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Should I use a Pocket Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot) or a SIM card in Japan?

Reasons to Choose a Pocket Wi-FI (Mobile Hotspot)

If you have two or more devices

If you have two or more devices, we recommend a Pocket Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot). You can connect all your devices to one Pocket Wi-Fi to get internet connections. Especially if you have a laptop, you may not be able to use a SIM card with your laptop thus you need a Pocket Wi-Fi.

If you want to use your own SIM card

If you want to use your own SIM card, we recommend a Pocket Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot). Switching to a Japanese SIM card means your own SIM card cannot receive phone calls unless your phone has a dual SIM system. Some dual SIM phones can use two SIM cards simultaneously to receive phone calls and access internet. But iPhones don't have dual SIM systems at this point.

If you are a heavy user of data

If you are a heavy user of data, we recommend an unlimited data Pocket Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot). You can use more data with an unlimited data Pocket Wi-Fi compared to SIM cards. SIM cards usually provide a 1GB or 2GB data plan for a period of one week, which may not be enough if you travel more than one week.




Reasons to Choose a SIM Card

If you travel with someone else

If you travel with someone else, we recommend a SIM card. You cannot share the Pocket Wi-Fi with your friends or family unless you always move together. It is much easier to have separate SIM cards when you and your friends or family move independently.

If you only want to carry your phone

If you only want to carry your phone, we recommend a SIM card. With a SIM card, you don't have to always carry a Pocket Wi-Fi. It is much easier to move around with a SIM card.

If you want to save the cost

If you want to save the cost and only have one device, we recommend a SIM card. A SIM card averagely costs you 2,000 to 4,000 JPY per week or 3,000 to 5,000 JPY per month. But a Pocket Wi-Fi usually costs 4,000 to 6,000 JPY per week or 8,000 to 12,000 JPY per month.




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