||[Apr. 6th, 2007|03:23 pm]
angrydicemoose for hooking me up with a phone in Japan.Much love to |
I guess you can't get pre-pay phones here because they're used for crime, so you need a lot of paperwork/documents which I don't have, but fortunately SAKK has a lot of phones for mobile testing/development, so I'm stealing one of those for the weekend.
BACK ON THE GRID.
(it even has menus in English... double score.)
Hello Brad. :) Sorry for randomly stumbling in when you don't know me. I clicked on a link someone made in the recent news post and came here.
I really hope that you're enjoying Japan!! I live here in Tokyo (and have for the last 3 years), though I'm originally from Washington state. ^-^v Anywhoo, the reason that cell phones are no longer allowed on a temporary basis for foreigners is because a lot of people would come and sign up for a monthly plan, and then leave the country without bothering to switch off the phone, or with leaving a huge bill that they didn't feel the need to pay. It's actually a new policy, less than 2 years old though I can't remember when exactly it started. It's really stupid, some of the discrimination that has come about because of other foreigners who behaved badly, though it makes sense from the phone company's view. And by the way, it's not that you need a japanese residence to get it, you also need a citizenship card or a resident card to get one. It's not about the address, but that you show that you're someone who's going to stay here and not flee the country, so to speak (sorry if I sound bitter. There's a lot of discrimination that goes on here).
But... sorry about that. I felt like I wanted to share the story. ^^ I hope that you enjoy Japan!! Not sure how long you're going to stay here, but if you have any questions, please don't hesistate to ask! Or if you want to go hang out with some cool Tokyo expats sometime. ^-^
2007-04-06 02:47 pm (UTC)
But that's the point behind pre-pay... you pay FIRST. So there's no bill remaining to be paid if you leave the country. What am I missing? :-)
I'm here until Tuesday afternoon, but busy on Monday working. So I have all this weekend to do touristy stuff, basically.
2007-04-07 12:42 pm (UTC)
Here in the UK at least the pre-pay phones are still subsidized by the phone company under the assumption that you're going to spend a certain amount, which you don't have to spend up-front. If you just bought a week's worth of call credit and left the country, they'd be out of pocket.
The companies can't do a great deal even if UK natives screw them, though: I got my current phone from a dodgy little reseller that bought in a big batch of T-mobile prepay phones, opened the boxes and unlocked the handsets before re-selling them. I didn't even bother registering for T-mobile's prepay service, just throwing in my old prepay SIM. Interestingly enough, that company seems to have ceased trading now so I guess eventually the telcos figured out what they were up to…