Operators, news and statistics

Yota started selling its SIM cards in Pyaterochka supermarkets in Moscow and the Moscow region. And not only in Pyaterochka, but also in the Lenta supermarket chain. The issue price is 300 rubles, the same 300 rubles. on the balance sheet.

The press release is excellent: two paragraphs about how convenient and good it is to buy SIM cards in Pyaterochka stores, and two sentences containing useful information. Quote:

“You can buy a Yota SIM card in any of the 2,500 stores of the Pyaterochka retail chain in Moscow and the Moscow region. For self-registration of a SIM card, the client needs to be identified through the ID.Abonent application.".

Operators, news and statistics

The sale of SIM cards in Moscow's Pyaterochka is not new. A photo from the store was sent to me by a kind person back in May 2019. True, only Tele2 and virtual operators on the Tele2 network were on display, now Yota has got into this kind of “family circle”. The picture shows that the registration of the purchased SIM cards was carried out, as today, through the ID.Abonent application. If you go very deep into history, then you can recall that MegaFon experimented many years ago with selling its sim cards through simple vending machines at the dawn of its existence in Moscow. Most likely, this was the first such experience in Russia. True, you had to register SIM cards yourself in the operator's salon, but in those days they looked at it through their fingers and did not particularly insist on mandatory registration. Now unregistered SIM cards are regularly blocked by operators, but more on that below.

Operators, news and statistics

I recommend that you visit a special section on the Pyaterochka website here. Especially if you decide to purchase a SIM card in this way, but just looking at the section to see is also informative. There is a full range of contracts sold in Pyaterochka (see the screenshot above) with a step-by-step description of all the actions that need to be performed. I was also sincerely pleased with the “Tariffs” section, they carefully made a fairly detailed description of the starting tariff for each operator sold in Pyaterochka. For most, this description will suffice. And the future subscriber, who has not yet decided on the choice of operator, can compare different offers with minimal labor and time.

Operators, news and statistics

The activation procedure is also described with illustrations. It's not all that complicated, and, in theory, the application should not "hooligan" and fail. It has been working for more than a month, and errors in the past time should have been corrected. Of course, you will have to spend some time on activation, but it will take longer to go or go to the salon. Given the number of Pyaterochka stores, the chances of getting a SIM card near the house are significantly increased. Finally, there are situations in life when it is difficult (sometimes almost impossible) for a relative to get to a communication salon, here the choice is obvious.

Is it worth it to "have fun" playing these games? You decide. There are enough minuses: in the salon you can choose a tariff, check the details with a consultant, etc. If you are lucky with the salon employee, then your role will be reduced to the operation of getting money / cards from your pocket, everything else will be done for you quickly and efficiently. There are also advantages to purchasing a contract in a supermarket: Health & Beauty in Greater Accra an employee who can trade in this data on the sly, it happens. Even right there, as they say, “on the spot” you can get one or two “gift” sim cards without your knowledge. They say that now this is much less common than before, but God saves the safe. In any case, it is safer to send your passport data directly to your destination and once again not “shine” with your passport at an intermediary in the form of a salon. This comparison is for cases of equally easy accessibility of a communication salon and a store, I have already written about the situation of the need to go somewhere specially or go somewhere.

Operators, news and statistics

The same sets of SIM cards appeared at the checkout counters of the Lenta chain supermarkets. Moreover, if in Pyaterochka, according to reviews, they don’t see the entire range of sim cards on the window, then in Lenta there is a complete “iconostasis”. It is clear that Lenta is far from Pyaterochka in terms of popularity and the number of points of sale, but the fact itself. Who knows, maybe other supermarkets (the same Magnit) will start selling SIM cards. For the operator, such a sales model is almost certainly beneficial, it is unlikely that the commission received by supermarkets is more than mobile phones pay to salons.

Technical aspect

Someone in the store may think (and probably will) that this is happiness: an anonymous SIM card for 300 rubles, hanging on a counter near the cash register. No, registration is required and inevitable.

