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Cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones that can be used without credit cards in Japan

Cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones that can be used without credit cards in Japan

Cheap SIM card is a general term that can make a phone call and use mobile communication with cheap price, compare to Japanese major mobile phone operators. You can use cheap SIM cards with unlocked mobile phones or mobile phones from your country. (*Notice:mobile phones which is not from Japan may not be able to use in some case, therefore you should check the list of mobile terminals that have done application test)

And, low-cost smartphone indicates a set of cheap SIM card and smartphone.

Cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones do not have the penalties to break tne 2years contract, and the contract term is shorter than major mobile phone operators. Also, you can use a smartphone with cheap price, like 2,000yen per month, so you can cut phone expenses. We highly recommend to use cheap SIM cards or low-cost smartphones, especially those who come to Japan for working holiday or studying abroad and stay less than 2years. And, you can get your cheap SIM cards and low-cost smart phones by ordering by internet. But, most of cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones need credit cards with paying expenses, so some people cannot use them.

In that case, you can use cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones which correspond account transfer. People who do not have credit cards should use them and you can spend your time more comfortable and happier.

In this article, we introduce some cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones that can be used without credit cards. Please check this page till the end and get the best cheap SIM card or low-cost smartphone!

Cheap SIM cards that can be used without credit cards

There is a cheap SIM card for foreigners staying in Japan which is provided by Mobal from the UK. In addition to paying by credit card, Mobal's cheap SIM supports Paypal and Alipay. You can receive the SIM at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Kansai Airport, Fukuoka Airport, Chubu International Airport, Sendai Airport, as well as delivery to USA, UK, France, Germany, South Korea, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. There are four types of monthly payment plans that depend on data capacity. For example, “Voice + Text (SMS) plan”, “7GB plan”, “10GB plan”, and “15GB plan”. Also, they offer five types of prepaid SIM cards according to the period of use. For example, you can choose “2 months”, “3 months”, “6 months”, “12 months”, “24 months”. If you choose the monthly payment plan, you can cancel anytime after using a month. Besides, after you stop using, you can maintain your phone number for a year without paying additional fees. Therefore, you can use a cheap SIM with the same number if you visit Japan again. Remember that you have to apply to use the service. ( *you can maintain your phone number more than 12 months in a row for an annual fee of ¥2,400. ) Hence, this cheap SIM card is one of the best recommended for foreigners who have a short stay in Japan, such as short-term study abroad in Japan, working holidays, and business trips.

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Cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphone which can use account transfer

Notice with using cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphone which enable to use account transfer

How to Apply for Account Transfer

Some cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones accept the application for account transfer on the Internet, and some of them accept application only by phone call. Those who does not have confidence in talking in Japanese, should use the operator that can be applied on the Internet.

People need to wait for getting a cheap SIM card

Most of cheap SIM cards operators send SIM card after accepting documents for account transfer therefore you have to wait for some time to get a SIM card. In case you need it in hurry, you should choose the one that you can apply for account transfer on the Internet.

In some case, you cannot contract data+voice call SIM card or buy a set of low-cost smartphone without credit card

There are three type of cheap SIM cards: "data-only","data+SMS"and "data+voice call". Most of data-only SIM cards are enable to use account transfer, but some data+SMS or a set of cheap SIM card and smartphone do not correspond account transfer.

In some case, you need to pay transfer fee to use account transfer

When you use account transfer for paying expenses, you need to pay transfer fee in some case. Transfer fee costs about 108yen or 216yen in usual but the charge is different depends on operator. People who want to use SIM cards or smartphone should choose the one that transfer fee is free.

