The war to cut cell phone charges, which the Suga Yoshii administration has placed at the heart of its policy, is about to begin in earnest.
December 1, 2020 Many major media outlets reported that NTT Docomo will announce its new pricing plan later this week. It plans to offer even cheaper rates than the two big companies that have already announced their rebate plans, KDDI and Softbank.
Ryota Takeda, general affairs minister, announced in a press conference that same day that he was “welcome”, but an overwhelmingly large number of questions surfaced on the Internet: “Is the plan really easy for users to use?”
Would you like to see a drop in mobile phone charges? (Photo is an image)
“It’s the same as Miss Caba, which is a service for regular customers.”
On the Internet, including on the new allegations by NTT Docomo, there is no shortage of opinions about the downsizing of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication VS Mobile. First of all, what will happen to the new DoCoMo pupils, IT journalist Shuji Shinohara wrote:
“Currently, the share of telecommunications companies is 34.9% for Docomo, 24.6% for AU and 15.5% for Softbank, and Docomo is very popular (according to the MMD Research Institute). If NTT Docomo cuts the price of the main brand, it will be a sub-brand. The two companies that competed with the price cut will also have to compete on price. As a result, the development is likely to fulfill the wishes of Takeda’s Minister of General Affairs. The impact is likely to come from the MVNO (cheap cell phone company). The UQ Mobile sub-brand has a 3.0% share and Y-Mobile has a 2.5% share, but if the Docomo sub-brand emerges, the change is expected to continue due to the size and reliability of the communication area in the next few years. Cell phone charges will be cheaper. “
Kenta Yamaguchi, a freelance journalist, also speculates:
“At Docomo’s new price, the approximately 3,000 yen sub-brands that are said to have recently been introduced are eye-catching, but seem to be mainly aimed at young people with high levels of literacy. Many people are concerned about price cuts in the main brand. Currently, 5G Gigaho DoCoMo has 100 GB, but the campaign is unlimited. DoCoMo knows how much data users are using, so it makes money by responding to a government demand to lower the price. You should be able to identify a line that minimizes damage. Even if the profit from communication alone drops, it seems there will be a way to cover it by increasing the profitability of DoCoMo as a whole. “
Many were furious that long-term subscribers would not benefit from the reduction in cellular charges.
“I am asking for a discount for those who have a long-term contract. The idea is strange because only new and transfer ones are discounted. As I have a contract with Docomo Hikari, 20 giga cannot be used if I use it together with Wi-Fi.If so, I would like you to get a discount on Gigaho and Gigalite. Or maybe there is a great discount for users with a long term contract? “
“I agree with you as a long-term user. It’s the same as Miss Caba. This is neglect because regular customers keep coming, even if you leave it alone. Is it better? “
“It’s true that the idea that phone companies don’t feed the fish they catch hasn’t changed since cell phones became widespread, so instead of expecting the other side to change, switch frequently and get new benefits. Better to do it The government’s announced action plan (lowering mobile phone charges) aims to increase mobility between companies, so new contracts are created, etc. Even if entry is loose, we cannot expect preferential treatment for long-term contractors ”.
There was a lot of advice that users should be smarter not to be licked by mobile companies.
“The existence of long-term subscribers who are insensitive to prices has led to the arrogance of mobile operators. To put it badly, companies aren’t going to switch to cheap SIM cards, and they don’t dare to switch to other companies. It would be difficult to give preference to long-term contractors because those who can’t take the trouble to review the plan, can’t cancel the contract and just quietly drop the money are camouflage customers.
What exactly should I do? Some give this advice.
“I switched to Softbank → Rakuten → Y-Mobile, but there was no loss in the privileges of each transfer. The terminal is always without a SIM card bought from an Apple store. It is cheaper than buying from the carrier in bulk. The procedure also applies to my number card. It’s easier than getting it. “
“I will buy a DSDV compatible terminal (now I can buy a decent one for around 40,000 yen)
It will be supported on the Docomokei Type Run + UQ Mobile 3GB high data plan. That’s about 2,200 yen a month, and even if you add Kake-hodai, it’s about 3,000 to 4,000 yen. If your family is also Docomo, you can secure free family calls by keeping Docomo up and running on your cell phone. If 3 GB is not used, the surplus will be carried over to the next month. UQ Mobile is the same quality as the au head family, so you don’t have to worry about running out of speed. The initial investment will take some time, such as getting your terminal ready and paying the cancellation fee, but you can make up for it by selling the terminal you currently use. If your device is an iPhone or Galaxy, you may receive a change. Only by moving can you achieve what you want. “