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==== '''No more intra-Russian roaming charges''' ====
 
==== '''No more intra-Russian roaming charges''' ====
In autumn 2018 all intra-Russian roaming surcharges have been coming to an end. All four major mobile operators have now ceased all forms of additional charging for their own network users travelling between Russian regions. The last elements of on-net roaming fees to be cancelled were additional costs for receiving incoming domestic calls. Beeline was first to remove the incoming call charges on 20 August 2018, followed by Tele2 on 27 August, MTS on 30 August and Megafon on 1 September.
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In autumn 2018 all intra-Russian roaming surcharges have been coming to an end. All four major mobile operators have now ceased all forms of additional charging for their own network users travelling between Russian regions. The last elements of on-net roaming fees to be cancelled were additional costs for receiving incoming domestic calls. Beeline was first to remove the incoming call charges on 20 August 2018, followed by Tele2 on 27 August, MTS on 30 August and Megafon on 1 September.
   
 
Now all allowances like data packages are valid all over Russia nationwide without additional fees. This doesn't apply to the Crimea region as there different providers operate and usage is considered as roaming.
 
Now all allowances like data packages are valid all over Russia nationwide without additional fees. This doesn't apply to the Crimea region as there different providers operate and usage is considered as roaming.
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Have in mind that internet access to some websites is "controlled" or censored. The official targets are porn, drug abuse, suicide, pedophilia, terrorist and separatist combat organizations and copyright infringement ([http://eais.rkn.gov.ru/ official black list] in Russian only, unofficial [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Russia Wikipedia] about the situation in English), but recently major sites like [https://www.linkedin.com/ LinkedIn social network] and [https://zello.com/ Zello voice chat] have been blocked too by court order after it refused to store data in Russia. About 4000 websites are on Russia's blacklist now and one can argue, if they all fit into the given categories. In 2018 the popular messenger app Telegram was banned by court order for refusing to give Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) encryption keys that would grant access to user messaging data.
 
Have in mind that internet access to some websites is "controlled" or censored. The official targets are porn, drug abuse, suicide, pedophilia, terrorist and separatist combat organizations and copyright infringement ([http://eais.rkn.gov.ru/ official black list] in Russian only, unofficial [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Russia Wikipedia] about the situation in English), but recently major sites like [https://www.linkedin.com/ LinkedIn social network] and [https://zello.com/ Zello voice chat] have been blocked too by court order after it refused to store data in Russia. About 4000 websites are on Russia's blacklist now and one can argue, if they all fit into the given categories. In 2018 the popular messenger app Telegram was banned by court order for refusing to give Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) encryption keys that would grant access to user messaging data.
   
So you might think of installing a VPN app to safeguard anonymity. A new law enforced from November 2017 threatens to ban all VPN and proxy services in order to make sure blacklisted sites can't be accessed. All internet providers are required to block websites that offer any VPN services, while blocking all VPN traffic is technically not feasible.
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So you might think of installing a VPN app to safeguard anonymity. A new law enforced from November 2017 threatens to ban all VPN and proxy services in order to make sure blacklisted sites can't be accessed. All internet providers are required to block websites that offer any VPN services, while blocking all VPN traffic is technically not feasible.
   
Nowadays there are '''no technical obstacles''' to prevent using TOR and VPN protocols implemented. You can use PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, SSH and SOCKS technologies, as only few "anonymizer websites" and some popular Russian-owned public VPNs banned. Be aware of this situation and draw your own conclusions.
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Nowadays there are '''no technical obstacles''' to prevent using TOR and VPN protocols implemented. You can use PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, SSH and SOCKS technologies, as only few "anonymizer websites" and some popular Russian-owned public VPNs banned. Be aware of this situation and draw your own conclusions.
   
 
===='''Networks'''====
 
===='''Networks'''====
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*You can order a SIM card on eBay (search for one of the operators in the SIM cards section) or at other websites. They may help you with English-speaking support, delivery and registration. But you will pay a surcharge for this service: SIM card with RUB 100 balance will cost you $9-$11 / €9 or more.
 
*You can order a SIM card on eBay (search for one of the operators in the SIM cards section) or at other websites. They may help you with English-speaking support, delivery and registration. But you will pay a surcharge for this service: SIM card with RUB 100 balance will cost you $9-$11 / €9 or more.
   
