I assume you now have a Japanese bank account. If not, get one with a residence card.
Then, get a VISA prepaid card like ”V-Preca”
It does not issue a physical plastic card, but you can use it as a VISA credit card for online payments with Japanese merchants in Japan. And, you can reload balance anytime at any amount from your Japanese bank account.
V-Preca is one of the oldest prepaid VISA (or MasterCard) card. There are quite a few more prepaid VISA/MasterCard cards which recently became available in Japan, which I am not familiar with so much and don’t have experiences using them. But, some of them may actually issue a plastic card which can be used at physical shops. Do some research, or ask around your friends.]]>
Anyway, your question is about VoIP (Japanese phone number that starts with 050 prefix)
I do have a Skype Japanese number, and I did research other Japanese VoIP numbers when I decided to get the Japanese number through Skype.
There are several, in deed, which issues 050 (VoIP) numbers to anyone with a Japanese address (because of law, a Japanese address is required except for Skype).
Popular examples are
I have not tried enough to know that the own Caller ID can be turned on/off. But, the web pages say they both can.
Again, unfortunately, due to the local law, you must have Japanese address to subscribe to. The monthly fee for SmarTalk is free, though.
I don’t know why Skype can give 050 number to non-Japanese residents, but I suspect it is the only 050 service without Japanese address, and as you found out it can not send Japanese number’s Caller ID when calling.]]>
Do you know of any VoIP service offering Japanese numbers, besides Skype?
I bought a Japanese number through Skype a few days ago. $8.50 for three months, plus about 10 yen/minute w/ 10 yen connection charge. Cheap, ne? I thought I’d just pair it with a data-only SIM (and hack my Galaxy S5 to enable all LTE bands).
Unfortunately, I just discovered that I can’t receive SMS (only send) through Skype. Plus, when someone receives my SMS, they see a non-Japanese number. Plus (!) when I call someone, they see “unknown number”. But I am able to receive calls… I can live with this, but I’d rather not.
In a few days I’ll visit a friend who would be willing to “lend” me a voice-enabled SIM, but I already paid $4000 for this 60-day data-only SIM. So a VoIP option would be better. Or perhaps there’s a cheap voice/SMS SIM without data? (I have another SIM-free phone).
I’ve been traveling in southeast Asia. in Cambodia, I paid $5 for a SIM and 3GB data, with a phone number and some SMS and talk time. I forgot how frustrating these things can be in Japan! And *so* expensive!
Thank you, Alex!]]>