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Traveling To Japan? Stay in Touch With Ooma’s Free Calling App

How are your family and friends in Japan spending their holiday during Golden Week? Are they traveling within Japan, visiting another country, or maybe traveling to the U.S.?

how to keep connected during golden week

The series of four national Japanese holidays that make up Golden Week happens every year at the end of April and beginning of May, and includes the birthday of former Emperor Showa, Japan’s Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day. Due to the timing of this year’s holidays, Golden Week vacations likely began on Saturday, April 28 and are extending through Sunday, May 6. This holiday is typically one of the longest vacation periods for many Japanese workers.

At Ooma, we understand that Golden Week can be a chaotic travel time. Wherever you and your contacts end up spending the holiday, Ooma can help keep you connected with affordable international calling rates to Japan.

Using Ooma for International Phone Calls

International phone calls can be costly, but with Ooma residential phone service, our international calling rates are much more affordable than what’s available through traditional phone providers.

The Ooma World plan gives you unlimited access to all landlines in Japan, and calls to Japan-based mobile phones are just 14.9 cents per minute. Additionally, the plan’s unlimited calling range extends beyond Japan to include unlimited calls to landlines in over 60 countries and to mobile phones in over 10 countries for just $9.99 per month for the first year of service.

ooma world is available for international calling

Ooma World international calling service is available to all Ooma Telo customers. Plus there are no contracts, so you can add the unlimited international calling service when you need it and cancel it when you don’t.

Alternatively, for those making occasional calls to Japan or other global locations, our pay-per-minute international calling rates also add up to big savings. Both Standard and Premier customers pay just 4.3 cents per minute for calls to Japan’s landlines. For calls to Japan-based mobile phones, Basic customers pay 17.9 cents per minute, and Premier customers pay 14.9 cents per minute.

Using the Free Calling App To Stay in Touch During Golden Week

If you’re traveling in Japan during Golden Week, you will likely run into hectic traffic and busy trains. So whether you need to confirm your flight, reschedule your train, or call your traveling companion, Ooma’s free calling app gives you the calling tools that you need to stay in touch without paying high international cellular rates.

use app for affordable rates with abroad

Using the mobile app, your calls to Japan will have the same affordable rates as your Ooma Telo service, no matter where you’re located. So if you’re placing the phone call from your home in the U.S. or from the Itami Airport in Kyoto, you will have the same international rates available to you. Note that Ooma calls are transmitted over the Internet, so connecting to Wi-Fi helps you avoid international cellular data charges.

Plus, the app keeps you in touch with your responsibilities back home. Use it to check your voicemails remotely, and make unlimited calls to all U.S. numbers. Premier customers have access to additional app functionality including multi-ring feature and the ability to receive unlimited incoming calls from U.S. phone numbers.

Phone Etiquette in Japan

Ooma VoIP phone helps you to stay connected when you’re traveling abroad. but you’ll find that telephone etiquette is not the same when you’re in Japan.

If you plan to use our free calling app while you’re in Japan, here are some tips.

How to answer the phone: Moshi Moshi – もしもし (Hello)

Manners and politeness: There is a longstanding tradition of Japanese phone etiquette to be very courteous during calls. In fact, the NYT reports that Amazon’s Japanese website has more than 60 books specifically on phone manners. So expect some amount of formality when calling businesses.

Talking on the phone in public: It’s a faux pas to talk on the phone in certain public spaces such as on a train. Typically people on a train will keep their phones on silent, called “Manner Mode,” so as to not disturb the other passengers.

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Dennis Peng

Dennis is the vice president of product management and technical advisory board member of Ooma and is responsible for creating an intuitive, compelling user experience. Prior to joining Ooma, Dennis worked at Cisco Systems for 11 years where he began his career as a customer support engineer. He later joined the Escalation Team where he focused on fixing the most technically challenging problems, as well as supporting the design, rollout and operations of the largest remote access and broadband aggregation networks worldwide. He was honored with the title of Distinguished Support Engineer because of his expertise in networking protocols, isolating and fixing highly complex issues, and leadership among his peers. Dennis holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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