Naturally, I had questions about the technical implementation of such sales. By and large, a working SIM card bought in a store is nonsense, this should not be “by definition”. And there really is no such thing, see below my correspondence with the "primary source" in Tele2, thanks to Daria for the prompt response.

". I realized that nowhere is there any information about the state of the SIM card before its registration. Will the SIM card work immediately after purchase, or only after sending passport data through the application? If it works right away, then approximately how long will it work before blocking without registration? And if it works only after registration, then what does it look like technically? Does it unlock immediately after sending the data, or do you have to wait for some time (a day or two?)?

Sergey, good afternoon, not really. In fact, in the supermarket you buy a "blank" SIM, which must be activated. Registration takes place through the ID.Abonent application. You can download it using any other Internet source - via WiFi or from another SIM. That is, the activated card may not be online during registration. After registration, the card is ready for use (you can replace the old card with a new one or insert it as a second card on a dual SIM device). Yes, you can start using the card fully as soon as you receive a link to the contract. This usually happens within a few minutes. Blocking does not occur, since before registration the SIMs are "empty" - they do not have either the subscriber's data or the number. According to the entered data, the SIM card in the application is assigned a phone number and the selected tariff. I hope it makes more sense."

That is, you are buying a "blank", which before the great sacrament of registration is complete, it does not even make sense to insert it into the phone. If they register really “within a few minutes”, then there are no questions. And the wolves are safe, and the sheep are fed. The only negative is that when buying, it is impossible to choose the phone number you like, since the number has simply not yet been assigned. And this same minus is also a plus for those who stand behind such a buyer at the back in line at the checkout. After all, people can sort through bags with SIM cards for hours in search of “great beauty” in the room, and in a supermarket this is categorically unacceptable.

About the registration of SIM cards and the fight against anonymity

Interesting material, including the registration of SIM cards, was recently published on RBC, you can read it here. I would like to quote the paragraph with statistical data in its entirety:

“According to AC&M Consulting, as of December 31, 2018, there were 255.7 million active SIM cards in Russia, which is 0.3% less than in 2017. Last year, 97 million new SIM cards were sold, 12% less than in 2017.

In turn, Roskomnadzor is fighting against "gray" connections not only through mobile operators. As part of joint work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than a thousand raids were carried out in the first half of 2019, during which 32,800 “left” SIM cards were seized, you can read the news article on the Roskomnadzor website here. The complete extermination of anonymous sim cards is an unattainable ideal, but they are clearly striving to achieve it.

Operators, news and statistics

Yota started selling its SIM cards in Pyaterochka supermarkets in Moscow and the Moscow region. And not only in Pyaterochka, but also in the Lenta supermarket chain. The issue price is 300 rubles, the same 300 rubles. on the balance sheet.

The press release is excellent: two paragraphs about how convenient and good it is to buy SIM cards in Pyaterochka stores, and two sentences containing useful information. Quote:

“You can buy a Yota SIM card in any of the 2,500 stores of the Pyaterochka retail chain in Moscow and the Moscow region. For self-registration of a SIM card, the client needs to be identified through the ID.Abonent application.".

Operators, news and statistics

The sale of SIM cards in Moscow's Pyaterochka is not new. A photo from the store was sent to me by a kind person back in May 2019. True, only Tele2 and virtual operators on the Tele2 network were on display, now Yota has got into this kind of “family circle”. The picture shows that the registration of the purchased SIM cards was carried out, as today, through the ID.Abonent application. If you go very deep into history, then you can recall that MegaFon experimented many years ago with selling its sim cards through simple vending machines at the dawn of its existence in Moscow. Most likely, this was the first such experience in Russia. True, you had to register SIM cards yourself in the operator's salon, but in those days they looked at it through their fingers and did not particularly insist on mandatory registration. Now unregistered SIM cards are regularly blocked by operators, but more on that below.

