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WIFI

Post by Au Weng Kay » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:21 am

WIFI
Updated 11 Apr 2016

In our Japan Travel Group site, we have also consolidated reviews/comments made by our members, and shared them with you here, so that you can make an informed decision when choosing the product.

A) Pocket WIFI ( Reviews, comments from Japan Travel Group members)

After making your booking on line, most (if not all) of the Service Providers below would arrange for the Pocket WIFI to be delivered straight to your hotel. Very convenient. And at the end of your stay, you can return it at the Airport or ask your hotel to return it for you.

1. Pupuru Pocket Wifi : http://www.pupuru.com/en/
2. Softbank Wifi http://www.softbank-rental.jp/e/rental.php

3. eConnect Wifi https://www.econnectjapan.com
Nate D Iz "i traveled with 2 others and we used https://www.econnectjapan.com/products"
Gnaiyim Ng Choi "I used Econnect, it was very good"
4. Global Advanced Communications http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/
Crystal Low "I believe most do have the option to send to hotels. Last 2 years I rented mine from (GAC) "
Karrie Nodalo-Nipal "I highly recommended this pocket wi-fi we used in Japan" https://www.facebook.com/camerakarrie/p ... 32/?type=1
Nor Erxmeeza Erdayu "Recommended. Been using it everytime im visiting japan."
Toto Guerrero "Me too"
Richard Lin "I'd rented mobile WiFi with Global Advanced Comms. Good customer service, good network coverage, practically hassle free pickup and return procedures, very happy with them.
Sheryl Simon "try pupuru or globaladvancedcomm site...rented from the latter and pick it up at narita airport...order extra batt...very useful and fast..."
Sandra Davies "I hired the Regular Pocket WiFi 75MBPS through Global Advanced Communications. I went through this company after reading reviews from (this article), so thank you for having that helped a lot. The company also provided a tracking number for the parcel if you want to track it "
Brett Garcia "I am renting a pocket wifi device from Global Advanced Communications while I'm there. The only SIM cards you can buy are data only (no texting/calling unless you do it over wifi using Skype or Line or a similar app). Japanese 4G bands are different than ours in the US and from what I've read on the SIM cards, the service can be spotty which is why I'm just going to rely on the pocket wifi and take my US Nexus 6. "
5. Wifi Rental Store http://en.wifi-rental-store.jp/
John-Rey Macatuggal "I do like the service here."
Stanley Ng "I used this, had them send to my hotel"
6. Rakuten http://item.rakuten.co.jp/mobile-gate/gp02_1mouth/ (in Japanese)
Ellie Kohno "I rented one from mobile-gate for 5000yen/mo. Check out Rakuten shops online for best deals. The portable wifi can connect up to 10 devices (iPhone, iPad, laptop, etc) and can be shared with people traveling with you. For two weeks it is about 4000 yen. Unlimited GB"


7. Rentalfone Wifi http://www.rentafonejapan.com/.
Choonb Tan "they send it to my hotel even I ordered 2 days before. 2nd time. Great service."
8. Japan wireless http://japan-wireless.com/
How does the package looks like ? https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 206643625/
Gina Rodriguez Nazario "we're happy with their service. Also, pick up and drop off are very convenient."
Mohd Nor Akram "If you have multiple gadgets just choose portable wifi. Japan Wireless has the cheapest rate so far."
Albert Onizuka Lam "I'd vote for pocket wifi as well. Not only can you connect multiple devices, it runs on a separate battery (as compared to SIM card and using your phone as a hotspot, your phone batt will be dead in a couple of hours)" "Have been using them for the past 3-4 years. Easy collection from the airport's post office (or hotel of your choice) and easy return, just pack the device into the return envelope provided and drop it into a post box."
アミス ケネディ "I used Japan Wireless...It was more than adequate for my needs and it was only $54 for 10 days. And for three weeks, they are still quite cheap. It's not the fastest but it worked perfectly for me."
Dzulhaidy Abdul Rahim "I've only used japan-wireless a few times and i get the wifi delivered to my hotel/hostel prior to my arrival. I was charged for usage on the next day because my flight arrives in tokyo at midnight. It is very convenient and the speeds are good too.. the cost is cheaper than everyone else"
Sally Stanton Poutiatine "We used Japan Wireless pocket wifi in June and it worked perfectly! It was waiting for us at our hotel upon arrival and our hotel mailed it back for us when we left. The unit was easy to use, was perfect for 3 of us to share and was wonderful to have while we were on the go during the day. Would definitely use it again!"
Zac Levi Matulick "Japan wireless. Am using it as I.speak. Not one drop out or issue in the last 2 weeks"
Hellsbane Lyn " i highly recommend japan wireless too."
Paul Loong "I just used Japan wireless. The whole time was fully connected even at the hotel. They give you a power bank too."
9. CD Japan http://rental.cdjapan.co.jp/index_en_jpy_7.html
Elektra Chan Guo Baobei "I order from cdjapan everytime"

