Dear nice people with knowledge of living in Japan,
Greetings from Texas. I will be working in central Japan for 9 months starting in mid March and I have an unlocked iphone 5s that I would like to use in Japan. I would like to get some kind of plan so that I can access a reasonable speed of data while walking and cycling around. I may stay for longer, than 9 months but that will have to be decided later, so I hesitate to sign a 12 month contract.
This Tokyo Cheapo website and the associated youtube channel look really useful. I have read some articles/ seen some video about sim cards and finding wifi spots at convenience stores and the train. I like the idea of the hockey puck sized mobile wifi router but on the video I saw it said they are useful for up to a month.
I am looking for ideas. I have a lap top as well as the iphone I will want to be able to connect to the internet.
I could splurge on a new (unlocked) iphone 7 if that were helpful.
Are there good options for monthly contracts? Right now I am in the USA and have a good deal with Virgin Mobile where there is no annual contract (I pay month to month) and get plenty of talk minutes + "unlimited" data and truly unlimited text messages for a reasonable price.