Operators, news and statistics

I recommend that you visit a special section on the Pyaterochka website here. Especially if you decide to purchase a SIM card in this way, but just looking at the section to see is also informative. There is a full range of contracts sold in Pyaterochka (see the screenshot above) with a step-by-step description of all the actions that need to be performed. I was also sincerely pleased with the “Tariffs” section, they carefully made a fairly detailed description of the starting tariff for each operator sold in Pyaterochka. For most, this description will suffice. And the future subscriber, who has not yet decided on the choice of operator, can compare different offers with minimal labor and time.

Operators, news and statistics

The activation procedure is also described with illustrations. It's not all that complicated, and, in theory, the application should not "hooligan" and fail. It has been working for more than a month, and errors in the past time should have been corrected. Of course, you will have to spend some time on activation, but it will take longer to go or go to the salon. Given the number of Pyaterochka stores, the chances of getting a SIM card near the house are significantly increased. Finally, there are situations in life when it is difficult (sometimes almost impossible) for a relative to get to a communication salon, here the choice is obvious.

Is it worth it to "have fun" playing these games? You decide. There are enough minuses: in the salon you can choose a tariff, check the details with a consultant, etc. If you are lucky with the salon employee, then your role will be reduced to the operation of getting money / cards from your pocket, everything else will be done for you quickly and efficiently. There are also advantages to purchasing a contract in a supermarket: Health & Beauty in Greater Accra an employee who can trade in this data on the sly, it happens. Even right there, as they say, “on the spot” you can get one or two “gift” sim cards without your knowledge. They say that now this is much less common than before, but God saves the safe. In any case, it is safer to send your passport data directly to your destination and once again not “shine” with your passport at an intermediary in the form of a salon. This comparison is for cases of equally easy accessibility of a communication salon and a store, I have already written about the situation of the need to go somewhere specially or go somewhere.

Operators, news and statistics

The same sets of SIM cards appeared at the checkout counters of Lenta supermarket chains. Moreover, if in Pyaterochka, according to reviews, they do not see the entire range of sim cards on the window, then in Lenta there is a complete “iconostasis”. It is clear that Lenta is far from Pyaterochka in terms of popularity and the number of points of sale, but the fact itself. Who knows, maybe other supermarkets (the same Magnit) will start selling SIM cards. For the operator, such a sales model is almost certainly beneficial, it is unlikely that the commission received by supermarkets is more than mobile phones pay to salons.

Technical aspect

Someone in the store may think (and probably will) that this is happiness: an anonymous SIM card for 300 rubles, hanging on a counter near the cash register. No, registration is required and inevitable.

Naturally, I had questions about the technical implementation of such sales. By and large, a working SIM card bought in a store is nonsense, this should not be “by definition”. And there really is no such thing, see below my correspondence with the "primary source" in Tele2, thanks to Daria for the prompt response.

". I realized that nowhere is there any information about the state of the SIM card before its registration. Will the SIM card work immediately after purchase, or only after sending passport data through the application? If it works right away, then approximately how long will it work before blocking without registration? And if it works only after registration, then what does it look like technically? Does it unlock immediately after sending the data, or do you have to wait for some time (a day or two?)?

Sergey, good afternoon, not really. In fact, in the supermarket you buy a "blank" SIM, which must be activated. Registration takes place through the ID.Abonent application. You can download it using any other Internet source - via WiFi or from another SIM. That is, the activated card may not be online during registration. After registration, the card is ready for use (you can replace the old card with a new one or insert it as a second card on a dual SIM device). Yes, you can start using the card fully as soon as you receive a link to the contract. This usually happens within a few minutes. Blocking does not occur, since before registration the SIMs are "empty" - they do not have either the subscriber's data or the number. According to the entered data, the SIM card in the application is assigned a phone number and the selected tariff. I hope it makes more sense."

