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LambMadras
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Oct 25, 2003, 05:36 AM
 
Hi all,

I have just moved to Osaka Japan from Melbourne with my new 15" PB and was wondering if there are any fellow Osakans out there who could tell me the best and cheapest way to hook up to broadband at home in my apartment.

I`m currently typing this from the Yodabashi Shop at the yahoo BB free internet place. They are offering 12 Mbp for JY3400 per month. That sounds like a pretty good deal until they told me I would have to buy or rent a phone line in my apartment. This would cost around JY2300 per month. Is there a cheaper way to ghet a fast internet connection at home.

Appreciate any replys

Cheers, Tim
     
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Oct 25, 2003, 06:13 AM
 
I'm not from Osaka, but I did use YahooBB for a year until I moved back to the US. It was pretty good and with the BBPhone service that comes with it, you can call the US for like 2 cents a minute or something.
     
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Oct 27, 2003, 11:04 PM
 
Hey Icruise,
Thanks for the response, I think I will go with yahoo as they are offering 3 months free internet with the phone line deal.

Does anyone now if there are many hotspots in Osaka??

Cheers,Tim
     
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Oct 27, 2003, 11:16 PM
 
It depends on your meaning of "hot spots". Americamura is good for general youth culture, the Dontonbori is great for food and nightlife. Look up a place called Sam & Dave for gaisen girls, lots of alcohol, dancing, and people who will speak a bit of english. Bar Rock Rock in Americamura is ****ing awesome. There are lots of great places. My favorite city.
     
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Oct 28, 2003, 12:35 AM
 
Originally posted by The Jackalope:
It depends on your meaning of "hot spots". Americamura is good for general youth culture, the Dontonbori is great for food and nightlife. Look up a place called Sam & Dave for gaisen girls, lots of alcohol, dancing, and people who will speak a bit of english. Bar Rock Rock in Americamura is ****ing awesome. There are lots of great places. My favorite city.
I think he meant places where you can get wireless internet access...

There's been a move to wire up the main train/subway stations, although I think it's still in the beginning stages. There are probably some coffeeshops that have them too, but I don't know of any specifically.
     
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Oct 28, 2003, 10:46 AM
 
Hi Tim

I'm moving to Osaka at the end of December, with my 15" AlBook!

Not sure about your question; I'm going to be living (initially at least) with my mother-in-law (not as bad as it sounds!), and she's already got 12Mb/s cable (I think). My wife is an Osaka girl.

What I'm really after is that 100Mb/s Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) from NTT. Yum!

Whereabouts in Osaka are you? I'll be in Asahi-ku (north-east part of the city).

Here's a list of hot spots in Osaka:

Wifinder
     
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Oct 28, 2003, 10:54 AM
 
Originally posted by BenN:
Hi Tim

I'm moving to Osaka at the end of December, with my 15" AlBook! ...
Hot spots? 15" AlBook ... are you sure you didn't mean WHITE SPOTS?

Funabashi Bill :-)
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Oct 28, 2003, 01:01 PM
 
Originally posted by mainemanx:
Hot spots? 15" AlBook ... are you sure you didn't mean WHITE SPOTS?

Funabashi Bill :-)
Hehehe, yea good one.

But yea, I've always wanted to move to Japan as well, but I don't think I'll ever have the chance to do so...

Osaka, Japan is like my home away from home, everytime I visit there, I feel like I'm home. Tokyo on the other hand... too crazy/freaky for me to live there.

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Oct 28, 2003, 02:02 PM
 
And here we are in the States, dawdling along with our 1.2M dsl connections. Bandwidth is a quality of life issue!
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Oct 28, 2003, 03:45 PM
 
Originally posted by nobitacu:
Osaka, Japan is like my home away from home, everytime I visit there, I feel like I'm home. Tokyo on the other hand... too crazy/freaky for me to live there.

Ming
Hey... I feel the same way. Hey... you are in Minnesota too. Weird.

I just checked for hot spots in Hiroshima where I'm going to be at for a month working, and only found 4 of them.
     
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Oct 30, 2003, 09:57 PM
 
From BenN

I'm moving to Osaka at the end of December, with my 15" AlBook!

Not sure about your question; I'm going to be living (initially at least) with my mother-in-law (not as bad as it sounds!), and she's already got 12Mb/s cable (I think). My wife is an Osaka girl.

What I'm really after is that 100Mb/s Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) from NTT. Yum!

Whereabouts in Osaka are you? I'll be in Asahi-ku (north-east part of the city).

Here's a list of hot spots in Osaka:

Wifinder


Hi Ben thanks for that excellent link I`ll be hotspotting when I can.
I`m living in Momodani which is not far from Tennoji, It`s a great spot not as manic as Namba or ther KIta area. I`ve only been here for about two weeks, am with my girlfriend and we are trying to adjust to our new lives here in Osaka. We are both teaching english (as you do) and are having a great time, a bit exhausting at times though.

Good luck with the FTTH, btw how much are you looking at paying for that per month in Yen?

Cheers
Tim
     
   
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