Japan Pocket Wi-Fi Rental Early Bird $5.50/Day @ Wilh-ma

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A great companion when in traveling in Japan. Offers 4G mobile broadband portable router. Allows up to 5 devices to be connected, share the cost with your travel mates. UNLIMITED data size with no speed throttling. FREE delivery anywhere in Australia.
Early booking (at least 120 days in advance). Should the travel arrangement has changed, it is FREE cancellation as long as the device has not been posted. To make reservation for less than 120 days in advance, please visit http://wilh-ma.com.au/product/japan-special/

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  • -2 votes

    Y is this a bargain?

    • +2 votes

      Y is this not a bargain?

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      Because the "unlimited" SIMs now all throttle you after 200mb a day which after uploading a few pics and vids, is completely gone and the speed becomes almost unusable.

      • -1 vote

        Too pricey for me.
        Even domestically I'd only upload via wifi only.

        I wonder how much are data sims at 7/11, Lawsons, Bic, Yoda?
        Are sims easy to activate?

        • +1 vote

          Tourists can only use tourist designated Prepaid SIM cards. You cannot get the better deals without an Alien Registration Card. A 2GB tourist SIM goes for around $50. These aren't throttled. The ones you can buy online are unlimited but throttled after 200mb which is just woeful

          The value you derive from either product is subjective but IMO, I would always opt for the unlimited data portable wifi as the train & bus rides can be long and I want something to do when I'm coaching it from Takayama to Tokyo. Never had a drop out either while my wife & I both stream Netflix

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          @nbn:

          Went 4 of us using this sim card on pocket wifi. Data finished in 4 days just from using WA, checking maps, browse places. Experience may vary to each group though.

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          @Arch1818: 1.25GB everyday? Even for 4 that means over 300MB per person per day. That's 9GB a month… Sounds like someone forgot to turn off automatic update on Wi-Fi.

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    Not really a deal though. Cheaper options, several of which I'm looking into for my trip in January.

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    Can't just buy a local sim once landed?

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      You can if you like.
      The convenience with this from what I can see is that they deliver it to you while you’re in Australia. Of course there are options by other providers to have it delivered to your hotel / place of stay when you arrive in Japan.

  • -2 votes

    how is this a deal?
    cmon this isnt OzSpam

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    ? For the life of me, I can't quite remember where I read it, but I seem to recall it being mentioned that some places in Japan were offering to loan you the pocket wifi for free.

  • +1 vote

    If you're with Voda, can use your own phone and data plan for $5 a day…

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      ^ This ! Even if you’re not with Voda just sign up for a cheap plan month to month no early termination fees - forward your number to the Voda number and enjoy $5/day and take and make Aus calls.

      Best value and works very well.

  • -1 vote

    Last time I looked for accommodation a lot of places were offering these for free.

  • +3 votes

    Used one of these in Japan earlier this year. Password was very difficult to read on the screen of the particular device I received due to some dead pixels, however using airport free WiFi I was able to get immediate support from Wilh-Ma over Viber, and the issue was resolved promptly.

    Highly recommend this device:
    * Ideal for 2–5 people, with up to 5 simultaneous connections; no data cap or throttling;
    * No need to stuff around with foreign SIM cards;
    * Works from landing through to departure.

    My only criticism would be only 'decent' – but not outstanding – battery life, and it was quite slow to charge. But as long as you chuck it on the charger as soon as you get back to your room, and making sure it's fully charged when you set off in the morning, you're probably fine. And carrying a power bank with you makes this a non-issue anyway.

    • +1 vote

      Thanks for the review!

      • +1 vote

        You're welcome.

        Honestly I'm surprised at the lukewarm response on this deal today. It was a front-page bargain last time: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/316413.

        I really consider it great value, especially as we split the cost 3 ways.

        We probably used maybe an average of 1 GB per day, but it varied, obviously. Never having to stress about data was great!

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    Thanks! Now to find tickets to Japan!

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    japan-wireless.com or https://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/

    i only use one of these 2 if I go to Japan. they are most reliable.

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      Just did a comparison

      Wil-ma devices offer speed up to 120mbps download speed
      Global advanced devices offer speeds of 187.5mbps, 75mbps and 21mbps

      Put in some dates for my travels next year, 10 days with Wil-ma comes to $55AUD

      Global advanced: (based on xe.com exchange rates converted to AUD)
      187.5mbps - $149.94
      75mbps - $105.22
      21mbps - $68.61

      A couple of ozbargainers have used devices from Wil-ma previously, good reviews. Willing to give it a go based on the cost savings here.

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        global advance is a lot more expensive. Just looked at japan wireless, 86 AUD for 13 days vs 71.5 AUD for Wil-ma. Difference not too big, really depends if you get the full 187mbps

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    It's better just to walk into a Bic Camera when you get there. Choose your data and they will setup your phone for you.

    Nearly every hotel has free decent wifi. This isn't a deal.

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    Is there a deal thats just sim only? I already have a huawei modem which I'd prefer to use

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    Got one for April next year.. Thanks

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    120 days tho :/ im going in a month time

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    Pretty sure there’s an Australian company selling the japan 5gb sim for $65. If you do the maths
    - 30 days turns out to be $2.17
    - 15 days turns out to be $4.34

  • +2 votes

    I'm currently in Japan using a sim card I purchased on ebay at
    https://m.ebay.com.au/itm/Japan-Travel-8-days-Prepaid-data-S...

    It's on the Softbank network which I have found to be a lot faster than the crappy DoCoMo network. The seller also claims it to be a true unlimited plan and I have not yet found anything to dispute that.

    For reference my down/up speeds using speedtest at the following locations are (in Mbps)

    Narita airport - 72/31
    Lake Kawaguchiko - 15/1
    Osaka - 45/6

    Whereas my wife's sim card on the DoCoMo network purchased from the same seller is constantly 1 to 5mbps download no matter the location (yes her phone has the correct LTE bands).

    Reception hasn't been an issue at any location I've been in either.

    I was using an 'au' network pocket wifi last year which also worked great. Stay away from the DoCoMo network is all I can say.