How to make phone calls in Russia? What about internet? Find useful tips in this article.
Nowadays, telecommunications is an essential part of everyday life. In fact, you will definitely wish to keep in touch with your friends and relatives abroad if you are moving to Russia. You might also want to perform some research work. Hence, internet will be an important tool.
The country has an extensive telecommunications network which will allow you to make phone calls, whether by land line or by mobile phones, at attractive rates. Some of these also offer cable TV along with other interesting packages.
Make sure to choose the best offer according to your needs and your financial needs. The ideal solution would be to find an accommodation which already has a phone or internet connection. This would help you save time, as well as money.
Good to know:
You are not compelled to subscribe for a land line, internet and cable TV with the same service provider. In fact, you are free to choose the best offer. You can hence request for an invoice from different service providers so that you can compare these.
If your accommodation is already equipped with a land line, you can continue using the same line by transferring the contract to your name. You just have to visit the phone service provider's nearest branch to your place of residence, along with your lease documents and your passport. If you prefer to change for another service provider, you may choose between Moscow City Telephone Services and Rostelecom which are the main phone service providers.
But you can also pick from one of the 32 specialized services providers, namely Interregional TransitTelekom (ITT), Golden Telecom, TransTelekom, Synterra Media, among others.
MegaFon, MTS and BeeLine are Russia's top three mobile service providers, along with many other companies. You are free to choose between mobile phone contracts or rechargeable packages. Rates may vary. Hence you are advised to compare offers before choosing.
You can purchase prepaid sim cards at any branch of your favorite service provider by producing your passport and your immigration card number. Once your credit is over, you can recharge your account by buying scratch cards or at ATMs. You may also order for a refill on your service provider's website or by phone.
When your credit is over, your phone line will be blocked until you recharge your account.
Also, when your credit is exhausted, the line is blocked until you reload.
The most affordable internet packages are available in Moscow and St Petersburg. You are more likely to get the fastest internet packages. In other regions, you will just have to be a little bit patient.
If your accommodation does not yet have an internet connection, the owner will have to do the necessary. He may as well make an online application. However, you will have to wait for around two weeks to obtain your internet connection.
Good to know:
Internet contracts can be terminated with one month's notice.
Most banks offer direct debit facilities for the settlement of phone bills. But in case your bank does not offer this service, you will have to settle your phone bill at your service provider's nearest branch or at the post office.
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