Operators: Internet Affairs

Today we will talk about news in the field of mobile Internet. In general, the trends are encouraging, prices are slowly declining. Although the approaching 3G "era" will inevitably bring with it certain restrictions, this process has already begun. Schemes and conditions for reducing the cost of traffic are also beginning to be seen. Nobody wants to “drop” prices just like that, and in exchange for a relatively cheap megabyte, they will increasingly want some guaranteed monthly income from us. Including in the form of the "payment for air" that we so unloved.

3G-official in Moscow and Moscow region

On Friday, November 6, at a meeting in the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, the issue "Prospects for the use of the radio frequency spectrum for the introduction of fourth-generation radio communication networks in the Russian Federation" was considered. Minister Igor Shchegolev presided, interested persons were present and the prospects for deploying networks of the third and fourth generations were discussed. From the speech of Oleg Ivanov, chief of the electronic warfare troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, it followed that the 56 billion rubles allocated in 2006 for frequency conversion. are not an adequate amount and the transfer of frequencies to operators should be conditional on their financial participation in the ongoing process. And in any case, there will remain severe restrictions on the operation of 3G networks within a radius of 60 km from strategic facilities. Which, unfortunately, raises serious doubts about the possibility of deploying these networks in the South-Western direction from the borders of Moscow. Permits for outdoor coverage of Moscow will be obtained, but also with restrictions on the height of the antenna suspension and transmitter power. Even Mr. Ivanov complained that instead of developing their own national standards in the field of mobile communications, at one time it was decided to use other people's developments. Indeed, there is experience, to recall at least Soviet VHF radios that worked in their own range and with their own unique stereo signal coding scheme.

One way or another, work is underway to expand 3G coverage in Moscow and the Moscow region. It is still difficult for us to judge how things are in MTS and Beeline, the operators do not advertise the construction of 3G network segments and, presumably, they will please us with a large-scale launch a little later. The metropolitan branch of MegaFon includes groups of its BSs as segments are ready and regularly publishes information on the coverage of the next objects and settlements. The latest 3G coverage map update shows what should materialize by December 1st. It is interesting to look at the changes that have taken place over the past two to three weeks, below is a section of the map from our publication of October 19.

And this is how (see below) the same area looks today. Green indicates coverage that is already in place, blue indicates coverage scheduled for December 1st. Detailed news of October 30 about the coverage of cities near Moscow can be read here, the latest data on the expansion of 3G coverage can be found in the news of November 6 here.

Generally speaking, the situation with the painful clearing of frequencies in Moscow and the surrounding areas should upset the operators much more than you and I. It is pleasant for subscribers to use fast mobile Internet in Moscow, but there are many other alternatives in the capital for those who need high-speed access. Including WiMax networks from Skartel (Yota) and Comstar. True, Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Scartel, at the same meeting at the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, said that the existing network was no longer able to cope with the needs of the increased number of subscribers. In any case, Muscovites do not suffer so much from the lack of 3G, while it is much more important for the Big Three operators to increase the capacity of their cellular networks in the capital.

Rubles and megabytes

The calculation and billing of GPRS traffic is becoming less and less transparent every year, there are more and more technical opportunities to "outsmart" the subscriber and take from him many times more than just "according to the meter". The famous phrase “You pay only for the amount of received and transmitted data!” now it looks like a sophisticated mockery of marketers, this is already a fait accompli. The last islands of honest payments (special tariffs) are about to be covered by the muddy foam of tricky Internet zones, when we get into which we imperceptibly begin to pay at least four, and sometimes twenty-four times more. This is not a lyrical digression and not an abstract "howl at the moon", these are the harsh realities of the current mobile Internet reality. And these realities must be taken into account when comparing prices. Unfortunately, the same abstract "megabyte" at the same declared price can cost very different money.

3G networks already today in cities near Moscow provide data transfer speeds 6-7 times higher than EDGE, and this should be reflected in tariff plans. The bandwidth ceases to serve as a natural limiter, and it would be naive to hope for the continued existence of "pure" unlimited TS. Including the once laid out unlimited for iPhone devices, which since then have already managed to learn how to work as modems even in official firmware. You can moan about "changes in terms of service", but against the nature of 3G, as they say, you can not trample.

Unlims

There will be (and are already appearing) unlims with a speed limit and conditional unlims with a threshold in terms of the amount of data transferred. In general, there are not so many models, but their combination can lead to unexpected and unusual options.

  • For example, the MTS news about "unlimited Internet access at a bargain price" will most likely materialize in two versions of tariff plans with different subscribers and access speeds of 128 and 512 Kbps. The size of the subscriber is still unknown, but in the Volga region it is 345 and 545 rubles. respectively. Those. residents of the Moscow region can hope for a budget low-speed anlim for 500 rubles a month.
  • In the metropolitan MegaFon, there is still one version of the conditional anlim: for 1400 rubles / month they “give away” 5 GB. traffic at full speed, after which the speed is reduced to 128 Kbps. I almost forgot: until the threshold of 5 gigabytes is exhausted, traffic at night is not taken into account at all, but after crossing this border, the speed is cut to 128 Kbps. any time of the day.An interesting scheme, you will agree. We are waiting for the development of this model in new tariffs for data transfer.
  • Beeline has published changes to the billing scheme in Apple Fresh, the news can be read here. The essence of the changes: all speed limits (until November 9, 20 Kbps at no additional charge) are removed, traffic over the package is paid at a price of 2 rubles/Mb. Indeed, why torture people with snail speed "for free" if you can charge a moderate fee for normal broadband Internet? We will talk about how the fee is moderate below. By the way, the news from the category “note to the hostess”, many have already gotten used to the extremely slow, but free Internet after the end of the package included in the monthly fee.

