Let me get the record straight, being a data-addict doesn’t necessarily equates as a bad thing because I believe with adequate control over the time spent online vs heading out to meet real people. You also give due respect to those whom you’re hanging out with by giving attention to them and not being stuck with your phone all the time. But here’s some of the tell-tale signs that you can’t live without data/wifi when you’re overseas:
1. Before any trip overseas, you check for local SIM card/Pocket WiFi that is available and *punch fist in the air* when the data plans comes with at least 1-2 GB or even better if it says UNLIMITED!
2. When asked “Where shall we eat?” you often look into the ‘Search Nearby’ via GoogleMaps to decide on what’s good.
3. Social media is your friend; you interact with your friends/followers with back and forth questions/answers, especially on what/where/how to go about places.
Bonus: Last but not least, you CRINGE and CRY whenever you get a notification that you’ve used 80% of your data plan and it’s still a long way more till that reset date!! #storyofmylife
So for my recent trip to Japan, I have to really thank Japan-Wireless (Nope, I’m not paid to say this and props to Ivy for recommending this site to me) for the ease of connectivity throughout my stay in Japan. With the seamless way of getting your wifi unit delivered to your hotel (even before you set foot in the country) and convenient was of returning the unit via a paid postage envelope (one in white).
To also ensure that fear of your device being out of battery, Japan Wireless provides a portable battery charger. I personally didn’t quite needed to use that while I was out because I would on/off my device as and when I need it.
You can say that it’s rather troublesome but I personally find it less distracting on your commute/day which meant that I’d be looking up and out more than down on my mobile. But when I truly needed to use GoogleMaps while getting lost, it’s there for me.
Another appreciative part of what I truly call service is when Japan Wireless would never hesitate to answer your queries and drop you a note upon them receiving your returned unit! At least I know my Pocket Wifi has been safely delivered back to the company.
TIP: There’s a post box at the Narita Airport Terminal 1 (ONE) right at the departure gate which means you can still be connected till the very last minute. No need to ‘bother’ your hotel reception on the returning.
The only time I experienced connectivity that turned slow was during the Halloween night where I presume the whole Osaka was probably logging in and sometimes when I’m underground on the subway/shopping mall. But other than that, it was usually fast and it was more than sufficient for the both of our usage.