Operators: New Year News

The weather is gloomy and the news is also gray-neutral, the beginning of December should be more fun. In November, operators are preparing for New Year's Eve sales and are carefully looking at the situation and competitors, subscribers are also in no hurry to be active. However, the Christmas "Elephant Giveaways" are about to begin, and the first outlines of the upcoming gifts are already beginning to emerge.

The year is not the best for generous gifts, the crisis is in the yard. And, by a “strange” coincidence, the crisis affected not only us, but also cell phones. Something bright and shiny closer to Christmas will be offered to us, there is no doubt about it. The question is, what will be inside this bright package? Depends on how interested operators are now in the race for the number of subscriber souls in statistical reports.

Beeline: Revived balance

The announcement, dated November 6, was seen on the site on November 15-16, can be read here. The actual news about the official launch of the service is here. Our operator "Mass Media" is very happy, judging by the number of "non-observations" of hours and dates. But it's okay, we are already used to the publication of news after the fact. The service is advertised as "Your balance is no longer hidden - it's on the screen!"

"By activating the "Balance on Screen" service, you will be able to receive information about the balance of funds on the screen of your mobile phone. After each balance change, the balance of funds will automatically be displayed on the screen of your phone. The service is provided only if you have a new SIM card and a phone that supports the service.

“The service is available to individuals and legal entities - Beeline subscribers of the prepaid settlement system in the home zone and in intranet roaming. From January 15, 2010, the subscription fee and the cost of connecting the service may be changed.

According to the description, until January 15 of the following year, the service is provided free of charge. Then we can assume a subscription fee of about 30 rubles per month, by analogy with the same service operating in the MegaFon network. Is it really necessary to see the number of surviving rubles / kopecks on the screen after each call? Business, as they say, master's. But the SIM card may need to be replaced (free of charge) with a more recent model. I’m also curious: will “Balance on the Screen” be added to the starter package, and will they start connecting the service in a row to everyone who wants to or not? We'll wait and see.

"Mobile transfer": 5 rubles are not superfluous

We read the news here, quote:

“From December 1, 2009, the conditions for the provision of the Mobile Transfer service will change and a fee of 5 rubles will be set. with VAT for each successfully rendered service (translation).

We read the description of the "Mobile transfer" service here, pay attention to the important points:

  • Amount of one money transfer: at least 10 rubles. — no more than 150 rubles.
  • The minimum balance on your account after the transfer is 60 rubles.
  • The maximum amount of transfers per day is 300 rubles

You don't even need a calculator to understand that the commission for transferring money from one account to another will range from 3.3% to 50%, depending on the amount of the transfer. Not so long ago, a commission for transferring money from a balance to another account was introduced in MegaFon, the same 5 rubles. for the operation. But the maximum transaction amount in the MegaFon network is 500 rubles. Willy-nilly, we again have to compare, those who wish can read the detailed conditions here. It can be assumed that due to the appearance of a fee for each transaction, Beeline will also raise the bar for the maximum transfer amount, the full version of the description will appear on December 1.

Preparing for New Year trips?

Among other relevant news - the upcoming changes in the conditions for the provision of services "Voiced roaming" and "Country to order", you can read the news announcement here. With the service "Voiced roaming" for 15 rubles per day, we get a 50% discount on incoming calls in national and international roaming, service connection is free. Service "Country to order" for only 10 rubles. subscription fee per day allows you to make and receive calls in a particular country with a 50% discount, service connection is also free. A feature of both services is a rather large daily fee, which makes it useless to connect them "for the future". The wording “From December 1, we will be happy to offer you new conditions ...” does not cause much concern, but those who have gathered for Christmas in distant lands should not forget to familiarize themselves with the new conditions. Just in case.

MegaFon: Portal 111

The testing period has finally ended, and now the USSD portal for ordering content and managing services is the same for all operators. It is very convenient for those who use SIM-cards of different operators, there is no need to remember extra numbers. If only to unify USSD balance check requests and contact center phone numbers, it would be very good. And very relevant in light of the growing popularity of phones with two, and sometimes three SIM-cards.

You can read the news about the mobile portal here, the description with all the prices here. Speaking of prices, a quote from the news:

“In order to enter the portal, just dial *111# on your mobile phone and press the “call” key. After that, the portal navigation menu will appear on the phone screen. It consists of sections "Hit", "Balance", "Service Guide", "Remember", "Communicate", "Download" and "Learn". Navigation through the menu is very simple: just dial the number of the corresponding section to go to it. Portal 111 can be used by subscribers of all tariff plans of Moscow MegaFon. All requests, except for ordering mobile content, are free. The service is available both in the home network and in roaming.

Information about the exact time is estimated at 1.6 rubles. and also falls into the category of "mobile content". And this is correct, you can not argue with the fact of the mobility of time. The ill-fated 1.6 rubles. I remembered in connection with the recent history of combining information about the phone number and current time into a “one bottle”. There were not unreasonable fears that information about one's own number would be paid as a result. As a result, these requests still turned out to be divided into different points, and only the time and date are reported for money. If I were marketers, I would add valuable information about the day of the week to the USSD response, round up the price of the request to three rubles, and write about expanding the functionality of a useful service.

But in general, the portal is normal, good. I ran through the menu, everything seems to be logical and understandable. Although the names are at first puzzling, what is "Remember" worth. The linguistic way of thinking of the developers is sometimes mesmerizing: "Bonus balance xx points." I do not demand excessive intelligence from the software, but what guided you by choosing "points" instead of "points"? Hit chance would be increased to 60% instead of the current 30%. There are items to return to the previous level and to the main menu, good. I remember that I really missed this when I dealt with the Beeline USSD portal for the first time, even without profanity it could not have done. Understood, exhausted, put off the phone. And an hour later, an SMS came with a text like: “It seemed to us that you felt like returning to the previous level. If you decide to use the service again and want to return in the process, then in the answer press the "asterisk" instead of a number. Although in the end they achieved their goal by 100%, having laughed, I remembered this “asterisk” for the rest of my life.

Zero problems

Short news can be read here, full text:

“Since December 1, 2009, the Zero Problems service has not been provided to subscribers using direct city numbers in the code 495 and 499 and the corresponding numbers in the code 925. The changes will affect subscribers of all MegaFon network tariff plans of the Moscow region, including corporate '.

The news is not joyful, but quite predictable, sooner or later it had to happen. A detailed description of "Zero problems" can be read here, the service allows you to continue to receive free incoming calls to a phone that is in financial blocking. Now this "celebration of life" for direct advertising numbers is over, and fans of budget solutions will have to look for something suitable from virtuals. I don’t know how it will look de facto now, but for reasons of humanism, it would be nice to leave at least a couple of days for receiving incoming calls after the blocking occurs. He won’t make the weather, but he will help out the careless and disorganized.

Multifon - 60 rubles. per month

We read the news here, there is no need to quote. The bottom line is the introduction from December 1 of the promised subscription fee of 2 rubles per day (60 rubles per month). A detailed description of the service can be read here, to study the prices for calls to different directions - here. On the forums, you can read a lot of hard-hitting statements about the appearance of a monthly fee, it seems that many, until the last moment, hoped that they would change their minds. Argue on the topic “They killed the service. » is useless and unconstructive, as well as comparing tariffs. The service has an obvious niche for cheap calls to Megafon numbers: 0.25 rubles per minute. to the metropolitan "MegaFon" and 1.1 rubles per minute. to federal networks. Of the other advantages - the convenience of using a single phone number, the absence of problems with replenishing the balance (everything is in the general account), the choice of the method of receiving incoming calls, etc. For all the details, it is better to refer to the description of the service.