Limit Tariffs

Everything is much more interesting here, as the very little tricks that turn boring megabytes of traffic into a peppy stream of rubles from a personal account come into force and begin to actively operate. Oh, this marvelous phrase "You pay only for the amount of received and transmitted data!". As a reminder, we list the main features of what the prices on the operators' websites do not tell us about:

    Session rounding. The boring word "session" refers to a period of time during which the connection is active and consumes some network resources even in the absence of data transfer. It is clear that there is no need to waste resources in vain: the requested data (for example, a web page) is transmitted, confirmation is received - that's it, we tear the session. This is how the vast majority of modern phones / smartphones do, rightly so. Why keep a session open when reconnecting on demand (clicking on the "next page" icon) takes a fraction of a second? And now we look at the small print in the description of the service, for example, on the MTS website, and read:

“The total volume of transmitted and received data exceeding the non-charged volume is rounded up to the nearest 100 Kb for GPRS-Internet and 10 Kb for GPRS-WAP upon closing the GPRS connection, as well as once per hour in case of established GPRS connections."

Recall that we are talking about regular voice tariffs, and not special Internet offers. It is obvious that users of special tariffs for data transmission are obviously “in the know”, therefore no one is trying to sell them the Internet with 100-kilobyte rounding, they simply will not buy such a product. A long preface was written to understand the reasons why services and “optimizers” of the mobile Internet that are obscure to an inexperienced person are being introduced. A two-pronged task is being solved: users "in the know" get their carrots and do not run to another operator, and the bulk of consumers pay twice or three times more and do not worry about it. At one time, MegaFon was forced to introduce traffic packages with kilobyte rounding at regular rates, MTS went a slightly different way. The schemes are slightly different, but the idea is the same: take a subscription from the user or a guaranteed monthly fee for a “fair” session rounding.

We read the latest news about MTS Internet Optimization here, the service update is that now the second and third megabytes of traffic per day are not charged at all. The subscription fee for the service is 100.4 rubles. per month, for this money we also get a kilobyte rounding of all traffic. "Internet Optimization" is indeed a very good solution for an active user of mobile Internet from a smartphone. Even with a relatively modest traffic consumption and regular non-use of "gift" megabytes, these 100 rubles. the service pays off, because https://cars45.com.gh/2HDEWRqmc4s1q78LkVv12gqr. A 100-kilobyte rounding of a session on a smartphone translates into an increase in the price of a real megabyte by about three times. With constant access to the network from a computer, rounding is not so critical (the session does not break every few minutes), but other tariffs are used for these purposes.

“Optimal Internet” in the metropolitan MegaFon looks a little different. The subscription fee is higher (150 rubles per month), but for this money, in addition to kilobyte rounding, we get all traffic at 1.5 rubles / MB. Tempting, but not always rational for use with a smartphone. In order for the service to pay off, it will be necessary to "burn" more than 30 megabytes every month. Interestingly, this “Optimal Internet” option completely “killed” a 100-megabyte package for 500 rubles, “Optimal Internet” will cost at least 200 rubles. cheaper. For small amounts of traffic, a 15 MB package is suitable.

The "Optimal Internet" service turned out to be extremely popular and now MTS is launching a similar offer on the market. Read the news here, quote:

“The cost of Internet traffic is mere pennies! Starting November 17, 2009, MTS is launching a new service - "Internet for pennies", which will allow active mobile Internet users to use GPRS/EDGE/3G Internet even more actively and pay less.

Based on experience in other regions, the cost of a megabyte of traffic will be 0.95 rubles, I would predict a monthly fee at the level of 125 rubles per month (95 rubles in the regions). They can, of course, make a monthly fee in Moscow and 150 rubles, but hardly more, because. then the service will not look so good against the background of the “Optimal Internet” of the competitor. Is the next tariff hit of the season ripening? For regular access to the network from a computer, the offer looks very interesting, this is undeniable. But for smartphone users, things are far from clear. A little trick is that "Internet for a penny" will be sold with 100-kilobyte rounding, which will automatically turn 95 kopecks into two and a half, or even three rubles per megabyte of real traffic. We add to this the subscription fee, even if at the level of 125 rubles. and immediately stop understanding the address of the service. To get kilobyte rounding to "Internet for a penny" you will have to fasten "Internet optimization" and pay more than 200 rubles. per month "for air". To use the Internet from a smartphone, this is an absurd amount, then it’s better than “naked” “Internet optimization” without any advertising cents.

In general, the offer seems to be focused on Internet users from a computer, for them the new "penny" Internet service may be extremely attractive. But only if there are no restrictions on access speed in the "Internet for a penny". If such a restriction is made, then there will be no practical sense in the service at all: from a computer - slowly, from a smartphone - expensive. However, let's not guess, let's wait for the official release of the service.

