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JAL and NTT East to provide tourists to Japan with free Wi-Fi service

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Japan Airlines (JAL) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corp (NTT East) will provide free Wi-Fi service to tourists visiting Japan. Free ID and password for connecting to NTT East's Free Wi-Fi (public wireless LAN) service can be obtained on JAL overseas website (www.jal.com) from late June.

Around 50% of international tourists to Japan wish to use free Wi-Fi. In response, free public wireless LAN environment has been developed in many areas such as airports, railway stations, and convenience stores etc. To introduce more convenient services to tourists visiting Japan, JAL said it would cooperate with NTT East, which has "Hikari Station" hotspots located at more than 46,000 shops and facilities in the eastern Japan, to enable tourists to use free Wi-Fi service during short visits to Japan.

Foreign visitors purchasing ticket of JAL flights to Japan will be eligible to apply for free ID and password on JAL overseas website. With the ID and password, users can enjoy free Wi-Fi service at a wide range of NTT East's Wi-Fi hotspots for 14 days.

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If they have to purchase a JAL ticket to get it, then it's not "free."

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If they have to purchase a JAL ticket to get it, then it's not "free."

Then it wouldn't be free in any case because you have to buy a ticket to go to Japan.

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Then it wouldn't be free in any case because you have to buy a ticket to go to Japan.

and you have to go home again after the free use of the wifi if they purchase a JAL ticket

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I picked up a couple at a currency exchange kiosk in Akiba for friends visiting Japan and they didn't even ask me for a passport. So I'd say that's free, no?

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Ah yes, free wifi, a hackers dream

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If they have to purchase a JAL ticket to get it, then it's not "free."

I believe this is the same wifi service, and according to this article, there's no JAL purchase necessary: http://en.japantravel.com/view/free-2-weeks-of-wifi-for-tourists

Around 50% of international tourists to Japan wish to use free Wi-Fi.

Really? And the other 50% want to pay for it?

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Yes as JeffLee mentioned, this is not free... in fact its quite expensive considering JAL is not a discount airline... A wise traveler on a budget would do much better by traveling via a discount airline and simply picking up a wireless router from the Airport, list here www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/service/list/svc_19.html some offer both cell phones and wifi routers so have a browse. This solution is much better than these "free" wifi services as most likely than not you wont be in range of a free spot which are very limited... with a wifi router you will be connected as long as you are in range of the mobile network.

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you could try a b-mobile repaid sim or something if you have someone to help activate it.

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@chinpira

Thanks for the information.

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