So far, the question of the appearance of the Multifon application for mobile devices, the appearance of which we were almost promised, remains open. With the advent of the subscription fee, it would be time to ...

SMS in intranet roaming

News from November 9, the changes take effect from November 24, so as a reminder-warning quote:

“On November 24, 2009, the cost of outgoing SMS messages in intranet roaming will change. From now on, while in intranet roaming, the cost of one outgoing SMS-message to the numbers of Russian telecom operators will be 3.6 rubles, and to the numbers of foreign telecom operators - 3.95 rubles.

Also not very pleasant, but predictable news. There is nothing to comment on here, the price was brought into line with the prices of cellular colleagues. I wonder if there will ever be preferential intra-network roaming with free incoming calls in the capital's MegaFon? Or will I not live to see this bright day?

MTS: 50 free MMS messages

We read the good news about the New Year's gift here, a quote from the description:

“From November 22, 2009 to January 17, 2010, charge yourself a “50 free MMS” package and send free MMS to everyone for 30 days! The sent MMS messages are automatically adapted to the capabilities of the phone; MMS can be sent to Russian and foreign numbers and e-mail.

The package is valid for 30 calendar days from the date of connection. After 30 days, unspent messages are burned. The service is available for connection once. When activating the service, 50 MMS are provided free of charge, then payment for MMS messages is made in accordance with the tariff plan.

Connecting a gift package of MMS messages with the command *111*445*050#, checking the balance and validity of the package - with the command *119#. What can be said here? Just to thank for the gift, which was not subject to any restrictions and “little tricks” like the obligatory purchase of another SIM card. It is clear that the operator hopes that at least some of the participants will "get involved" in the process and continue to use the service at standard rates. But it’s still nice, and, again, they didn’t stint on the number of free MMS, give as a gift.

Not out of a desire to find the negative in everything, but simply as a reminder: on December 31 and January 1, MMS messages do not go well. I would say they don't go very well, the delivery time is unpredictable. And SMS-confirmation of delivery did not always come. At least that's how it was last year, let's see what happens this year. I mean, it’s better to send congratulatory MMS in advance, otherwise you can inadvertently congratulate a person at 8 am on January 1.

And one more thing: to receive automatic MMS settings, you should send the word MMS or MMS (in Cyrillic) to the short number 1234. Just do not send an empty SMS to this number, otherwise you will have to clear the WAP settings from the device later. After receiving and activating the settings, it is advisable to send an empty MMS to the free number 8890; without this procedure, incoming MMS may come in the form of links to the MMS portal.

P.S. That's how many times I said to myself: "you can't praise unbridledly, a bad guy will definitely come out." And got caught again. MMS settings do not come when sending MMS text to the short number 1234. But just recently they came, used this service more than once. Now the response is the message "Settings delivered, save them", that's it. In response to sending an empty message to number 1234 - exactly the same effect: "save what did not come." In response to a request for MMS settings, instead of auto settings, the other phone received the answer “To set up WAP and MMS, call 0876. Free of charge.” I called and found out that I ordered WAP, MMS and Chat settings. And WAP-settings did come, who would doubt it. And if I don't want to use WAP and pay 280 rubles. per megabyte instead of 8.45 rubles? So this is my problem, eat what they give and pay the bill. Or master editing the settings with handles in the phone menu. You can also try to order separately MMS settings through an online assistant, but I haven’t checked it myself yet. As an option - call the contact center and tearfully ask to send the settings only MMS without any WAPs, sometimes they meet halfway.

Now I'm sitting and thinking, is it worth it to advise friends to experiment with a gift? Out of ignorance, they will slap the WAP-settings into their phone, swindle them for money, and I will be guilty. I probably won't. And I warn you: by accepting 50 MMS as a gift, you assume all responsibility for possible financial consequences.

Duet's return?

A new name "Group for two" has appeared. Read the news here, quote:

"New service from MTS - group "For two". Chat with your loved ones at a super price! From December 2009, connect to MTS on the most favorable terms and communicate with your loved ones at a super price!”

Even with my impeccable moral character, I wanted a favorite at a super price. And you? Just kidding, of course, our loved ones are priceless. As for the text of the news, the phrase “connect and communicate” already makes us understand that with a 90 percent probability we are talking about buying two more SIM cards. We observed something similar in the now deceased Duet service, when, when buying two SIM cards at the MTS office, they could be “linked” and pay for calls to each other (and only to each other) at 0.7 rubles. in a minute. "Duet" did not affect the other parameters of the tariffs and there was no monthly fee for this service, our review of "Duet" can be read here. Let's see what they will offer us this time, and how the "Group for Two" will be implemented.

New "Eurasia" and the end of "Near Countries"

We study the news here, quotes:

“From December 1, MTS subscribers will be able to take advantage of a new offer that will allow them to speak at reduced rates in the chosen country of travel. The service reduces the cost of incoming and outgoing calls in international roaming by several times.

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At the same time, from December 1, 2009, the possibility of connecting the services "Eurasia" and "Close countries" is closed. For subscribers who connected the services before December 1, 2009, the Eurasia service is valid until the specified date; the conditions for the provision of the Near Countries service do not change.

The "More" link still leads to an xls file with new basic tariffs for communication services in roaming, I'll study it at my leisure and compare it with what we have now. The actual file can be taken here.

Everything is clear with Eurasia, this service will be replaced by a new offer. Which one - we will find out later, in any case, "Eurasia" cannot be connected for the future. But with the “Close countries” everything is not so simple. At the end of February of this year, there was a fairly large-scale rise in the cost of roaming communications, which, in the best marketing traditions, was called "a decrease in roaming tariffs by 10-60 percent." At the same time, they raised roaming prices in the CIS countries, and to calm the nervous public "in the know" they came up with a special service "Nearby countries". When connecting this service for a one-time 90 rubles. (subscription fee for the service is not provided) prices almost returned to the level before the rise in price. We have analyzed a beautiful combination called "reducing roaming rates" in detail and with all the numbers here.

Now about the current news, in which they write about the reduction "by several times the cost of incoming and outgoing calls" in the "selected country". In the light of recent trends, we can assume that a discount is connected for a certain period, in a certain selected country and with certain reservations such as “only when calling to MTS phones”. And, most likely, the discount will not be valid from the first minute of the conversation. At one time, the “Tourist” service was invented for trips to Ukraine, which was advertised as calls for 3 rubles. A detailed description of this service and its comparison with the "Close countries" can be read here, quote:

“As a summary. By activating the service "Close countries", we are for 90 rubles. we get "forever" all incoming, outgoing local, and all outgoing to Russia at 25 rubles per minute. As well as SMS-messages for 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. By activating the "Tourist" service, we pay 150 rubles. we receive for 14 days all incoming and outgoing calls to MTS-Russia according to the scheme of 33/3 rubles/min., all other outgoing calls (local and to Russia) at 59 rubles/min. As well as SMS-messages for 15 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 30 rubles. When the combination of services "Close countries" and "Tourist" is connected, the tariffication of SMS messages is 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. is preserved, so for those who regularly visit Ukraine, the connection of the “Close countries” service is recommended in any case. As for voice traffic, look at your communication profile and don't be hypnotized by the "3 rubles per minute" ad.

This digression into recent history has been made for the sole purpose of persuading you to think about the advisability of connecting the Close Countries service. Unless, of course, you at least occasionally have trips to the CIS countries. In the end, once to give 90 rubles. - God knows what a financial loss, but the service was and remains declared as indefinite. On the first of December, the connection of the service will be closed, and "who did not have time, he was late."

