What do I need to do, or what do I need to be aware of, to use mobile data on a Nexus One using a Softbank rental SIM card in Japan?
I'm leaving tomorrow for a 10-day trip to Japan. I've reserved a rental SIM card from Softbank Global Rental, and I'll be picking it up at the Central Japan airport in Nagoya after I land.
According to Softbank's rental plan page
, data costs 0.032 yen per 128 bytes, or roughly $0.60 USD per kilobyte, which of course is extremely expensive. However, the page also states that the data costs are capped at 1500 yen per day (roughly $18 USD). Although expensive, I find this acceptable, as I may only need data access 2 or 3 days during the trip, and if I use it heavily on those days I wouldn't have to worry about getting a $10,000 USD bill.
My phone is a Nexus One (the T-Mobile compatible one), and by all accounts it'll work with Softbank. Just to confirm though, I called the rental company to confirm. They told me that yes, the Nexus One will work on their network. I then asked them to confirm the data price... and they didn't seem to know anything about it. They asked where I was getting my information. I told them it was on their website. The man I was speaking to told me that usually the phones they rent don't have data access because "we don't have the APN information".
I suspect the man was uninformed and that the data access will work as advertised on the Softbank site. However... I'm worried. I'll confirm as much info as I can when I pick up the SIM card, but I'd like to know:
- Has anyone ever successfully used data on their Nexus One or other smartphone using a Softbank rental SIM without paying astronomical fees?
- In the event that the rental company in fact does not have the APN information, what are the dangers of trying to enter the info myself? If I enter the APN info shown here, is it likely to work? Would it be a different APN for a rental SIM/plan than for a "normal" SIM/plan? I don't really know much about APNs, so I don't know if they're the same network-wide, or if different users get different APN info.
is about people's experiences using the Nexus One on regular month-to-month contract Softbank plans in Japan. It doesn't directly address my specific concerns (regarding rental SIMs), but the fact that more than one set of APN information is listed makes me doubtful that the rental sim will use the same APN.
In a nutshell: How can I make data access work on my Nexus One in Japan using this rental SIM, and how can I make sure the data charges won't require a bank loan to pay?