Posted on September 18, 2013 | genkijacs

Mobile company B-Mobile is currently offering data SIM rentals for Japan at very competitive prices. Their service is data-only, meaning you won't be able to make calls using it, but having a data connection in a foreign country can be really useful, especially for looking up maps, train schedules, etc.


To use their SIM cards, you need a SIM-free/SIM-unlocked device that supports W-CDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA. There is a list of compatible phones on their website, here.

It seems really easy to recharge, and might be a cheaper option for some students than to rent a pre-paid cellphone, especially if you won't really be making calls.

For those students who'd prefer to have a phone with call capabilities, though, we have been recommending providers G-Call to our students, so far with great success! You can find more info on this service here.

As a last resort, there are still a few public phone boxes dotted around Japan, some with international calling capabilities!