Operators: New Year News

The weather is gloomy and the news is also gray-neutral, the beginning of December should be more fun. In November, operators prepare for pre-New Year sales and carefully look at the situation and competitors, subscribers are also not particularly in a hurry to be active. However, the Christmas "Elephant Giveaways" are about to begin, and the first outlines of the upcoming gifts are already beginning to emerge.

The year is not the best for generous gifts, the crisis is in the yard. And, by a "strange" coincidence, the crisis affected not only us, but also cell phones. Something bright and shiny closer to Christmas will be offered to us, there is no doubt about it. The question is, what will be inside this bright package? Depends on how interested operators are now in the race for the number of subscriber souls in statistical reports.

Beeline: Revived balance

The announcement, dated November 6, was seen on the site on November 15-16, can be read here. The actual news about the official launch of the service is here. Our operator "Mass Media" is very happy, judging by the number of "non-observations" of hours and dates. But it's okay, we are already used to the publication of news after the fact. The service is advertised as "Your balance is no longer hidden - it's on the screen!"

"By activating the "Balance on Screen" service, you will be able to receive information about the balance of funds on the screen of your mobile phone. After each balance change, the balance of funds will automatically be displayed on the screen of your phone. The service is provided only if you have a new SIM card and a phone that supports the service.

“The service is available to individuals and legal entities - Beeline subscribers of the prepaid settlement system in the home zone and in intranet roaming. From January 15, 2010, the subscription fee and the cost of connecting the service may be changed.

According to the description, until January 15 of the following year, the service is provided free of charge. Then we can assume a subscription fee of about 30 rubles per month, by analogy with the same service operating in the MegaFon network. Is it really necessary to see the number of surviving rubles / kopecks on the screen after each call? Business, as they say, master's. But the SIM card may need to be replaced (free of charge) with a more recent model. I’m also curious: will “Balance on the Screen” be added to the starter package, and will they start connecting the service in a row to everyone who wants to or not? We'll wait and see.

"Mobile transfer": 5 rubles is not superfluous

We read the news here, quote:

“From December 1, 2009, the conditions for the provision of the Mobile Transfer service will change and a fee of 5 rubles will be set. with VAT for each successfully rendered service (translation).

We read the description of the "Mobile transfer" service here, pay attention to the important points:

  • Amount of one money transfer: at least 10 rubles. — no more than 150 rubles.
  • The minimum balance on your account after the transfer is 60 rubles.
  • The maximum amount of transfers per day is 300 rubles

You don't even need a calculator to understand that the commission for transferring money from one account to another will range from 3.3% to 50%, depending on the amount of the transfer. Not so long ago, a commission for transferring money from a balance to another account was introduced in MegaFon, the same 5 rubles. for the operation. But the maximum transaction amount in the MegaFon network is 500 rubles. Willy-nilly, we again have to compare, those who wish can read the detailed conditions here. It can be assumed that due to the appearance of a fee for each transaction, Beeline will also raise the bar for the maximum transfer amount, the full version of the description will appear on December 1.

Preparing for New Year trips?

Among other relevant news - the upcoming changes in the conditions for the provision of services "Voiced roaming" and "Country to order", you can read the news announcement here. With the service "Voiced roaming" for 15 rubles per day, we get a 50% discount on incoming calls in national and international roaming, service connection is free. Service "Country to order" for only 10 rubles. subscription fee per day allows you to make and receive calls in a particular country with a 50% discount, service connection is also free. A feature of both services is a rather large daily fee, which makes it useless to connect them "for the future". The wording “From December 1, we will be happy to offer you new conditions ...” does not cause much concern, but those who have gathered for Christmas in distant lands should not forget to familiarize themselves with the new conditions. Just in case.

MegaFon: Portal 111

The testing period has finally ended, and now the USSD portal for ordering content and managing services is the same for all operators. It is very convenient for those who use SIM-cards of different operators, there is no need to remember extra numbers. If only to unify USSD balance check requests and contact center phone numbers, it would be very good. And very relevant in light of the growing popularity of phones with two, and sometimes three SIM-cards.

You can read the news about the mobile portal here, the description with all the prices here. Speaking of prices, a quote from the news:

“In order to enter the portal, it is enough to dial the command *111# on your mobile phone and press the “call” key. After that, the portal navigation menu will appear on the phone screen. It consists of sections "Hit", "Balance", "Service Guide", "Remember", "Communicate", "Download" and "Learn". Navigation through the menu is very simple: just dial the number of the corresponding section to go to it. Portal 111 can be used by subscribers of all tariff plans of Moscow MegaFon. All requests, except for ordering mobile content, are free. The service is available both in the home network and in roaming.

Information about the exact time is estimated at 1.6 rubles. and also falls into the category of "mobile content". And this is correct, you can not argue with the fact of the mobility of time. The ill-fated 1.6 rubles. I remembered in connection with the recent history of combining information about the phone number and current time into a "one bottle". There were not unreasonable fears that information about one's own number would be paid as a result. As a result, these requests still turned out to be divided into different points, and only the time and date are reported for money. If I were marketers, I would add valuable information about the day of the week to the USSD response, round up the price of the request to three rubles, and write about expanding the functionality of a useful service.

But in general, the portal is normal, good. I ran through the menu, everything seems to be logical and understandable. Although the names are at first puzzling, what is "Remember" worth. The linguistic way of thinking of the developers is sometimes mesmerizing: "Bonus balance xx points." I do not demand excessive intelligence from the software, but what guided you by choosing "points" instead of "points"? Hit chance would be increased to 60% instead of the current 30%. There are items to return to the previous level and to the main menu, good. I remember that I really missed this when I dealt with the Beeline USSD portal for the first time, even without profanity it could not have done. Understood, exhausted, put off the phone. And an hour later, an SMS came with a text like: “It seemed to us that you felt like returning to the previous level. If you decide to use the service again and want to return in the process, then in the answer press the "asterisk" instead of a number. Although in the end they achieved their goal by 100%, having laughed, I remembered this “asterisk” for the rest of my life.

Zero problems

Short news can be read here, full text:

“Since December 1, 2009, the Zero Problems service has not been provided to subscribers using direct city numbers in the code 495 and 499 and the corresponding numbers in the code 925. The changes will affect subscribers of all MegaFon network tariff plans of the Moscow region, including corporate '.

The news is not joyful, but quite predictable, sooner or later it had to happen. A detailed description of "Zero problems" can be read here, the service allows you to continue to receive free incoming calls to a phone that is in financial blocking. Now this "celebration of life" for direct advertising numbers is over, and fans of budget solutions will have to look for something suitable from virtuals. I don’t know how it will look de facto now, but for reasons of humanism, it would be nice to leave at least a couple of days for receiving incoming calls after the blocking occurs. It will not make the weather, but it will help out the careless and disorganized.

Multifon - 60 rubles. per month

We read the news here, there is no need to quote. The bottom line is the introduction from December 1 of the promised subscription fee of 2 rubles per day (60 rubles per month). A detailed description of the service can be read here, to study the prices for calls to different directions - here. On the forums, you can read a lot of hard-hitting statements about the appearance of a monthly fee, it seems that many, until the last moment, hoped that they would change their minds. Argue on the topic “They killed the service. » is useless and unconstructive, as well as comparing tariffs. The service has an obvious niche for cheap calls to Megafon numbers: 0.25 rubles per minute. to the metropolitan "MegaFon" and 1.1 rubles / min. to federal networks. Of the other advantages - the convenience of using a single phone number, the absence of problems with replenishing the balance (everything is in the general account), the choice of the method of receiving incoming calls, etc. For all the details, it is better to refer to the description of the service.

