Okay so after talking to many representatives from different providers and scouring the internet I came here for help. I am wanting to get an android phone in the near future, but at the end of October I will be going to Japan to study until the following summer. Most reps tell me I need a "world phone" like a blackberry or iphone that is GSM to make calls in japan. They tell me none of the android phones can do this. From looking online I have read that people can "unlock" their phones so they can use a service they set up in Japan (and use that SIM card). The one I have come across most people use is softbank. Can I use any android phone on their networks? I'd like to have access to using my 3G also, but not required. Basically i wouldn't use many minutes calling back to the states, as I would just call and tell someone to get on Skype or something and talk that way. But I assume I would be making some local calls while staying there. Please give me info on which Android phones will work in Japan and how to go about it. Thanks!