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Old 12-10-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
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So-net (Sony's internet subsidiary) launches new data sim plan!

Now you can buy your internet data sim card at major airport and train stations on touching down! In KIX, they even have a vending machine selling their phone card!

So-net (a subsidiary of Sony) is offering a new data sim card aimed at travellers:

Plan 100MB 3,000JPY valid for 30 days
Plan 500MB 5,000JPY valid for 60 days

Both plans can be topped up
charge 200MB 1,500JPY(+tax) valid for 30 days
charge 500MB 2,000JPY(+tax) valid for 30 days
charge 1000MB 2,838JPY(+tax) valid for 60 days
topping up your card requires a credit card

So-net uses NTT Docomo network.

The card must be activated within 14 days from purchase. And if you need to refill the card value, it must be done within 14 days after you use up all the remaining data as well.

For So-net other mobile LTE plans, there is a restriction on not exceeding 500MB over 3 days. I suspect it is the same for these 2 plans as well although it is not stated.

Read up more information about the data sim plan from So-net here:
Prepaid LTE SIM | So-net

P.S. apparently this plan was launched back in April but it flew under my radar...
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:44 PM   #2
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walao 100mb and 500mb might as well get econnect or bmobile
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:12 PM   #3
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The funny thing is that if you go to Amazon.co.jp to buy the same prepaid So-net LTE data sim card, it is 3,200JPY for 1GB??!!
Amazon.co.jp

So if you want to get this So-net data sim card, I would suggest that you just buy from the Amazon JP store and send it to your hotel. Reviews on Amazon seems to indicate it is difficult to activate the card as you need to find some way to get on the internet first.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:16 PM   #4
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Quite expensive though.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:45 PM   #5
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Well it is quite competitive with the bmobile and OCN plan if you buy it through Amazon JP.
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Old 25-10-2014, 01:42 AM   #6
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This so-net card must return right?
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Old 25-10-2014, 06:26 PM   #7
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There will be some revision in the plan after 30 Oct this year, mainly:

Standard Plans

1G Plan (formally known as "Plan 100M")
Use up to 1 GB of data.

2.2G Plan
Use up to 2.2 GB of data.

3G Plan (formally known as "Plan 500M")
Use up to 3 GB of data.


Just not sure whether they will still have the same pricing though

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Old 25-10-2014, 06:29 PM   #8
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This so-net card must return right?
No need to return the card. You can take it home and keep it as souvenir or simply recycle it
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Old 27-10-2014, 02:59 PM   #9
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No need to return the card. You can take it home and keep it as souvenir or simply recycle it
Thanks This is really convenient.

For 1G, only 3000yen is actually cheaper than b-mobile and e-connect. That is if all taxes are already included inside this 3000yen.

Anyone used b4? Can give comment? If not I shall try this next yr when I go to Tokyo.

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Old 27-10-2014, 04:39 PM   #10
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Wait, I read the FAQ. It seems like need to return the sim card as its on loan.
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Old 28-10-2014, 10:43 PM   #11
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Wait, I read the FAQ. It seems like need to return the sim card as its on loan.
Actually, there is also a similar clause for bmobile but I have yet to return any for my past 2 trips.

Does that constitute a violation of the usage?
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Old 30-10-2014, 01:03 AM   #12
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Actually, there is also a similar clause for bmobile but I have yet to return any for my past 2 trips.

Does that constitute a violation of the usage?
I read the FAQ for bmobile. They appreciate it if we can return but NOT A MUST to do so. But for So-net is different. It is a MUST to return.

Guess if I find it a bothersome to return sim card, I can take either econnect or bmobile.

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Am now at Haneda airport looking for So-net sim, mobile center only have the 1GB n 3GB plan and it's expensive, 4500 and 6500
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:13 PM   #14
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Am now at Haneda airport looking for So-net sim, mobile center only have the 1GB n 3GB plan and it's expensive, 4500 and 6500
So expensive I tot it will be less than 4000yen.

Thanks for the info.
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Any reason not to buy this from amazon jp instead?

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