Thursday, April 7, 2011
B-Mobile Fair data-only SIM details
Posted by SBS
Details are up at B-Mobile for the Fair 1 GB SIM product. Unfortunately, this is currently data only, so it would be good for an unlocked tablet, but not a phone. (B-Mobile does offer a VOIP 050 service, but it is only available for the IDEOS.) There is also no microSIM. For HTC Android 1.6 firmware, this product is not listed as compatible, so ht-03a users will need to root their devices and up/downgrade to 1.5 or 2.2.
Price is ¥9800 for 1 GB that can be used over 4 months. 8,350 per GB additional. A credit card will be required for charging. No details whether the SIM can be purchased C.O.D. to a courier.
If the SIM is not used for 2 months after the initial charge runs out, it cannot be recharged and a new one must be purchased. Charging can be done though the B-Mobile website or with the android app bCharge.
B-Mobile recommends the Auto Airplane Mode app to use the charge sparingly. Though of course you will get no push notifications when using this. When used an in iPhone 3Gs, there is no way to automatically stop background data usage when the phone is asleep, according to B-Mobile. Another way would be to connect to wifi as often as possible. Based on my data usage, if I relied solely on wifi at home and work, I would not use 1 GB in 4 months, bringing my data bill down to 2000 yen per month.