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Phone! [Apr. 6th, 2007|03:23 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Much love to angrydicemoose for hooking me up with a phone in Japan.

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.


(it even has menus in English... double score.)

[User Picture]From: brad
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.
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[User Picture]From: mart
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…

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