So far, the question of the appearance of the Multifon application for mobile devices, the appearance of which we were almost promised, remains open. With the advent of the subscription fee, it would be time to ...

SMS in intranet roaming

News from November 9, the changes take effect from November 24, so as a reminder-warning quote:

“On November 24, 2009, the cost of outgoing SMS messages in intranet roaming will change. From now on, while in intranet roaming, the cost of one outgoing SMS-message to the numbers of Russian telecom operators will be 3.6 rubles, and to the numbers of foreign telecom operators - 3.95 rubles.

Also not very pleasant, but predictable news. There is nothing to comment on here, the price was brought into line with the prices of cellular colleagues. I wonder if there will ever be preferential intra-network roaming with free incoming calls in the capital's MegaFon? Or will I not live to see this bright day?

MTS: 50 free MMS messages

We read the good news about the New Year's gift here, a quote from the description:

“From November 22, 2009 to January 17, 2010, charge yourself a “50 free MMS” package and send free MMS to everyone for 30 days! The sent MMS messages are automatically adapted to the capabilities of the phone; MMS can be sent to Russian and foreign numbers and e-mail.

The package is valid for 30 calendar days from the date of connection. After 30 days, unspent messages are burned. The service is available for connection once. When activating the service, 50 MMS are provided free of charge, then payment for MMS messages is made in accordance with the tariff plan.

Connecting a gift package of MMS messages with the command *111*445*050#, checking the balance and validity of the package - with the command *119#. What can be said here? Just to thank for the gift, which was not subject to any restrictions and “little tricks” like the obligatory purchase of another SIM card. It is clear that the operator hopes that at least some of the participants will "get involved" in the process and continue to use the service at standard rates. But it’s still nice, and, again, they didn’t stint on the number of free MMS, give as a gift.

Not out of a desire to find the negative in everything, but simply as a reminder: on December 31 and January 1, MMS messages do not go well. I would say they don't go very well, the delivery time is unpredictable. And SMS-confirmation of delivery did not always come. At least that's how it was last year, let's see what happens this year. I mean, it’s better to send congratulatory MMS in advance, otherwise you can inadvertently congratulate a person at 8 am on January 1.

And one more thing: to receive automatic MMS settings, you should send the word MMS or MMS (in Cyrillic) to the short number 1234. Just do not send an empty SMS to this number, otherwise you will have to clear the WAP settings from the device later. After receiving and activating the settings, it is advisable to send an empty MMS to the free number 8890; without this procedure, incoming MMS may come in the form of links to the MMS portal.

P.S. That's how many times I said to myself: "you can't praise unbridledly, a bad guy will definitely come out." And got caught again. MMS settings do not come when sending MMS text to the short number 1234. But just recently they came, used this service more than once. Now the response is the message "Settings delivered, save them", that's it. In response to sending an empty message to number 1234 - exactly the same effect: "save what did not come." In response to a request for MMS settings, instead of auto settings, the other phone received the answer “To set up WAP and MMS, call 0876. Free of charge.” I called and found out that I ordered WAP, MMS and Chat settings. And WAP-settings did come, who would doubt it. And if I don't want to use WAP and pay 280 rubles. per megabyte instead of 8.45 rubles? So this is my problem, eat what they give and pay the bill. Or master editing the settings with handles in the phone menu. You can also try to order separately MMS settings through an online assistant, but I haven’t checked it myself yet. As an option - call the contact center and tearfully ask to send the settings only MMS without any WAPs, sometimes they meet halfway.

Now I'm sitting and thinking, is it worth it to advise friends to experiment with a gift? Out of ignorance, they will slap the WAP-settings into their phone, swindle them for money, and I will be guilty. I probably won't. And I warn you: by accepting 50 MMS as a gift, you assume all responsibility for possible financial consequences.

Duet's return?

A new name "Group for two" has appeared. Read the news here, quote:

"New service from MTS - group "For two". Chat with your loved ones at a super price! From December 2009, connect to MTS on the most favorable terms and communicate with your loved ones at a super price!”

Even with my impeccable moral character, I wanted a favorite at a super price. And you? Just kidding, of course, our loved ones are priceless. As for the text of the news, the phrase “connect and communicate” already makes us understand that with a 90 percent probability we are talking about buying two more SIM cards. We observed something similar in the now deceased Duet service, when, when buying two SIM cards at the MTS office, they could be “linked” and pay for calls to each other (and only to each other) at 0.7 rubles. in a minute. "Duet" did not affect the other parameters of the tariffs and there was no monthly fee for this service, our review of "Duet" can be read here. Let's see what they will offer us this time, and how the "Group for Two" will be implemented.

New "Eurasia" and the end of "Near Countries"

We study the news here, quotes:

“From December 1, MTS subscribers will be able to take advantage of a new offer that will allow them to speak at reduced rates in the chosen country of travel. The service reduces the cost of incoming and outgoing calls in international roaming by several times.

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At the same time, from December 1, 2009, the possibility of connecting the services "Eurasia" and "Close countries" is closed. For subscribers who connected the services before December 1, 2009, the Eurasia service is valid until the specified date; the conditions for the provision of the Near Countries service do not change.

The "More" link still leads to an xls file with new basic tariffs for communication services in roaming, I'll study it at my leisure and compare it with what we have now. The actual file can be taken here.

Everything is clear with Eurasia, this service will be replaced by a new offer. Which one - we will find out later, in any case, "Eurasia" cannot be connected for the future. But with the “Close countries” everything is not so simple. At the end of February of this year, there was a fairly large-scale rise in the cost of roaming communications, which, in the best marketing traditions, was called "a decrease in roaming tariffs by 10-60 percent." At the same time, they raised roaming prices in the CIS countries, and to calm the nervous public "in the know" they came up with a special service "Nearby countries". When connecting this service for a one-time 90 rubles. (subscription fee for the service is not provided) prices almost returned to the level before the rise in price. We have analyzed a beautiful combination called "reducing roaming rates" in detail and with all the numbers here.

Now about the current news, in which they write about the reduction "by several times the cost of incoming and outgoing calls" in the "selected country". In the light of recent trends, we can assume that a discount is connected for a certain period, in a certain selected country and with certain reservations such as “only when calling to MTS phones”. And, most likely, the discount will not be valid from the first minute of the conversation. At one time, the “Tourist” service was invented for trips to Ukraine, which was advertised as calls for 3 rubles. A detailed description of this service and its comparison with the "Close countries" can be read here, quote:

“As a summary. By activating the service "Close countries", we are for 90 rubles. we get "forever" all incoming, outgoing local, and all outgoing to Russia at 25 rubles per minute. As well as SMS-messages for 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. By activating the "Tourist" service, we pay 150 rubles. we receive for 14 days all incoming and outgoing calls to MTS-Russia according to the scheme of 33/3 rubles/min., all other outgoing calls (local and to Russia) at 59 rubles/min. As well as SMS-messages for 15 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 30 rubles. When the combination of services "Nearby countries" and "Tourist" is connected, the tariffication of SMS-messages is 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. is preserved, so for those who regularly visit Ukraine, the connection of the “Close countries” service is recommended in any case. As for voice traffic, look at your communication profile and don't be hypnotized by the "3 rubles per minute" ad.

This digression into recent history has been made for the sole purpose of persuading you to think about the advisability of connecting the Close Countries service. Unless, of course, you at least occasionally have trips to the CIS countries. In the end, once to give 90 rubles. - God knows what a financial loss, but the service was and remains declared as indefinite. On the first of December, the connection of the service will be closed, and "those who did not have time are late."

