Phone Services Still Limited After Typhoon

Phone services still limited after typhoon

Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture and on an island off Tokyo. The disruption has been caused by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall on Monday.

NTT Docomo says that as of Friday, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 36 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture. The island of Oshima is also experiencing connectivity problems.

KDDI says, as of Friday morning, users are having trouble in 20 municipalities in Chiba Prefecture and in Tokyo's Oshima Island.

SoftBank, as of Friday morning, reports poor phone connectivity in 20 municipalities in Chiba Prefecture.

The carriers have deployed mobile antennas and mobile power supply vehicles.

They're providing free Wi-Fi at stations and commercial facilities, mainly in Chiba Prefecture. You can log on to the Internet by typing in "00000JAPAN" regardless of your phone's carrier. You don't need to type in a password.

The carriers are also offering a disaster message board service on the Internet.

NTT East says, as of Friday morning, about 5,000 fixed phone lines in Chiba Prefecture and 2,000 Internet connections are still out of order.

The company is offering free calls from about 7,000 public phones throughout the prefecture.