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GTN MOBILE: A Japanese Mobile Phone Service With Multilingual Support

GTN MOBILE: A Japanese Mobile Phone Service With Multilingual Support

Translated by MATCHA_En

Written by MATCHA

2020.07.09 Bookmark

GTN MOBILE is a mobile phone provider recommended for foreign residents in Japan. It offers a range of plans and prices for every budget, in addition to reliable English and multilingual support. This article covers the advantages of GTN MOBILE, the points to keep in mind, and available plans.

GTN MOBILE - Cell Phone Service Provider Ideal for Foreign Residents in Japan


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GTN MOBILE is a company offering mobile services for foreign residents in Japan with SIM cards usable in Japan. GTN MOBILE makes it possible to use your mobile phone (*1) in Japan for communication and the Internet by simply changing the SIM card.

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Many mobile phone companies in Japan only offer guidance in Japanese, and the paperwork and contracts are Japanese, too. For those who have just arrived in Japan and couldn't speak the language very well, signing up for mobile phone service can be a very challenging task.

GTN MOBILE, however, has support available in several foreign languages, including English. Offering a wide range of plans for both short-term and long-term residents, they have received high ratings from many users.

In this article, we explain the advantages of using GTN MOBILE and everything you should know if you're considering using their services. At the end of the article, you'll find an exclusive discount for MATCHA readers!

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*If your device is unlocked and/or has a technological compatibility mark, you'll be able to use it in Japan without any problems.

Table of Contents

1. The Advantages of Using GTN MOBILE

The Advantages of Using GTN MOBILE

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There are seven advantages of using GTN MOBILE.

1. It's Easy to Pass the Screening Process

When subscribing to the services of a Japanese mobile phone company, you can't just sign the contract right away. Regardless of whether you are Japanese or a foreign resident in Japan, all applicants undergo a screening process.

Some mobile phone companies require a residency visa of two years or more and have a difficult screening process that makes it hard for foreign residents. With GTN MOBILE, however, the screening is easy to pass for individuals of different nationalities and it's simple for everyone to apply.

2. Support in 6 Languages! No Need to Speak Japanese

The GTN MOBILE website is available in six languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Nepali. This means that you can sign up for a mobile phone contract even if you don't speak or read Japanese.


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GTN MOBILE has multilingual employees ready to assist you. Use the chat window on their website or call directly via phone to inquire in any of the six languages mentioned above. Users can get the full assistance and service needed to feel comfortable and supported before, during, or after your phone contract.

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3. Same-Day Delivery Available! Book Online and Use Your Phone Right After Landing in Japan

At GTN MOBILE, you can apply online for an IC card or SIM card needed for mobile phone services. All the procedures, from screening to card delivery, can be completed in a single day! In other words, you won't have to wait long to receive your SIM card and get connected.

You can book with GTN MOBILE online, anytime up to two weeks before your scheduled arrival in Japan. You need your passport to get signed up, so make sure to apply once you know your date of arrival in Japan!

4. Pay at the Convenience Store! No Need for a Japanese Bank Account or Credit Cards


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If you've just arrived in Japan and don't have a bank account yet--don't worry. You can pay your GTN MOBILE bills at a convenience store. There is no need to rush to set up a Japanese account or credit card before signing your contract and getting your phone connected.

5. No Required Minimum Length for Your Contract!

The major Japanese mobile phone companies usually require a two-year contract, which means that if you cancel before the two years finish, you will be charged a cancellation fee. Contracts without this requirement will have a more expensive base fee.

GTN MOBILE does not have any length requirements for contracts. You will not be charged an extra fee when you cancel your contract. No minimum contract length is a distinct advantage of using GTN MOBILE as your mobile phone carrier in Japan.

6. Connect to a High-Quality Telecommunications Network

GTN MOBILE uses a network of the same quality as Y!mobile, an affiliate of SoftBank, one of Japan's leading telecommunications companies. Users can benefit from this quality network while paying for a low-price SIM card.

The Y!mobile broadband network is used by many people in Japan, and is available countrywide at a stable transmission speed. You'll be able to make voice calls and use the Internet in comfort.

