Anyone know about texting in japan?

so if i have some of my families phone numbers.... can i just text them?


Android Enthusiast
I'm making the assumption you'll be texting them from outside Japan?

If that's the case just prefix the Japanese dial code to their phone number and text like normal.

Edit: If you're in japan just text the numbers as given to you.


Thread starter
If you're outside of the same country that they're in, won't testing be a bit costly that way?

free international text :)

but i heard somewhere in japan they dont use SMS so thats why i was wondering

ive tried before and i know all my family reads english sooo ya lol


The PearlyMon
Japan's cell carriers are even more confusing that those in the US.

I've had it work and not work while in Japan.

By all means, try it. If it fails - mail time.


Are you in Japan? if so what's carrier you use? softbank, au, docomo, etc.
As far as I know, if your carrier is au, you can send SMS to only au user.


The PearlyMon
I'm in New Mexico, USA, right now - I travel there often for work, _usually_ rent a phone, often docomo.

So - I'm not expert, but had some experience I hoped you'd find useful.