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Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2010 5:02 AM (in response to dirtyboi)You will need to ask Softbank these questions. In theory, you should be able to buy service with them since the US iPad is unlocked.MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Air, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2010 5:45 AM (in response to dirtyboi)I am in Japan and just got my iPad today. I signed up for a 2 year unlimited data plan with Softbank and it took a while to get it set up even though I have lived here for over a decade and have a green card. I really doubt that Softbank will let you sign up with a 3G plan with your US bought iPad. Worth a try but I think the possibility is low cos Softbank are not overly flexible. Let us know what they say.iPad, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2010 5:47 AM (in response to AJinJapan)Using 3G with Softbank will require replacement of the Micro SIM provided by AT&T with a Micro SIM from Softbank.IMac Intel 20" , Mac Mini PPC and MacBook Pro 2.2ghz (4GB RAM, SSD), iPad 64GB, Mac OS X (10.5), iPhone 3G
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2010 4:49 AM (in response to AJinJapan)I am going to talk with them in Yokosuka on Thursday because here in Sasebo they just looked at me like what is that an oversized iPod? So I will speak to someone who actually may know thanks guys and gal it seems.Dell, Windows XP
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2010 10:23 PM (in response to dirtyboi)Hi. I am in the same situation as you. I bought a 3G iPad in the US and brought it back to Japan. Im currently living in Tokyo and want to get 3G enabled. Did you have any luck with Softbank?
Given that US iPad isnt locked does anyone know if you can just go and get a Docomo SIM and dataplan and cut it down?
Someone did tell me that they thought that japanese networks woudnt usually sell you just a SIM/plan without you buying a device?
Would be very interested in how you got on in the softbank store.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 5, 2010 1:28 AM (in response to dankeff)I was able to talk to someone from customer service and they said they would not accept it because the store didn't sell it. So I was thinking of doing the same thing, checking out DoCo Mo and see what they say. I am going to the store tonight and see what the reps say there when I show them the iPad. Oh yeah by the way, if it turns out that I can't use this thing like an unlocked phone then I have lost complete confidence in Apple especially since ATT has done a bait and switch plan for this iPad as well. I have had it since launch date but since I am here in japan what's the point.Dell, Windows XP
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2010 8:11 AM (in response to dirtyboi)I was researching this a month ago because my daughter might be attending high school in Japan. So far what I discovered is that the Japanese cell phone providers frown on offering plans to foreigners. The best you can get is prepaid plans. I also discovered that there might be a difference in how a USA iPad communicates 3G data and it might conflict with the Japanese networks. Our USA iPads are set up to be used on AT&T's 3G network not on Tmobile's 3G network. So even if they are unlocked we are still stuck with using AT&T's 3G network.
Please, if anyone is able to get a USA iPad working on a 3G network in Japan, inform the rest of us on how it was accomplished.
Thanks!!iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2010 10:02 AM (in response to DirkAloha)True, all 3G networks are not made equal, but Softbank's 3G network is compatible with US iPhone and iPad. The CEO of Softbank himself was testing an US 3G iPad on their network, and I saw him bragging about it on twitter.MacBook 13" (Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2010 6:49 PM (in response to dirtyboi)It's really discusting what is going on in Japan with Softbank, Apple, and the iPad. I found a ray of hope with this article on Docomo.
I hope this might be a solution for USA iPads having access to Japanese data networks.iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2010 9:05 PM (in response to dirtyboi)I live in Japan.
You cannot subscribe to Softbank's G3 service with a "outside of Japan" purchased iPad. NTT was on with an iPad data plan before the release but now it's off. That's it for Japan's G3 access!!!
Both iPad models have Wi-Fi access here where available no matter if it was purchased in or outside of Japan.iPad-less in Japan, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iMac
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2010 5:36 PM (in response to AikoJoy2003)Has anyone bought a pre-paid SIM card? I was thinking about this, but:
a. I do not see this offered on their page, and going in to talk to them is painful experience
b. I have to imagine the data rates are unacceptable ...
I have been thinking the NTT 3g wi-fi point is the way to go. As I could use it at work, I could also do a time-share with others who want connectivity (I'm being many many firewalls on my w/s), and it seems very affordableMacbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 13, 2010 11:20 PM (in response to Ragetech)FYI, b-mobile is offering prepaid sim cards for 2,980 Yen per month.
Check out their website: http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/
They offer prepaid cards for 1-month, 6 months and 1 year. While the 1-month prepaid card can only be purchased through their online shop, the 6-month and 12-month cards can be also found at major electronic stores such as Yodobashi or BicCamera.
Very important: The speed is limited to 300kbps! They do not clearly state this speed limitation on their website, but it's printed on the package. Another problem is that they don't seem to offer Micro-SIM cards which are required for the iPad.
I cannot make any comments with regards to coverage and actual speed as I haven't used their service (yet). I will give it a try with my unlocked Huawei E5830 (same as e-mobile's PocketWifi).
BTW, using a Huawei E5830 Mifi-router might be an alternative for users who cannot get a data plan from all these rip-off providers in Japan. I am currently testing it with my iPod and it works quite well. I'll be back with more details shortly.iPod touch 32GB, iPhone OS 3.1.3