This is posted from my n900 via bmobile / docomo FOMA network. Yes, this is the very same n900 that I bought in Australia. No softbank bullshit. 🙂
Deal & pricing
- data-only: no sms or phone calls. which sucks. but at least i can do skype IM, browse facebook, upload photo to facebook, sync my calendar and so on. It’s not bad in that regard. The speed is capped at 300kbps up&down and you can’t do streaming. This mans you can’t do skype call either.
- pricing: http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/sim/charge_plan.html
- purchase: Note that for the 1 month prepaid SIM, you need to order online from here. The 6-monthly ones, you can get from BIC CAMERA (see below)
- continuation: I don’t really know how to ‘extend’ it, I would imagine since this is a data only sim, just buying another one won’t be a biggie.
How to get the 6-month B-Mobile SIM from BIC CAMERA
Bic Camera is a mega electronic store – their sign looked like this, they are easy to find.
Just rock in there and say you want B-mobile Sim card. They don’t ask for any gaijin card or anything like that.
You can ask “BI-MOBAIRU SIIMU CAADO ARUKA ?” – Or if you want to be less adventurous, simply go to this page and print it out, then bring it to the shop.
They will give you this booklet, with a bunch of information in japanese and within it is a card (within the card is the SIM card). Take the card out, turn it around, behind you should see 2 set of number. The first one is the number to call, the 2nd one, is your number.
Call the first number, choose english, follow the prompt, and activate the SIM card. You’ll need the 2nd number, which is your mobile number to activate it. Activation takes about 10-15 minute.
Then, pop in your SIM card into the trusty n900.
“SIM Card Registration Failed”
Unfortunately it won’t work just yet. But fear not – if you see this msg, open the XTerminal, elevate to root (sudo gainroot) and then type in the following cmd (credit to @tesuri for figuring this out ):
dbus-send –system –type=method_call –print-reply –dest=com.nokia.phone.net “/com/nokia/csd/gprs” org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties.Set string:com.nokia.csd.GPRS string:AttachMode variant:string:WhenAvaiable
Then, let’s set the APN
For quick reference, here it is. But check with the latest one here in case it changes: http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/sim/setting.html
Once done, reboot the phone. And you should be in 🙂
Good luck and have fun.