Recommended cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones that can use account transfer

Their data-only SIM cards can be paid by account transfer. (*NOTICE:The service will be applied only if you contract newly. Also, if you want data+voice call SIM cards or low-cost smartphones, you need credit cards.) You can apply account transfer from BIGLOBE website and they will send you a document. Afeter you receive it, you have to fill out the form and return it in 10 days by mail*. The setting of account transfer will be completed in 7 to 10 days. BIGLOBE provides option service, names"Entertainment Free Option", and it does not charge data for following services: YouTube, Google Play Music, Apple Music, LINE MUSIC, Facebook Messenger and Abema TV. Terefore, BIGLOBE is one of the most recommended operator for those who love to enjoy the music or videos.
*If you already using account transfer for another payment for BIGLOBE, you do not need to apply.
*BIGLOBE Mobile temporarily terminated the sales of the set of cell phone and SIM card. It will be restarted in November 1st.

Feature
  • Account transfer costs 220yen every month
  • Those who use BIGLOBE optical fiber or ADSL Basic Course, charge will be discounted 200yen every month
  • The first month's fee is free
  • "Entertainment Free Option" will not charge data for YouTube or Apple Music so you can enjoy them as much as you want. (*only for plans which is more than 3GB)
  • You can apply for account transfer on the Internet

*You have to fill out the document and return it by 10days

Data-only plan
  • 3GB Plan : 990yen
  • 6GB Plan : 1,595yen
  • 12GB Plan : 2,970yen
  • 20GB Plan : 4,950yen
  • 30GB Plan : 7,425yen
Data+Voice call plan
  • 1GB Plan : 1,540yen
  • 3GB Plan : 1,760yen
  • 6GB Plan : 2,365yen
  • 12GB Plan : 3,740yen
  • 20GB Plan : 5,720yen
  • 30GB Plan : 8,195yen
Initial Cost
  • Initial work fee : 3,300yen
  • SIM card preparation fee : 433yen
Minimum usage period
  • Data-only Plan : Free
  • Data+Voice Call Plan : More than 12months (*Usage start month is counted as first month)
Option service
  • Entertainment Free Option : Data-only plan is 528yen per month/Data+Voice call plan is 1,078yen per month (*only for plans which is more than 3GB)
  • Free voice call for 3minutes : 662yen per month
  • Phone call pack60 : 662yen per month
  • Answerphone : 319yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
  • Call-waiting service : 220yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
Campaign The monthly payments for six months are discounted 1,200 yen by applying and using a data+call SIM card (more than 3GB). In addition to applying and using the Entertainment Free Option at the same time, the monthly payments for six months are free.
*Those who have applied the Entertainment Free Option and the Security Set Premium in the past are excluded.
*Until March 31st, 2020 in 23:59 (JST)

*NOTICE: the information is based on February 2020, the details may be changed.

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Most of cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones costs tranfer fee 110yen to 220yen, but UQ Mobile do not charge it. Also, both data-only SIM cards and data+voice call SIM cards are enable to use account transfer. You have to remind that they need 1 or 2 months to complete setting account transfer so that you have to use convenience store payment untill the setting end. If you want to pay for low-cost smartphone, you can also use cash-on-delivery. (*NOTICE: you have to pay COD fee) UQ Mobile has been awarded by the best high-speed signaling cheap SIM card two times in a research instituted by third-party organisation. And, they have an excellent reputation for high quality and signaling rate. We recommend this cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones especially for those who want to be particular about the signaling speed and quality of communication line.

Feature
  • Account transfer fee is free
  • High quality and stable signaling rate
  • You can pay phone expences by cash-on-delivery (*NOTICE: you have to pay COD fee)

(*NOTICE: After application, you have to fill in the document and send it by mail)

Data-only plan
  • High-Speed Data Plan(3GB) : 1,078yen
  • Unlimited Data Plan : 2,178yen
Data+Free voice call
  • Plan S(3GB) : 2,178yen
  • Plan M(9GB): 3,278yen
  • Plan L(14GB) : 4,378yen
Initial Cost SIM package fee : 3,300yen
Minimum usage period Free
Option service Answerphone : 410yen per month
(*only for data+voice call plan)

*NOTICE: the information is based on February 2020, the details may be changed.

