Q. Please explain more about
cell phone contracts
A.In order to use a cell phone, you will need to purchase a phone from a company that handles mobile phones and you will need to enter into a phone contract to make calls and other communications. To connect to the Internet you will need to enter into a contract with an Internet provider. Some public facilities also offer free Wifi. Since high-speed lines are in place in Tokyo, you can benefit from high-capacity data communication.
The purchase price of a cell phone can reach several tens of thousands of yen, but it is also possible to pay in monthly instalments (in addition to communications/call charges). Communications/call charges are paid in 1-month units, and you can choose at time of contract whether to pay by credit card, or by direct debit from your bank account.
In order to use the Internet both at home and away from home, you need a contract with an Internet communications provider. Contracts are available via the websites of various companies, as well as over-the-counter at electronics stores. If you want to use the Internet for free, there are plenty of free Wifi environments in Tokyo at public facilities such as cafes and hotels, so you can easily search for a Wifi spot to connect the Internet.