I've been in Japan for many years now.
When traveling I really need the functions of a smartphone, but what kept me from getting one until now was that stupid 2-year contract that all providers in Japan offer.
I never knew if I'd stay long enough and on top of that I knew that I wouldn't be able to use the phone back home (stupid SIM-lock).
Anyways, I'm looking for the best option in my situation.
I'm quite sure that I won't stay another 2 years in Japan. We're talking about 6 months - 1.5 years.
I had friends who left and had to pay about 10.000yen cancellation fee and a lot of money for the phone (however much was still left to pay) and they took a phone with them that was completely useless.
I really NEED a smartphone these days, but I don't want to waste around 60.000yen (with the iPhone 5 it's probably even more).
I found out about b-mobile. They offer a Smartphone SIM and it's only a 3-months commitment! That sounds great!
They accept SIM-free phones, so you can buy a phone abroad and then use b-mobile as provider.
I want to know if anybody has any experience with this provider or has done what I might want to do?
If you have any other good ideas what I could do, please let me know!
Thanks a lot in advance! :)