B) Renting of Pocket WIFI from Airport

If you forgot to book on line, you can also rent a Pocket Wifi from all the Major Airports. Below are the links for Narita and KIX. But generally, it’s more expensive as compared to renting it via internet under Section A) above. You can also get your pocket wifi in your home country before you arrive.
C) PREPAID SIM CARD

1. So-net Prepaid SIM Card : http://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/
Agi Schäfer "So-net is one of the easiest options. You can buy is from a machine at the airport 1 GB for 30 days (in most cases it only lasts 14 however)"
Benji Sun "if you're not using a lot of data (very little video streaming or heavy bandwidth games), then a prepaid sim card with a fixed amount of data should be good enough. http://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/this SoNet one is on the 4G/LTE network with 3GB of data and 60 day limit costs around 6000-6500yen+tax, and if you do run out recharging isn't very expensive per GB."

2. SIM Card Rental Company http://rental.cdjapan.co.jp/index_en_jpy_10.html

3. B Mobile. http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/payg_sim/trave ... japan.html
Camilla Yang "I bought a bmobile visitor sim and it costs about 3800 yen for 1GB or 14 days (whatever happens first). The signal was awesome, it worked even on the top of Fushimi Inari Shrine lol."
4. Sakura Mobile https://www.sakuramobile.jp/
Lagoon Tan "We used Sakura Mobile last year and was pretty good."
5. IIJMio. https://t.iijmio.jp/en/#service_overview

6. NTT Docomo
Raymond Lai "I bought a data sim from NTT Docomo and has been good during my trip to Japan "
Joe Leung " I used NTT DoCoMo prepaid SIM card, ordered on web and could pick up in airport / deliver to your hotel. I prefer SIM to pocket wifi because my wife can still communicate w me easily even we are not together."
7. CD Rental Japan http://rental.cdjapan.co.jp/
Aaron Ong "their network is reliable (no disconnections whilst I was in Tokyo,Kyoto,Osaka and Hiroshima) , and also being one of the cheapest simcard rentals I have come across"
For SIM Card users, prior to leaving Japan, do the following so that your phone works at your home country
Christine Tan "delete the Docomo Sim APN downloaded in Japan prior to departure at airport, remove the sim & change to my country Sim card, type back the service provider APN"

D) WIFI Hotspot - $$$
Docomo with Premium Public Wifi Hotspot (900 Yen per week) : http://visitor.docomowifi.com/en/index.html.
Review : Tiffany Cu http://asiatravelbug.com/blog/docomo-wi ... pan-wi-fi/


E) WIFI Hotspot - FREE

Free Wifi are generally restricted to specific location (subway station, 7-11, Family Mart, Starbucks) or drop off frequently. You may need to register before use. General Comments on free wifi
Adrian Rohnfelder "In April I spent four weeks in Japan. At many many places free WIFI has been offered and every hotel, visitor center and even camp sites provided easy and free WIFI access! "
Mark Williams "Also almost every convenience store and most train/metro stations for free. If you're just staying in cities you won't really need it."
Mohd Nor Akram "Free Wi-Fi is not that stable, plus the access point are limited to near convenience store, shopping mall, train station and some public places. It is better to rent a portable Wi-Fi. The cheapest rate is Japan Wireless."
Kwok Lon Wei "Sharing a good wifi spot that's widely available. We used it in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, Fukuoka and even Kumamoto. The SSID is .FREE_WIFI_PASSPORT first you need to set your mobile carrier to SoftBank. Then call *8180 and you will hear a 4 digit pin code. The login id will be your mobile phone number including the country code. You can share this login credentials with others to enjoy the free wifi. "

F) FREE INTERNET CONNECTION
Many Japanese hotels now offer free internet/wifi access inside the room or at hotel reception. You may want to check, before making your hotel booking.


