Mobile phone transfer fee To the procedure on the net is free September 7th 18:05
When the fee when switching the contract destination of the mobile phone is processed on the net, the policy of free has been decided in effect.
The aim is to encourage price competition by making it easy to change trains.
A panel of experts from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications today put together a proposal to review the rules to encourage competition to lower mobile phone rates.
As a result, when switching the contract company with the mobile phone number intact, the fee that currently costs 3000 yen should be free on the net, and it is appropriate to lower it to 1000 yen or less even in the case of a store.
In addition, in principle, it is requested that the transfer procedure on the net be able to be done 24 hours a day, and it is included, such as prohibiting the stop of users who wish to transfer to other companies.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has decided to revise the relevant guidelines after soliciting opinions widely in the future, and in effect decided to lower the transfer fee.
There is an aim to encourage price competition by making it easy for users to change contract destinations.
The focus for the future will be whether this review will actually increase the number of transferes and lead to a reduction in fees that are considered to be more expensive than overseas.
What is the current state of mobile phone charges?
According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications as of March, if the company with the most users uses 5 gigabytes of data per month, the fee in Tokyo was 6250 yen.
This is 8% cheaper than New York’s 6865 yen, but is 3.4 times higher than London’s 1800 yen, 3.1 times more than Paris’s 1986 yen, and 1.5 times Seoul’s 3931 yen, higher than many major cities overseas.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications may recognize that the share of the three major companies accounts for 90% of the total, and that competition from cheap smartphones is not enough.
Meanwhile, NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SoftBank’s three major mobile phone companies have lowered their prices over the past two years.
According to the three companies, the monthly data usage plan of 7 gigabytes to 5 gigabytes is in the range of 7000 yen to 5000 yen, which is lowered from 33% to 17% compared to last year.
In addition, Rakuten has been entering the mobile phone business with a fee of 2980 yen since April.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has asked major mobile phone companies to lower transfer fees in this review, but it will consider policies to further lower fees.
In this, we look at the so-called “set discount” that discounts charges when contracting fixed communications using mobile phones and optical lines together, and we will verify that there is a possibility that it may have led to the enclosure of users.
Movements around mobile phone charges
The discussion of lowering mobile phone charges accelerated from the day before yesterday, when it was pointed out that “there is room for a reduction of about 40% from now.”
After discussions at a meeting of experts from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the so-called “two-year bond” that sets up a two-year communication contract instead of discounting the terminal price was banned from October last year.
By requiring users to separate communications charges from terminal prices, the company’s use was to encourage competition by allowing users to compare their communications charges, which would lead to lower charges.
In addition, in order to prevent the enclosure of excessive users, the difference when the two-year communication contract was canceled in the middle was also greatly reduced.
In addition, since November last year, we have been promoting the creation of an environment that makes it easier for users to change contracts by requiring users to remove so-called “SIM locks” that allow devices to be used only by contracted mobile phone companies, as soon as the user wishes to sell them.
Expert “In the chance that the communication fee goes down as a result”
Regarding the proposed review, Hideaki Yokota, Director of MM Research Institute, who is familiar with the telecommunications industry, said, “If the procedure becomes easier and the fees go down, the transfer between carriers will proceed to some extent. If that happens, I think it will lead to lower communications charges, such as carriers making more attractive plans.”
Mr. Yokota said, “Japan’s communication quality is at the highest level in the world, and it is not too expensive for users who want to use a solid communication infrastructure. However, for the elderly and those who do not use the smartphone very much, it is an impression that it is a little expensive. If it’s not for me, I need to be able to have an environment where I can switch to another business.”