As an alternative to buying local SIM cards, it is possible to rent on a daily basis portable WiFi hotspots which provide unlimited speed and data internet access via 4G/3G. WIfiinrussia.com allows to arrange such rent of pocket WiFi online. Daily rent will cost you $5-$7, and you can connect all device of all your family or team to one hotspot simultaneously. Official registration of a subscriber is performed in accordance with Russian legislation.
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As an alternative to buying local SIM cards, it is possible to rent on a daily basis portable WiFi hotspots which provide unlimited speed and data internet access via 4G/3G. WIfiinrussia.com allows to arrange such rent of pocket WiFi online. Daily rent will cost you $5-$7, and you can connect all device of all your family or team to one hotspot simultaneously. Official registration of a subscriber is performed in accordance with Russian legislation.
   
 
A new law, imposing a ban on SIMs sales without the presentation of an ID, is in effect since 1 June, 2018. This means that a communication operator is now obliged to verify the reliability of the personal data of subscribers. If the subscriber doesn't pass the verification, the operator will be forced to suspend the provision of communication services. From experience this means that pre-activated SIM cards, will be usable for 10 days or less before they get de-activated. Also if multiple SIM cards are registered on bought on your name these might also be deemed to be suspicious and might not pass verification. However, there are lots of cards available on the black market till nowadays. [[File:No roaming.jpg|thumb|126x126px]]
 
A new law, imposing a ban on SIMs sales without the presentation of an ID, is in effect since 1 June, 2018. This means that a communication operator is now obliged to verify the reliability of the personal data of subscribers. If the subscriber doesn't pass the verification, the operator will be forced to suspend the provision of communication services. From experience this means that pre-activated SIM cards, will be usable for 10 days or less before they get de-activated. Also if multiple SIM cards are registered on bought on your name these might also be deemed to be suspicious and might not pass verification. However, there are lots of cards available on the black market till nowadays. [[File:No roaming.jpg|thumb|126x126px]]
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They offer different prepaid plans without monthly fee:
 
They offer different prepaid plans without monthly fee:
 
* <p class="b-tariff-item__header_title">'''Switch to ZERO''' ("Переходи на НОЛЬ"),</p>
 
* <p class="b-tariff-item__header_title">'''Switch to ZERO''' ("Переходи на НОЛЬ"),</p>
* <p class="b-tariff-item__header_title">#'''Hello'''</p>
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* <p class="b-tariff-item__header_title">#'''Hello''' </p>
 
* <p class="b-tariff-item__header_title">'''Warm Welcome '''("Тёплый приём").</p>
 
* <p class="b-tariff-item__header_title">'''Warm Welcome '''("Тёплый приём").</p>
   
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Calling rates (valid only in Moscow area):
 
Calling rates (valid only in Moscow area):
* to other MegaFon numbers with same plan and same region - free (limited to 100 min/day).
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* to other MegaFon numbers with same plan and same region - free (limited to 100 min/day).
* to other phones in Moscow 2 RUB/min,
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* to other phones in Moscow 2 RUB/min,
* to MegaFon numbers of other regions - 2.5 RUB,
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* to MegaFon numbers of other regions - 2.5 RUB,
* to other Russian numbers - 10 RUB/min.
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* to other Russian numbers - 10 RUB/min.
* to CIS and xUSSR countries - 3.5...20 RUB/min
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* to CIS and xUSSR countries - 3.5...20 RUB/min
 
* to China, India, Vietnam, Turkey and Japan - 2...7 RUB/min
 
* to China, India, Vietnam, Turkey and Japan - 2...7 RUB/min
 
You can switch to this plan from any other by dialing '''*105*0046*1#.'''
 
You can switch to this plan from any other by dialing '''*105*0046*1#.'''
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It has the same base data plan as Switch to ZERO and Everything is easy. Recently, they issued two combo variants of Warm Welcome with data (WhatsApp, Viber, eMotion, imo, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki is free) and voice and SMS allowances added:
 
It has the same base data plan as Switch to ZERO and Everything is easy. Recently, they issued two combo variants of Warm Welcome with data (WhatsApp, Viber, eMotion, imo, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki is free) and voice and SMS allowances added:
 
* '''Warm Welcome S''': for 300 RUB monthly, it includes unlimited calls to MegaFon and 300 mins to all networks, 200 SMS and 4 GB data, activation: *105*1082#. For more data, use extension packs ("Продли скорость").
 