Operators: New Year News

The weather is gloomy and the news is also gray-neutral, the beginning of December should be more fun. In November, operators are preparing for New Year's Eve sales and are carefully looking at the situation and competitors, subscribers are also in no hurry to be active. However, the Christmas "Elephant Giveaways" are about to begin, and the first outlines of the upcoming gifts are already beginning to emerge.

The year is not the best for generous gifts, the crisis is in the yard. And, by a “strange” coincidence, the crisis affected not only us, but also cell phones. Something bright and shiny closer to Christmas will be offered to us, there is no doubt about it. The question is, what will be inside this bright package? Depends on how interested operators are now in the race for the number of subscriber souls in statistical reports.

Beeline: Revived balance

The announcement, dated November 6, was seen on the site on November 15-16, can be read here. The actual news about the official launch of the service is here. Our operator "Mass Media" is very happy, judging by the number of "non-observations" of hours and dates. But it's okay, we are already accustomed to the publication of news after the fact. The service is advertised as "Your balance is no longer hidden - it's on the screen!"

"By activating the "Balance on Screen" service, you will be able to receive information about the balance of funds on the screen of your mobile phone. After each balance change, the balance of funds will automatically be displayed on the screen of your phone. The service is provided only if you have a new SIM card and a phone that supports the service.

“The service is available to individuals and legal entities - subscribers of the Beeline prepaid settlement system in the home zone and in intranet roaming. From 15.01.2010, the subscription fee and the cost of connecting the service may be changed.

According to the description, until January 15 of the following year, the service is provided free of charge. Then we can assume a subscription fee of about 30 rubles per month, by analogy with the same service operating in the MegaFon network. Is it really necessary to see the number of surviving rubles / kopecks on the screen after each call? Business, as they say, master's. But the SIM card may need to be replaced (free of charge) with a more recent model. I’m also curious: will “Balance on the Screen” be added to the starter package, and will they start connecting the service in a row to everyone who wants to or not? We'll wait and see.

"Mobile transfer": 5 rubles are not superfluous

We read the news here, quote:

“From December 1, 2009, the conditions for the provision of the Mobile Transfer service will change and a fee of 5 rubles will be set. with VAT for each successfully rendered service (translation).

We read the description of the "Mobile transfer" service here, pay attention to the important points:

  • Amount of one money transfer: at least 10 rubles. — no more than 150 rubles.
  • The minimum balance on your account after the transfer is 60 rubles.
  • The maximum amount of transfers per day is 300 rubles

You don't even need a calculator to understand that the commission for transferring money from one account to another will range from 3.3% to 50%, depending on the amount of the transfer. Not so long ago, a commission for transferring money from a balance to another account was introduced in MegaFon, the same 5 rubles. for the operation. But the maximum transaction amount in the MegaFon network is 500 rubles. Willy-nilly, we again have to compare, those who wish can read the detailed conditions here. It can be assumed that due to the appearance of a fee for each transaction, Beeline will also raise the bar for the maximum transfer amount, the full version of the description will appear on December 1.

Preparing for New Year trips?

Among other relevant news - the upcoming changes in the conditions for the provision of services "Voiced roaming" and "Country to order", you can read the news announcement here. With the service "Voiced roaming" for 15 rubles per day, we get a 50% discount on incoming calls in national and international roaming, service connection is free. Service "Country to order" for only 10 rubles. subscription fee per day allows you to make and receive calls in a particular country with a 50% discount, service connection is also free. A feature of both services is a rather large daily fee, which makes it useless to connect them "for the future". The wording “From December 1, we will be happy to offer you new conditions ...” does not cause much concern, but those who have gathered for Christmas in distant lands should not forget to familiarize themselves with the new conditions. Just in case.

MegaFon: Portal 111

The testing period has finally ended, and now the USSD portal for ordering content and managing services is the same for all operators. It is very convenient for those who use SIM-cards of different operators, there is no need to remember extra numbers. If only to unify USSD balance check requests and contact center phone numbers, it would be very good. And very relevant in light of the growing popularity of phones with two, and sometimes three SIM-cards.

You can read the news about the mobile portal here, the description with all the prices here. Speaking of prices, a quote from the news:

“In order to enter the portal, just dial *111# on your mobile phone and press the “call” key. After that, the portal navigation menu will appear on the phone screen. It consists of sections "Hit", "Balance", "Service Guide", "Remember", "Communicate", "Download" and "Learn". Navigation through the menu is very simple: just dial the number of the corresponding section to go to it. Portal 111 can be used by subscribers of all tariff plans of Moscow MegaFon. All requests, except for ordering mobile content, are free. The service is available both in the home network and in roaming.

Information about the exact time is estimated at 1.6 rubles. and also falls into the category of "mobile content". And this is correct, you can not argue with the fact of the mobility of time. The ill-fated 1.6 rubles. I remembered in connection with the recent history of combining information about the phone number and current time into a “one bottle”. There were not unreasonable fears that information about one's own number would be paid as a result. As a result, these requests still turned out to be divided into different points, and only the time and date are reported for money. If I were marketers, I would add valuable information about the day of the week to the USSD response, round up the price of the request to three rubles, and write about expanding the functionality of a useful service.

But in general, the portal is normal, good. I ran through the menu, everything seems to be logical and understandable. Although the names are at first puzzling, what is "Remember" worth. The linguistic way of thinking of the developers is sometimes mesmerizing: "Bonus balance xx points." I do not demand excessive intelligence from the software, but what guided you by choosing "points" instead of "points"? Hit chance would be increased to 60% instead of the current 30%. There are items to return to the previous level and to the main menu, good. I remember that I really missed this when I dealt with the Beeline USSD portal for the first time, even without profanity it could not have done. Understood, exhausted, put off the phone. And an hour later, an SMS came with a text like: “It seemed to us that you felt like returning to the previous level. If you decide to use the service again and want to return in the process, then in the answer press the “star” instead of a number. Although in the end they achieved their goal by 100%, having laughed, I remembered this “asterisk” for the rest of my life.

Zero problems

Short news can be read here, full text:

“Since December 1, 2009, the Zero Problems service has not been provided to subscribers using direct city numbers in the code 495 and 499 and the corresponding numbers in the code 925. The changes will affect subscribers of all MegaFon network tariff plans of the Moscow region, including corporate '.

The news is not joyful, but quite predictable, sooner or later it had to happen. A detailed description of "Zero problems" can be read here, the service allows you to continue to receive free incoming calls to a phone that is in financial blocking. Now this "celebration of life" for direct advertising numbers is over, and fans of budget solutions will have to look for something suitable from virtuals. I don’t know how it will look de facto now, but for reasons of humanism, it would be nice to leave at least a couple of days for receiving incoming calls after the blocking occurs. He won’t make the weather, but he will help out the careless and disorganized.

Multifon - 60 rubles. per month

We read the news here, there is no need to quote. The bottom line is the introduction from December 1 of the promised subscription fee of 2 rubles per day (60 rubles per month). A detailed description of the service can be read here, to study the prices for calls to different directions - here. On the forums, you can read a lot of hard-hitting statements about the appearance of a monthly fee, it seems that many, until the last moment, hoped that they would change their minds. Argue on the topic “They killed the service. » is useless and unconstructive, as well as comparing tariffs. The service has an obvious niche for cheap calls to Megafon numbers: 0.25 rubles per minute. to the metropolitan "MegaFon" and 1.1 rubles / min. to federal networks. Of the other advantages - the convenience of using a single phone number, the absence of problems with replenishing the balance (everything is in the general account), the choice of the method of receiving incoming calls, etc. For all the details, it is better to refer to the description of the service.

