Reusing older phones

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Reusing older phones

Unread postby pentium » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:42 pm

As an earlier thread states, I spent time in Japan earlier and the group liked it so much, we'll be doing it again in Summer 2012.
One thing we found was that sharing one cell phone between the group was hard. The budget phone we borrowed while we were too was also not too friendly on the language side.
I have a DoCoMo N504i that I found at a shop here. It's an 800mhz phone from 2002, has the basic functions and you could switch the language to english. The battery also seems to still behave as well.
Thing is, we don't know how the phone registration system works there. Are we able to go to a dealer, get it activated, then slap a temporary phone number on it for two weeks for a small amount of money or are phones permanently bound to the registree (kind of like some license plates are registered to one VIN) and can only be used under only one contract?
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Re: Reusing older phones

Unread postby ianj » Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:00 am

You generally need proof of residence in Japan to get cell phone service, as I understand it.
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Re: Reusing older phones

Unread postby pentium » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:43 pm

So there is no option at all.
Fantastic.
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Re: Reusing older phones

Unread postby ianj » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:35 pm

Japanese society is very welcoming of foreign visitors, but you will meet a lot of (generally subtle, unspoken) resistance if you try doing anything along the lines of actually living there. This little idiosyncrasy is a helpful thing to keep in mind while conducting business in the country.
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Re: Reusing older phones

Unread postby recondas » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:06 pm

I don't know if any of these will meet your needs or budget, but here's a few Japanese companies who offer short term cell phones rentals for visitors:and at least one included a mention of SIM card rentals. If none of those look like what you want, there are others that might interest you: http://www.google.com/search?&q=rent+ce ... =&gs_rfai=
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