* '''Warm Welcome S''': for 300 RUB monthly, it includes unlimited calls to MegaFon and 300 mins to all networks, 200 SMS and 4 GB data, activation: *105*1082#. For more data, use extension packs ("Продли скорость").
* '''Warm Welcome M''': for 600 RUB monthly, it includes unlimited calls to MegaFon and 500 mins to all networks, 300 SMS and 10 GB data, activation: *105*1083#. For more data, use extension packs ("Продли скорость") or for a 1.70 RUB daily subscription rate unlimited mobile data at the maximum speed available on the network.
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* '''Warm Welcome M''': for 600 RUB monthly, it includes unlimited calls to MegaFon and 500 mins to all networks, 300 SMS and 10 GB data, activation: *105*1083#. For more data, use extension packs ("Продли скорость") or for a 1.70 RUB daily subscription rate unlimited mobile data at the maximum speed available on the network.
   
 
==== '''#Hello''' ====
 
==== '''#Hello''' ====
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|*236*5*1#
 
|*236*5*1#
 
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All packages have full 4G/LTE speed, where available. Dial *558# to check remaining data volume. Unlimited nightly data bonus is valid from 1am-7am Moscow time (GMT+03:00).
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All packages have full 4G/LTE speed, where available. Dial *558# to check remaining data volume. Unlimited nightly data bonus is valid from 1am-7am Moscow time (GMT+03:00).
   
 
All packages auto-renew, if not stopped by *236*00# (dial *236*00#, press "call" button, then reply with "1" to confirm the package de-activation).
 
All packages auto-renew, if not stopped by *236*00# (dial *236*00#, press "call" button, then reply with "1" to confirm the package de-activation).
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|3 GB
 
|3 GB
 
|300 mins
 
|300 mins
|Messengers*, 300 SMS
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|Messengers*, 300 SMS
 
|*789*2#
 
|*789*2#
 
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|-
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|20 GB
 
|20 GB
 
|750 mins
 
|750 mins
| rowspan="3" |Messengers*,
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| rowspan="3" |Messengers*,
 
Social Media**,
 
Social Media**,
   
20 GB for YouTube,
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20 GB for YouTube,
   
 
Free TV pack
 
Free TV pack
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* '''*Messengers''' pack includes unlimited WhatsApp, Viber, eMotion, Telegram and Facebook Messenger;
 
* '''*Messengers''' pack includes unlimited WhatsApp, Viber, eMotion, Telegram and Facebook Messenger;
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* **'''Social Media''' pack includes free Facebook, Instagram, VK.com (VKontakte), OK.ru (Odnoklassniki);
**'''Social Media''' pack includes free Facebook, Instagram, VK.com (VKontakte), OK.ru (Odnoklassniki);
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* ***'''Music''' pack gives free [http://boom.ru/ BOOM], [https://zvooq.com/ Zvooq] and [https://music.yandex.ru/ Yandex.Music] traffic (only free traffic, no free subscription included).
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***'''Music''' pack gives free [http://boom.ru/ BOOM], [https://zvooq.com/ Zvooq] and [https://music.yandex.ru/ Yandex.Music] traffic (only free traffic, no free subscription included).
 
 
* All packages include unlimited calls within MegaFon network.
 
* All packages include unlimited calls within MegaFon network.
 
All data allowances are valid all over Russia except Magadan, Sakhalin island, Yakutia, Chukotka, Kamchatka peninsula, Norilsk city, Taymyr region, [[Crimean Peninsula|Crimea peninsula and Sevastopol]], where the basic data rate 9.9 RUB per MB is active.
 
All data allowances are valid all over Russia except Magadan, Sakhalin island, Yakutia, Chukotka, Kamchatka peninsula, Norilsk city, Taymyr region, [[Crimean Peninsula|Crimea peninsula and Sevastopol]], where the basic data rate 9.9 RUB per MB is active.
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* '''Your country (Твоя Страна): '''Good plan for calls to another regions of Russia, CIS ans some Asian countries (China, Vietnam). Useless for calling to another coutries, no discounts for EU, GB, USA. Change to this by *111*741# for 150 RUB.
 