That is, you are buying a "blank", which before the great sacrament of registration is complete, it does not even make sense to insert it into the phone. If they register really “within a few minutes”, then there are no questions. And the wolves are safe, and the sheep are fed. The only negative is that when buying, it is impossible to choose the phone number you like, since the number has simply not yet been assigned. And this same minus is also a plus for those who stand behind such a buyer at the back in line at the checkout. After all, people can sort through bags with SIM cards for hours in search of “great beauty” in the room, and in a supermarket this is categorically unacceptable.

About the registration of SIM cards and the fight against anonymity

Interesting material, including the registration of SIM cards, was recently published on RBC, you can read it here. I would like to quote the paragraph with statistical data in its entirety:

“According to AC&M Consulting, as of December 31, 2018, there were 255.7 million active SIM cards in Russia, which is 0.3% less than in 2017. Last year, 97 million new SIM cards were sold, 12% less than in 2017.

At the same time, AC&M partner Anton Pogrebinsky emphasized that, according to his estimates, 19% of the total number of SIM cards registered in the country at the end of last year were no longer used by subscribers, but continued to be counted by operators as active. Active SIM cards were distributed as follows: 52% (or 132.96 million pieces) were used in smartphones, 23% in push-button phones and 6% in M2M devices (machine-to-machine communication: various counters, sensors, etc.) . How many SIM cards could be blocked due to amendments, Pogrebinsky is not taken to estimate. Earlier, one of the market participants told RBC that approximately 80% of the subscriber base are stable subscribers who have issued SIM cards with a passport and have been using them for several years, and the remaining 20% ​​are gray subscribers who buy several SIM cards per month , use them for one or two calls and may be subject to amendments.

Despite the fact that the fight against anonymous SIM cards has been going on for a long time and literally on all fronts, the estimated 20% of "gray" subscribers are, in my opinion, a lot. If now it is 20%, then how much was it before, before the start of this active struggle? But the registration of sim cards strictly according to the passport has existed for I don’t remember how many years, and the subscriber’s obligation to inform the operator about changes in passport data is spelled out in the Agreement. Indeed, in Russia the severity of laws is compensated by the non-obligation of their implementation. By the way, about updating passport data: they write that MegaFon gives 20% cashback for three months to those who voluntarily come to the salon to update their passport data. Interesting know-how. It turns out that you can not only use a whip in the form of a phone lock (I wrote about my experience at Beeline here), you can also use a gingerbread in the form of a cashback. I don’t remember if I visited the MegaFon salon after changing my passport, I should have looked in and checked on occasion.

In turn, Roskomnadzor is fighting against "gray" connections not only through mobile operators. As part of joint work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than a thousand raids were carried out in the first half of 2019, during which 32,800 "left" SIM cards were seized, you can read the news article on the Roskomnadzor website here. The complete extermination of anonymous sim cards is an unattainable ideal, but they are clearly striving to achieve it.

Operators, news and statistics

Yota started selling its SIM cards in Pyaterochka supermarkets in Moscow and the Moscow Region. And not only in Pyaterochka, but also in the Lenta supermarket chain. The issue price is 300 rubles, the same 300 rubles. on the balance sheet.

The press release is excellent: two paragraphs about how convenient and good it is to buy SIM cards in Pyaterochka stores, and two sentences containing useful information. Quote:

“You can buy a Yota SIM card in any of the 2,500 stores of the Pyaterochka retail chain in Moscow and the Moscow region. For self-registration of a SIM card, the client needs to be identified through the ID.Abonent application.".

Operators, news and statistics

The sale of SIM cards in Moscow's Pyaterochka is not new. A photo from the store was sent to me by a kind person back in May 2019. True, only Tele2 and virtual operators on the Tele2 network were on display, now Yota has got into this kind of “family circle”. The picture shows that the registration of the purchased SIM cards was carried out, as it is today, through the ID.Abonent application. If you go very deep into history, then you can recall that MegaFon experimented many years ago with selling its sim cards through simple vending machines at the dawn of its existence in Moscow. Most likely, this was the first such experience in Russia. True, you had to register SIM cards yourself in the operator's salon, but in those days they looked at it through their fingers and did not particularly insist on mandatory registration. Now unregistered SIM cards are regularly blocked by operators, but more on that below.

