Thursday, November 8, 2012

B-Mobile visitor SIM airport pickup

JCI's new Airport pickup Service allows Visitor SIMs to received directly from an airport post office. For an additional ¥210 a SIM card can be sent to New Chitose, Narita, Haneda, Chubu, Kansai, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, and Naha International Airports. This appears to use Japan Post's Yubinkyoku-dome(郵便局留め)service. A passport is all that is needed for pickup.

A word of warning: Confirm that your flight is scheduled to land during the post office's operating hours! If you flight is delayed or your other wise don't have tim to pick up the SIM before it closes, the package cannot be redirected to your hotel. You'll have to go back and pick it up the following day, which can be quite expensive and time consuming, depending on how far away the airport is located.

This is something that JCI should have done from the beginning. There was originally no differentiation between the standard U300 and Visitor SIMs, other than of course the English support. After prices were increased for the Visitor SIMs, no additional value was added. Airport pickup service now gives people more of a reason to purchase a Visitor SIM.

The extra fee for airport pick up is a bit dubious, though, because the post office doesn't charge any extra for Yubinkyoku-dome.


  1. You'd think they would just set up a sales booth at Narita etc. Sell directly to people stepping off the plane, looking for a simple SIM card to put in their phones....

  2. Logical things that 'make sense' do not exist in the land of rip-off (Japan) Love the country HATE its systems!!