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After about 8 months of internetlessness, I've finally got internet again <3. Like, internet I can use on my computer whenever I want. HOORAY ^o^! I wondered if this moment would ever come again XD;.

I found a way to plug my smartphone into my computer via USB and be able to connect my computer to the internet through my cellphone's internet connection <3. I don't completely understand how it works, but I only had to pay $10 for an app on my cellphone which makes that happen.

I've got an unlimited data plan on my cellphone, which charges me up to about 6,000 yen and anything over that is considered free... so, yeah, I really abused my smart phone's connection last month: downloading music off of iTunes I was yearning for, Skyping my family constantly, watching youtube to my heart's content, etc...

...and when I received my cellphone bill this month, it was 5,970 yen. Yay <3. But I checked the breakdown of charges on my bill, and got a BIG SHOCK O.O;.

There was a charge of 2,819,933 yen. Two-million-eight-hundred-nineteen-thousand-nine-hundred-thirty-three yen. Holy mother effing fuck. That's like $35,000. Of course, promptly after that charge, there was a deduction of 2,819,933 yen, due to me having a flat-rate plan for my internet data.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS... always have a freaking flat-rate plan in Japan. Just in case, for the love of god. I know I used my internet a lot last month, but not to the tune of $35,000. Japan is hecka expensive, especially about certain things. And super especially about overcharging for cellphone data services XD;.

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snowym
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I've got AU. It's actually one of the cheaper/more reliable cellphone companies in Japan, in my opinion. I've been with them for over 3 years now, and never really had a problem. Just... just get the free plan, if you plan on doing any sort of downloading or heavy skype correspondence, that's all I can say XD;.
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snowym
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
There are a jillion cell phone stores set up all within a stone's throw of each other, or at least they are here in the Tokyo/Yokohama area. Just grab a Japanese coworker who can speak some English (and are willing to sit with you for an hour or two through the cellphone sign-up process), and drag them to an AU/Docomo/Softbank/whatever store with you. I wouldn't have been able to figure out what was a good plan without my friend Shinobu ^^;;;.

AU has little-to-no English support, but I think Softbank has more English support available. Plus, they've got iPhones exclusively in Japan, if you like those. I think AU gets better reception than Softbank, but that might depend on what area you live in. When you get to Japan, make sure to ask a few people what works best in your area, since dropping tons of calls isn't good for anyone's blood pressure XD;.
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snowym
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Android... I think Docomo has some Android phones too, just so you know. I don't really know much about their service, though. Just that it's a bit more expensive than AU.

Hmmmmm, my plan... My bill says I'm on something called Plan SS Simple (プランSSシンプル). It's one of the smallest plans, but I don't really talk to a lot of people. Most Japanese people buy a cell phone, and just e-mail on it 90% of the time. I'm also on a loyalty plan, which you can get on after 2 years, I think. It cuts the price of the talking plans by 50%, or that's what they offered me anyway.
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snowym
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
When I first bought a cellphone, I only had a 1 year VISA. They don't ask to see your VISA, I think. Just your alien registration card (which acts as a sort of proof of passport/VISA, and is basically your ID for whatever in Japan). And you might have to try and get a hankou (name stamp), but surely your school would help you get one ordered if they needed paperwork from you using it.

Miss you too ^^. Immigration is slooooooow, that will never change I'm pretty sure XD;.
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snowym
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh really? Maybe it depends on which shop you go to o.o? When I first signed up, I just showed them my alien registration card. No matter how long your VISA is, your alien registration card will say its expiration date is... 4 years after you create it? There's no 2 year VISAs I'm pretty sure (just 1 year and 3 year for work VISAs). It's all too confusing, but just try it, and see what happens anyway XD;.

Actually, my bank forced me to use my signature when opening an account, even though I had a hanko. But then again, that probably depends on the bank. When it comes to foreigners, normal rules tend to slide away in lieu of an OH-GOD-APPEASE-THEM-I-DON'T-WANT-TO-SPEAK-ENGLISH-WITH-THEM mentality. Doesn't matter if you're trying to speak Japanese to them or not.

Don't cry. Although I did cry out of stress when I moved here too XD;. Just bear with it, and things will click into place soon. Moving, especially abroad can be a tremendously troublesome thing, though XD;.
sugarcakey
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yay for you having internet again :DDD <333

And lol, what a heartattack moment.
snowym
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you ^o^!

Since I saw the total of the bill first, it wasn't so heart attack'y, but my brain kinda sputtered to a stop in confusion when I saw the bill summary XD;.
immaculate
Sep. 16th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
BE CAREFUL SWEETIE.
Lots of talk in the news about how all the major companies are wanting to stop flat-rate plans because of people like us who charge up the big bucks by using it. (Packet rates are INSANE!)

I don't know when this is happening and probably won't effect those of us with plans already, but it is a tricky situation.

ALSO welcome back!!! <333
snowym
Sep. 16th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
There wouldn't be such a "big bucks" issue, if their charges for data services weren't hecka outlandish to begin with -.o;.

Surely they would have to mail out some formal warning, if they were going to stop flat rate plans anyway. They can't just cancel something like that without telling the customers, since we've all signed contracts. Right? If not, that's just stupid D:.

If you hear anything about it, would you let me know o.o? You're always in the loop, Erin XDD.

Edited at 2011-09-16 02:22 pm (UTC)
disutansu
Sep. 19th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Holy mother of eff, thank god for flat rates. (I'm so out of the loop of everything ever... I don't have the energy or the time to get back into things either so just *lets it all fall out of my life* At least I got the important things here.) Anyway, so good to hear you getting internet even if it was supposed to cost you $35,000 jeez.

I have no idea if we'll have time to Skype like before, catch up with all the crud we've been going through... time/energy is keeping me from doing things because homg... I'm just getting murdered by RL over here and all. *hangs onto sanity* But, I wish you a happy birthday M-sama~ Wishing you the best. *squishes*
snowym
Sep. 21st, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Lol, yeah, I dunno what's up with Japan's data rates -.o;;;. I can't even imagine what I'd have to do in the US to get $35,000 charged up on my cellphone plan @_@;. Nothing would do it, short of going to the president of the cell phone company's office, shitting on his desk, and getting fined $35,000 for it from the police XD;.

WE'LL SKYPE SOMETIME. You know I understand. When I'm not dodging earthquakes and typhoons lately, I'm just being worked to death OTL. *siiiiiiiigggghhhh* I'll catch you sometime, though, and it'll be AMAZING FUN :DDDDD!

THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING MY BIRTHDAY, HELEN T_T.

Don't give up, you'll be fine. I won't give up, I'll be fine. Somehow, somehow, come on. Mantras are key at times like these ^^;;;.
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