Until now, JCI SIMs have been focused on data, with voice as an option. The new, and there really is no elegant way to say this in English, "smartphone phone SIM" is a voice-only SIM with data available as an option. The plans are roughly comparable to the data+voice Aeon SIMs.
The primary difference is that the "sumaho" SIM (or perhaps I'll call it the "Smartphone Voice SIM") carries a lesser contract requirement of only 3-months with a ¥5,250 early cancellation fee, compared to the Aeon SIM's 1-year, ¥10,500 requirement. Accordingly, the Aeon SIMs are slightly less expensive.
JCI did away with cancellation fees on the "talking SIMs," so I'm not sure why this new SIM includes one. I don't quite see how activation of this SIM would incur more expenses than activation of a "talking SIM" (not the Aeon SIMs). Either way, 3 months is quite reasonable compared to the standard 2-year, autorenewing contract.
A ¥3,150 activation fee applies. When ordering, choose one each of the following:
- Voice Plan
- S: ¥1,290 for 32.5 min (¥21/30s additional)
- M: ¥2,290 for 75 min (¥18.9/30s additional)
- L: ¥3,710 for ~357 min (¥14.7/30s additional)
- Data Plan
- U200: ¥1,690 (200 kbps)
- 2GB Flat Rate: ¥2,990 (best effort)
- SIM size
Trying to load a complex website with the U200 would probably be difficult. It is likely that some bits of the page will timeout while waiting for a connection to be established. The stuff that does come down will do so rather slowly.
The 2GB Flat Rate on the other hand is equivalent to the 1 GB Flat Rate and the 1 GB Visitor SIMs in terms of speed, so again, don't expect a blazing fast internet, but it should work well for everyday usage.
See here for a comparison of all the available data plans.
|Voice Plan S||Voice Plan M||Voice Plan L|
|U200 Data Plan (200 kbps)||¥1,690||¥2,980||¥3,980||¥5,400|
|2GB Flat Rate Data Plan||¥2,990||¥4,280||¥5,280||¥6,700|
Payment is by credit card and but no subsequent address verification is required. Japanese law prohibits non-residents from contracting mobile voice service.