G) Other useful articles on the Internet

1. The following Guide by Melissa Tolentino in Tsunagu is a very comprehensive guide on Pocket Wi-fi, SIM Card and Free Wi-fi in Japan. https://www.tsunagujapan.com/a-traveler ... -in-japan/

Other Guides
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2279.html
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essen ... ernet.html


H) Useful Mobile Applications for Japan Travel (compiled by Benji Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 871688625/
Short url link for this page : http://www.tinyurl.com/FilesWireless
Admin of Japan Travel Discussion Group http://www.japantraveller.info

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Re: WIFI

Post by Benji Sun » Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:49 pm

additional choice for travellers considering rental cars.

the rental middleman agency Tocoo has an offer for several years now that if you don't choose the ETC plans, there's another plan that provides free internet, either in the form of a SIM card or a pocket WIFI device. completely free, fairly fast 4G connection, no data size or speed throttle limitations, lasting for the duration of your rental car.

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there are some caveats, especially for the pocket WIFI device. since this is from the Tocoo company and not the car rental company, the SIM card or pocket WIFI device do not arrive when you pick up your car. instead, the SIM card can be mailed to your first hotel after the car pickup date or like the pocket WIFI device, picked up at the airport you land at(which must be on the same day as your car rental). after which, returning the device requires to be on the same day as the rental car's return date, and returned to the airport. so if you're coming in via Narita, first going on a driving trip and maybe end up in Tokyo for a few days not driving, you'll need to head back to Narita airport on the day of you return your car, then head back to Tokyo. it's a little silly, so i usually pick the SIM card option. the SIM card is mailed to your hotel, and there's no need to return the card. just throw it into the garbage when your trip is over.

for me, i can rent a pocket WIFI device at Hong Kong Aiport before the flight, so i usually get a SIM card with the rental car as a back up plan, this will also allow someone traveling with me the freedom of not having to be within a short distance from my WIFI device to use the internet or if they are separated, we can find each other. also important is to bring a USB car charger, so the pocket WIFI device and phones can stay charged while driving. something small like this:
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Re: WIFI

Post by Benji Sun » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:30 pm

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If you use xl-axiata, you can activate internet roaming, and use ur normal internet quota..
It's cheaper than renting pocket wifi.. --Timmy Gunawan

