Comparison of cell phone plans in Russia

12 December, 2016

As already indicated in the article about cell phone plans in Russia, I wanted to compare the plans of different mobile phone operators, so that a visitor of Saint Petersburg can easily estimate what plan will be the best for him. Therefore the table below summarizes the information from the 9th of December 2016. I explicitly mention the date because the operator adapt their plans quickly. For example when I arrived in Saint Petersburg the provider Rostelecom had a different portfolio which now is adapted to that one of Tele2. But even if the tariffs change, I am convinced that this table gives you nevertheless an orientation of what you can get for your money. Corresponding to their prices the different mobile phone plans are arranged in the table.

Remarks

While reading the table, the comment “in SPB” means that calls or SMS are only available in Saint Petersburg and/or in the appropriate oblast. Mostly there is no statement if the data volume can be used in another oblast, but I suppose yes. In case the contract is signed in another city than Saint Petersburg you should replace “SPB” by the equivalent city, like Moscow. Apparently the operator Beeline has a special offer in which you get for the first months a huge amount of data, but this offer is only available until February 2017. Since every operator has some special options for calls or text messages within the same mobile phone network, it might be advantageous to have the same operator as your friends have. And by the way, don’t forget your passport when you sign up one of the cell phone plans in Russia.

MTS Beeline MegaFon Rostelecom Tele2
Smart mini Всё включено XS СУПЕРСИМКА M Очень черный
1000 min to MTS Russia;
unlimited talks to MTS SPB
150 min in SPB;
unlimited to MegaFon Russia
400 min in SPB and to Rostelecom Russia 400 min in SPB and to Tele2 Russia
200 SMS in SBP 150 SMS in SBP and MegaFon Russia 400 SMS 400 SMS
1 GB 2 GB in SPB 3 GB 3 GB
200 RUB 250 RUB 250 RUB 250 RUB
Smart Всё за 500 Всё включено  S СУПЕРСИМКА L Самый черный
500 min in SPB;
unlimited calls to MTS Russia
600 mins in SPB and to Beeline Russia 300 min;
unlimited calls to MegaFon
600 min in SPB and to Rostelecom Russia 600 min in SPB and to Tele2 Russia
500 SMS in SBP 300 SMS in SPB and to Beeline Russia 300 SMS 600 SMS 600 SMS
3 GB 18 GB (8 GB after 3 months) 5 GB 6 GB 6 GB
350 RUB 500 RUB 350 RUB 400 RUB 400 RUB
Smart+ Всё за 800 Всё включено M СУПЕРСИМКА L Очень Сверхчерный
900 min in SPB; unlimited calls to MTS Russia 1000 min in SPB and to Beeline Russia 650 min; unlimited talks to MegaFon 1000 min 1000 min
900 SMS in SBP 500 SMS in SPB and to Beeline Russia 650 SMS 1000 SMS 1000 SMS
5 GB 22 GB (8 GB after 3 months) 7 GB 8 GB 8 GB
600 RUB 800 RUB 650 RUB 600 RUB 600 RUB
Smart Top Всё за 1200 Всё включено L
1600 min; unlimited calls to MTS Russia 2000 min 1300 min; unlimited talks to MegaFon
1600 SMS 1000 SMS 1300 SMS
7 GB 25 GB (15 GB after 3 months) 10 GB
1000 RUB 800 RUB 1000 RUB

Maxim, currently studying Russian at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg

Maxim Germer

Posted by Maxim Germer

Maxim Germer is currently involved as an intern at Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg. He has been learning Russian for a couple of weeks. Due to the success he noticed during a three weeks stay at the language School Liden and Denz he decided to come back where he is now for three months.

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