Review of Japan Wireless Pocket Wifi

Review of Japan Wireless Pocket Wifi

Hire period: October 14th to November 11th, 2019

Of the numerous internet access options when in Japan, I opted for a pocket Wifi rental from Japan Wireless. This was due mostly to favourable reviews, and a discount code offered on the Pretraveller Travel Blog. The creators of the blog also have a Facebook group called Japan Travel Planning, which I highly recommend you check out (as well as their blog) as some of the tips you see can be really handy.

Before I left Australia I had ordered and paid for the rental. I emailed Japan Wireless to confirm the cost, with the discount code applied, for 29 days. The ordering process online was straightforward and fine for English speakers.

I opted for the pocket Wifi to be sent to my hotel so it would be ready for me when checking in. It was delivered without a problem and so I was able to start using it right away.

The envelope with my order contained the following:

  • a zip pouch to hold everything
  • the pocket Wifi device (with a sticker on the reverse with the important connection information)
  • a battery charger
  • plug
  • cable for charging (USB)
  • white elastic band
  • instructions leaflet
  • a return envelope for me to post everything back on the last day of hire

 

It was very easy to set everything up and we had two devices connected to the pocket Wifi, with capacity for ten devices.

I never needed to use the portable charger. Even with a full day out at Disney, where we were using the pocket Wifi from 08:00 to 22:30, the pocket Wifi battery was on 40%. Eventually I stopped taking it with me during the day.

I rarely had service dropouts. Now and then during our stay in Akita our signal would drop out, but never for longer than a few minutes.

I received a reminder email from Japan Wireless the day before our end date.

To return everything, the instructions said to lay everything as flat as possible in the return envelope. And that was all there was to it– I sealed the return envelope and posted it from a Narita airport postbox.

For 29 days of hire with the Pretraveller discount code applied, I paid 12440 yen (about $168AUD). So about five bucks a day.

 

I would absolutely use Japan Wireless again for another trip.

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