Japan is the land of technology. That’s what most of us expect when visiting here. Surprisingly, that’s not as true as we wish it here.
Even in Tokyo, it is still rare to find a free Wi-Fi spot, and when we do, the connection is very slow.
Until now, I’ve always recommended to my friends who are coming to Japan to rent a pocket Wi-Fi device – a small, portable Wi-Fi router. Unfortunately, this does not come cheap, as it may cost around 700 to 1,500 yen per day. That’s at least 20,000 yen for a month, half a month’s rent at a share house in the Tokyo area.
Knowing the struggles that short-term and long-term visitors, as well as international students who are living in Japan have been through, an audacious Japanese company based in Tokyo has started a new service designed specifically for foreigners in Japan!
A service designed for you: JP Smart WiFi
Only Three Months Minimum Contract!
Let’s go straight to the point: the three most famous pocket Wi-Fi providers in Japan have a minimum of a two-year contract term. That means you need to pay a cancellation fee if you want to stop using their services before the two-year term.
If you are coming to Japan to stay for less than two years, or you don’t have a two-year (at least) visa, these companies probably won’t even accept you as a customer.
With JP Smart Wi-Fi there is no need to commit to a long-term contract! After 3 months use you can cancel the contract at any time! Though you need to pay a one-month upfront fee for JP Smart Wi-Fi, it is still so much cheaper compared to other short-term Wi-Fi services. And if you are going to stay in Japan for a long period of time, JP Smart Wi-Fi is going to save you even much more money.
You don’t have to worry about any hidden fees either, as JP Smart Wi-Fi is known to have a transparent easy-to-understand service contract.
No credit card! No Japanese bank account!
For foreigners living in Japan, getting a credit card in Japan can be a major hassle. You don’t want to count on it for having access to the internet.
Also, getting a bank account may take some time (you first need to register at the city hall, then get a personal stamp, before you try to get a bank account). From my own experience, the whole process caused me a huge headache!
You can pay for JP Smart Wi-Fi by cash at convenient stores, by Pay Cards (eg. Alipay). They also accept many major overseas credit cards (VISA, Mastercard).
Everything is done online!
The only document necessary for applying to JP Smart Wi-Fi is your passport or residence card. You don’t need to go anywhere to purchase it, as the device is delivered to your place free of charge. You can even register while you are outside of Japan to receive it as soon as you arrive here.
Using and Sharing Wi-Fi anywhere in Japan
JP Smart Wi-Fi fits the palm of your hand!
As we mentioned before, it is not easy to find free Wi-Fi spots in Japan. You may even have trouble connecting to the internet at some hotels when travelling.
Whether you are going to spend some vacation in the countryside, writing a paper for your class, or working at a cafe, JP Smart Wifi won’t take space in your luggage.
It’s a palm-sized Wi-Fi router that literally fits in your pocket.
You can Share it with your Friends!
JP Smart Wi-Fi is not limited to a single user. JP Smart Wi-Fi router can support up to 8 devices at a time. If you are sharing a house with your friends, you don’t need to sign up for an expensive home internet service. Your JP Smart Wi-Fi will cover your and your friends need at your house. Just don’t fight over who is going to bring the router outside!
Also, JP Smart Wi-Fi is cheaper than other services of the same kind in Japan. As you can use JP Smart Wi-Fi everywhere in Japan, you won’t need to sign up for two different Internet services while you are at home or on the go. That is a big buck saving strategy for many foreigners, especially international students who often have to live on a tight budget.
Popular with those on Working Holiday and Internship Visas, and Expats.
Working holiday and internship visas are generally shorter than two years. If you are coming to Japan with one of these visas, it is going to be difficult to arrange a contract with most famous providers because they require a minimum two-year visa.
The solution is to use a company that does not require a minimum contract term, offers good customer support (in Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and English), and has special know-how on services catering to international customers. JP Smart Wi-Fi fits all these characteristics.
If you are looking for a Wi-Fi service in Japan, search no more beacause JP Smart Wi-Fi is here to meet your needs!
Visit the JPmobile website for more information: https://www.jpsmart.net/lp/wifi/en/
It is a handy and friendly service for foreigners so we hope you enjoy using JP Smart Wi-Fi during your stay in Japan!
You can scan the QR code below to visit the signup page. The application process is easy to understand and can be completed in a minute.
This information is correct as of October 11, 2018. Since the service contents may change, please check the details on the JPmobile homepage.