* '''Your country (Твоя Страна): '''Good plan for calls to another regions of Russia, CIS ans some Asian countries (China, Vietnam). Useless for calling to another coutries, no discounts for EU, GB, USA. Change to this by *111*741# for 150 RUB.
   
* '''Red Energy: '''1.6 RUB per min for all calls inside the region. Starter price: 150 RUB, change by *111*727#
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* '''Red Energy: '''1.6 RUB per min for all calls inside the region. Starter price: 150 RUB, change by *111*727#
   
These monthly options can be added to all prepaid voice plans mentioned above for internet access:
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These monthly options can be added to all prepaid voice plans mentioned above for internet access:
* '''BIT '''(БИТ): daily 75 MB data for 200 RUB per month. For additional data 50 MB packs at 8 RUB are added automatically. A day is from midnight in the associated time zone. Activation: *111*252#
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* '''BIT '''(БИТ): daily 75 MB data for 200 RUB per month. For additional data 50 MB packs at 8 RUB are added automatically. A day is from midnight in the associated time zone. Activation: *111*252#
* '''SuperBIT ('''СуперБИТ): 3 GB data for 350 RUB per month. For additional data 500 MB packs at 75 RUB are added automatically. Activation: *111*628#.
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* '''SuperBIT ('''СуперБИТ): 3 GB data for 350 RUB per month. For additional data 500 MB packs at 75 RUB are added automatically. Activation: *111*628#.
* '''Online''' (ВСети): a social media plan for 4 RUB per day giving unlimited access to VКontakte, Odnoklassniki, Facebook, FB Messenger, Instagram, <s>Telegram</s>, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Twitter, Snapchat and Twitch; activation: *345#; deactivation: *111*345*2#.
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* '''Online''' (ВСети): a social media plan for 4 RUB per day giving unlimited access to VКontakte, Odnoklassniki, Facebook, FB Messenger, Instagram, <s>Telegram</s>, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Twitter, Snapchat and Twitch; activation: *345#; deactivation: *111*345*2#.
 
* '''Internet 4 Mbit/s''' (Интернет 4 Мбит/сек.): slow unlimited internet plan throttled to 4 Mbit/s for streaming devices with unlimited internet at 750 RUB per month. If tethering is detected, speed will be further throttled to 512 kbit/s. Can't be combined with an Mini, Maxi or VIP package. Activation through [http://internet.mts.ru internet.mts.ru]
 
* '''Internet 4 Mbit/s''' (Интернет 4 Мбит/сек.): slow unlimited internet plan throttled to 4 Mbit/s for streaming devices with unlimited internet at 750 RUB per month. If tethering is detected, speed will be further throttled to 512 kbit/s. Can't be combined with an Mini, Maxi or VIP package. Activation through [http://internet.mts.ru internet.mts.ru]
 
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|Internet VIP
 
|Internet VIP
 
|1200 RUB
 
|1200 RUB
|30 GB (#)
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|30 GB (#)
 
|*162#
 
|*162#
 
|3 GB: 350 RUB
 
|3 GB: 350 RUB
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|}Note, that data are valid all over Russia, but outside your home region still a surcharge of 50 RUB per day is added. (#) = these packages are unlimited at night (0-7am). 
Note, that data are valid all over Russia, but outside your home region still a surcharge of 50 RUB per day is added. (#) = these packages are unlimited at night (0-7am). 
 
   
 
Activation is by code, app or online. Remaining data volume can be checked by dialing *217#. All packages auto-renew after 30 days. To deactivate type activation code and replace # by *2#. 
 
Activation is by code, app or online. Remaining data volume can be checked by dialing *217#. All packages auto-renew after 30 days. To deactivate type activation code and replace # by *2#. 
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!Data
 
!Data
 
!Calls
 
!Calls
!SMS
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!SMS
 
!Activation
 
!Activation
 
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|-
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|Our Smart
 
|Our Smart
 
|1000 RUB
 
|1000 RUB
|25 GB #
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|25 GB #
 
|1500 mins (national)
 
|1500 mins (national)
 
|1500
 
|1500
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|-
 
|-
 
|My Smart
 
|My Smart
Мойm Smart
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Мойm Smart
 
|500 RUB
 
|500 RUB
 
525 RUB
 
525 RUB
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20 GB
 
20 GB
| colspan="2" | 200 mins (nat), 200 SMS included
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| colspan="2" | 200 mins (nat), 200 SMS included
 
400 mins (nat), 400 SMS + 25 RUB
 
400 mins (nat), 400 SMS + 25 RUB
   
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|*111*1115#
 
|*111*1115#
 
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All Smart plans include unlimited calls to other MTS Russia numbers. (#) = Our Smart enables to share these data with up to 5 numbers.
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All Smart plans include unlimited calls to other MTS Russia numbers. (#) = Our Smart enables to share these data with up to 5 numbers.
   
