Russia - Data Plans in Russia
I haven’t been to Russia in a long time… I know that there are many companies that sell sim cars for unlocked phones. But what about data plans? If I buy (here in the US) an unlocked, quad-band, Android-based Motorola, will I be able to get a sim card with a reasonably-priced DATA plan? If it makes a difference: I'll be in St. Pete and Moscow mostly.
Dec 19, 11, 5:55 am
All of the major carriers (MTS, Beeline, Megaphone) sell dataplans for phones and iPads. You can get both regular SIM cards and microsims.
Dec 19, 11, 9:30 am
Covered well here. Don't roam. AT&T in the past would bundle international data for Russia but not anymore. :mad:
I suspect people were using this and abusing it.
All of the major carriers (MTS, Beeline, Megaphone) sell dataplans for phones and iPads. You can get both regular SIM cards and microsims. Do I have to be a regular subscriber? I apologize for dumb questions! I got Sprint in the US, so I am unfamiliar with the whole sim card thing... I am planning to get what amazon lists as "Motorola MB300 Backflip Unlocked 3G Android Phone ... International Version." The description goes: "This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. Unlocked Quad-Band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and 3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities."
Will it work in Russia?
Dec 19, 11, 2:51 pm
No, you don't have to be a regular subscriber. Most cell phone users in Russia don't have contract plans. All throughout the city there are machines where you add money to your phone. You can also do this in any one of the carrier's stores or electronics stores (like Syaznoi or Ion). So, you're told the tarif you'll be paying and you pay those rates. When you run out of money, you go to the machine, type in your number, stick in 100, 500, 1000 rubles, and you're good to go again.
To get a SIM you just need to bring in your passport and have the address of where you're staying.
Dec 20, 11, 5:55 am
Unlocked Quad-Band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and 3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities."
Will it work in Russia?
European GSM networks operate in 900/1800 band; so if these specifications are true, this phone will work in Russia.
Do a bit of investigation before you sign up for any data plkan in Russia. MTS is known to be local AT&T (good coverage but expensive), Megafon is quite inexpensive but could have issues with 3G coverage outside of Moscow. Beeline is more of a balanced offering.
Do your bit of research:)
Beeline: http://english.moscow.megafon.ru/tariffs/ (Russian only)
Dec 20, 11, 9:16 am
Megafon has the best deals for foreigners. The sim cards dont expire so quickly after a period of inactivity, so its handy if you (like me) go to russia 4 + times a year and stay a few days here and there.
Otherwise you would be stuck having to get a new card every once in a while.
I never quite figured out the terminal to reload, I would just do it at the store, or have them do it for me. And yes, most Russians are on a prepay plan...
Mar 6, 12, 1:31 am
Are there any specific APN settings for data usage on an iPhone with any of the 3 carriers or will the settings be updated automatically?
It should update automatically. Svyaznoi has a set up for a fee - 148 rubles (it was some weird number like that, less than $5) that they'll make sure everything is working for you when you get a sim card there.