Operators, news and statistics

I recommend that you visit a special section on the Pyaterochka website here. Especially if you decide to purchase a SIM card in this way, but just looking at the section to see is also informative. There is a full range of contracts sold in Pyaterochka (see the screenshot above) with a step-by-step description of all the actions that need to be performed. I was also sincerely pleased with the “Tariffs” section, they carefully made a fairly detailed description of the starting tariff for each operator sold in Pyaterochka. For most, this description will suffice. And the future subscriber, who has not yet decided on the choice of operator, can compare different offers with minimal labor and time.

Operators, news and statistics

The activation procedure is also described with illustrations. It's not all that complicated, and, in theory, the application should not "hooligan" and fail. It has been working for more than one month, and errors in the past time should have been corrected. Of course, you will have to spend some time on activation, but it will take longer to go or go to the salon. Given the number of Pyaterochka stores, the chances of getting a SIM card near the house are significantly increased. Finally, there are situations in life when it is difficult (sometimes almost impossible) for a relative to get to a communication salon, here the choice is obvious.

Is it worth it to "have fun" playing these games? You decide. There are enough minuses: in the salon you can choose a tariff, check the details with a consultant, etc. If you are lucky with the salon employee, then your role will be reduced to the operation of getting money / cards from your pocket, everything else will be done for you quickly and efficiently. There are also advantages to purchasing a contract in a supermarket: Health & Beauty in Greater Accra an employee who can trade in this data on the sly, it happens. Even right there, as they say, “on the spot” you can get one or two “gift” sim cards without your knowledge. They say that now this is much less common than before, but God saves the safe. In any case, it is safer to send your passport data directly to your destination and once again not “shine” with your passport at an intermediary in the form of a salon. This comparison is for cases of equally easy accessibility of a communication salon and a store, I have already written about the situation of the need to go somewhere specially or go somewhere.

Operators, news and statistics

The same sets of SIM cards appeared at the checkout counters of the Lenta chain supermarkets. Moreover, if in Pyaterochka, according to reviews, they don’t see the entire range of sim cards on the window, then in Lenta there is a complete “iconostasis”. It is clear that Lenta is far from Pyaterochka in terms of popularity and the number of points of sale, but the fact itself. Who knows, maybe other supermarkets (the same Magnit) will start selling SIM cards. For the operator, such a sales model is almost certainly beneficial, it is unlikely that the commission received by supermarkets is more than mobile phones pay to salons.

Technical aspect

Someone in the store may think (and probably will) that this is happiness: an anonymous SIM card for 300 rubles, hanging on a counter near the cash register. No, registration is required and inevitable.

Naturally, I had questions about the technical implementation of such sales. By and large, a working SIM card bought in a store is nonsense, this should not be “by definition”. And there really is no such thing, see below my correspondence with the "primary source" in Tele2, thanks to Daria for the prompt response.

". I realized that nowhere is there any information about the state of the SIM card before its registration. Will the SIM card work immediately after purchase, or only after sending passport data through the application? If it works right away, then approximately how long will it work before blocking without registration? And if it works only after registration, then what does it look like technically? Does it unlock immediately after sending the data, or do you have to wait for some time (a day or two?)?

Sergey, good afternoon, not really. In fact, in the supermarket you buy a "blank" SIM, which must be activated. Registration takes place through the ID.Abonent application. You can download it using any other Internet source - via WiFi or from another SIM. That is, the activated card may not be online during registration. After registration, the card is ready for use (you can replace the old card with a new one or insert it as a second card on a dual SIM device). Yes, you can start using the card fully as soon as you receive a link to the contract. This usually happens within a few minutes. Blocking does not occur, since before registration the SIMs are "empty" - they do not have either the subscriber's data or the number. According to the entered data, the SIM card in the application is assigned a phone number and the selected tariff. I hope it makes more sense."

