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10 January 2009 @ 01:18 am
So, recently, our cell phone bill has been going up by quite a lot, even though we aren't using the data-transfer on our cell phones more. It wasn't until recently that I realized the problem.

We're paying for our cell phone bill using a credit card, because apparently it's illegal for gaijin to use their legally established Japanese bank accounts to do so. That means we're paying in dollars, but the bill is in yen. And the dollar has been tanking against the yen recently (down like 20% from the rate it was when we came to Japan). Blarg.

Sadly, paying in cash each month is also not an option. I just wish I had paid for the iPhones up front now.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
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Adrian Forestdalziel_86 on January 9th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
They really do hate you dirty gaijin don't they...
dorchadas: desudorchadas on January 9th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I know! I don't understand why using a Japanese bank isn't an option, unless they're worried that we'll leave the country and skip out on paying the rest of the contract or something.

Come to think of it, that's probably exactly what this policy is designed to stop.
Jnytesenvy on January 9th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Tim's life. He had to pay 7K upfront on his tokyo apartment because he works for US military and he needed a person from his place of employment who was ALSO a japanese citizen to cosign
q99q99 on January 11th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
And I hear most Japanese do not co-sign easily.
Matt Lindquistgreenblackevil on January 9th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Dude, don't get me started on Japan and cell phones and Americans. It's an unholy mixture.