Operators: Internet Affairs

Today we will talk about news in the field of mobile Internet. In general, the trends are encouraging, prices are slowly declining. Although the approaching 3G "era" will inevitably bring with it certain restrictions, this process has already begun. Schemes and conditions for reducing the cost of traffic are also beginning to be seen. Nobody wants to “drop” prices just like that, and in exchange for a relatively cheap megabyte, they will increasingly want some guaranteed monthly income from us. Including in the form of the "payment for air" that we so unloved.

3G-official in Moscow and Moscow region

On Friday, November 6, at a meeting in the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, the issue "Prospects for the use of the radio frequency spectrum for the introduction of fourth-generation radio communication networks in the Russian Federation" was considered. Minister Igor Shchegolev presided, interested persons were present and the prospects for deploying networks of the third and fourth generations were discussed. From the speech of Oleg Ivanov, chief of the electronic warfare troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, it followed that the 56 billion rubles allocated in 2006 for frequency conversion. are not an adequate amount and the transfer of frequencies to operators should be conditional on their financial participation in the ongoing process. And in any case, there will remain severe restrictions on the operation of 3G networks within a radius of 60 km from strategic facilities. Which, unfortunately, raises serious doubts about the possibility of deploying these networks in the South-Western direction from the borders of Moscow. Permits for outdoor coverage of Moscow will be obtained, but also with restrictions on the height of the antenna suspension and transmitter power. Even Mr. Ivanov complained that instead of developing their own national standards in the field of mobile communications, at one time it was decided to use other people's developments. Indeed, there is experience, to recall at least Soviet VHF radios that worked in their own range and with their own unique stereo signal coding scheme.

One way or another, work is underway to expand 3G coverage in Moscow and the Moscow region. It is still difficult for us to judge how things are in MTS and Beeline, the operators do not advertise the construction of 3G network segments and, presumably, they will please us with a large-scale launch a little later. The metropolitan branch of MegaFon includes groups of its BSs as segments are ready and regularly publishes information on the coverage of the next objects and settlements. The latest 3G coverage map update shows what should materialize by December 1st. It is interesting to look at the changes that have taken place over the past two to three weeks, below is a section of the map from our publication of October 19.

And this is how (see below) the same area looks today. Green indicates coverage that is already in place, blue indicates coverage scheduled for December 1st. Detailed news of October 30 about the coverage of cities near Moscow can be read here, the latest data on the expansion of 3G coverage can be found in the news of November 6 here.

Generally speaking, the situation with the painful clearing of frequencies in Moscow and the surrounding areas should upset the operators much more than you and I. It is pleasant for subscribers to use fast mobile Internet in Moscow, but there are many other alternatives in the capital for those who need high-speed access. Including WiMax networks from Skartel (Yota) and Comstar. True, Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Scartel, at the same meeting at the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, said that the existing network was no longer able to cope with the needs of the increased number of subscribers. In any case, Muscovites do not suffer so much from the lack of 3G, while it is much more important for the Big Three operators to increase the capacity of their cellular networks in the capital.

Rubles and megabytes

The calculation and billing of GPRS traffic is becoming less and less transparent every year, there are more and more technical opportunities to "outsmart" the subscriber and take from him many times more than just "according to the meter". The famous phrase “You pay only for the amount of received and transmitted data!” now it looks like a sophisticated mockery of marketers, this is already a fait accompli. The last islands of honest payments (special tariffs) are about to be covered by the muddy foam of tricky Internet zones, when we get into which we imperceptibly begin to pay at least four, and sometimes twenty-four times more. This is not a lyrical digression and not an abstract "howl at the moon", these are the harsh realities of the current mobile Internet reality. And these realities must be taken into account when comparing prices. Unfortunately, the same abstract "megabyte" at the same declared price can cost very different money.

3G networks already today in cities near Moscow provide data transfer speeds 6-7 times higher than EDGE, and this should be reflected in tariff plans. The bandwidth ceases to serve as a natural limiter, and it would be naive to hope for the continued existence of "pure" unlimited TS. Including the once laid out unlimited for iPhone devices, which since then have already managed to learn how to work as modems even in official firmware. You can moan about "changes in terms of service", but against the nature of 3G, as they say, you can not trample.

Unlims

There will be (and are already appearing) unlims with a speed limit and conditional unlims with a threshold in terms of the amount of data transferred. In general, there are not so many models, but their combination can lead to unexpected and unusual options.

  • For example, the MTS news about "unlimited Internet access at a bargain price" will most likely materialize in two versions of tariff plans with different subscribers and access speeds of 128 and 512 Kbps. The size of the subscriber is still unknown, but in the Volga region it is 345 and 545 rubles. respectively. Those. residents of the Moscow region can hope for a budget low-speed anlim for 500 rubles a month.
  • In the metropolitan MegaFon, there is still one version of the conditional anlim: for 1400 rubles / month they “give away” 5 GB. traffic at full speed, after which the speed is reduced to 128 Kbps. I almost forgot: until the threshold of 5 gigabytes is exhausted, traffic at night is not taken into account at all, but after crossing this border, the speed is cut to 128 Kbps. any time of the day.An interesting scheme, you will agree. We are waiting for the development of this model in new tariffs for data transfer.
  • Beeline has published changes to the billing scheme in Apple Fresh, the news can be read here. The essence of the changes: all speed limits (until November 9, 20 Kbps at no additional charge) are removed, traffic over the package is paid at a price of 2 rubles/Mb. Indeed, why torture people with snail speed "for free" if you can charge a moderate fee for normal broadband Internet? About how the fee is moderate, we'll talk a little lower. By the way, the news from the category “note to the hostess”, many have already gotten used to the extremely slow, but free Internet after the end of the package included in the monthly fee.

