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Portable wifi 2013/9/17 16:52
We'll be traveling around japan for 5 weeks; we need an opinion as to whether we should rent a month portable wifi or not? I know that some hotel offers LAN Internet but we decided not to take a laptop with us.

And what company should be rent the wifi from? We'll travel from Tokyo all the way down to Fukuoka.

Any help would be appreciated.
by lnight  

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/17 20:48
What are your intention to use the wifi, outdoors or indoor at the hotel, as you have mention about the hotel, you can purchase a travel router which is very cheap and plug direct to the lan cable for short distance wifi.
by kms899 rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/18 16:52
Mostly for checking emails and communicating with family. However I also want to be able to use outdoor as well while walking around town or searching for things or directions.

Only some hotels have LAN line. On that note, where can I buy that LAN line box (the one you mentioned). Thanks.
by lnight rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/18 21:19
these link will help you with data plan on the move, i will be visiting japan in less than 2 weeks, and where i live i can get a data sim for about 3000yen for 15GB data for use upto 7 days on softbank, you can see if these type of usim is available in your country.

http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/
http://www.econnectjapan.com/
http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/english/index.html


As for travel router you can check brands like belkin and TP link along with other at your local computer store, they are very cheap, about USD 16, whiles others being more expensive.

just two examples

http://www.belkin.com/us/F9K1107-Belkin/p/P-F9K1107

http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?categoryid=218&model=TL-MR...
by kms899 rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/19 10:42
where i live i can get a data sim for about 3000yen for 15GB data for use upto 7 days on softbank

Can you post more info on this? I very curious about this considering Softbank generally doesn't sell prepaid data, and in the cases that they do it tends to be more expensive than the competition.
by yllwsmrf rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/19 12:29
http://store.hk.chinaunicom.com/jsp/sys/mall/computer_detail.jsp?salproid=453417

it only for hk.
by kms899 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/19 12:32
sorry only in chinese, i get them locally a few $ cheaper.
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Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/19 13:34
Thanks for the link. So if I understand it correctly, its a sim offered by China Unicom that allows international roaming in Japan via a partner agreement with Softbank?
by yllwsmrf rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/19 13:49
correct, this is for data only, they also have call only.
by kms899 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/20 09:14
Hi, we rented a portable router from www.japan-wireless.com. They delivered to our hotel in Tokyo and it costs US$120 for 5 weeks. They have a couple different options - we chose one that could power 5 devices. They also have SIM cards but we didn't do that. We're three weeks into our trip and its been fine. I'd recommend you go with the LTE vs 3G option - we just wish we'd done that for better streaming when multiple devices are connected.
by Rachel (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/20 23:40
Thank you guys for your help, much appreciated. I'll definitely check those sites!
by lnight rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/23 14:54
The portable Wi-Fi® hotspot feature allows you to share your mobile devicefs data connection with other devices by turning your device into a wireless access point. You can connect up to 8 wireless devices via Wi-Fi.
by rajapriya (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/9/28 10:33
if anyone is
after these sakura data card to use in japan.

the prices have now been reduced to HKD 200/2550 yen, it's available for people who is travaling from in hong kong.

the card is a micro usim and is issued by Softbank, and sold in hong kong under china Unicom, this card is not a roaming card as I thought it was, it is a pre paid data card and works only in japan and needs to be activated in japan.

details of the card is 15GB of data use under Softbank 3G network for upto 7 Days, the card has a dead line, and the 7 days of use must end before the last day of December beijing time.

The cost is around HKD230/3050yen - HKD200.2550yen, cheapest place is buying from sham shui po

anyone from hong kong who intends to visit japan should consider this card, you can PM me if interested so that I can tell you which shop in shamshui po sells them cheap.
by kms899 rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/10/9 12:57
Are all of these options available for a US (locked) iphone 4?

I am traveling to Tokyo for just 4 days, then Korea (2 days) and China for 11 days. I NEED some sort of portable wifi or anything that will let me have internet access on my iPhone at all times (use of maps, translator apps, and skype).
Econnect looked great and they are out of stock.
Sould I just get to tokyo and visit the counters in Terminal 1? Or will those prices be higher than if booking online?
If there is one that works with iphone and I can use in China, that would be great......have no idea where to do this with SIM cards in China, or anywhere.
HELP!

by Rojiviris (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Portable wifi 2013/10/9 13:21
Are all of these options available for a US (locked) iphone 4?

Only the options for renting portable wifi devices will work with a locked iphone. Prepaid sim cards will not work.

If econnect is out of stock try global advance or just rent something at the airport.
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