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Revised law aimed at mobile phone fee cut in Japan comes into effect

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People who dont understand contracts (both foreign, and Japanese) will be happy about this.

For others, it just means handset costs are going to go up, a lot. There were already provisions in place to have your discounted handset unlocked, for free in most cases.

Due to the increased handset prices, even with discounts on monthly fees the total out of pocket expenses will stay the same for most people; and go up for those who were able to use the current system to their advantage.

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For others, it just means handset costs are going to go up, a lot.

That's exactly what I was wondering. I guess it won't make that much of a difference..

The three major carriers have announced plans to comply with the new rules, which will also require them to cut cancellation fees for users who quit in the middle of a two-year contract by 90 percent to 1,000 yen or less from the current 9,500 yen.

THIS I am very happy about though..

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From a global perspective, Japan's mobile fees are relatively high. It costs about 7,000 yen a month to use 20 gigabytes in Tokyo

Not relatively. Shamefully high! I pay more than 8,000 yen with Softbank for 5 GB and I don't even know why. I don't even get visual voicemail (I am stuck with the old archaic voicemail system) or conference call and I pay ¥3 per SMS sent. I get charged ¥20 per 30 seconds all day for voice calling (on top of the ¥980 monthly free). Softbank do propose an unlimited voice calls option but charges an additional ¥1,500/month.

Japan is a shame in the way that it has allowed and actually helped phone carriers literally ripped people off. In Europe, a standard plan for an iPhone with 30 GB, unlimited calls (included in price), visual voicemail, conference call etc will cost around 9 euros. Enough said..... Japan sucks.

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And I don't see any substantial plan from the government in order to stop this massive scam. The NTT Docomo Inc, SoftBank Corp and KDDI Corp agreed with each other to fix the price and keep them high. With no competition really possible since their monopoly is allowed and helped by the government, the Japanese sheep will continue to be milked in a massive scale.

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All new plans are ripping off, and off course Govt will do nothing.

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I think it will only apply to new contracts and not current ones. If its data people want better use one like Sakura Mobile.

I think an acceptable price limit for phone/calls/data would be ¥5,000/month and they would still make good profits.

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require them to cut cancellation fees for users who quit in the middle of a two-year contract by 90 percent to 1,000 yen or less from the current 9,500 yen.

Holy cow! This has always got my goat (even though I've never quit mid-contract.)

The nation's households spent an average of 100,250 yen on mobile fees in 2017, about 3 percent of their overall expenditures,

I switched to Rakuten Mobile and now pay an average of 20,400 yen a year which is about 25% of what I used to pay. Thank God. I really recommend getting on board with one of the discount carriers.

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Not relatively. Shamefully high! I pay more than 8,000 yen with Softbank for 5 GB and I don't even know why. I don't even get visual voicemail (I am stuck with the old archaic voicemail system) or conference call and I pay ¥3 per SMS sent. I get charged ¥20 per 30 seconds all day for voice calling (on top of the ¥980 monthly free). Softbank do propose an unlimited voice calls option but charges an additional ¥1,500/month.

Why are you still even using their services then? MVNO carriers have become popular and mainstream for several years now. I've been a happy user of Mineo since 2016 and I never looked back. Been paying about 1800 yen per month for a phone plan and 3gb of monthly usage. If you don't like your situation then at least do some form of research to improve your situation.

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@Loren ipsum

The reason why I still use SoftBank does not matter here, the point is what they and other carriers are doing. I have looked at offers from MVNO carriers though, what do you think. And I am not impressed at all, they are still too expensive, anything more than 10 GB for the data plan is already silly expensive given the additional cost of voice calls. And with ¥180O for a ridiculous 3 GB data plan and a phone plan, your are not  impressing me.

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And with ¥180O for a ridiculous 3 GB data plan and a phone plan, your are not  impressing me.

Ok man, then I wish you good luck with continuing to pay 8000 for your current plan if that's what you prefer. You also didn't mention anything about mvnos in your original post which is why I brought it up.

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MVNOs are great, and a huge improvement over the old big 3.

I think I pay about 2000 for 2 sims with a shared 3Gb data. But since I mainly use wi-fi, we rarely get over 2Gb data used and the data has rolled over to quite a lot.

I could pay a bit more for 4Gb or 5Gb.

Have they gotten rid of those ridiculous contract cancellation fees yet? I don't mind paying a cancelation fee if I got a free phone and cancel in the first 6 months, but they wanted me to pay 8000 to cancel after 7 years!

(it was only free to cancel in a 2 month period every other year.. which would surely be illegal in many countries).

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Nator, this is because they have auto-renewing contracts here, which is what i think is the real problem. This is why so many people get caught out with that cancellation fee.

Another major bug-bear i have is that rather than cancellation fees, i think it is the JOINING fees which need to be looked at. ALL carriers, including MVNOs still charge 3240 yen for a sim card, plus 3-5000 for joining. On top of that, they usually also want 5000yen or so to let you take your number with you when you switch to another carrier. That there is already more than the 10,000yen cancellation fee (which IMO is actually quite reasonable, since you are BREAKING a contract, which was promising to pay 8000 yen for 2 years).

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