So far, the question of the appearance of the Multifon application for mobile devices, the appearance of which we were almost promised, remains open. With the advent of the subscription fee, it would be time to ...

SMS in intranet roaming

News from November 9, the changes take effect from November 24, so as a reminder-warning quote:

“On November 24, 2009, the cost of outgoing SMS messages in intranet roaming will change. From now on, while in intranet roaming, the cost of one outgoing SMS-message to the numbers of Russian telecom operators will be 3.6 rubles, and to the numbers of foreign telecom operators - 3.95 rubles.

Also not very pleasant, but predictable news. There is nothing to comment on here, the price was brought into line with the prices of cellular colleagues. I wonder if there will ever be preferential intra-network roaming with free incoming calls in the capital's MegaFon? Or will I not live to see this bright day?

MTS: 50 free MMS messages

We read the good news about the New Year's gift here, a quote from the description:

“From November 22, 2009 to January 17, 2010, charge yourself a “50 free MMS” package and send free MMS to everyone for 30 days! The sent MMS messages are automatically adapted to the capabilities of the phone; MMS can be sent to Russian and foreign numbers and e-mail.

The package is valid for 30 calendar days from the date of connection. After 30 days, unspent messages are burned. The service is available for connection once. When activating the service, 50 MMS are provided free of charge, then payment for MMS messages is made in accordance with the tariff plan.

Connecting a gift package of MMS messages with the command *111*445*050#, checking the balance and validity of the package - with the command *119#. What can be said here? Just to thank for the gift, which was not subject to any restrictions and “little tricks” like the obligatory purchase of another SIM card. It is clear that the operator hopes that at least some of the participants will "get involved" in the process and continue to use the service at standard rates. But it’s still nice, and, again, they didn’t stint on the number of free MMS, give as a gift.

Not out of a desire to find the negative in everything, but simply as a reminder: on December 31 and January 1, MMS messages do not go well. I would say they don't go very well, the delivery time is unpredictable. And SMS-confirmation of delivery did not always come. At least that's how it was last year, let's see what happens this year. I mean, it’s better to send congratulatory MMS in advance, otherwise you can inadvertently congratulate a person at 8 am on January 1.

And one more thing: to receive automatic MMS settings, you should send the word MMS or MMS (in Cyrillic) to the short number 1234. Just do not send an empty SMS to this number, otherwise you will have to clear the WAP settings from the device later. After receiving and activating the settings, it is advisable to send an empty MMS to the free number 8890; without this procedure, incoming MMS may come in the form of links to the MMS portal.

P.S. That's how many times I said to myself: "you can't praise unbridledly, a bad guy will definitely come out." And got caught again. MMS settings do not come when sending MMS text to the short number 1234. But just recently they came, used this service more than once. Now the response is the message "Settings delivered, save them", that's it. In response to sending an empty message to number 1234 - exactly the same effect: "save what did not come." In response to a request for MMS settings, instead of auto settings, the other phone received the answer “To set up WAP and MMS, call 0876. Free of charge.” I called and found out that I ordered WAP, MMS and Chat settings. And WAP-settings did come, who would doubt it. And if I don't want to use WAP and pay 280 rubles. per megabyte instead of 8.45 rubles? So this is my problem, eat what they give and pay the bill. Or master editing the settings with handles in the phone menu. You can also try to order separately MMS settings through an online assistant, but I haven’t checked it myself yet. As an option - call the contact center and tearfully ask to send the settings only MMS without any WAPs, sometimes they meet halfway.

Now I'm sitting and thinking, is it worth it to advise friends to experiment with a gift? Out of ignorance, they will slap the WAP-settings into their phone, swindle them for money, and I will be guilty. I probably won't. And I warn you: by accepting 50 MMS as a gift, you assume all responsibility for possible financial consequences.

Duet's return?

A new name "Group for two" has appeared. Read the news here, quote:

"New service from MTS - group "For two". Chat with your loved ones at a super price! From December 2009, connect to MTS on the most favorable terms and communicate with your loved ones at a super price!”

Even with my impeccable moral character, I wanted a favorite at a super price. And you? Just kidding, of course, our loved ones are priceless. As for the text of the news, the phrase “connect and communicate” already makes us understand that with a 90 percent probability we are talking about buying two more SIM cards. We observed something similar in the now deceased Duet service, when, when buying two SIM cards at the MTS office, they could be “linked” and pay for calls to each other (and only to each other) at 0.7 rubles. in a minute. "Duet" did not affect the other parameters of the tariffs and there was no monthly fee for this service, our review of "Duet" can be read here. Let's see what they will offer us this time, and how the "Group for Two" will be implemented.

New "Eurasia" and the end of "Near Countries"

We study the news here, quotes:

“From December 1, MTS subscribers will be able to take advantage of a new offer that will allow them to speak at reduced rates in the chosen country of travel. The service reduces the cost of incoming and outgoing calls in international roaming by several times.

Kitchen Appliances in Tanzania

At the same time, from December 1, 2009, the possibility of connecting the services "Eurasia" and "Close countries" is closed. For subscribers who connected the services before December 1, 2009, the Eurasia service is valid until the specified date; the conditions for the provision of the Near Countries service do not change.

The "More" link still leads to an xls file with new basic tariffs for communication services in roaming, I'll study it at my leisure and compare it with what we have now. The actual file can be taken here.

Everything is clear with Eurasia, this service will be replaced by a new offer. Which one - we will find out later, in any case, "Eurasia" cannot be connected for the future. But with the “Close countries” everything is not so simple. At the end of February of this year, there was a fairly large-scale rise in the cost of roaming communications, which, in the best marketing traditions, was called "a decrease in roaming tariffs by 10-60 percent." At the same time, they raised roaming prices in the CIS countries, and to calm the nervous public "in the know" they came up with a special service "Nearby countries". When connecting this service for a one-time 90 rubles. (subscription fee for the service is not provided) prices almost returned to the level before the rise in price. We have analyzed a beautiful combination called "reducing roaming rates" in detail and with all the numbers here.

Now about the current news, in which they write about the reduction "by several times the cost of incoming and outgoing calls" in the "selected country". In the light of recent trends, we can assume that a discount is connected for a certain period, in a certain selected country and with certain reservations such as “only when calling to MTS phones”. And, most likely, the discount will not be valid from the first minute of the conversation. At one time, the “Tourist” service was invented for trips to Ukraine, which was advertised as calls for 3 rubles. A detailed description of this service and its comparison with the "Close countries" can be read here, quote:

“As a summary. By activating the service "Close countries", we are for 90 rubles. we get "forever" all incoming, outgoing local, and all outgoing to Russia at 25 rubles per minute. As well as SMS-messages for 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. By activating the "Tourist" service, we pay 150 rubles. we receive for 14 days all incoming and outgoing calls to MTS-Russia according to the scheme of 33/3 rubles/min., all other outgoing calls (local and to Russia) at 59 rubles/min. As well as SMS-messages for 15 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 30 rubles. When the combination of services "Close countries" and "Tourist" is connected, the tariffication of SMS messages is 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. is preserved, so for those who regularly visit Ukraine, the connection of the “Close countries” service is recommended in any case. As for voice traffic, look at your communication profile and don't be hypnotized by the "3 rubles per minute" ad.

This digression into recent history has been made for the sole purpose of persuading you to think about the advisability of connecting the Close Countries service. Unless, of course, you at least occasionally have trips to the CIS countries. In the end, once to give 90 rubles. - God knows what a financial loss, but the service was and remains declared as indefinite. On the first of December, the connection of the service will be closed, and "those who did not have time are late."

