Hotspot is NTT Communications' WiFi service
The Hotspot SSID is "0033" -- the ones you are seeing at local NTT West
It's a flat-rate 1,980 yen per month or 500 yen / day ad-hoc use and the
user name / password is the same on all access points. There is also
international roaming which, while expensive, has been useful a few times.
The daily use is done on prepaid cards that only activate when you sign-in
so you can buy one and keep it in your wallet for that time when you need
I guess the NTT West ones are a local service that you can subscribe to as
an option to a broadband connection or on its own.
DoCoMo and NTT East have their own networks too. This is what the public
gets for screaming so hard in the 1990s for NTT to be broken up! Now there
are times when we wish it was one again!
keitai-l-bounce_at_appelsiini.net wrote on 02/24/2007 11:40:52:
> Martyn, You mention NTT-Hotspot. I assume you mean WiFi 802.xxx
> My area is "NTT West" and every-time I'm in a great spot for a free
> hotspot there is a CSSID for "NTT-WEST" that requires a WEP password.
> Would these be the hotspots you refer to.
> Where do I sign up for one of these accounts? What's the deal? You
> use the same password everywhere? (Can I have yours? *wink*)
> On Feb 23, 2007, at 7:51 AM, martyn_williams_at_idg.com wrote:
> >> willcom, but current offering is still way behind willcomm (since the
> > I guess it depends on what you want cellular data for. Willcomm has
> > plently
> > of users who are on its flat-rate plan for nothing more than PC
> > browsing.
> > I'm one of them!
> > Now I'm paying 10,000 yen a month for a 128k bps connection. It's
> > nationwide but I almost only ever use it in Tokyo. I've also got a
> > 2,000
> > yen a month NTT Hotspot subscription for those times I need to send
> > heavier
> > data and am out of the office. For 6,000 yen I could cut my bill in
> > half
> > and get high-speed coverage all over Tokyo. Sounds like a good deal
> > to me!
> > But how many of those Willcomm customers are on the data-only plan
> > like me?
> > Of course, the other unknown is network coverage. DoCoMo covered
> > only Tokyo
> > when it launched 3G and I'm sure we all remember the howls of
> > protest from
> > users who found they couldn't get good reception.
> > Martyn
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