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Phone/Sim Card and Debit Card related query 2017/2/2 22:57
Hi!

I am planning to go to Japan for 2 years. I have two questions which are stressing me out.

1. I heard that phones are contract based in Japan, and separate sim cards are unavailable.
I'll be living in Japan for two years, so is it better to buy a new phone on contract basis, or just buy a sim card and use it with my existing phone ( Does OnePlus One works in Japan?)
Also, which network provider is good?

2. Do International Debit Card (Visa/Mastercard) work in Japanese ATMs? ( Don't have a Credit Card)

Thanks for your help! :)
by ConfusedSoul (guest)  

Re: Phone/Sim Card and Debit Card related query 2017/2/3 17:01
Both 2 yrs based contract type and a limited contact based(MVNO) are available.

If you want to choose a MVNO, you need to buy or have a sim free smart phone.

The payment of MVNO is about a half or third of contract based telecommunication.

The most of MVNO companies require a Japanese issued credit card(some don't).

VISA debit cards are available at selected banks in JP.

MVNO paymets are not accepted VISA debit cards(some do accept).
by tokyo friend 48 rate this post as useful

Re: Phone/Sim Card and Debit Card related query 2017/7/18 14:36
"Do International Debit Card (Visa/Mastercard) work in Japanese ATMs? "

Check with your bank. Also Japanese ATMs need 4 digit pin.

Does your card have a Plus sign at the back? (google for Visa plus)
by nicetrip rate this post as useful

Re: Phone/Sim Card and Debit Card related query 2017/7/18 23:19
Be sure to check whether the phone company will accept non-Japanese credit or debit cards. This will be your major concern. You may not be eligible for a Japanese credit card (and even if you are there may be a long wait to get one) when you open up your bank account.

(I use GTN mobile, they accept any card, but there are a few options out there)

by Meyana (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Phone/Sim Card and Debit Card related query 2017/7/27 06:11
MVNOs will not tell you for sure whether foreign cards will work, you can only try and find out. If it works, great; if it doesn't, too bad for you, they will not help.

In my experience (French card with three different MVNOs), it works.
by Firas rate this post as useful

Re: Phone/Sim Card and Debit Card related query 2017/7/27 10:58
'tis also not true that you need a SIM-free phone; a SIM-locked phone to the same carrier your MVNO uses works too.
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