 
Social media in the Hype plan includes unlimited use of VKontakte''',''' Odnoklassniki, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, <s>Telegram,</s> WhatsApp, Viber, Snapchat, YouTube, МТS Music, Apple Music, Google Music, Zvooq, App Store, Google Play, МТS Connect and some games.
 
Social media in the Hype plan includes unlimited use of VKontakte''',''' Odnoklassniki, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, <s>Telegram,</s> WhatsApp, Viber, Snapchat, YouTube, МТS Music, Apple Music, Google Music, Zvooq, App Store, Google Play, МТS Connect and some games.
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==== '''General information''' ====
 
==== '''General information''' ====
All SIM cards are valid for 3 months (89 days) since the date of the last chargeable usage. There is no way to see how many days are remaining. To prevent blocking and save your number, you should make any paid action at least once every 3 months by sending a text message or making an outgoing call.
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Všechny SIM karty jsou platné 3 měsíce (89 dní) od posledního zdanitelného využití dat. Neexistuje způsob, jak zjistit, kolik dní zbývá. Chcete-li očekávat blokaci a uložit své číslo, obdržet provést placenou akci, jakmile za 3 měsíce zasílatte textové zprávy nebo odchozím hlasem.
   
 
You can recharge your number with your credit card or via PayPal using 3rd part top-up agencies like [https://www.ding.com/ this service] for a surcharge. Lots of EU, US, UK and CIS countries credit cards are accepted (Visa or MasterCard).
 
You can recharge your number with your credit card or via PayPal using 3rd part top-up agencies like [https://www.ding.com/ this service] for a surcharge. Lots of EU, US, UK and CIS countries credit cards are accepted (Visa or MasterCard).
   
To check your balance, dial *102# for free. The balance is displayed on your phone screen. On some plans the more common combination *100# also works.
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To check your balance, dial *102# for free. The balance is displayed on your phone screen. On some plans the more common combination *100# also works.
   
 
===='''Availability'''====
 
===='''Availability'''====
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* '''Internet for tablets ('''Интернет для планшета): This plan for tablets includes 10 GB per month at 550 RUB. Change by *110*1024#. For more data Gigabyte (see above) packs can be added.
 
* '''Internet for tablets ('''Интернет для планшета): This plan for tablets includes 10 GB per month at 550 RUB. Change by *110*1024#. For more data Gigabyte (see above) packs can be added.
 
* '''Internet for computers ('''Интернет для компьютера): This plan for modems includes 25 GB per month at 1200 RUB. Change by *110*2048#. For more data Gigabyte (see above) packs can be added.
 
* '''Internet for computers ('''Интернет для компьютера): This plan for modems includes 25 GB per month at 1200 RUB. Change by *110*2048#. For more data Gigabyte (see above) packs can be added.
* '''Signal''' (Сигнал): This plan is for M2M devices like GPS routers or alarm systems. It has a flat fee of 1 RUB per day and 2 RUB per MB.
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* '''Signal''' (Сигнал): This plan is for M2M devices like GPS routers or alarm systems. It has a flat fee of 1 RUB per day and 2 RUB per MB.
 
All Highway internet packages have been discontinued.
 
All Highway internet packages have been discontinued.
   
