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Thread: How we "Spent" our New Years Day.....

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    How we "Spent" our New Years Day.....

    We had a decent New Year Eve, we worked until around 11:30 PM and then headed to the local shrine to ring in the New Year, we got home and went to bed, as we had to be up early on New Years day to do a few deliveries.

    We then headed to Costco, I know it sounds funny, but this is a tradition we started way back in 2001, when the first Costco opened here in Tokyo. This year we went to a closer one, a new one in the city of Kawasaki, just South of Tokyo. We got there soon after they opened at 10 AM and did a lot of shopping, as we had not been to Costco in some time........... like since last year!! (really, it has been a couple of months).

    While we were there we ran into an old friend of ours, another liquor shop owner that used to be in the same buyers group as us (that we and he have since left) it was really nice to see him again and Emiko and I talked his ear off, well, he did a lot of the talking as well (honestly!!!!)

    When we were about to leave, I noticed that the Softbank boutique in Costco (Cell phone carrier) had a good deal on the new iPhone 3GS. They had reduced the rates for the phone a lot so that we only have to pay about $19 a month for the phone including the phone service and the net access up to a certain point, if we go over that point the cost of the net access is limited to about $40, so I think this is also a good deal, not that we use our cell phones for surfing the net, we have computers for that

    The big deal was the $100 gift certificate that we got for each phone! and a bonus $30 gift certificate we got for signing up more than one phone. The timing was perfect, Emiko, Erika and Mizuki's 2 year contract are up this month, so we could cancel our old carrier, AU, and move to Softbank and not pay any cancellation fees!

    As Erika is moving to Canada in the spring sometime, when she leaves, I'll get her iPhone, as my contract on my phone is up in May, so it works out very well, the girls (all three of them) are really stoked to have new phones, and as we got them for a VERY good price (no money up front) and the $320 in free shopping at Costco (which was just under what we spent today) I think this was a great deal for us. Oh yeah, one more thing, as we were switching from their competition they gave us the first 5 months on all three phones for free!

    Savings:
    Five months free is 1920 x 5 = 9,600 yen
    Costco Gift card 10,000 yen
    Bonus Gift card 1,000 yen
    Total savings 20,600 yen

    Total cost of each phone, a two year contract, with service is 24 x 1920 yen = 46,080 yen

    Total we will pay 46,080 yen minus 20,600 yen = 25,480 yen or about 1062 yen a month, say $10 a month for an iPhone, heck I'm paying more than that for the almost two year old phone I have!

    I have no idea how this compares to Canada or the US, but it seemed like a good deal to me. I think they expect to make the money back in net charges, but like I said, the net fee per month is from 1920 yen to 4407 yen, when you reach the 4407 yen limit, you can use the net as much as you like and you still only pay 4407 yen. I think they expect a lot of people to just simple use that 4407 yens worth of net access ??? For us, we don't use our cell phones that way, and I hope it does not change either. One more bonus I just remembered, as we are on an ADSL router from Yahoo, which is affiliated with Softbank, regular phone calls from our house to the Softbank cell phones is at a much reduced rate.

    Plus, talking between the family members on the phone is free 24/7 and so is e-mail and texting between other Softbank customers.

    I've been playing around with the phones, well as much as my girls will let me, and they look fantastic, I can't wait to get mine

    All in all, not a bad way to spend New Years Day!

    I hope you all have/had a good day too!

    Cheers!
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    I'm "spending" my New Years Day vicariously through you guys sitting before the computer forum god, reading how everyone else spent their New Years Eve and how they are spending their day today.. watching the Rose Bowl parade and waiting for the ball game.
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    and I went to bed at 9:30 pm last night....shieeesh - getting old. At least the dog went to bed the same time and he is only 3 yrs old.
    Rod

    Sarnia, Ontario

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    I really like my iPhone -- I have an app for that!

    The monthly charge here in the U.S. is real steep. My let it go when my contract is up..

    I have many apps on it - most were free --- I keep my calendar, contacts, notes and my life(smile) on the silly thing -- I us it more than my tomtom Gps to go from here to there...

    Most important thing about the iPhone is that it is FuN!

    Hope you like yours also.....
    Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it
    still sings!

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    Hey Admins, we need a "you suck! " icon for these situations. Really we do!

    Wow, Stu, that was quite a deal you scored.

    Happy New Year!
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    Congrats on the iPhone deals, Stu. I'm thoroughly hooked on mine. I see it as a handy computer/GPS device with an easy-to-use interface, and it happens to make phone calls, too. I've got dozens of apps on mine, from games to tools. (Need a theodolite? There's an app for that.)

    We're on an older "Family Plan", so my monthly cost for the iPhone (including the $40/month unlimited data charge) is $50. Most folks here are paying about twice that (or more) on a standalone plan. I'd say you got a killer deal.
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    Cells phones are near useless where I live.. My son has AT&T, my step son has Sprint, not sure what the daughters have.. but none work at my house... no service... Ed my stepson can drive towards Madisonville which is 13 miles away and as we approach the town, he gets service there. We had Verizon on arrival here... it would work on the front porch, not in the house, 2 miles down the road we lost service, 3 miles further into town, we picked up service again... Up the Cherohala towards North Carolina, 5 miles out of town we loose service, up rte 68 towards Coker Creek, 2 miles out of town we lose service.
    Think I'll just stick to smoke signals... worked for the indians...
    Chuck
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    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    Think I'll just stick to smoke signals... worked for the indians...

    You also pass the sunshine pump to get to Tellico don't ya Chuck

    I've been there several times it's beautiful country. My roommate in college is the head football coach at the high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    Cells phones are near useless where I live.. .
    Well no surprise to me where you are. Last time I was up there they were still pipeing in Sunshine.

    But the mountains are beautiful!
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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