Obtaining a Mobile Phone Service Agreement

The phrase “unlimited calls, texts, and data” would imply just that, wouldn’t it? Unlimited. With no ties attached or limitations. For some reason, mobile and internet service providers seem to have complete freedom of speech in the odd world of telecom advertising. Because ‘unlimited’ data is usually subject to a so-called ‘fair use’ quota, the term ‘unlimited’ doesn’t signify anything at all.

As a general rule, the fair use limit on most mobile phone plans in Australia is much too high for the great majority of individuals. To avoid going overboard, you should be aware of the topic at hand. There are certain plans that charge you per MB of data you use if you go over your fair use limit. Which may pile up rapidly. You won’t be charged, but your internet speed will be considerably slowed down by your service provider if you use another service. Check the terms and conditions before signing up for any plan to make sure you aren’t caught off guard by unfair use limitations that apply to ‘unlimited calls and texts’ agreements.

It’s all about how you use your data

If you’re not using more than 10 GB of data each month, you should choose the data bucket plan instead of the unlimited one. Those aged 55 to 64 comprised 22% of the 2,001 persons surveyed, while those aged 65 and more comprised 19%. If you want to stay on top of the latest technology, get 5G. Even if your kids are on 5G, but you’re still using 4G, you’ll get a better video call if you’re both using 5G.

Moreover, you don’t have to pay extra for 5G all the time. If your phone is capable of 5G, this also applies to you as part of Consumer Cellular’s MVNO agreement with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Since a matter of fact, don’t be excessively swayed by the shiny item… 5G, as 90% of people may not perceive the speed improvement over 4G, while, for example, viewing Netflix.

What do I do now that I’m a newcomer?

If you’re a first-time visitor to Japan (or returning for the nth time), your options and approaches are more obvious since you’re starting from scratch: To use your phone in Japan, you will need a SIM card.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to save costs

To avoid paying an end-termination fee for your Japanese mobile phone service, avoid using the service at certain times of the year. According on the length of your contract, these costs might quickly eat away at whatever savings you may have accrued by switching providers in the near term. As a result, several carriers provide switchover incentives that may reduce or even eliminate the expenses associated with cancelling your contract. Even if you don’t mind paying up front, this may still be a viable alternative.

Plans that are paid for in advance

You may want to consider this option if you have just one phone line on your account, use little data, and don’t want to sign a contract. Read the small print to see if there are any exclusions or extra costs that need to be paid.

Aesthetic appeal

Friends in your area who use the same phone carrier as you might be a good source of information if you’re considering making the move. The carrier you pick should also be able to handle your travel needs, whether it’s for business or personal reasons.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.