SIM Card in Japan – Best Options with Mobal

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SimCardGeekA SIM Card in Japan is a must these days. Perhaps you’re travelling around for a few days or weeks, or potentially you’re seeking to stay a few months, years or even permanently. One of your first worries is always how to stay connected. Of course, you could try your luck with free Wifi in Japan. However, to be honest with you, free Wifi is sporadic at the best of times, and in rural areas, a mobile Wifi or SIM card is your best and most reliable options.

Luckily, Japan now has a range of options available and we are here to tell you about some of the most convenient choices. Perhaps you need a Japanese phone number, combined with unlimited data, then we strongly recommend the Mobal Voice Unlimited SIM card.

Mobal JapanIf you only need data for your short-term travel, then we highly suggest the 3GB Mobal Tourist SIM card or the 10GB Mobal Tourist SIM card.

To ensure your phone is compatible with the SoftBank network, we also suggest you check using the Will My Phone work website.

If you’re interested in our FAQs Section, you can check our Life in Japan FAQ or our Exploring Japan FAQ.

Why would you want access to data?

There are a whole bunch of reasons that we can think of, but the key apps that come to mind are Google Maps, Google Translate and any internet browser.

Google Maps is a great resource and probably one of the best for not checking public transport, but also searching for places too. The train systems, especially in the larger cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka all have large train networks. Especially, the likes of Tokyo and Osaka, which can get extremely complex. Using maps, especially for the first time and even returning travellers can take out a lot of the guesswork.

You’re in Japan, English is getting better, but the national language is ultimately Japanese. Although its nowhere near perfect, Google Translate is constantly evolving. It now comes with voice, conversation, handwriting and photo recognition functionality. Having online access is crucial in taking advantage of these latest features, to help you understand anything foreign.

An internet browser is, of course, your basic tool to connect to the internet. It could be to access info, news, check your internet banking, email and more. I am sure this is also a key driver for you to consider getting some kind of data access.

Need a Japanese Phone Number with unlimited data

The advantages of the Mobal Voice Unlimited Data Sim

  • You get a Japanese phone number with access to SMS and voice calls
  • You get free calls with other Mobal SIM and Softbank users
  • Access to the Softbank network with excellent service nationwide
  • Free inbound voice calls and SMS
  • The SIM can remain activated for up to 12 months
  • No contract or termination fees
  • Multi-size SIM works in almost any unlocked device
  • Free Worldwide delivery when pre-ordered
  • Pick-up also available from airport locations such as Tokyo, Osaka
  • ENGLISH Support with an online portal is available
  • Avoid excess roaming fees

Quick activation with only a passport and visa debit/credit card required, we think this is the ultimate SIM card for you. Please visit the website here to secure yours now.

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Need a data only SIM card

The advantages of the Mobal Tourist SIM:

  • Pay for only the data limit you need either 3GB or 10GB
  • Access to the Softbank network with excellent service nationwide
  • No contract or termination fees
  • Multi-size SIM works in almost any unlocked device
  • Free Worldwide delivery when pre-ordered
  • Pick-up also available from airport locations such as Tokyo, Osaka
  • ENGLISH Support with an online portal is available
  • Avoid excess roaming fees
  • Receive exclusive discounts with your order

Quick activation with only a passport required, we think this is the best SIM card choice for you. You can choose from a 3GB SIM that lasts 30 days or a 10GB option which lasts 30 days.

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Profits for Charity

In addition, any SIM Card that you purchase ensures that the majority of profits go to charities. Mobal and SIM Card Geek have a number of charitable organisations that they support. Particularly, in Africa, they help build and develop better communities and quality of life for everyone. You can read about SIM Card Geeks charities here or Mobal Charities here.

If you’re planning your travels in Japan, we invite you to join our rapidly expanding Travel in Japan Discussion Group via facebook.

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