Or how come I pay a full monthly plan for only one day(!)
I have recently changed from one of the major mobile network operators in Japan to a lower cost. Doing that will help me lower the monthly plan from around 9000 Yen to 3000 Yen. As I selected a low cost provider which is associated with my previous one, the procedure was very simple and fast.
But, what I forgot to consider is the actual transfer date. Maybe I was being naive, maybe I thought that the date does not matter, but I changed providers on September 2nd.
Now, you would assume that I would have to pay for 1-2 days to my previous provider, but surprise surprise. I was charged for a full month! YES! 9000 Yen for 1 day service.
My kid told me :
Oh, it is well known. When you sign up, you pay for only the time you joined, but when you move out, you pay for the whole month
That means that for the month of September, I am paying a full month for my previous provider and almost a full month for my new one.
Isn’t this something that the Japanese government needs to regulate and control ?
I thought about complaining/calling, but if this is a common practice in the Japanese mobile market, maybe I should focus my efforts in discussing with consumer protection groups.
Will think some more about it.
Did not write the names of the providers as I guessed it does not really matter.
Update: It seems that I passed the 7GB limit which made softbank throttle my access. FIRST time it happened to me. I was sure I had unlimited access. Guess who is going to switch service provide when he can ?
I am using Softbank Ultra Wifi 4G for over a year with no problem, but I feel it behaves quite bad recently.
I can hardly connect my outlook to the exchange , having problems accessing the web in locations it used to work.
Is it Yosemite or Softbank problem ?
(iPhone 6 effect?)
Although I am not surprised, I still think it is too early to bury WiMAX. Obviously it has lost the race to LTE, but I can still see usage models for WiMAX in developing countries and places where LTE is not deployed.
“Push Talk” services will not accept new application from end of September 2009, while the services will be halted completely end of September 2010.
As cell phone usage in Japan is mostly about data (emailing, browsing), “Push Talk” seems like a service that is unlikely to be popular. While I don’t have exact figures, I can’t imagine people standing in the street receiving a “Push Talk” message.
Some more information from the Japenese MIC (Internal affairs and Communications).
Share of Carriers in subscription for Cellular Phones and PHS:
Docomo still lead, while KDDI increase their market share.
As for LTE: KDDI, Docomo and Softbank already have LTE plans, so it seems the future competition in Japan will not be about Cellular Technology and Coverage, but for additional services (and marketing).
Quote from the Conclusion (who bothers reading the entire review?):
Nokia’s E71 is a great phone, but not for the users it was originally aimed at. As a business phone, the less-than-stellar Exchange support, as well as the missing BlackBerry support, will limit the phone’s use. However, as a normal phone “for the rest of us”, the excellent keyboard, sturdy design, and easy-to-use interface enables it to be a fine mobile phone.
Do you hate touch screens, like I do? Do you hate one person controlling what you can and can’t do with your phone, like I do? Would you still like a smartphone? The E71 is a decent choice.