Wednesday, August 31, 2011

B-Mobile FAIR SIM option for 1 GB per month

JCI announced a new recharge plan for the B-Mobile FAIR SIM. Until now, the only option was to add 1 GB that was valid for 120 days at a cost of ¥8,350 for 120 days. This leaves you paying about ¥2,000/month for only 250 MB.

With the new plan, 1 GB valid for 30 days can be purchased for ¥3,100. This is much more appropriate given how we realistically use smartphones. For an extra ¥1,000 per month, I can increase my quota by four times.

Right now, you cannot buy a FAIR SIM with a 30 day validity period. The only option is the standard FAIR with a 120 day period. Once that first amount is used, when you recharge the SIM, you can either select 30 or 120 days.

The 1 GB/month data service plan will be available from September 1 at 6 pm for current FAIR customers.

Update: A FAIR SIM can be converted to a 1GB Flat Rate, and then back to a FAIR data plan. The expiration date after which the SIM can no longer be charged depends on the last data plan. If a FAIR is purchased and the initial charge consumed, you have 60 days to recharge. if on the 59th day, a 1 GB Flat Rate charge is added, you will then have 10 days to recharge once the second charge expires. If the third charge is back to a 120 day FAIR plan, then once that expires, you again have 60 days to recharge.

The newly updated bcharge app contains a disclaimer, that is displayed in English based on your system language) related to the FAIR SIM. Here is the important excerpt.
  • This service uses a Private IP address. Therefore, it does not support Internet services or applications that require a Global IP address.
  • The Charge Period after plan expiry is 10 days. After 10 days, it will no longer be possible to charge your SIM

6 comments:

  1. Is there any reason a UK HTC incredible S *wouldn't* work on the Talking Sim plan?

    Just about to buy one, so if there are any problems it'd be good to know now! ;-) It's quad band, so i assume it should work on the docomo network.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Incredible_S

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  2. I have a UK HTC Desire which works fine on Softbank and DoCoMo so your Incredible S will work fine

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  3. I'm heading to Japan with a galaxy s2 which I am planning to use over there. The talking fair plan seems like something that I will get but because I'll be in Kyushu... There are no BMobile stores around there from what I read previously... Does that mean to get BMobile I would have to purchase online? :S

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  4. http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/personal/shop/shop.html

    Above is the list of shops (J). If there isn't one in your area, you could pick one up while passing through Tokyo or Osaka. Not all shops are guaranteed to sell all products.

    Kyushu is a big place, where in kyushu?

    Yodobashi in Hakata
    マルチメディア博多 福岡県 福岡市博多区博多駅中央街6-12 092-471-1010
    http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/personal/shop/yodobashi.html

    Bic Camera in Fukuoka
    天神1号館 福岡県福岡市中央区今泉1-25-1 092-732-1112
    天神2号館 福岡県福岡市中央区天神2-4-5
    http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/personal/shop/biccamera.html

    PC Depot has shops selling in Fukoka, Nagasaki, and Kagoshima prefectures
    http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/personal/shop/pc_depot.html

    Yamada denki has them all over Kyushu.
    http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/personal/shop/yamada.html

    and so on...

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  5. Thanks for the information! I'm in Kitakyushu around Kokura. I wasn't able to read all the Japanese but I now have a good idea on what to look for! Thanks for your help!

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  6. No Works with My E72 ?

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