Mobame is now available through a mobile application - NO JAPANESE PHONE NUMBER REQUIRED! For those of you not familiar with the service, members will write short messages to their fans who have paid the monthly subscription service and selected to see their mail. There's no way to reply directly to mobame but fans will often use a hashtag on twitter that they know their member is looking at to respond to the message. The app charges you monthly through the payment method of your app store. Source: https://goo.gl/raUFxW Getting Started Like other apps related to AKB48, this app is only available to download in the Japanese app store. There are guides elsewhere on how to bypass country restrictions so I won't go into detail here. Short answer: iOS: create a Japanese iTunes account Android: either create a Japanese google account (or change your region to Japan) or install using an APK. I used an emulator + VPN to get the APK from the play store and then installed it onto my phone. Pricing Currently there is a promotion where you can try the app and receive mobame for free until March 4. You still need to have your payment stuff set up though. The pricing chart per month is below: Spoiler 1 member: 400 yen 2 members: 700 yen 3 members: 1,000 yen 4 members: 1,300 yen 5 members: 1,600 yen 6 members: 1,900 yen 7 members: 2,200 yen 8 members: 2,500 yen 9 members: 2,800 yen 10 members: 3,000 yen 20 members: 5,600 yen 30 members: 8,400 yen 50 members: 14,000 yen The above prices are from the official published sources and show up in my Japanese play store emulator account. However, when I set up the app on my US play store Samsung device, I was getting lower prices (3.47 USD for 1 member and all other prices are lower). But, my free trial lasts only 3 days rather than 7 days. So I assume there is some hidden arbitrage for lower prices if you care about that. Screen Translations English translations of some key screens are below. The rest are pretty self explanatory in my opinion. Even if you don't know Japanese, members do send photos in their mobame so... Spoiler Cancelling or Changing Subscription To cancel your subscription, go into your app store and find the option for "subscriptions" (not in the mobame app). You can cancel your subscription or change the payment info for mobame here. Try to do this at least 1 day in advance of when you will be billed.