2013年07月03日

Recommendation of device and plan:

Phone-call plan:
SoftBank provides SIM only pre-paid plan.
See Softbank Global Rental or wholesaled one (Japan SIM)

Phone-call device:
Nokia 301 DualSIM seems good if you do not have UMTS cellphone.

Data plan:
B-Mobile provides prepaid plan. Please refer "Data Details".

Data device:
I recommend you to bring your own smartphone or portable WiFi with PC if it is SIM-free.
Otherwise, I recommend Xperia-series because Sony provides official unlock method.
And Nexus-series sounds good, it is easy to hack.
Samsung/Motorola are widely used and there are prenty of information to hack.

Mobile Broadband:
UQ WiMaX or E-Mobile may be useful if you already have devices or will buy used one.
These bands or modulations are rarely used outside of Japan, thus I think you do not have devices.
posted by Yunzo at 09:26| Comment(0) | Welcome Japan

Mobile carrier information:

1) NTT (docomo)
NTT stands for "Nippon Telegraph and Telephone", and was public corporation until 1985.
It is the largest mobile carrier in Japan operates on W-CDMA (UMTS) 2100MHz/band-1 and 800MHz/band-6,19.
As you know, W-CDMA is used in 170+ countries.

2) KDDI (au)
KDDI starts from distant telecomm division in NTT at the liberalization.
It is 2nd carrier and operates on CDMA2000 (IMT-MC) band class 0-2 and 6.
CDMA2000 is not widely used as W-CDMA, thus it is not recommendable.

3) Softbank Mobile (SoftBank)
Softbank Mobile is 3rd carrier which was once Vodafone or J-Phone, and provides W-CDMA (UMTS) 2100MHz/band-1 and 900MHz/band-8.
It is known as bencher-wised strategy, unique service and tariff.

There are other carriers (E-Mobile, UQ WiMAX and Willcom), but their
modulation types or frequencies are used only in Japan, thus they are not recommended.
posted by Yunzo at 09:25| Comment(0) | Welcome Japan

2013年06月14日

Important notice for mobile device users visiting Japan

Here I describe important notices briefly.

1) UMTS (W-CDMA) cellphone is mandatory.
2) It is recommended to have 2 devices (1 for only talking, 1 for data usage) or use VoIP application.
3) You should purchase your cellphones before visiting Japan.
4) Free WiFi is not available as other countries.

1) is because there are no GSM service.
Usually 3G phone supports 2100MHz/band-1 and it is enough unless you want to climb mountains.

2) is because prepaid phone-call plan costs very high to call and exchange data.
And prepaid data plan does not allow you to talk or exchange SMS/MMS.
You can use Skype or other VoIP application with smart-phone and data plan.
SMS is not necessary as other countries.

3) Several phones are available for prepaid, but not SIM-free.
Smart-phones are not sold without contract, so you should seek second-hand market if you do not have.

4) You should estimate data usage with this assumption.
posted by Yunzo at 22:40| Comment(0) | Welcome Japan

2013年04月24日

Prepaid mobile data in Japan

B-mobile started Prepaid mobile data SIM and service for visitor from abroad.
You can receive SIM card at the post office in airport, and use it after configuration.
This SIM is already charged and activated.

If you are going to stay more than 15 days, 1GB SIM and U300 SIM seem attractive because they last 30 days instead of 14 days.
But these SIMs are not delivered to airport and they require activation from Japanese cellphone. You will be charged if you want to activate from fixed phone.
It is recommended to ask Japanese friend to do it.

You can find service area map in NTT docomo's website.
- pink colored area if your cell phone supports Band1 (2100MHz).
- orange colored area if your cell phone supports Band6 (800MHz).
posted by Yunzo at 22:54| Comment(0) | Welcome Japan

2013年01月23日

Melonbooks DL (7) How to browse

I will describe how to use Melonbooks DL with several articles.
  1. Toppages
  2. Registration
  3. Login/Logout and Mypage
  4. Purchase and Download
  5. Keyring-DRM
  6. Purchase without credit card
  7. How to browse
This article describes about "How to browse".


How to browse



The search engine in Melonbooks is not smart as Google.
It does not expand query from alphabet to kanji, hiragana nor katakana.
So you must input exactly same characters as keyword (from description), tag or publisher's name.
Tags are set of words added by publisher to reflects ingredients of character, fetish and so on.

You can install GlobalIME and use it, but I think it is agony for you.
So it is highly recommended to walk through with cut-and-paste, recommendation link, publisher's profile.
I think it is good starting point to search *tags* with "サイズフェチ" or "巨大".

1) Press "検索" (search) button without any input into text bar.
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2) Select "タグで検索", copy "サイズフェチ" or "巨大" into keyword, and then press "検索"
search-1.jpg
3) You can start browsing from results.
You can get recommendated/similar items from content description page if you click the link of title.
You can get their contents from publisher profile page if you click the link of publisher.
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posted by Yunzo at 09:11| Comment(0) | Japanese website Howto