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|20 RUB
 
|20 RUB
 
|unlimited
 
|unlimited
|500 mins
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|500 mins
 
|300
 
|300
|15 GB
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|15 GB
 
|0674000222
 
|0674000222
 
|-
 
|-
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|1500 RUB
 
|1500 RUB
 
|50 RUB
 
|50 RUB
|unlimited
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|unlimited
 
|2000 mins national
 
|2000 mins national
|300
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|300
 
|30 GB
 
|30 GB
 
|0674000444
 
|0674000444
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|2500 RUB
 
|2500 RUB
 
|83.3 RUB
 
|83.3 RUB
|unlimited
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|unlimited
|5000 mins
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|5000 mins
 
|300
 
|300
 
|30 GB
 
|30 GB
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==== '''Internet sharing option''' ====
 
==== '''Internet sharing option''' ====
Beeline offers an option which allows you to share the included data allowance in the "All" combo plans with other Beeline users of same region, not to be mixed up with tethering. So if you have 2 or more Beeline SIM cards from the same region you can share one "All" combo package with other user without paying for 2nd "All" bundle.
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Beeline offers an option which allows you to share the included data allowance in the "All" combo plans with other Beeline users of same region, not to be mixed up with tethering. So if you have 2 or more Beeline SIM cards from the same region you can share one "All" combo package with other user without paying for 2nd "All" bundle.
   
 
Certain limitations apply: You can share your internet allowance only on "All 3", "All 4" and "All 5" packages. You can select 1, 2 or 3 additional numbers for sharing your package. Adding each shared user increases the monthly fee to 150 RUB (5 RUB daily). To add the user to your "group", it should be the Beeline customer of same region. The other number selected for sharing can only use your data pack, while calling and texting not. It's often better to buy a smaller separate package for other SIM card instead of using this feature.
 
Certain limitations apply: You can share your internet allowance only on "All 3", "All 4" and "All 5" packages. You can select 1, 2 or 3 additional numbers for sharing your package. Adding each shared user increases the monthly fee to 150 RUB (5 RUB daily). To add the user to your "group", it should be the Beeline customer of same region. The other number selected for sharing can only use your data pack, while calling and texting not. It's often better to buy a smaller separate package for other SIM card instead of using this feature.
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Tele2 Russia commercially launched LTE on 1800 MHz (B3) in 2014 and rollouts in most major cities began throughout 2015. Further LTE networks have been launched on B7 (2600 MHz) and B20 (800 MHz), with smaller LTE-TDD deployments over B40 (2300 MHz) primarily in Krasnodar and Sochi districts. The company commercially launched B31 (450 MHz) LTE under the SkyLink banner in May 2016, initially in regional areas and gradually expanding to cover St. Petersburg and Moscow within the same year.
 
Tele2 Russia commercially launched LTE on 1800 MHz (B3) in 2014 and rollouts in most major cities began throughout 2015. Further LTE networks have been launched on B7 (2600 MHz) and B20 (800 MHz), with smaller LTE-TDD deployments over B40 (2300 MHz) primarily in Krasnodar and Sochi districts. The company commercially launched B31 (450 MHz) LTE under the SkyLink banner in May 2016, initially in regional areas and gradually expanding to cover St. Petersburg and Moscow within the same year.
   
There is a notable "black spot" for 2G in the European part of Russia in Moscow. Tele2 started to work in Moscow in October 2015. They decided to build only a 3G/4G network here and there is no roaming on other 2G networks and no future plans for 2G coverage (GSM 900/1800) within Moscow area. With a 90% coverage, there are still some coverage gaps in Moscow.
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There is a notable "black spot" for 2G in the European part of Russia in Moscow. Tele2 started to work in Moscow in October 2015. They decided to build only a 3G/4G network here and there is no roaming on other 2G networks and no future plans for 2G coverage (GSM 900/1800) within Moscow area. With a 90% coverage, there are still some coverage gaps in Moscow.
   
 
If you try to use a Tele2 SIM card from another region in Moscow now, it will go to roaming, registering in 3G/4G network of Tele2 or in 2G with other networks, but for Moscow regional users only native Tele2 3G/4G network is available.
 
If you try to use a Tele2 SIM card from another region in Moscow now, it will go to roaming, registering in 3G/4G network of Tele2 or in 2G with other networks, but for Moscow regional users only native Tele2 3G/4G network is available.
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There are some small Tele2 branded retail shops. You can buy Tele2 SIM cards in their retail stores, at the distribution points in some malls and at the railway stations, or using their [http://spb.tele2.ru/ online] store with free delivery to a local address. You can arrange a pick up point or use the free delivery service within the city (Moscow and St. Petersburg) in a max. of 2 days. Independent dealers resell their SIM cards in electronic or cell phone shops for a small surcharge. Start-up price is 100-500 RUB depending on number and start-up plan.
 