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Re: WIFI

Post by Au Weng Kay » Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:03 am

WIFI access in Japan. Updated 28 Apr 2018
We have consolidated reviews/comments made by members of this Japan Travel Group, and shared them with you in this article, so that you can make an informed decision when choosing the product.
A) Pocket WIFI
1. Booking of Pocket Wifi Online
Price : approx 5,600 Yen for 7 days rental, 7,600 Yen for 14 days. Rates/day drops for longer rental duration.
Pickup & Return : After making your booking online, the Service Providers below would arrange for the Pocket WIFI to be delivered straight to your hotel or allow you to pick up from the Airport. Very convenient. And at the end of your stay, you can return it at the Airport or ask your hotel to return it for you.
Accessories : The package comes with a bag, charging cable, Pocket Wifi, power bank, and a return envelopment.
Connections : Usually can connect up to 10 devices (depending on the package you signed), unlimited access (depending on package), speed at 187.5 MBPs, 75 MBPs or 21 MBPs.
The 3 most popular WIFI are :
1. Japan wireless http://japan-wireless.com/
How does the package looks like ? https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 206643625/
Gina Rodriguez Nazario "we're happy with their service. Also, pick up and drop off are very convenient."
Mohd Nor Akram "If you have multiple gadgets just choose portable wifi. Japan Wireless has the cheapest rate so far."
Albert Onizuka Lam "I'd vote for pocket wifi as well. Not only can you connect multiple devices, it runs on a separate battery (as compared to SIM card and using your phone as a hotspot, your phone batt will be dead in a couple of hours)" "Have been using them for the past 3-4 years. Easy collection from the airport's post office (or hotel of your choice) and easy return, just pack the device into the return envelope provided and drop it into a post box."
アミス ケネディ "I used Japan Wireless...It was more than adequate for my needs and it was only $54 for 10 days. And for three weeks, they are still quite cheap. It's not the fastest but it worked perfectly for me."
Dzulhaidy Abdul Rahim "I've only used japan-wireless a few times and i get the wifi delivered to my hotel/hostel prior to my arrival. I was charged for usage on the next day because my flight arrives in tokyo at midnight. It is very convenient and the speeds are good too.. the cost is cheaper than everyone else"
Sally Stanton Poutiatine "We used Japan Wireless pocket wifi in June and it worked perfectly! It was waiting for us at our hotel upon arrival and our hotel mailed it back for us when we left. The unit was easy to use, was perfect for 3 of us to share and was wonderful to have while we were on the go during the day. Would definitely use it again!"
Zac Levi Matulick "Japan wireless. Am using it as I.speak. Not one drop out or issue in the last 2 weeks"
Hellsbane Lyn " i highly recommend japan wireless too."
Paul Loong "I just used Japan wireless. The whole time was fully connected even at the hotel. They give you a power bank too."
2. Global Advanced Communications http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/
Crystal Low "I believe most do have the option to send to hotels. Last 2 years I rented mine from (GAC) "
Karrie Nodalo-Nipal "I highly recommended this pocket wi-fi we used in Japan" https://www.facebook.com/camerakarrie/p ... 32/?type=1
Nor Erxmeeza Erdayu "Recommended. Been using it everytime im visiting japan."
Toto Guerrero "Me too"
Richard Lin "I'd rented mobile WiFi with Global Advanced Comms. Good customer service, good network coverage, practically hassle free pickup and return procedures, very happy with them.
Sheryl Simon "try pupuru or globaladvancedcomm site...rented from the latter and pick it up at narita airport...order extra batt...very useful and fast..."
Sandra Davies "I hired the Regular Pocket WiFi 75MBPS through Global Advanced Communications. I went through this company after reading reviews from (this article), so thank you for having that helped a lot. The company also provided a tracking number for the parcel if you want to track it "
Brett Garcia "I am renting a pocket wifi device from Global Advanced Communications while I'm there. The only SIM cards you can buy are data only (no texting/calling unless you do it over wifi using Skype or Line or a similar app). Japanese 4G bands are different than ours in the US and from what I've read on the SIM cards, the service can be spotty which is why I'm just going to rely on the pocket wifi and take my US Nexus 6. "
3. Pupuru Pocket Wifi : http://www.pupuru.com/en/
Review of Pupuru, Tiffany Cu http://asiatravelbug.com/blog/pupuru-po ... al-review/
2. Renting of Pocket WIFI from Airport
If you forgot to book on line, you can also rent a Pocket Wifi from all the Major Airports in Japan. Below are the links for Narita and KIX. But generally, it’s more expensive as compared to renting it online under Section 1 above. Alternatively, you can also get your pocket wifi from your home country before you arrive. Examples include Changi Recommends from Singapore and Travel Recommends from Malaysia.
Narita Airport : http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/s ... vc_19.html
KIX : http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/serv ... _list.html
from Singapore Changi Airport : https://www.changirecommends.com/overse ... _form.aspx
from Malaysia KLIA : http://www.travelrecommends.com/
B) PREPAID SIM CARD
You can refer to the following article for the more popular SIM Card, pricing etc https://tokyocheapo.com/business/intern ... d-options/
Unfortunately, we do not have many recent reference from members re: use of SIM Card, to be able to properly advice.

C) Oversea Data Roaming providing by your Home Country
Your home country Service Provider may also offer Data Roaming package. Do compare their pricing versus the Pocket Wifi/SIM Card above.
Singapore Starhub Data Roaming Package. http://www.starhub.com/personal/mobile/ ... aming.html

D) Free WIFI - Requires Registration
NTT Japan Connected Free WIFI http://www.ntt-bp.net/jcfw/en.html
Softbank Passport Free WIFI https://www.softbank.jp/en/mobile/special/freewifi/en/
JAL Free WIFI (only for JAL passengers) http://www.ar.jal.co.jp/world/en/jalwifi/
Free wifi connections are slow, unstable and generally not available when you travel to suburbs or remote areas.
Many Japanese hotels also offer free internet/wifi access inside the room or at hotel reception. You may want to check, before making your hotel booking.

E) Other useful articles on the Internet
The following Guide by Melissa Tolentino in Tsunagu is a very comprehensive guide on Pocket Wi-fi, SIM Card and Free Wi-fi in Japan. https://www.tsunagujapan.com/a-traveler ... -in-japan/
Other Guides
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2279.html
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essen ... ernet.html

F) Useful Mobile Applications for Japan Travel (compiled by Benji Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 871688625/
Short url link for this page : www.tinyurl.com/FilesWireless
Admin of Japan Travel Discussion Group http://www.japantraveller.info

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