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Mifi Dongle


I'm planning to go to Japan for two weeks (also visiting Osaka for a few days). I'm starting to travel more and was wondering what type of MiFi dongle works in Japan. I was looking at preferably 4G.

I understand that you can rent one before you arrive but with my own MiFi dongle I can then just rent a data sim in each country.

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Above link answers absolutely nothing.

Dongles purchased outside of the country you intend to use are prone to firmware issues, even though the specs say they are compatible. Please have a back up plan, or look for experience of others who have used the exact same model purchased in the same geographic region.

Not to mention Japan and UK have slight different LTE bands.

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I understand you would like to rent a data sim card, right? So your mifi must be support UMTS 1700 / LTE 1800 or UMTS 2100 / UMTS 800 / UMTS 1700 / LTE 2100 / LTE 1500 / LTE 800.

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Woops, I used to write that LTE systems are not compatible world -wide. I did not even know Europe and Britain already have compatible LTE systems. Dave linked TA page is definitely my eye opener.

Three companies; So-net, OCN-Mobile one and bmobile are leasing and even sell Sim for NTT Docomo LTE, which frequency allocation is Band 1(2100MHz), Band 19 (800MHz), Band 21 (1500MHz), and Band 3 (1800MHz, limited to the Toumeihan area). I am not sure if you people have what exactly the system compatible since information is limited. I have located that European and British system has 800MHz spectrum with compatible technology. However, I do not know if your dongle is enclosed in the following bmobile list.


Many of them seems phones with LTE data. So-Net, used to be a Sony company indicate that the following hardware wound not work:

BlackBerry, Taiwan HTC and HTC butterfly, and HTC One, Hong Kong HTC, and HTC butterfly, and HTC One.

So this is not straight forward. Have a good luck.

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