There are some small Tele2 branded retail shops. You can buy Tele2 SIM cards in their retail stores, at the distribution points in some malls and at the railway stations, or using their [http://spb.tele2.ru/ online] store with free delivery to a local address. You can arrange a pick up point or use the free delivery service within the city (Moscow and St. Petersburg) in a max. of 2 days. Independent dealers resell their SIM cards in electronic or cell phone shops for a small surcharge. Start-up price is 100-500 RUB depending on number and start-up plan.
   
In summer 2019 Tele2 started as first operator to sell eSIMs for their plans. Compatible phones can load one of their plans below on their profile. You should better go to a Tele2 store and speak good Russian language, if you are not famlliar with the process.
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In summer 2019 Tele2 started as first operator to sell eSIMs for their plans. Compatible phones can load one of their plans below on their profile. You should better go to a Tele2 store and speak good Russian language, if you are not famlliar with the process.
 
===='''Prepaid plans'''====
 
===='''Prepaid plans'''====
 
Tele2 recently updated all their prepaid plans. The main advantage of the new plans is a roll-over of unused data and voice allowances to the next month. You can switch between plans any time for 40 RUR per each change.
 
Tele2 recently updated all their prepaid plans. The main advantage of the new plans is a roll-over of unused data and voice allowances to the next month. You can switch between plans any time for 40 RUR per each change.
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|200 RUB
 
|200 RUB
 
|2 GB,
 
|2 GB,
200 mins, 50 SMS
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200 mins, 50 SMS
 
|*630*2#
 
|*630*2#
 
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|-
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|400 RUB
 
|400 RUB
 
|15 GB, social media
 
|15 GB, social media
500 mins, 50 SMS
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500 mins, 50 SMS
 
|*630*3#
 
|*630*3#
 
|-
 
|-
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|700 RUB
 
|700 RUB
 
|30 GB, social media
 
|30 GB, social media
800 mins, 50 SMS
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800 mins, 50 SMS
 
|*630*4#
 
|*630*4#
 
|-
 
|-
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Безлимит
 
Безлимит
 
|600 RUB
 
|600 RUB
|unlimited data,
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|unlimited data,
 
500 mins, 50 SMS
 
500 mins, 50 SMS
 
|*630*15#
 
|*630*15#
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|299 RUB
 
|299 RUB
 
|7 GB
 
|7 GB
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|*630*12#
 
|*630*12#
 
|}
 
|}
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On-net calls within Tele2 network are included unlimited. After using included data allowance, speed will be throttled to 64 kbps. All packages auto-renew, if not disabled before. All unused allowances will be rolled over to the next month, if you continue your plan.
On-net calls within Tele2 network are included unlimited. After using included data allowance, speed will be throttled to 64 kbps. All packages auto-renew, if not disabled before. All unused allowances will be rolled over to the next month, if you continue your plan.
 
   
 
Check consumption of the packages by *155*0#. Social media includes zero-rated access to Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, TamTam, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, except for voice and video calls using messengers.
 
Check consumption of the packages by *155*0#. Social media includes zero-rated access to Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, TamTam, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, except for voice and video calls using messengers.
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==== '''Data feature packages''' ====
 
==== '''Data feature packages''' ====
If you don't want to use combo plans, you can add a special internet pack to the Classic plan. The Classic tariff charges 15 RUB per 10 MB. Beyond 10 MB per day the daily pack of 1 GB
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If you don't want to use combo plans, you can add a special internet pack to the Classic plan. The Classic tariff charges 15 RUB per 10 MB. Beyond 10 MB per day the daily pack of 1 GB
   
 
All data packs are valid in all Tele2 regions. They offer two <u>daily</u> options:
 
All data packs are valid in all Tele2 regions. They offer two <u>daily</u> options:
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===='''More info'''====
 
===='''More info'''====
 
*APN: internet.tele2.ru
 
*APN: internet.tele2.ru
*Website for Moscow: https://msk.tele2.ru/ change on top right for other regions
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*Website for Moscow: https://msk.tele2.ru/ change on top right for other regions
 
*Support phone +7(495)979-76-11 for Moscow
 
*Support phone +7(495)979-76-11 for Moscow
 
=='''Yota '''(Йота)==
 
=='''Yota '''(Йота)==
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==== '''For smartphones ''' ====
 
==== '''For smartphones ''' ====
They are prepaid plans with a monthly fee and an included combo pack with unlimited data for some apps you choose. It's no longer possible to get an unlimited data package, though old SIM cards still work. The exact price depends on the region where the card is obtained.
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They are prepaid plans with a monthly fee and an included combo pack with unlimited data for some apps you choose. It's no longer possible to get an unlimited data package, though old SIM cards still work. The exact price depends on the region where the card is obtained.
   
