"Toku" (see kanji in the graphic) means something that is valuable, profitable, or advantageous. This new column will include little bits of information that may help you in your daily life here in Tsukuba. If you find something out that you think might be valuable for the foreign residents of Tsukuba, please contact us and we will publish it in this section.
High Speed Internet If you are using NTT and OCN for your high speed internet access, make sure to sign up for "Myline Plus". Myline Plus is a discount program for telephone calls (more information at http://www.myline.org/index_e.html) and it allows you to have a 10% discount on your NTT ADSL charge (http://www.ntt-east.co.jp/product_e/guidebook/5/index.html) and a significant discount on your OCN ADSL charge (from 2047 yen to 1312 yen). Note that while you may be signed up for Myline Plus, NTT ADSL service, and OCN ADSL service, the discount may not be in effect. (This is particularly true for the OCN discount.) Contact OCN (0120-047-815) and Myline (0120-000-406) to make sure that you are getting the discounts you deserve.
High Speed Modems If you are planning to stay in Japan for more than 18 months, it might be worth it to buy your high speed modem rather than renting it. The rental charge (modem and splitter) is about 500 yen per month. NTT now offers a modem for 8900 yen that can be used with the 1.5, 8, and 12 Mbps plans.
NOTE: Companies that are mentioned in "Toku Talk" are not being endorsed by Alien Times. This information is provided to give you an idea of what is available. You will need to do your own research to figure out what is best for you.
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