That is, you are buying a "blank", which before the great sacrament of registration is complete, it does not even make sense to insert it into the phone. If they register really “within a few minutes”, then there are no questions. And the wolves are safe, and the sheep are fed. The only negative is that when buying, it is impossible to choose the phone number you like, since the number has simply not yet been assigned. And this same minus is also a plus for those who stand behind such a buyer at the back in line at the checkout. After all, people can sort through bags with SIM cards for hours in search of “great beauty” in the room, and in a supermarket this is categorically unacceptable.

About the registration of SIM cards and the fight against anonymity

Interesting material, including the registration of SIM cards, was recently published on RBC, you can read it here. I would like to quote the paragraph with statistical data in its entirety:

“According to AC&M Consulting, as of December 31, 2018, there were 255.7 million active SIM cards in Russia, which is 0.3% less than in 2017. Last year, 97 million new SIM cards were sold, 12% less than in 2017.

At the same time, AC&M partner Anton Pogrebinsky emphasized that, according to his estimates, 19% of the total number of SIM cards registered in the country at the end of last year were no longer used by subscribers, but continued to be counted by operators as active. Active SIM cards were distributed as follows: 52% (or 132.96 million pieces) were used in smartphones, 23% in push-button phones and 6% in M2M devices (machine-to-machine communication: various counters, sensors, etc.) . How many SIM cards could be blocked due to amendments, Pogrebinsky is not taken to estimate. Earlier, one of the market participants told RBC that approximately 80% of the subscriber base are stable subscribers who have issued SIM cards with a passport and have been using them for several years, and the remaining 20% ​​are gray subscribers who buy several SIM cards per month , use them for one or two calls and may be subject to amendments.

Despite the fact that the fight against anonymous SIM cards has been going on for a long time and literally on all fronts, the estimated 20% of "gray" subscribers are, in my opinion, a lot. If now it is 20%, then how much was it before, before the start of this active struggle? But the registration of sim cards strictly according to the passport has existed for I don’t remember how many years, and the subscriber’s obligation to inform the operator about changes in passport data is spelled out in the Agreement. Indeed, in Russia the severity of laws is compensated by the non-obligation of their implementation. By the way, about updating passport data: they write that MegaFon gives 20% cashback for three months to those who voluntarily come to the salon to update their passport data. Interesting know-how. It turns out that you can not only use a whip in the form of a phone lock (I wrote about my experience at Beeline here), you can also use a gingerbread in the form of a cashback. I don’t remember if I visited the MegaFon salon after changing my passport, I should have looked in and checked on occasion.

In turn, Roskomnadzor is fighting against "gray" connections not only through mobile operators. As part of joint work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than a thousand raids were carried out in the first half of 2019, during which 32,800 “left” SIM cards were seized, you can read the news article on the Roskomnadzor website here. The complete extermination of anonymous sim cards is an unattainable ideal, but they are clearly striving to achieve it.

Operators, news and statistics

Yota started selling its SIM cards in Pyaterochka supermarkets in Moscow and the Moscow region. And not only in Pyaterochka, but also in the Lenta supermarket chain. The issue price is 300 rubles, the same 300 rubles. on the balance sheet.

The press release is excellent: two paragraphs about how convenient and good it is to buy SIM cards in Pyaterochka stores, and two sentences containing useful information. Quote:

“You can buy a Yota SIM card in any of the 2,500 stores of the Pyaterochka retail chain in Moscow and the Moscow region. For self-registration of a SIM card, the client needs to be identified through the ID.Abonent application.".

The sale of SIM cards in Moscow's Pyaterochka is not new. A photo from the store was sent to me by a kind person back in May 2019. True, only Tele2 and virtual operators on the Tele2 network were on display, now Yota has got into this kind of “family circle”. The picture shows that the registration of the purchased SIM cards was carried out, as today, through the ID.Abonent application. If you go very deep into history, then you can recall that MegaFon experimented many years ago with selling its sim cards through simple vending machines at the dawn of its existence in Moscow. Most likely, this was the first such experience in Russia. True, you had to register SIM cards yourself in the operator's salon, but in those days they looked at it through their fingers and did not particularly insist on mandatory registration. Now unregistered SIM cards are regularly blocked by operators, but more on that below.