Limit Tariffs

Everything is much more interesting here, as the very little tricks that turn boring megabytes of traffic into a peppy stream of rubles from a personal account come into force and begin to actively operate. Oh, this marvelous phrase "You pay only for the amount of received and transmitted data!". As a reminder, we list the main features of what the prices on the operators' websites do not tell us about:

    Session rounding. The boring word "session" refers to a period of time during which the connection is active and consumes some network resources even in the absence of data transfer. It is clear that there is no need to waste resources in vain: the requested data (for example, a web page) is transmitted, confirmation is received - that's it, we tear the session. This is how the vast majority of modern phones / smartphones do, rightly so. Why keep a session open when reconnecting on demand (clicking on the "next page" icon) takes a fraction of a second? And now we look at the small print in the description of the service, for example, on the MTS website, and read:

“The total volume of transmitted and received data exceeding the non-charged volume is rounded up to the nearest 100 Kb for GPRS-Internet and 10 Kb for GPRS-WAP upon closing the GPRS connection, as well as once per hour in case of established GPRS connections."

Recall that we are talking about regular voice tariffs, and not special Internet offers. It is obvious that users of special tariffs for data transmission are obviously “in the know”, therefore no one is trying to sell them the Internet with 100-kilobyte rounding, they simply will not buy such a product. A long preface was written to understand the reasons why services and “optimizers” of the mobile Internet that are obscure to an inexperienced person are being introduced. A two-pronged task is being solved: users "in the know" get their carrots and do not run to another operator, and the bulk of consumers pay twice or three times more and do not worry about it. At one time, MegaFon was forced to introduce traffic packages with kilobyte rounding at regular rates, MTS went a slightly different way. The schemes are slightly different, but the idea is the same: take a subscription from the user or a guaranteed monthly fee for a “fair” session rounding.

We read the latest news about MTS Internet Optimization here, the service update is that now the second and third megabytes of traffic per day are not charged at all. The subscription fee for the service is 100.4 rubles. per month, for this money we also get a kilobyte rounding of all traffic. "Internet Optimization" is indeed a very good solution for an active user of mobile Internet from a smartphone. Even with a relatively modest traffic consumption and regular non-use of "gift" megabytes, these 100 rubles. the service pays off, because https://cars45.com.gh/2HDEWRqmc4s1q78LkVv12gqr. A 100-kilobyte rounding of a session on a smartphone translates into an increase in the price of a real megabyte by about three times. With constant access to the network from a computer, rounding is not so critical (the session does not break every few minutes), but other tariffs are used for these purposes.

“Optimal Internet” in the metropolitan MegaFon looks a little different. The subscription fee is higher (150 rubles per month), but for this money, in addition to kilobyte rounding, we get all traffic at 1.5 rubles / MB. Tempting, but not always rational for use with a smartphone. In order for the service to pay off, it will be necessary to "burn" more than 30 megabytes every month. Interestingly, this “Optimal Internet” option completely “killed” a 100-megabyte package for 500 rubles, “Optimal Internet” will cost at least 200 rubles. cheaper. For small amounts of traffic, a 15 MB package is suitable.

The "Optimal Internet" service turned out to be extremely popular and now MTS is launching a similar offer on the market. Read the news here, quote:

“The cost of Internet traffic is mere pennies! Starting November 17, 2009, MTS is launching a new service - "Internet for pennies", which will allow active mobile Internet users to use GPRS/EDGE/3G Internet even more actively and pay less.

Based on experience in other regions, the cost of a megabyte of traffic will be 0.95 rubles, I would predict a monthly fee at the level of 125 rubles per month (95 rubles in the regions). They can, of course, make a monthly fee in Moscow and 150 rubles, but hardly more, because. then the service will not look so good against the background of the “Optimal Internet” of the competitor. Is the next tariff hit of the season ripening? For regular access to the network from a computer, the offer looks very interesting, this is undeniable. But for smartphone users, things are far from clear. A little trick is that "Internet for a penny" will be sold with 100-kilobyte rounding, which will automatically turn 95 kopecks into two and a half, or even three rubles per megabyte of real traffic. We add to this the subscription fee, even if at the level of 125 rubles. and immediately stop understanding the address of the service. To get kilobyte rounding to "Internet for a penny" you will have to fasten "Internet optimization" and pay more than 200 rubles. per month "for air". To use the Internet from a smartphone, this is an absurd amount, then it’s better than “naked” “Internet optimization” without any advertising cents.

In general, the offer seems to be focused on Internet users from a computer, for them the new "penny" Internet service may be extremely attractive. But only if there are no restrictions on access speed in the "Internet for a penny". If such a restriction is made, then there will be no practical sense in the service at all: from a computer - slowly, from a smartphone - expensive. However, let's not guess, let's wait for the official release of the service.

