Japanese Vending Machines Sell LTE SIM Card

You may not be surprised at this news if you are accustomed to get prepaid SIM cards through vending machine in some airports outside Japan; however they are currently available at a few retailers in major international hub in Japan. Almost all the Japanese people use Postpaid SIM cards, and we seldom purchase Prepaid SIM […]

You may not be surprised at this news if you are accustomed to get prepaid SIM cards through vending machine in some airports outside Japan; however they are currently available at a few retailers in major international hub in Japan. Almost all the Japanese people use Postpaid SIM cards, and we seldom purchase Prepaid SIM through vending machine in Japan. From the point of foreign travelers, Japan was one of the most inconvenient and inefficient to get Prepaid SIM cards. They had to look for Prepaid SIM cards in some shops but rarely find. It is not hospitality.

Without Prepaid SIM cards in Japan, some foreign travelers could not access internet in this country. A lot of Japanese people use the international roaming service outside Japan, and seldom get Prepaid SIM card outside Japan. And Japanese people thought Prepaid SIM cards are not safe since they would be used by anonymous.

With the launch of sales in airport vending machine, it comes to be more convenient for foreign travelers to get Prepaid SIM cards. They can access internet with LTE Prepaid SIM cards. That is good enough. We are looking forward to this kind of Prepaid SIM cards from vending machines throughout Japan. Not only foreign travelers but Japanese people could purchase Prepaid SIM cards from vending machines. They will change our life styles of using smartphone and tablets. We, Japanese people, do not need to depend on the Postpaid SIM cards to connect LTE high speed networks in Japan.

The airport will have two such machines, for Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with only credit cards accepted for added ease.

Japanese Vending Machines Sell LTE SIM Card
Via So-Net.jp

NTT Communications said the SIM cards are priced at ¥3,450 for one week and ¥4,950 for two weeks. Both types offer a maximum download speed of 150 megabits per second and 50 Mbps as an upload speed. If the data amount exceeds 100 MB a day, the network speed will slow down.

Buying a smartphone and SIM card together will cost about ¥13,000.

NTT Communications said users will need to register their information in order to activate the service. However, it can be done by scanning their passport information at the vending machine.

The firm has already set up vending machines, which have English and Chinese guides, at Kansai International Airport and in Tokyo’s Odaiba district.

While mobile service providers also sell prepaid SIM cards at Narita airport, this is the first time they are being sold in vending machines.

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Three service plans:

PlanPlan 1GPlan 2.2GPlan 3G
SIM card typesNormal SIM, Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM
*Choose from one of the three form factors
Normal SIM, Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM
*Choose from one of the three form factors
Normal SIM, Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM
*Choose from one of the three form factors
SpeedNo limitNo limitNo limit
Duration30 days30 days60 days
Data amount1GB2.2GB3GB

If you need refilling your account:

charge 200Mcharge 500Mcharge 1G
1,500 yen
(excl. tax)
2,000 yen
(excl. tax)
2,838 yen
(excl. tax)
30 days30 days60 days

Estimate for 1GB (based on our own tests)*Assuming the use of a smartphone

Japanese Vending Machines Sell LTE SIM Card
YouTube videos: About 500 minutes

Japanese Vending Machines Sell LTE SIM Card
Plain text email: Receive about 300,000 messages

Japanese Vending Machines Sell LTE SIM Card
Web browsing: About 4,000 pages

Japanese Vending Machines Sell LTE SIM Card
Map app: About 1000 uses

This service uses the Xi® and FOMA® networks operated by NTT DOCOMO.
This service requires a device that supports the following frequencies.

: LTE (Xi®)
: 3G (FOMA®)
·Band 1 (2100MHz)
·Band 1 (2100MHz)
·Band 19 (800MHz)
·Band 19 (800MHz)
·Band 21 (1500MHz)

·Band 3 (1800MHz)*Limited to the Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka areas

Japanese Vending Machines Sell LTE SIM Card

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