I recommend that you visit a special section on the Pyaterochka website here. Especially if you decide to purchase a SIM card in this way, but just looking at the section to see is also informative. There is a full range of contracts sold in Pyaterochka (see the screenshot above) with a step-by-step description of all the actions that need to be performed. I was also sincerely pleased with the “Tariffs” section, they carefully made a fairly detailed description of the starting tariff for each operator sold in Pyaterochka. For most, this description will suffice. And the future subscriber, who has not yet decided on the choice of operator, can compare different offers with minimal labor and time.

The activation procedure is also described with illustrations. It's not all that complicated, and, in theory, the application should not "hooligan" and fail. It has been working for more than a month, and errors in the past time should have been corrected. Of course, you will have to spend some time on activation, but it will take longer to go or go to the salon. Given the number of Pyaterochka stores, the chances of getting a SIM card near the house are significantly increased. Finally, there are situations in life when it is difficult (sometimes almost impossible) for a relative to get to a communication salon, here the choice is obvious.

Is it worth it to "have fun" playing these games? You decide. There are enough minuses: in the salon you can choose a tariff, check the details with a consultant, etc. If you are lucky with the salon employee, then your role will be reduced to the operation of getting money / cards from your pocket, everything else will be done for you quickly and efficiently. There are also advantages to acquiring a contract in a supermarket: Health & Beauty in Greater Accra scans of your passport do not remain with an employee who can trade this data on the sly, it happens. Even right there, as they say, “on the spot” you can get one or two “gift” sim cards without your knowledge. They say that now this is much less common than before, but God saves the safe. In any case, it is safer to send your passport data directly to your destination and once again not “shine” with your passport at an intermediary in the form of a salon. This comparison is for cases of equally easy accessibility of a communication salon and a store, I have already written about the situation of the need to go somewhere specially or go somewhere.

Is it worth it to "have fun" playing these games? You decide. There are enough minuses: in the salon you can choose a tariff, check the details with a consultant, etc. If you are lucky with the salon employee, then your role will be reduced to the operation of getting money / cards from your pocket, everything else will be done for you quickly and efficiently. There are also advantages to acquiring a contract in a supermarket: Health & Beauty in Greater Accra Health & Beauty in Greater Accra scans of your passport do not remain with an employee who can trade this data on the sly, it happens. Even right there, as they say, “on the spot” you can get one or two “gift” sim cards without your knowledge. They say that now this is much less common than before, but God saves the safe. In any case, it is safer to send your passport data directly to your destination and once again not “shine” with your passport at an intermediary in the form of a salon. This comparison is for cases of equally easy accessibility of a communication salon and a store, I already wrote about the situation of the need to go somewhere specially or go somewhere.

The same sets of SIM cards appeared at the checkout counters of the Lenta chain supermarkets. Moreover, if in Pyaterochka, according to reviews, they don’t see the entire range of sim cards on the window, then in Lenta there is a complete “iconostasis”. It is clear that Lenta is far from Pyaterochka in terms of popularity and the number of points of sale, but the fact itself. Who knows, maybe other supermarkets (the same Magnit) will start selling SIM cards. For the operator, such a sales model is almost certainly beneficial, it is unlikely that the commission received by supermarkets is more than mobile phones pay to salons.

Technical aspect

Someone in the store may think (and probably will) that this is happiness: an anonymous SIM card for 300 rubles, hanging on a counter near the cash register. No, registration is required and inevitable.

Naturally, I had questions about the technical implementation of such sales. By and large, a working SIM card bought in a store is nonsense, this should not be “by definition”. And there really is no such thing, see below my correspondence with the "primary source" in Tele2, thanks to Daria for the prompt response.