Operators: Internet Affairs

Today we will talk about news in the field of mobile Internet. In general, the trends are encouraging, prices are slowly declining. Although the approaching 3G "era" will inevitably bring with it certain restrictions, this process has already begun. Schemes and conditions for reducing the cost of traffic are also beginning to be seen. Nobody wants to “drop” prices just like that, and in exchange for a relatively cheap megabyte, they will increasingly want some guaranteed monthly income from us. Including in the form of the "payment for air" that we so unloved.

3G-official in Moscow and Moscow region

On Friday, November 6, at a meeting in the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, the issue "Prospects for the use of the radio frequency spectrum for the introduction of fourth-generation radio communication networks in the Russian Federation" was considered. Minister Igor Shchegolev presided, interested persons were present and the prospects for deploying networks of the third and fourth generations were discussed. From the speech of Oleg Ivanov, chief of the electronic warfare troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, it followed that the 56 billion rubles allocated in 2006 for frequency conversion. are not an adequate amount and the transfer of frequencies to operators should be conditional on their financial participation in the ongoing process. And in any case, there will remain severe restrictions on the operation of 3G networks within a radius of 60 km from strategic facilities. Which, unfortunately, raises serious doubts about the possibility of deploying these networks in the South-Western direction from the borders of Moscow. Permits for outdoor coverage of Moscow will be obtained, but also with restrictions on the height of the antenna suspension and transmitter power. Even Mr. Ivanov complained that instead of developing their own national standards in the field of mobile communications, at one time it was decided to use other people's developments. Indeed, there is experience, to recall at least Soviet VHF radios that worked in their own range and with their own unique stereo signal coding scheme.

One way or another, work is underway to expand 3G coverage in Moscow and the Moscow region. It is still difficult for us to judge how things are in MTS and Beeline, the operators do not advertise the construction of 3G network segments and, presumably, they will please us with a large-scale launch a little later. The metropolitan branch of MegaFon includes groups of its BSs as segments are ready and regularly publishes information on the coverage of the next objects and settlements. The latest 3G coverage map update shows what should materialize by December 1st. It is interesting to look at the changes that have taken place over the past two to three weeks, below is a section of the map from our publication of October 19.

And this is how (see below) the same area looks today. Green indicates coverage that is already in place, blue indicates coverage scheduled for December 1st. Detailed news of October 30 about the coverage of cities near Moscow can be read here, the latest data on the expansion of 3G coverage can be found in the news of November 6 here.

Generally speaking, the situation with the painful clearing of frequencies in Moscow and the surrounding areas should upset the operators much more than you and I. It is pleasant for subscribers to use fast mobile Internet in Moscow, but there are many other alternatives in the capital for those who need high-speed access. Including WiMax networks from Skartel (Yota) and Comstar. True, Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Scartel, at the same meeting at the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, said that the existing network was no longer able to cope with the needs of the increased number of subscribers. In any case, Muscovites do not suffer so much from the lack of 3G, while it is much more important for the Big Three operators to increase the capacity of their cellular networks in the capital.

Rubles and megabytes

The calculation and billing of GPRS traffic is becoming less and less transparent every year, there are more and more technical opportunities to "outsmart" the subscriber and take from him many times more than just "according to the meter". The famous phrase “You only pay for the amount of data received and transmitted!” now it looks like a sophisticated mockery of marketers, this is already a fait accompli. The last islands of honest payments (special tariffs) are about to be covered by the muddy foam of tricky Internet zones, when we get into which we imperceptibly begin to pay at least four, and sometimes twenty-four times more. This is not a lyrical digression and not an abstract “howl at the moon”, these are the harsh realities of the current mobile Internet reality. And these realities must be taken into account when comparing prices. Unfortunately, the same abstract "megabyte" at the same declared price can cost very different money.

3G networks already today in cities near Moscow provide data transfer speeds 6-7 times higher than EDGE, and this should be reflected in tariff plans. The bandwidth ceases to serve as a natural limiter, and it would be naive to hope for the continued existence of "pure" unlimited TS. Including the once laid out unlimited for iPhone devices, which since then have already managed to learn how to work as modems even in official firmware. You can moan about "changes in terms of service", but against the nature of 3G, as they say, you can not trample.

Unlims

There will be (and are already appearing) unlims with a speed limit and conditional unlims with a threshold in terms of the amount of data transferred. In general, there are not so many models, but their combination can lead to unexpected and unusual options.

  • For example, the MTS news about "unlimited Internet access at a bargain price" will most likely materialize in two versions of tariff plans with different subscribers and access speeds of 128 and 512 Kbps. The size of the subscriber is still unknown, but in the Volga region it is 345 and 545 rubles. respectively. Those. residents of the Moscow region can hope for a budget low-speed anlim for 500 rubles a month.
  • In the metropolitan MegaFon, there is still one version of the conditional anlim: for 1400 rubles / month they “give away” 5 GB. traffic at full speed, after which the speed is reduced to 128 Kbps. I almost forgot: until the threshold of 5 gigabytes is exhausted, traffic at night is not taken into account at all, but after crossing this border, the speed is cut to 128 Kbps. any time of the day.An interesting scheme, you will agree. We are waiting for the development of this model in new tariffs for data transfer.
  • Beeline has published changes to the billing scheme in Apple Fresh, the news can be read here. The essence of the changes: all speed limits (until November 9, 20 Kbps at no additional charge) are removed, traffic over the package is paid at a price of 2 rubles/Mb. Indeed, why torture people with snail speed "for free" if you can charge a moderate fee for normal broadband Internet? We will talk about how the fee is moderate below. By the way, the news from the category “note to the hostess”, many have already gotten used to the extremely slow, but free Internet after the end of the package included in the monthly fee.

