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Wednesday, 30th September 2015
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Chubu Airport helps visitors get online with SIM vending machine

A prepaid SIM vending machine has been installed at Chubu Centrair International Airport, helping those arriving into Japan to get online.

The machine has been set up by NTT Communications Corp and sells prepaid SIM cards for use in unlocked phones or SIM-free handsets.

Two options are available for accessing mobile internet, with the first retailing at 3,450 yen (£18.90) for one week's usage and the second priced at 4,950 yen for a fortnight.

Purchasing a SIM from the machine will only allow for use of the internet, as they are not fitted with a voice call function.

SIM-free smartphones and Wi-Fi routers can also be obtained from the machine, allowing visitors to buy everything they need to stay connected during their trip to Japan.

The machine features English and Chinese language options and only accepts credit cards, as opposed to cash. Visitors will find it in the arrivals lobby of the airport.

Putting a newly purchased SIM card to use will be possible through passport scanning equipment on the machine.

A few more details being inputted and visitors starting their travels to Japan will immediately be able to get online.

It is not the first of these machines to be made available to foreign arrivals, as Tokyo's Narita International Airport and Kansai International Airport are both fitted with the retail option.

Chubu Airport is a fascinating place to fly into, as it is located on an artificial airport in Ise Bay, which is part of the landscape of Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture.

As it is just 35 kilometres south of Nagoya, the city and whole region of central Japan is opened up to those arriving at Chubu Airport.

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