Tsukuba has such a fluid population, there are probably a number of people at any given time looking to buy or sell a "telephone line". (The term "telephone line" is a bit misleading because you are not actually buying a line, but rather the "right to have a line".) Have a look at the following page for information about buying your telephone line directly from NTT.
However, as we have a lot of people coming and going at any one time, there is a much cheaper way of going about this process. First of all, find someone who is trying to sell their line. Often you will find sellers on the TAIRA mailing list. See this website to see the archives or join the list: eve.bk.tsukuba.ac.jp. If no one has posted a selling message recently, send a note to the list saying that you would like to buy a telephone line. You should get a few responses. (I did this recently and got about seven responses.)
If you buy directly from NTT, you will have to pay over 70,000 yen. If you buy from someone in Tsukuba, you are likely to pay somewhere between 25,000 yen and 35,000 yen.
Once you have found a buyer/seller, the two of you will have to go to the NTT office to do the transfer. Here are the basic instructions for completing the transfer.
Both the current and new subscribers should complete and sign the form 'Request for Approval for Transfer of Telephone Subscription Rights' (Denwa Kanyuken Joto Shonin Seikyusho) available from NTT East service counters, and submit this along with the necessary documents. There is a handling fee of 800 yen (plus 5% consumption tax). Please discuss in advance who will pay this fee, or whether you will share it.
Please be aware that any unpaid telephone charges become the responsibility of the new subscriber.
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