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Prepaid SIM vending machines for tourists emerge in Japan


April 1, 2015
By Canadian Vending

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April 1, 2015, Japan – A communications company has begun operating vending machines to
sell prepaid SIM cards for short-term business
travellers and tourists in an airport and a shopping centre in Japan.

April 1, 2015, Japan – A communications company has begun operating vending machines to
sell prepaid SIM cards for short-term business
travellers and tourists in an airport and a shopping centre in Japan.

The world’s first such
vending machines enable customers to begin using prepaid mobile service
in as fast as two minutes after purchasing the SIM card, said Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, a subsidiary of NTT
Group, which operates the machines.

The machines are located in the Aqua City Odaiba shopping centre and
New Kansai International Airport.

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After purchase, the user simply registers their information such as
name and birthday via a touch panel or a passport scanner to begin
accessing the Internet immediately. Instructions are provided in English
and Chinese, as well as Japanese. Payment is via credit card, so there
is no need to use Japanese yen cash.