Limit Tariffs

Everything is much more interesting here, as the very little tricks that turn boring megabytes of traffic into a peppy stream of rubles from a personal account come into force and begin to actively operate. Oh, this marvelous phrase "You pay only for the amount of received and transmitted data!". As a reminder, we list the main features of what the prices on the operators' websites do not tell us about:

    Session rounding. The boring word "session" refers to a period of time during which the connection is active and consumes some network resources even in the absence of data transfer. It is clear that there is no need to waste resources in vain: the requested data (for example, a web page) is transmitted, confirmation is received - that's it, we tear the session. This is how the vast majority of modern phones / smartphones do, rightly so. Why keep a session open when reconnecting on demand (clicking on the "next page" icon) takes a fraction of a second? And now we look at the small print in the description of the service, for example, on the MTS website, and read:

“The total volume of transmitted and received data exceeding the non-charged volume is rounded up to the nearest 100 Kb for GPRS-Internet and 10 Kb for GPRS-WAP upon closing the GPRS connection, as well as once per hour in case of established GPRS connections."

Recall that we are talking about regular voice tariffs, and not special Internet offers. It is obvious that users of special tariffs for data transmission are obviously “in the know”, therefore no one is trying to sell them the Internet with 100-kilobyte rounding, they simply will not buy such a product. A long preface was written to understand the reasons why services and “optimizers” of the mobile Internet that are obscure to an inexperienced person are being introduced. A two-pronged task is being solved: users "in the know" get their carrots and do not run to another operator, and the bulk of consumers pay twice or three times more and do not worry about it. At one time, MegaFon was forced to introduce traffic packages with kilobyte rounding at regular rates, MTS went a slightly different way. The schemes are slightly different, but the idea is the same: take a subscription from the user or a guaranteed monthly fee for a “fair” session rounding.

We read the latest news about MTS Internet Optimization here, the service update is that now the second and third megabytes of traffic per day are not charged at all. The subscription fee for the service is 100.4 rubles. per month, for this money we also get a kilobyte rounding of all traffic. "Internet Optimization" is indeed a very good solution for an active user of mobile Internet from a smartphone. Even with a relatively modest traffic consumption and regular non-use of "gift" megabytes, these 100 rubles. the service pays off, because https://cars45.com.gh/2HDEWRqmc4s1q78LkVv12gqr. A 100-kilobyte rounding of a session on a smartphone translates into an increase in the price of a real megabyte by about three times. With constant access to the network from a computer, rounding is not so critical (the session does not break every few minutes), but other tariffs are used for these purposes.

“Optimal Internet” in the metropolitan MegaFon looks a little different. The subscription fee is higher (150 rubles per month), but for this money, in addition to kilobyte rounding, we get all traffic at 1.5 rubles / MB. Tempting, but not always rational for use with a smartphone. In order for the service to pay off, it will be necessary to "burn" more than 30 megabytes every month. Interestingly, this “Optimal Internet” option completely “killed” a 100-megabyte package for 500 rubles, “Optimal Internet” will cost at least 200 rubles. cheaper. For small amounts of traffic, a 15 MB package is suitable.

The "Optimal Internet" service turned out to be extremely popular and now MTS is launching a similar offer on the market. Read the news here, quote:

“The cost of Internet traffic is mere pennies! Starting November 17, 2009, MTS is launching a new service - "Internet for pennies", which will allow active mobile Internet users to use GPRS/EDGE/3G Internet even more actively and pay less.

Based on experience in other regions, the cost of a megabyte of traffic will be 0.95 rubles, I would predict a monthly fee at the level of 125 rubles per month (95 rubles in the regions). They can, of course, make a monthly fee in Moscow and 150 rubles, but hardly more, because. then the service will not look so good against the background of the “Optimal Internet” of the competitor. Is the next tariff hit of the season ripening? For regular access to the network from a computer, the offer looks very interesting, this is undeniable. But for smartphone users, things are far from clear. A little trick is that "Internet for a penny" will be sold with 100-kilobyte rounding, which will automatically turn 95 kopecks into two and a half, or even three rubles per megabyte of real traffic. We add to this the subscription fee, even if at the level of 125 rubles. and immediately stop understanding the address of the service. To get kilobyte rounding to "Internet for a penny" you will have to fasten "Internet optimization" and pay more than 200 rubles. per month "for air". To use the Internet from a smartphone, this is an absurd amount, then it’s better than “naked” “Internet optimization” without any advertising cents.

In general, the offer seems to be focused on Internet users from a computer, for them the new "penny" Internet service may be extremely attractive. But only if there are no restrictions on access speed in the "Internet for a penny". If such a restriction is made, then there will be no practical sense in the service at all: from a computer - slowly, from a smartphone - expensive. However, let's not guess, let's wait for the official release of the service.

Operators: Internet Affairs

Today we will talk about news in the field of mobile Internet. In general, the trends are encouraging, prices are slowly declining. Although the approaching 3G "era" will inevitably bring with it certain restrictions, this process has already begun. Schemes and conditions for reducing the cost of traffic are also beginning to be seen. Nobody wants to “drop” prices just like that, and in exchange for a relatively cheap megabyte, they will increasingly want some guaranteed monthly income from us. Including in the form of the "payment for air" that we so unloved.