". I realized that nowhere is there any information about the state of the SIM card before its registration. Will the SIM card work immediately after purchase, or only after sending passport data through the application? If it works right away, then approximately how long will it work before blocking without registration? And if it works only after registration, then what does it look like technically? Does it unlock immediately after sending the data, or do you have to wait for some time (a day or two?)?

Sergey, good afternoon, not really. In fact, in the supermarket you buy a "blank" SIM, which must be activated. Registration takes place through the ID.Abonent application. You can download it using any other Internet source - via WiFi or from another SIM. That is, the activated card may not be online during registration. After registration, the card is ready for use (you can replace the old card with a new one or insert it as a second card on a dual SIM device). Yes, you can start using the card fully as soon as you receive a link to the contract. This usually happens within a few minutes. Blocking does not occur, since before registration the SIMs are "empty" - they do not have either the subscriber's data or the number. According to the entered data, the SIM card in the application is assigned a phone number and the selected tariff. I hope it makes more sense."

That is, you are buying a "blank", which before the great sacrament of registration is complete, it does not even make sense to insert it into the phone. If they register really “within a few minutes”, then there are no questions. And the wolves are safe, and the sheep are fed. The only negative is that when buying, it is impossible to choose the phone number you like, since the number has simply not yet been assigned. And this same minus is also a plus for those who stand behind such a buyer at the back in line at the checkout. After all, people can sort through bags with SIM cards for hours in search of “great beauty” in the room, and in a supermarket this is categorically unacceptable.

About the registration of SIM cards and the fight against anonymity

Interesting material, including the registration of SIM cards, was recently published on RBC, you can read it here. I would like to quote the paragraph with statistical data in its entirety:

“According to AC&M Consulting, as of December 31, 2018, there were 255.7 million active SIM cards in Russia, which is 0.3% less than in 2017. Last year, 97 million new SIM cards were sold, 12% less than in 2017.

At the same time, AC&M partner Anton Pogrebinsky emphasized that, according to his estimates, 19% of the total number of SIM cards registered in the country at the end of last year were no longer used by subscribers, but continued to be counted by operators as active. Active SIM cards were distributed as follows: 52% (or 132.96 million pieces) were used in smartphones, 23% in push-button phones and 6% in M2M devices (machine-to-machine communication: various counters, sensors, etc.) . How many SIM cards could be blocked due to amendments, Pogrebinsky is not taken to estimate. Earlier, one of the market participants told RBC that approximately 80% of the subscriber base are stable subscribers who have issued SIM cards with a passport and have been using them for several years, and the remaining 20% ​​are gray subscribers who buy several SIM cards per month , use them for one or two calls and may be subject to amendments.

Despite the fact that the fight against anonymous SIM cards has been going on for a long time and literally on all fronts, the estimated 20% of "gray" subscribers are, in my opinion, a lot. If now it is 20%, then how much was it before, before the start of this active struggle? But the registration of sim cards strictly according to the passport has existed for I don’t remember how many years, and the subscriber’s obligation to inform the operator about changes in passport data is spelled out in the Agreement. Indeed, in Russia the severity of laws is compensated by the non-obligation of their implementation. By the way, about updating passport data: they write that MegaFon gives 20% cashback for three months to those who voluntarily come to the salon to update their passport data. Interesting know-how. It turns out that you can not only use a whip in the form of a phone lock (I wrote about my experience at Beeline here), you can also use a gingerbread in the form of a cashback. I don’t remember if I visited the MegaFon salon after changing my passport, I should have looked in and checked on occasion.

In turn, Roskomnadzor is fighting against "gray" connections not only through mobile operators. As part of joint work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than a thousand raids were carried out in the first half of 2019, during which 32,800 “left” SIM cards were seized, you can read the news article on the Roskomnadzor website here. The complete extermination of anonymous sim cards is an unattainable ideal, but they are clearly striving to achieve it.