World-first vending machines enable prepaid mobile service in as fast as two minutes
TOKYO, Japan – March 27, 2015 – NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) Group, announced today that it has begun operating vending machines to sell “Prepaid SIM for Japan” (Prepaid SIM) cards for short-term business travelers and tourists in two locations in Japan-AQUA CITY ODAIBA and New Kansai International Airport-starting today. The world’s first such vending machines enable customers to begin using prepaid mobile service in as fast as two minutes after purchasing the sim card.
After purchase, the user simply registers their information such as name and birthday via a touch panel or a passport scanner to begin accessing the Internet immediately. Instructions are provided in English and Chinese, as well as Japanese. Payment is via credit card, so there is no need to prepare Japanese yen cash.
NTT Com’s Prepaid SIM cards are already available via retailers at airports, electronic stores and travel agencies. A record 13 million tourists visited Japan in 2014 and more are expected this year, so NTT Com intends to continue expanding the retail outlets for its Prepaid SIM.
Overview of Vending Machine
|Vending Machine Locations||AQUA CITY ODAIBA
By 3rd fl. information counter at this shopping complex (1-7-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) near Tokyo Teleport Station
New Kansai International Airport
|Products & Costs||
|Accepted Credit Cards||VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express and Diners Club|
Examples of Touch Panel Screens
Overview of Prepaid SIM for Japan
|Plan||7-day plan||14-day plan|
|Max. data||100 Mb/day||100 Mb/day|
|Max. speed||Download:150 Mbps; Upload 50Mbps|
|Max. speed after
|200 Kbps (until midnight of that day)|
|Service extension||Neither plan can be extended|
|SIM card sizes||Regular, Micro and Nano|
|Service area||Japan (nationwide)|
Purchase includes instructions on how to apply for the no-charge Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi service provided by NTT Broadband Platform Inc. at some 95,000 locations, including airports, train stations, commercial facilities, convenience stores, etc. (www.ntt-bp.net/jcfw/en.html).
For service details, http://s.ocn.jp/pre1e
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and 130 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.
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