Operators: New Year News

The weather is gloomy and the news is also gray-neutral, the beginning of December should be more fun. In November, operators are preparing for New Year's Eve sales and are carefully looking at the situation and competitors, subscribers are also in no hurry to be active. However, the Christmas "Elephant Giveaways" are about to begin, and the first outlines of the upcoming gifts are already beginning to emerge.

The year is not the best for generous gifts, the crisis is in the yard. And, by a “strange” coincidence, the crisis affected not only us, but also cell phones. Something bright and shiny closer to Christmas will be offered to us, there is no doubt about it. The question is, what will be inside this bright package? Depends on how interested operators are now in the race for the number of subscriber souls in statistical reports.

Beeline: Revived balance

The announcement, dated November 6, was seen on the site on November 15-16, can be read here. The actual news about the official launch of the service is here. Our operator "Mass Media" is very happy, judging by the number of "non-observations" of hours and dates. But it's okay, we are already used to the publication of news after the fact. The service is advertised as "Your balance is no longer hidden - it's on the screen!"

"By activating the "Balance on Screen" service, you will be able to receive information about the balance of funds on the screen of your mobile phone. After each balance change, the balance of funds will automatically be displayed on the screen of your phone. The service is provided only if you have a new SIM card and a phone that supports the service.

“The service is available to individuals and legal entities - Beeline subscribers of the prepaid settlement system in the home zone and in intranet roaming. From January 15, 2010, the subscription fee and the cost of connecting the service may be changed.

According to the description, until January 15 of the following year, the service is provided free of charge. Then we can assume a subscription fee of about 30 rubles per month, by analogy with the same service operating in the MegaFon network. Is it really necessary to see the number of surviving rubles / kopecks on the screen after each call? Business, as they say, master's. But the SIM card may need to be replaced (free of charge) with a more recent model. I’m also curious: will “Balance on the Screen” be added to the starter package, and will they start connecting the service in a row to everyone who wants to or not? We'll wait and see.

"Mobile transfer": 5 rubles is not superfluous

We read the news here, quote:

“From December 1, 2009, the conditions for the provision of the Mobile Transfer service will change and a fee of 5 rubles will be set. with VAT for each successfully rendered service (translation).

We read the description of the "Mobile transfer" service here, pay attention to the important points:

  • Amount of one money transfer: at least 10 rubles. — no more than 150 rubles.
  • The minimum balance on your account after the transfer is 60 rubles.
  • The maximum amount of transfers per day is 300 rubles

You don't even need a calculator to understand that the commission for transferring money from one account to another will range from 3.3% to 50%, depending on the amount of the transfer. Not so long ago, a commission for transferring money from a balance to another account was introduced in MegaFon, the same 5 rubles. for the operation. But the maximum transaction amount in the MegaFon network is 500 rubles. Willy-nilly, we again have to compare, those who wish can read the detailed conditions here. It can be assumed that due to the appearance of a fee for each transaction, Beeline will also raise the bar for the maximum transfer amount, the full version of the description will appear on December 1.

Preparing for New Year trips?

Among other relevant news - the upcoming changes in the conditions for the provision of services "Voiced roaming" and "Country to order", you can read the news announcement here. With the service "Voiced roaming" for 15 rubles per day, we get a 50% discount on incoming calls in national and international roaming, service connection is free. Service "Country to order" for only 10 rubles. subscription fee per day allows you to make and receive calls in a particular country with a 50% discount, service connection is also free. A feature of both services is a rather large daily fee, which makes it useless to connect them "for the future". The wording “From December 1, we will be happy to offer you new conditions ...” does not cause much concern, but those who have gathered for Christmas in distant lands should not forget to familiarize themselves with the new conditions. Just in case.

MegaFon: Portal 111

The testing period has finally ended, and now the USSD portal for ordering content and managing services is the same for all operators. It is very convenient for those who use SIM-cards of different operators, there is no need to remember extra numbers. If only to unify USSD balance check requests and contact center phone numbers, it would be very good. And very relevant in light of the growing popularity of phones with two, and sometimes three SIM-cards.

You can read the news about the mobile portal here, the description with all the prices here. Speaking of prices, a quote from the news:

“In order to enter the portal, just dial *111# on your mobile phone and press the “call” key. After that, the portal navigation menu will appear on the phone screen. It consists of sections "Hit", "Balance", "Service Guide", "Remember", "Communicate", "Download" and "Learn". Navigation through the menu is very simple: just dial the number of the corresponding section to go to it. Portal 111 can be used by subscribers of all tariff plans of Moscow MegaFon. All requests, except for ordering mobile content, are free. The service is available both in the home network and in roaming.

Information about the exact time is estimated at 1.6 rubles. and also falls into the category of "mobile content". And this is correct, you can not argue with the fact of the mobility of time. The ill-fated 1.6 rubles. I remembered in connection with the recent history of combining information about the phone number and current time into a “one bottle”. There were not unreasonable fears that information about one's own number would be paid as a result. As a result, these requests still turned out to be divided into different points, and only the time and date are reported for money. If I were marketers, I would add valuable information about the day of the week to the USSD response, round up the price of the request to three rubles, and write about expanding the functionality of a useful service.

But in general, the portal is normal, good. I ran through the menu, everything seems to be logical and understandable. Although the names are at first puzzling, what is "Remember" worth. The linguistic way of thinking of the developers is sometimes mesmerizing: "Bonus balance xx points." I do not demand excessive intelligence from the software, but what guided you by choosing "points" instead of "points"? Hit chance would be increased to 60% instead of the current 30%. There are items to return to the previous level and to the main menu, good. I remember that I really missed this when I dealt with the Beeline USSD portal for the first time, even without profanity it could not have done. Understood, exhausted, put off the phone. And an hour later, an SMS came with a text like: “It seemed to us that you felt like returning to the previous level. If you decide to use the service again and want to return in the process, then in the answer press the “star” instead of a number. Although in the end they achieved their goal by 100%, having laughed, I remembered this “asterisk” for the rest of my life.

Zero problems

Short news can be read here, full text:

“Since December 1, 2009, the Zero Problems service has not been provided to subscribers using direct city numbers in the code 495 and 499 and the corresponding numbers in the code 925. The changes will affect subscribers of all MegaFon network tariff plans of the Moscow region, including corporate '.

The news is not joyful, but quite predictable, sooner or later it had to happen. A detailed description of "Zero problems" can be read here, the service allows you to continue to receive free incoming calls to a phone that is in financial blocking. Now this "celebration of life" for direct advertising numbers is over, and fans of budget solutions will have to look for something suitable from virtuals. I don’t know how it will look de facto now, but for reasons of humanism, it would be nice to leave at least a couple of days for receiving incoming calls after the blocking occurs. He won’t make the weather, but he will help out the careless and disorganized.

Multifon - 60 rubles. per month

We read the news here, there is no need to quote. The bottom line is the introduction from December 1 of the promised subscription fee of 2 rubles per day (60 rubles per month). A detailed description of the service can be read here, to study the prices for calls to different directions - here. On the forums, you can read a lot of hard-hitting statements about the appearance of a monthly fee, it seems that many, until the last moment, hoped that they would change their minds. Argue on the topic “They killed the service. » is useless and unconstructive, as well as comparing tariffs. The service has an obvious niche for cheap calls to Megafon numbers: 0.25 rubles per minute. to the metropolitan "MegaFon" and 1.1 rubles per minute. to federal networks. Of the other advantages - the convenience of using a single phone number, the absence of problems with replenishing the balance (everything is in the general account), the choice of the method of receiving incoming calls, etc. For all the details, it is better to refer to the description of the service.