3G-official in Moscow and Moscow region

On Friday, November 6, at a meeting in the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, the issue "Prospects for the use of the radio frequency spectrum for the introduction of fourth-generation radio communication networks in the Russian Federation" was considered. Minister Igor Shchegolev presided, interested persons were present and the prospects for deploying networks of the third and fourth generations were discussed. From the speech of Oleg Ivanov, chief of the electronic warfare troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, it followed that the 56 billion rubles allocated in 2006 for frequency conversion. are not an adequate amount and the transfer of frequencies to operators should be conditional on their financial participation in the ongoing process. And in any case, there will remain severe restrictions on the operation of 3G networks within a radius of 60 km from strategic facilities. Which, unfortunately, raises serious doubts about the possibility of deploying these networks in the South-Western direction from the borders of Moscow. Permits for outdoor coverage of Moscow will be obtained, but also with restrictions on the height of the antenna suspension and transmitter power. Even Mr. Ivanov complained that instead of developing their own national standards in the field of mobile communications, at one time it was decided to use other people's developments. Indeed, there is experience, to recall at least Soviet VHF radios that worked in their own range and with their own unique stereo signal coding scheme.

One way or another, work is underway to expand 3G coverage in Moscow and the Moscow region. It is still difficult for us to judge how things are in MTS and Beeline, the operators do not advertise the construction of 3G network segments and, presumably, they will please us with a large-scale launch a little later. The metropolitan branch of MegaFon includes groups of its BSs as segments are ready and regularly publishes information on the coverage of the next objects and settlements. The latest 3G coverage map update shows what should materialize by December 1st. It is interesting to look at the changes that have taken place over the past two to three weeks, below is a section of the map from our publication of October 19.

And this is how (see below) the same area looks today. Green indicates coverage that is already in place, blue indicates coverage scheduled for December 1st. Detailed news of October 30 about the coverage of cities near Moscow can be read here, the latest data on the expansion of 3G coverage can be found in the news of November 6 here.

Generally speaking, the situation with the painful clearing of frequencies in Moscow and the surrounding areas should upset the operators much more than you and I. It is pleasant for subscribers to use fast mobile Internet in Moscow, but there are many other alternatives in the capital for those who need high-speed access. Including WiMax networks from Skartel (Yota) and Comstar. True, Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Scartel, at the same meeting at the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, said that the existing network was no longer able to cope with the needs of the increased number of subscribers. In any case, Muscovites do not suffer so much from the lack of 3G, while it is much more important for the Big Three operators to increase the capacity of their cellular networks in the capital.

Rubles and megabytes

The calculation and billing of GPRS traffic is becoming less and less transparent every year, there are more and more technical opportunities to "outsmart" the subscriber and take from him many times more than just "according to the meter". The famous phrase “You only pay for the amount of data received and transmitted!” now it looks like a sophisticated mockery of marketers, this is already a fait accompli. The last islands of honest payments (special tariffs) are about to be covered by the muddy foam of tricky Internet zones, when we get into which we imperceptibly begin to pay at least four, and sometimes twenty-four times more. This is not a lyrical digression and not an abstract “howl at the moon”, these are the harsh realities of the current mobile Internet reality. And these realities must be taken into account when comparing prices. Unfortunately, the same abstract "megabyte" at the same declared price can cost very different money.

3G networks already today in cities near Moscow provide data transfer speeds 6-7 times higher than EDGE, and this should be reflected in tariff plans. The bandwidth ceases to serve as a natural limiter, and it would be naive to hope for the continued existence of "pure" unlimited TS. Including the once laid out unlimited for iPhone devices, which since then have already managed to learn how to work as modems even in official firmware. You can moan about "changes in terms of service", but against the nature of 3G, as they say, you can not trample.

Unlims

There will be (and are already appearing) unlims with a speed limit and conditional unlims with a threshold in terms of the amount of data transferred. In general, there are not so many models, but their combination can lead to unexpected and unusual options.

  • For example, the MTS news about "unlimited Internet access at a bargain price" will most likely materialize in two versions of tariff plans with different subscribers and access speeds of 128 and 512 Kbps. The size of the subscriber is still unknown, but in the Volga region it is 345 and 545 rubles. respectively. Those. residents of the Moscow region can hope for a budget low-speed anlim for 500 rubles a month.
  • In the metropolitan MegaFon, there is still one version of the conditional anlim: for 1400 rubles / month they “give away” 5 GB. traffic at full speed, after which the speed is reduced to 128 Kbps. I almost forgot: until the threshold of 5 gigabytes is exhausted, traffic at night is not taken into account at all, but after crossing this border, the speed is cut to 128 Kbps. any time of the day. An interesting scheme, you will agree.We are waiting for the development of this model in new tariffs for data transfer.
  • Beeline has published changes to the billing scheme in Apple Fresh, the news can be read here. The essence of the changes: all speed limits (until November 9, 20 Kbps at no additional charge) are removed, traffic over the package is paid at a price of 2 rubles/Mb. Indeed, why torture people with snail speed "for free" if you can charge a moderate fee for normal broadband Internet? We will talk about how the fee is moderate below. By the way, the news from the category “note to the hostess”, many have already gotten used to the extremely slow, but free Internet after the end of the package included in the monthly fee.

