NTT Docomo does not support int'l text.
underestimate the power & change Japanbases.com members can have."
DoCoMo is a division of NTT & is one of the major providers in Japan for mobile services.
There is also AU & Softbank. Softbank currently holds the contract for iPhone and has a booth available at the Navy Exchange in Yokosuka if you need a new contract. I believe you are able to get them practically free if you sign a two year contract.
DoCoMo has been my service provider since 1993 and I have no reason to switch. They are; however, one of the more expensive service providers. Their phones are usually more expensive, but I have been with them long enough my contract is quite cheap. I can't speak as to how good/bad AU or Softbank are so I'll leave that one open to one of their subscribers.
There are other providers out there, but those three are the major players in our region. (Yokosuka)
Posted By navybabe on 19 Jan 2010 10:46 PM
@Wilson, Alot of good info here. Thanks. Do you know if they have "pay as you go" phones? I really don't want to get locked into a contract. Since I will be reporting to a ship there and we are almost always gone, there's no sense in keeping an active phone if I am always deployed somewhere other than Japan. Thanks
Posted By mirdreams on 07-02-2012 11:04 AM
I know this is an old thread but I thought I'd add that if you get Google Voice before you leave the US, and then have an Android phone in Japan, you can make and receive SMS from US cells with Google Voice App on your cell for free. We plan to actually migrate our US cell numbers to Google Voice so people will text us as normal and we'll get them right on our new phones over there. Of course if you do this you may want to add an app that automatically turns your text notifications sounds off while you'd be sleeping given the time change.