As a subcontractor to Softbank, Japan’s third largest cell phone provider, I’ve been given a iPhone 4S and a generic android for testing. However after I used them for the job, I have declined to pay even the minimum monthly fee that ranges from 4,800-3,500 yen [$82-44 USD] to keep either of them turned on. As I said before (3Yen / 2012-08-27), with my iPad or iTouch I use free WiFI with Skype, Viber, etc. for mobile calling and texting. For “emergency” voice calls, I use a stupidPhone™ from the AU service that only charges me 880 yen [$11 USD] month—Basically, I don’t waste money on frivolous cellphone services.
However, Japanese folks in Tokyo pay through-the-nose on their monthly smartphone bills that average according to The Japan Times:
… per month Tokyoites pay 7,357 yen [$94 USD]… followed by Dusseldorf at the equivalent of 7,012 yen [$89 USD], New York at 6,493 yen [$82 USD], and London, Paris and Stockholm at 3,000 to 4,000 yen [$38-51 USD]. Seoul residents had the lowest smartphone bills among the seven cities at 2,702 yen [$34.37 USD]…
—The Japan Times, 2012/08/30: Tokyoites pay highest smartphone bills among seven major global cities.
Original photo by Nemo’s great uncle, on Flickr |