In Japan, cell phones have become ubiquitous art of
the Japanese culture. In Japanese, cell phones are called
keitai denwa (Ð¯Ž¡ëŠÔ’), literally "portable telephones,"
and are often known simply as keitai.
Much of the Japanese population own cell phone (keitai),
most of which are equipped with enhancements such as
video and camera capabilities. Moving to Japan and setting
up basic phone services will require some time and effort,
but it's clearly worth the time to do it right the first
You will be bombarded with opportunities to purchase
cell phones, and you will soon notice that almost everyone
has one. At the Shibuya train station in downtown
Tokyo, 80 percent of the people carry cell phones.
Do you need one? Well, you'll have to decide that
for yourself. The problem is that all the marketing
materials are written in Japanese, and in such a way
that most Japanese people have a hard time understanding
The most expensive service is DoCoMo (NTT). It's
also the most popular. (Note: Japanese are not deal
hunters, and service providers know this.) From
my own research, which was limited, I think that the
cheapest cell phone (especially if you are a student)
is Au (a.k.a., KDDI). Don't even think about getting
"unlimited weekend minutes" or "250 anytime minutes."
You may find that you can only afford 30 minutes a month.
On the other hand, with a little practice you'll be
sending emails with your cell phone rather than making
phone calls. Sending emails to other cell phones is
much cheaper than calling, and it's very popular.
In fact, you'll see young people everywhere you go checking
and typing email.
In Japan, only some cell phones have English menus for
email and other functions, while others are strictly
in Japanese. And due to different technologies used,
mobile phones from your home country, including GSM
phones, are likely not to work in Japan. My Japan phone
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