    Looks pretty cool!

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    Somewhat annoyed that i dont use JR for my commute to work (otherwise i would set my trainpass up on it). I DLed it and have the widget on my screen, will be using this for casual train rides from now on!

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    Works well anywhere suica works! No fuss. Plus I can see my travel history without having to use one of the machines.

    Only downside so far is I need a 7-11 or Ministop to top up, since I can't insert my phone in the card readers lol. Might spell trouble one day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrixl View Post
    Works well anywhere suica works! No fuss. Plus I can see my travel history without having to use one of the machines.

    Only downside so far is I need a 7-11 or Ministop to top up,
    Link a credit card to it and use 'normal' Mobile Suica, not that weak 'easy' version It'll let you refill using your credit card right from your phone, and it lets you do stuff which you can't with Easy Mobile Suica, like ride the Green Car (just scan your phone on the overhead reader when you board and when you leave, no need to prepay at the station platform).

    since I can't insert my phone in the card readers lol. Might spell trouble one day...
    Tried inserting a P-05A into the slot...



    ...still don't know where it is

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    good one

    Yeah I didn't bother with the credit card thing, simply cuz it was tough already getting all the screens translated for me lol. Didn't want to start doing it then find out my foreign credit card wouldn't be accepted. Maybe it would be. Maybe I'll try when I get annoyed. Anyways EasySuica was.. easy. After someone explained it to me

    as for green car tickets... well..... .... I use my money for food instead :P

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    Hahaha i was thinking the same thing... Green car? who rides that?

    The other thing with the easysuica is that its free. The other option costs 1000yen a year. Plus all the international transaction charges etc.

    Btw, you can get a Suruga Bank VISA debit here (one of only 2 debit cards available in Japan - and the only one with no annual fee), and have it charged from that; but then i would have to keep remembering to keep that account topped up!

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    hahah yeah, so one way or another it's trouble.. I'll just remember to keep it full. Heck unlike a suica card, I can at least check my remaining balance before arriving at a train station

    Anyways, yamanote wanted screenshots/pics, but I really don't know what to show. There's a bunch of menus all in Japanese, and the rest just happens behind the scenes, as effortlessly as if I had strapped my suica card at the back of my phone and used that (like my friend did with his Blackberry LOL)

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    Just wondering- this works on a rental USIM, though, right? I've always wanted to give this a try (though I don't have an Android keitai with FeliCa yet).

    And on the topic of the Green Car, I did it from Narita Airport to Tokyo (on a rapid train- I thought it would be worth the extra time, and looking back, it wasn't my brightest moment). On the way back I just got a regular seat on a N'EX since I was pressed for time (and jeez, Tokyo station is HUGE).

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