UMTS 3g unavailable on softbank.
Japan's only GSM carrier is Softbank, which will provide you with EDGE data, but no 2100 3g. Any quadband phone will work there, but they do not have the 850 band, so don't try a US specific model, if you're doing things on the cheap with T mobile, I recommend any quadband Nokia, but if your budget is higher, I would recommend a blackberry with wifi if you want a guarantee of faster data than EDGE, there's certainly plenty of wifi hotspots in japan, and unless you live in New York city, then you're still surviving just fine on edge data regardless of weather you bought one of their UMTS phones or not. T mobile roaming should be cheap if not free in japan, as they have roaming agreements pretty much everywhere except for china.
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