For Moscow these monthly plans are sold
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For Moscow these monthly plans are sold
 
* 6 GB: 280 RUB
 
* 6 GB: 280 RUB
 
* 12 GB: 330 RUB
 
* 12 GB: 330 RUB
 
* 30 GB: 380 RUB
 
* 30 GB: 380 RUB
 
* 50 GB: 420 RUB
 
* 50 GB: 420 RUB
For voice calls all over in Russia you can add 100 mins intervals for 50 RUB. For social media unlimited apps can be added: VKontakte, Instagram, Facebook, Odnoklassniki, Twitter for 25 RUB each; Viber, WhatsApp, Skype for RUR 15 each, YouTube for 60 RUB or SMS for 50 RUB.
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For voice calls all over in Russia you can add 100 mins intervals for 50 RUB. For social media unlimited apps can be added: VKontakte, Instagram, Facebook, Odnoklassniki, Twitter for 25 RUB each; Viber, WhatsApp, Skype for RUR 15 each, YouTube for 60 RUB or SMS for 50 RUB.
   
Their app allows to see remaining minutes, account balance, top-up and chat with support (in Russian only).
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Their app allows to see remaining minutes, account balance, top-up and chat with support (in Russian only).
   
 
What they hide in their T&Cs: If the SIM-card is used other than in a smartphone (like in a router, modem or tablet), the speed will be throttled to 64 kbit/s. If your smartphone is used as a hotspot for tethering, the speed is limited to 128 kbit/s, this limitation can be removed for 2 hours at 90 RUR or for 24 hours at 190 RUR. When you use file-sharing networks, speed is limited to 32 kbit/s;
 
What they hide in their T&Cs: If the SIM-card is used other than in a smartphone (like in a router, modem or tablet), the speed will be throttled to 64 kbit/s. If your smartphone is used as a hotspot for tethering, the speed is limited to 128 kbit/s, this limitation can be removed for 2 hours at 90 RUR or for 24 hours at 190 RUR. When you use file-sharing networks, speed is limited to 32 kbit/s;
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You should buy their hardware (modem or router) if you want to subscribe. USB modem has built-in USIM card, so the modem is locked to your subscription. You can't use it with another operator.
 
You should buy their hardware (modem or router) if you want to subscribe. USB modem has built-in USIM card, so the modem is locked to your subscription. You can't use it with another operator.
   
Routers has detachable USIM card which is different from their common voice-capable smartphone SIM card. You can purchase "modem only" USIM card without their device, but you can't use their "modem card" in a smartphone or in your tablet. You can try using it in your 4G router, but this is not guaranteed. Yota recommends using their own equipment for this subscription. It can check the device ID and block unknown devices from accessing the radio network.
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Routers has detachable USIM card which is different from their common voice-capable smartphone SIM card. You can purchase "modem only" USIM card without their device, but you can't use their "modem card" in a smartphone or in your tablet. You can try using it in your 4G router, but this is not guaranteed. Yota recommends using their own equipment for this subscription. It can check the device ID and block unknown devices from accessing the radio network.
* for 2 hours at max. speed: 50 RUB
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* for 2 hours at max. speed: 50 RUB
* for 24 hours at max. speed: 150 RUB
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* for 24 hours at max. speed: 150 RUB
* for 30 days:
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* for 30 days:
** @ 512 kbps: 400 RUB
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** @ 512 kbps: 400 RUB
** @ 1 Mbps: 600 RUB
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** @ 1 Mbps: 600 RUB
** @ 5 Mbps: 900 RUB
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** @ 5 Mbps: 900 RUB
** @ 10 Mbps: 1250 RUB
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** @ 10 Mbps: 1250 RUB
** @ max. speed: 1400 RUB
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** @ max. speed: 1400 RUB
   
 
==== '''Tethering''' ====
 
==== '''Tethering''' ====
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