It seems like I'm terrible at updating huh?
Well I finally got a cellphone!! While it wasn't that bad living without one this whole time, there were some times when I really needed it.
Anyway, the whole experience was really exhausting. I was told that I when you sign a contract for 2 years you get a really big discount on the phone, but because my visa is only for one year, I won't be able to do that and so will have to pay full price.
However they signed me up for a 2 year contract and I don't think I got the big discount.
Also I had to have Yurie with me because otherwise I wouldn't have understood a single thing. The poor girl was exhausted from trying to translate things.
In the end, the whole process took around 3 hours. But because I had to pay with my credit card, the monthly payment was going to come off from my account automatically. I didn't want that because that credit card is for my Israeli bank account. So I had to go to the nearest Docomo shop today.
Initially I was going to go Tuesday morning with Yurie but I really didn't want to bother her again with it. It went smoothly so that was nice. I somehow managed to convey what I wanted.
Also Japan is weird! :( So I get it that they like charging extra money for nothing (I had to pay an extra 3150yen for a contract fee. Basically it's like key money for apartments here. It's thanking the company for allowing me to make a contract with them... x_x) I opened the phone's box yesterday to find the charger but all I found was a USB cable, a tiny weird cable and the charger stand. No regular charger. I charged my phone through the computer but I don't want to only rely on that. So when I went to the store this morning, I asked about the charger and the lady said I had to buy it... I don't get it man! D: shouldn't it be obvious that if I buy a phone, I'll a charger for it??
Also, while the cellphone itself isn't that expensive (cell phones in Israel can be 1000nis more expensive), the other services really are... *sigh* oh well, I guess this is the "Japan is expensive" part of this experience. It was bound to show up in places that are not public transportation related.
BUT the phone itself is very cool!! I got the Aquos phone SH-01D, it's an android and it comes in 3 colors, black, white and this gorgeous indigo. I really wanted the indigo but they didn't have it (it's a popular phone), so I decided to get the black one (the only one in stock really) because I can always put a pretty cover on it :P But actually, the black is really pretty!! it's a glittery black!! IT SPARKLES!!!
The touch screen itself is also really nice, even though I have nails, it responds really quickly! Oh and Docomo has this cute retarded thing, you have a little character on your screen that tells you when you had a missed call or when you get a text/email. You can choose between a boy sheep and a girl sheep (or in Japanese between a hitsuji and a mei) they're dressed in butler uniform so their names are "hitsuji no shitsuji" and "maido no mei" it's adorable XDDD
Also, because it's a Japanese phone, there's a shit ton of emoji you can use!! I was mailing a Japanese friend/student and all her mails were full of emoticons XD it was super cute.
I've already downloaded quite a few applications, the train schedule one, the google translate, skype, facebook etc. I hope this will be a nice addition to my life here. :)
I'm certainly happy I got it before Golden week. This way I'll be able to stay connected with the world during my vacation. :)