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Both data-only SIM cards and data+voice call SIM cards can be paid by account transfer in OCN Mobile ONE. You cannot choose account tranfer in the website so you have to call customer center (0120-506-506, open at 10am-7pm on weekday) to ask sending a document for account transfer after applying cheap SIM card or low-cost smartphone via Internet. You can use account transfer by filling out the form and return it by mail. Before completing account transfer setting, you have to pay charge at convenience store. Also, OCN Mobile ONE provides special SIM card, which count data communication on daily so this operator is recommended especially for who use data communication stable.

Feature
  • Account transfer fee is free
  • You can use Yucho Bank for account transfer
  • Data+Voice plan's minimum usage period is half a year, which is shorter than the other
  • You can use OCN Mobile ONE Wi-Fi Spot, which is located around 82,000points in Japan
  • You can use "MUSIC Count Free" service, which unlimited the data use of LINE MUSIC, Google Play Music, amazon music, and so on, without any extra fee.
  • You can change the plan from OCN my page once a month
Data-only plan
  • 110MB/day Plan : 990yen
  • 170MB/day Plan : 1,518yen
  • 3GB/month Plan : 1,210yen
  • 6GB/month Plan : 1,595en
  • 10GB/month Plan : 2,530yen
  • 20GB/month Plan : 4,565yen
  • 30GB/month Plan : 6,655yen
Data+Voice call plan
  • 110MB/day Plan : 1,760yen
  • 170MB/day Plan : 2,288yen
  • 3GB/month Plan : 1,980yen
  • 6GB/month Plan : 2,365yen
  • 10GB/month Plan : 3,300yen
  • 20GB/month Plan : 5,335yen
  • 30GB/month Plan : 7,425yen
Initial Cost
  • Initial work fee : 3,300yen
  • SIM card preparation fee : 433yen
Minimum usage period
  • Data-only Plan:Free
  • Data+Voice Call Plan:More than 6months (*Usage start month is counted as first month)
Option service
  • 10min of Free Call Plan : 935yen per month
  • Top3 Unlimited Calling : 935yen per month
  • Answerphone : 330yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
  • Call-waiting service : 220yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)

*NOTICE: the information is based on February 2020, the details may be changed.

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Cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones that can be used without credit cards

Cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones that can be used without credit cards

You can pay charge for LINE Mobile by credit cards, LINE Pay and LINE Pay cards, so people who do not have credit card which published in Japan also can use cheap SIM cards and low-cost smartphones. Left datas can be transfered to next month or given to friends who also use LINE Mobile. You can get point return 1% of monthly payment every month and points can be used for buying LINE stamps. "SNS Music Data Free Plan" does not charge for use of LINE, Instagram, Facebook, LINE Music, Twitter and so on therefore it is good for those who use SNS usually.

Feature
  • You can pay the charge by credit card, LINE Pay and LINE Pay Card
  • LINE, Instagram, Facebook, LINE MUSIC and Twitter does not charge the date with using "Communication Free Plan"
  • You can get point return 1% of monthly payment
Data + SMS SIMs Monthly Plan
  • LINE Data Free Plan(500MB):¥660
  • LINE Data Free Plan(3GB):¥1,078
  • LINE Data Free Plan(6GB):¥1,870
  • LINE Data Free Plan(12GB):¥2,970
  • SNS Data Free Plan(3GB):¥1,386
  • SNS Data Free Plan(6GB):¥2,178
  • SNS Data Free Plan(12GB):¥3,278
  • SNS Music Data Free Plan(3GB):¥1,606
  • SNS Music Data Free Plan(6GB):¥2,398
  • SNS Music Data Free Plan(12GB):¥3,498
Data + Voice Call SIMs Monthly Plan
  • LINE Data Free Plan(500MB):¥1,210
  • LINE Data Free Plan(3GB):¥1,628
  • LINE Data Free Plan(6GB):¥2,420
  • LINE Data Free Plan(12GB):¥3,520
  • SNS Data Free Plan(3GB):¥1,936
  • SNS Data Free Plan(6GB):¥2,728
  • SNS Data Free Plan(12GB):¥3,828
  • SNS Music Data Free Plan(3GB):¥2,156
  • SNS Music Data Free Plan(6GB):¥2,948
  • SNS Music Data Free Plan(12GB):¥4,048
Initial Cost
  • Initial work fee : ¥3,300
  • SIM card preparation fee : ¥440
Minimum usage period
  • Data-only Plan : Free
  • Data+Voice Call Plan : Free
Cancellation Penalty Fee ¥1,000
Option service
  • You can buy additional data : 0.5GB/550yen, 1GB/1,100yen (*Additional data's usage period is the last day of next month)
  • Answerphone : 330yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
  • Interrupt Calling : 220yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
  • Free 10 min call for anyone, any number of time Plan : 968yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
Campaign
  • Apply for data+voice call SIM card (more than 3GB) for first time and start to use LINE Mobile, the first month's fee is free and the second month's fee is discounted 1,480yen. (*If you apply for LINE Data Free Plan, you can not get discounts.)

