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An official eSIM service with data transmission service plans from 1 GB, for as much data usage as necessary, when necessary
March 17, 2020
TOKYO-March 17, 2020-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced the March 19 launch of IIJmio eSIM Service Data Plan Zero, an eSIM-compatible data transmission service for consumer mobile users.
eSIMs are embedded SIMs for smartphones and other devices that allow users to remotely download the profiles needed to use telecom services, without having to remove the physical SIM card. Users can readily start transmitting data and switch telecom carriers just by downloading profiles to their eSIM-ready smartphones or tablets, rather than inserting SIM cards as they had done before. With the ongoing increase in compatible devices, eSIMs promise rapid market growth.
Since leading off with this service in July 2019, IIJ has offered a beta test of Japan's first eSIM service (6 GB for JPY 1,520 per month), receiving subscriptions for more than 10,000 lines. In light of the requests received from beta version users during this period, IIJ has improved the service's usability and performance. Now it will launch the IIJmio eSIM Service Data Plan Zero as the official version of the service.
Unlike conventional service plans that use set monthly data transmission volumes, this service has no attached data transmission volumes, so users can add as much data as they need, when they need it. Users can keep their existing carrier's service and add this service as a second line. They can then switch to their IIJmio eSIM and add data if they run out of data during the month or just before their fisrt line's fees increase to the higher level. This flexibility allows users to keep their monthly fees down, making data transmission available at a low cost.
March 19, 2020
Data transmission only
IIJmio eSIM Service
Data Plan Zero
|SIM issue fee||JPY200|
|SIM reissue fee||JPY0|
|Universal service fee||N/A|
|Data transmission||Initial data volume||0GB|
|Data add-ons(*1)||First 1GB per month||JPY300|
|Extra data (from 2 GB) per month||JPY450|
|Expiration date||Until the end of the current month (data cannot roll over to the following month)|
|After exceeding the data transmission capacity||Not usable|
|Minimum period of usage||From the date of the contract to the last day of the following month (up to two months)|
|Options||Mobile Option (an app suite that includes security software and a call answering service)|
Current users of the IIJmio Mobile Service Light Start Plan (the eSIM beta release) will be able to continue using that service. Starting on March 19, 2020, IIJ will make the SIM reissue fee for the eSIM beta service free, down from its current price of JPY 2,000.
As a full MVNO, IIJ continues to develop services that allow for a more comfortable user experience.
Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ's services include high-quality Internet connectivity services, systems integration, cloud computing services, security services and mobile services. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.
The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results.
IIJ Corporate Communications
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