1. bijak_riyandi's Avatar
    Hey guys,
    I'm from Indonesia. I'm going to go to Japan later this month and will be staying there for 2 years.

    From what I've heard, Windows Phone is not officially sold in Japan. So, I have some question to ask:
    1. How could you get a Windows Phone in Japan?
    2. Will an international version of the 1020 work with Japanese carriers?
    3. Which carrier offers cheapest plans for call and data?

    Thank you in advance :)
    03-15-2015 10:06 AM
  2. WP8_Lover's Avatar
    I have been waiting to get an answer to this question for a long time.

    I have a family member living in Japan and she wants a Windows Phone too. Too bad for her, WP is not *present* in Japan. And from what we gathered, no carrier sells you a SIM card. You will have to buy a phone with contract. So, your 1020 is probably gonna end up as a fond phone you can't use. Tell me if you find a way.
    03-15-2015 10:54 AM
  3. zeref0016's Avatar
    My friend who uses WP was forced to use an iPhone since no Japanese carrier supports WP :((
    03-15-2015 10:59 AM
  4. bijak_riyandi's Avatar
    Looks like I'm going to grab an iPhone then :(

    But, I found something interesting: expansys.jp sells some Windows Phones. Why would they sell them if nobody in Japan can use them?
    There has to be at least one way to make it happen...
    03-15-2015 05:39 PM
  5. tangledW's Avatar
    Looks like I'm going to grab an iPhone then :(

    But, I found something interesting: expansys.jp sells some Windows Phones. Why would they sell them if nobody in Japan can use them?
    There has to be at least one way to make it happen...
    Kyocera and a company called Mouse have committed to new Windows phones (both Japanese companies) and multiple carriers had Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

    I think with a little work you could make it happen, but what drawbacks their may be might not make it worth it.
    03-15-2015 06:26 PM
  6. bijak_riyandi's Avatar
    Kyocera and a company called Mouse have committed to new Windows phones (both Japanese companies) and multiple carriers had Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

    I think with a little work you could make it happen, but what drawbacks their may be might not make it worth it.
    Fingers crossed for the next flagship to be sold in Japan...
    03-16-2015 04:27 AM
  7. nikafx's Avatar
    test
    03-16-2015 04:36 AM
  8. Ebuka Allison's Avatar
    Hey guys,
    I'm from Indonesia. I'm going to go to Japan later this month and will be staying there for 2 years.

    From what I've heard, Windows Phone is not officially sold in Japan. So, I have some question to ask:
    1. How could you get a Windows Phone in Japan?
    2. Will an international version of the 1020 work with Japanese carriers?
    3. Which carrier offers cheapest plans for call and data?

    Thank you in advance :)
    There's a Japanese WP called the Freetel Ninja
    03-16-2015 04:49 AM
  9. Lmcurse's Avatar
    I don't know if this may help you but I own a 1520.3 and I visited japan a few months ago. I'm from the US, and my 1520 worked fine.. 3-4 bars on H... Although t-mobile sent me a text to upgrade speeds for an additional fee or keep using the free version. it would switch between docomo and softbank. i was only texting and mms messages to friends back home though no calls.
    Last edited by Lmcurse; 03-16-2015 at 08:25 AM.
    03-16-2015 05:07 AM
  10. bijak_riyandi's Avatar
    found something that could be the answer to my 2nd and 3rd question:
    Life in Japan - How I Cut My Mobile Phone Bill In Half

    There's a Japanese WP called the Freetel Ninja
    I lol'd at the name, but thanks for the information :D

    I don't know if this may help you but I own a 1520.3 and I visited japan a few months ago. I'm from the US, and my 1520 worked fine.. 3-4 bars on H... Although t-mobile sent me a text to upgrade speeds for an additional fee or keep using the free version. it would switch between docomo and softbank. i was only texting and mms messages to friends back home though no calls.
    thanks for the information, dude
    pretty sure Indonesia's Telkomsel on my 1020 would be able to roam through docomo/softbank's network just as your 1520 does
    03-16-2015 08:56 AM

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