You could use either of the devices mentioned with SIM cards from DoCoMo or
Softbank (but not AU, Willcom or E-Mobile).
Getting voice services is easy - just plug in the SIM card and the device
will configure itself.
Data is more difficult though. Neither of the carriers officially support
flat rate (or maybe even non-flat rate?) data plans for devices other than
the ones they sell themselves. Power users usually go with a Softbank SIM
and look up the data settings somewhere online (you can try asking at
I know at least one person who is using data on a TyTyn II with a DoCoMo SIM
but it's not flat rate data. In theory flat rate data may be unoffiicially
possible on a SIM free device, but I don't know anyone doing it.
All in all it's quite frustraing :-(
HTC this month has taken of the B1 floor of the Softbank shop in Shibuya
with a lot of demo units so you may be able to get advice there:
http://www.htc-fan.jp/modules/news/article.php?storyid=68 I'm talking with
them about possibly doing an information event in English one evening (very
tentatively the 20th). I'll post here if this gets fixed.
On Jan 17, 2008 11:51 AM, Arnold P. Siboro <asiboro_at_maltech.jp> wrote:
> All 3G carriers in Japan sell SIM cards (i.e., accept SIM card only
> subscription). You need to be resident in Japan though to be eligible
> to subscribe.
> On 2008/01/16, at 19:08, William G. Perrin III wrote:
> > An article today in Japan Inc. about smartphones got me wondering...
> > http://www.japaninc.com/mgz_jan-feb_2008_smartphone
> > They talk about the HTC phones a lot and mention 2, the HTC P3600
> > and HTC
> > Advantage X7501, both of which advertise that they're SIM lock free
> > (http://www.japan.htc.com/products.htm). How would you be able to
> > use one of
> > these phones if you live in Japan? Are any of the carriers selling SIM
> > cards?
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