*NOTICE: the information is based on February 2020, the details may be changed.

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All of plans can be paid by credit card, account transfer, Rakuten Super Point and debit card*. But you have to remind if you choose account transfer, you have to pay low-cost smartphone's charge by cash-on-delivery or Rakuten Super Point so you have to pay phone expences by two way every month. Please be careful of Rakuten Super Point maximum payment is 30,000yen. Rakuten Mobile accepts all services request via Internet, like applying cheap SIM cards or low-cost smartphones, and request account transfer, so it is easy to use.
*Only Rakuten Bank Debit Card or Suruga Bank Debit Card

Feature
  • Account transfer fee costs 110yen every month
  • The charge is cheaper than other
  • They provide large capacity SIM cards in cheap price
  • You can appky for account transfer on the Internet. There is no need to fill out the document and return it by mail
  • You can get 1point per paying 100yen as monthly payment
Data+Voice call plan
  • Basic Plan (unlimited data, communication rate is 200Kbps) : 578yen
  • 3.1GB Plan : 990yen
  • 5GB Plan : 1,595en
  • 10GB Plan : 2,486yen
  • 20GB Plan : 4,455yen
  • 30GB Plan : 5,995yen
Data+Voice call plan
  • Basic Plan (unlimited data, communication rate is 200Kbps) : 1,375yen
  • 3.1GB Plan : 1,760yen
  • 5GB Plan : 2,365yen
  • 10GB Plan : 3,256yen
  • 20GB Plan : 5,225yen
  • 30GB Plan : 6,765yen
Initial Cost 3,300yen
Minimum usage period Free
Option service
  • 10min of Free Call Plan : 935yen per month
  • Answerphone : 330yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
  • Call-waiting service : 220yen per month (*only for Data+Voice call plan)
Campaign
  • The charge for using low-cost smartphone will be free for the first month! Also, you can get double points for using Rakuten Ichiba during use of Rakuten Mobile
  • If you newly apply to Rakuten Mobile, these option services: Rakuten Mobile WiFi by E:CONECT, mobile security for Android, data recovery, would be provided by free for a maximum of two months. ( *Those who have applied Rakuten Mobile before are ineligible for this campaign. )

*NOTICE: the information is based on February 2020, the details may be changed.

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Rakuten Card is the best Japanese credit card for foreigners: this is the easiest card to pass the examination including foreigners, and annual fees and registration fees are free. You can get Rakuten Point return 4% of payment by using card at Rakuten Ichiba. The points can be used at Rakuten Ichiba for shopping or Rakuten Mobile expences. (*1point = 1yen) This is the best recommended credit card for who buy something at Rakuten Ichiba, who use Rakuten Mobile, and who never passed credit card examination. You should check that you can apply Rakuten card via Internet and can get 5,000 points by using card.

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