7. 10 Minutes of Free Domestic Calls


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Voice calls on domestic mobile phone networks cost around 25 yen per 30 seconds. GTN MOBILE offers its users 10 minutes of voice calls for free every month, giving users who anticipate making phone calls significant savings monthly.

* After you've reached the limit of 10 minutes, your voice calls will be charged with 25 yen/30 seconds.
* This offer is available only for the plans that include voice calls. The Internet-only plans do not include this option.

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2. Points to Keep in Mind about GTN MOBILE

GTN MOBILE offers many advantages, but there are some things to consider before signing up for their services.

Other Companies Offer Cheaper Plans

In terms of service fees, other mobile carriers offer less expensive plans. However, please note that most companies may not offer multilingual support, the screening process may be difficult to pass, and they may have a contract cancellation fee. If you still want to find a cheaper plan, however, be sure to take a look at the offers of other mobile phone companies.

Discounted Rates Available for the First 3 Months

The PREMIUM NEXT plan from GTN MOBILE below includes a discount during the first three months of subscription. Standard fees are applied to start in your fourth month, which means that your mobile phone bill will slightly increase.

Inquire to Check the Remaining Data Capacity You Can Use

Each GTN MOBILE subscription plan has a fixed amount of data you can use each month. If you want to know how much data capacity you have left, you'll need to contact GTN MOBILE. Please note that if you use up all of your monthly data capacity, your data transmission speed will be restricted.

If you use up all of your data capacity, you can add 1 GB for 1,000 yen. For details, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the GTN MOBILE website.

3. GTN MOBILE - Available Plans

GTN MOBILE has four main plans. We introduce their features below.

PREMIUM NEXT (Voice Calls + Internet)

Data Amount Basic Fee The First 3 Months
3 GB 2,280 yen 1,680 yen
5 GB 2,580 yen 1,980 yen
7 GB 2,980 yen 2,380 yen
10 GB 3,480 yen 2,880 yen
14 GB 4,180 yen 3,580 yen
21 GB 5,480 yen 4,880 yen

* Includes 10 minutes of free calls.
* To apply, you need a residence card with a validity of at least 90 days and your passport or student ID card.

Recommended for:
- Mid- to long-term residents who make phone calls
- Foreign students working part-time or looking for a job.
- Holders of a working visa who use their phone for work, etc.

PREMIUM DATA (Internet only)

Data Amount Basic Fee
3 GB 980 yen
5 GB 1,480 yen
7 GB 1,980 yen
10 GB 2,480 yen

*You only need your passport to apply.

Recommended for:
- Mid- to long-term residents who do not make phone calls.
- Those who want to keep costs as low as possible.
- Those in Japan's Technical Intern Training Program, professionals who use company cell phones.


Data Amount Duration Basic Fee Extensions (every 30 days)
2 GB 15 days 5,000 yen 3,500 yen
2 GB 30 days 6,500 yen 3,500 yen
6 GB 15 days 7,000 yen 4,000 yen
6 GB 30 days 7,000 yen 4,000 yen

* Includes 10 minutes of free calls.
* Includes 300 yen worth of free SMS text messages.
* A passport is required to apply.

Recommended for:
- Short-term visitors and tourists.
- Anyone who needs a phone number while in Japan.
- Those staying for business in Japan for less than three months.


Data Amount Duration Basic Fee Extensions (every 30 days)
3 GB 3 months 5,500 yen 1,000 yen
5 GB 3 months 7,000 yen 1,500 yen
7 GB 3 months 8,000 yen 2,000 yen
10 GB 3 months 9,500 yen 2,500 yen

* You can send and receive SMS text messages for a separate charge.
* A passport is required to apply for this plan.

Recommended for:
- Short-term visitors and tourists.
- Those who don't need a phone number while in Japan.
- Those who plan to return to their home countries within six months.
- Short-term exchange students staying for longer than one month.
- Exchange students living in a shared house or dormitory.

4. For MATCHA Readers! Receive a 1,000 Yen Amazon Gift Certificate


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If you sign up for GTN MOBILE using the MATCHA coupon below, you'll receive an Amazon gift certificate worth 1,000 yen! Connect your cell phone to GTN and start your life in Japan saving money.

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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