Limit Tariffs

Everything is much more interesting here, as the very little tricks that turn boring megabytes of traffic into a peppy stream of rubles from a personal account come into force and begin to actively operate. Oh, this marvelous phrase "You pay only for the amount of received and transmitted data!". As a reminder, we list the main features of what the prices on the operators' websites do not tell us about:

“The total volume of transmitted and received data exceeding the non-charged volume is rounded up to the nearest 100 Kb for GPRS-Internet and 10 Kb for GPRS-WAP upon closing the GPRS connection, as well as once per hour in case of established GPRS connections."

Recall that we are talking about regular voice tariffs, and not special Internet offers. It is obvious that users of special tariffs for data transmission are obviously “in the know”, therefore no one is trying to sell them the Internet with 100-kilobyte rounding, they simply will not buy such a product. A long preface was written to understand the reasons why services and “optimizers” of the mobile Internet that are obscure to an inexperienced person are being introduced. A two-pronged task is being solved: users "in the know" get their carrots and do not run to another operator, and the bulk of consumers pay twice or three times more and do not worry about it. At one time, MegaFon was forced to introduce traffic packages with kilobyte rounding at regular rates, MTS went a slightly different way. The schemes are slightly different, but the idea is the same: take a subscription from the user or a guaranteed monthly fee for a “fair” session rounding.

We read the latest news about MTS Internet Optimization here, the service update is that now the second and third megabytes of traffic per day are not charged at all. The subscription fee for the service is 100.4 rubles. per month, for this money we also get a kilobyte rounding of all traffic. "Internet Optimization" is indeed a very good solution for an active user of mobile Internet from a smartphone. Even with a relatively modest traffic consumption and regular non-use of "gift" megabytes, these 100 rubles. the service pays off, because https://cars45.com.gh/2HDEWRqmc4s1q78LkVv12gqr. A 100-kilobyte rounding of a session on a smartphone translates into an increase in the price of a real megabyte by about three times. With constant access to the network from a computer, rounding is not so critical (the session does not break every few minutes), but other tariffs are used for these purposes.

We read the latest news about MTS Internet Optimization here, the service update is that now the second and third megabytes of traffic per day are not charged at all. The subscription fee for the service is 100.4 rubles. per month, for this money we also get a kilobyte rounding of all traffic. "Internet Optimization" is indeed a very good solution for an active user of mobile Internet from a smartphone. Even with a relatively modest traffic consumption and regular non-use of "gift" megabytes, these 100 rubles. pay off for the service, because https://cars45.com.gh/2HDEWRqmc4s1q78LkVv12gqr https://cars45.com.gh/2HDEWRqmc4s1q78LkVv12gqr . A 100-kilobyte rounding of a session on a smartphone translates into an increase in the price of a real megabyte by about three times. With constant access to the network from a computer, rounding is not so critical (the session does not break every few minutes), but other tariffs are used for these purposes.

“Optimal Internet” in the metropolitan MegaFon looks a little different. The subscription fee is higher (150 rubles per month), but for this money, in addition to kilobyte rounding, we get all traffic at 1.5 rubles / MB. Tempting, but not always rational for use with a smartphone. In order for the service to pay off, it will be necessary to "burn" more than 30 megabytes every month. Interestingly, this “Optimal Internet” option completely “killed” a 100-megabyte package for 500 rubles, “Optimal Internet” will cost at least 200 rubles. cheaper. For small amounts of traffic, a 15 MB package is suitable.

The "Optimal Internet" service turned out to be extremely popular and now MTS is launching a similar offer on the market. Read the news here, quote:

“The cost of Internet traffic is mere pennies! Starting November 17, 2009, MTS is launching a new service - "Internet for pennies", which will allow active mobile Internet users to use GPRS/EDGE/3G Internet even more actively and pay less.

Based on experience in other regions, the cost of a megabyte of traffic will be 0.95 rubles, I would predict a monthly fee at the level of 125 rubles per month (95 rubles in the regions). They can, of course, make a monthly fee in Moscow and 150 rubles, but hardly more, because. then the service will not look so good against the background of the “Optimal Internet” of the competitor. Is the next tariff hit of the season ripening? For regular access to the network from a computer, the offer looks very interesting, this is undeniable. But for smartphone users, things are far from clear. A little trick is that "Internet for a penny" will be sold with 100-kilobyte rounding, which will automatically turn 95 kopecks into two and a half, or even three rubles per megabyte of real traffic. We add to this the subscription fee, even if at the level of 125 rubles. and immediately stop understanding the address of the service. To get kilobyte rounding to "Internet for a penny" you will have to fasten "Internet optimization" and pay more than 200 rubles. per month "for air". To use the Internet from a smartphone, this is an absurd amount, then it’s better than “naked” “Internet optimization” without any advertising cents.

In general, the offer seems to be focused on Internet users from a computer, for them the new "penny" Internet service may be extremely attractive. But only if there are no restrictions on access speed in the "Internet for a penny". If such a restriction is made, then there will be no practical sense in the service at all: from a computer - slowly, from a smartphone - expensive. However, let's not guess, let's wait for the official release of the service.