This guest post on technology was written by Melanie, an ALT in Kahoku.
If you have an iPhone, your keitai mail address shows up as a long series of random numbers and letters. Fortunately, you can easily make it into a simple address by following the instructions below.
Step 1: Retrieve your password.
When you got your iPhone, you should have received an text message on your phone from “157” (that’s SoftBank) giving you a password (look for パスワード: in the e-mail). If you still have this e-mail, get your password and move to step 2.
If not, send a text to 157 with your current iPhone mail address as the message. You should receive a reply with your password.
Step 2: Go to the SoftBank Website
On your iPhone, open Safari and enter http://mb.softbank.jp/iphone/index.html
This will take you to the login page, which currently has advertisements for the iPhone 4 on the front. Click the “My SoftBank” button in the top right corner.
In the Settings menu, if it’s not already in English, click the “English button” in the top right corner. Click the “change e-mail address” under e-mail(i) setting.
Step 4: Choose your new e-mail address.
Step 5: E-mail your contacts with your updated information.
This is especially important for your contacts that are not on SoftBank. SoftBank users can e-mail you using only your cell phone number, but AU and Docomo users need an e-mail address. If you want, do a search for these e-mail enders to see who you should e-mail this to:
Enjoy your new @i.softbank.ne.jp address!