So far, the question of the appearance of the Multifon application for mobile devices, the appearance of which we were almost promised, remains open. With the advent of the subscription fee, it would be time to ...

SMS in intranet roaming

News from November 9, the changes take effect from November 24, so as a reminder-warning quote:

“On November 24, 2009, the cost of outgoing SMS messages in intranet roaming will change. From now on, while in intranet roaming, the cost of one outgoing SMS-message to the numbers of Russian telecom operators will be 3.6 rubles, and to the numbers of foreign telecom operators - 3.95 rubles.

Also not very pleasant, but predictable news. There is nothing to comment on here, the price was brought into line with the prices of cellular colleagues. I wonder if there will ever be preferential intra-network roaming with free incoming calls in the capital's MegaFon? Or will I not live to see this bright day?

MTS: 50 free MMS messages

We read the good news about the New Year's gift here, a quote from the description:

“From November 22, 2009 to January 17, 2010, charge yourself a “50 free MMS” package and send free MMS to everyone for 30 days! The sent MMS messages are automatically adapted to the capabilities of the phone; MMS can be sent to Russian and foreign numbers and e-mail.

The package is valid for 30 calendar days from the date of connection. After 30 days, unspent messages are burned. The service is available for connection once. When activating the service, 50 MMS are provided free of charge, then payment for MMS messages is made in accordance with the tariff plan.

Connecting a gift package of MMS messages with the command *111*445*050#, checking the balance and validity of the package - with the command *119#. What can be said here? Just to thank for the gift, which was not subject to any restrictions and “little tricks” like the obligatory purchase of another SIM card. It is clear that the operator hopes that at least some of the participants will "get involved" in the process and continue to use the service at standard rates. But it’s still nice, and, again, they didn’t stint on the number of free MMS, give as a gift.

Not out of a desire to find the negative in everything, but simply as a reminder: on December 31 and January 1, MMS messages do not go well. I would say they don't go very well, the delivery time is unpredictable. And SMS-confirmation of delivery did not always come. At least that's how it was last year, let's see what happens this year. I mean, it’s better to send congratulatory MMS in advance, otherwise you can inadvertently congratulate a person at 8 am on January 1.

And one more thing: to receive automatic MMS settings, you should send the word MMS or MMS (in Cyrillic) to the short number 1234. Just do not send an empty SMS to this number, otherwise you will have to clear the WAP settings from the device later. After receiving and activating the settings, it is advisable to send an empty MMS to the free number 8890; without this procedure, incoming MMS may come in the form of links to the MMS portal.

P.S. That's how many times I said to myself: "you can't praise unbridledly, a bad guy will definitely come out." And got caught again. MMS settings do not come when sending MMS text to the short number 1234. But just recently they came, used this service more than once. Now the response is the message "Settings delivered, save them", that's it. In response to sending an empty message to number 1234 - exactly the same effect: "save what did not come." In response to a request for MMS settings, instead of auto settings, the other phone received the answer “To set up WAP and MMS, call 0876. Free of charge.” I called and found out that I ordered WAP, MMS and Chat settings. And WAP-settings did come, who would doubt it. And if I don't want to use WAP and pay 280 rubles. per megabyte instead of 8.45 rubles? So this is my problem, eat what they give and pay the bill. Or master editing the settings with handles in the phone menu. You can also try to order separately MMS settings through an online assistant, but I haven’t checked it myself yet. As an option - call the contact center and tearfully ask to send the settings only MMS without any WAPs, sometimes they meet halfway.

Now I'm sitting and thinking, is it worth it to advise friends to experiment with a gift? Out of ignorance, they will slap WAP-settings into their phones, swindle them for money, and I will be guilty. I probably won't. And I warn you: by accepting 50 MMS as a gift, you assume all responsibility for possible financial consequences.

Return of "Duet"?

A new name "Group for two" has appeared. Read the news here, quote:

"New service from MTS - group "For two". Chat with your loved ones at a super price! From December 2009, connect to MTS on the most favorable terms and communicate with your loved ones at a super price!”

Even with my impeccable moral character, I wanted a favorite at a super price. And you? Just kidding, of course, our loved ones are priceless. As for the text of the news, the phrase “connect and communicate” already makes us understand that with a 90 percent probability we are talking about buying two more SIM cards. We observed something similar in the now deceased Duet service, when, when buying two SIM cards at the MTS office, they could be “linked” and pay for calls to each other (and only to each other) at 0.7 rubles. in a minute. "Duet" did not affect the other parameters of the tariffs and there was no monthly fee for this service, our review of "Duet" can be read here. Let's see what they will offer us this time, and how the "Group for Two" will be implemented.

New "Eurasia" and the end of "Near Countries"

We study the news here, quotes:

“From December 1, MTS subscribers will be able to take advantage of a new offer that will allow them to speak at reduced rates in the chosen country of travel. The service reduces the cost of incoming and outgoing calls in international roaming by several times.

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At the same time, from December 1, 2009, the possibility of connecting the services "Eurasia" and "Close countries" is closed. For subscribers who connected the services before December 1, 2009, the Eurasia service is valid until the specified date; the conditions for the provision of the Near Countries service do not change.

The "More" link still leads to an xls file with new basic tariffs for communication services in roaming, I'll study it at my leisure and compare it with what we have now. The actual file can be taken here.

Everything is clear with Eurasia, this service will be replaced by a new offer. Which one - we will find out later, in any case, "Eurasia" cannot be connected for the future. But with the “Close countries” everything is not so simple. At the end of February of this year, there was a fairly large-scale rise in the cost of roaming communications, which, in the best marketing traditions, was called "a decrease in roaming tariffs by 10-60 percent." At the same time, they raised roaming prices in the CIS countries, and to calm the nervous public "in the know" they came up with a special service "Nearby countries". When connecting this service for a one-time 90 rubles. (subscription fee for the service is not provided) prices almost returned to the level before the rise in price. We have analyzed a beautiful combination called "reducing roaming rates" in detail and with all the numbers here.

Now about the current news, in which they write about the reduction "by several times the cost of incoming and outgoing calls" in the "selected country". In the light of recent trends, we can assume that a discount is connected for a certain period, in a certain selected country and with certain reservations such as “only when calling to MTS phones”. And, most likely, the discount will not be valid from the first minute of the conversation. At one time, the “Tourist” service was invented for trips to Ukraine, which was advertised as calls for 3 rubles. A detailed description of this service and its comparison with the "Close countries" can be read here, quote:

“As a summary. By activating the service "Close countries", we are for 90 rubles. we get "forever" all incoming, outgoing local, and all outgoing to Russia at 25 rubles per minute. As well as SMS-messages for 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. By activating the "Tourist" service, we pay 150 rubles. we receive for 14 days all incoming and outgoing calls to MTS-Russia according to the scheme of 33/3 rubles/min., all other outgoing calls (local and to Russia) at 59 rubles/min. As well as SMS-messages for 15 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 30 rubles. When the combination of services "Close countries" and "Tourist" is connected, the tariffication of SMS messages is 7 rubles. and GPRS traffic for 18 rubles. is preserved, so for those who regularly visit Ukraine, the connection of the “Close countries” service is recommended in any case. As for voice traffic, look at your communication profile and don't be hypnotized by the "3 rubles per minute" ad.

This digression into recent history has been made for the sole purpose of persuading you to think about the advisability of connecting the Close Countries service. Unless, of course, you at least occasionally have trips to the CIS countries. In the end, once to give 90 rubles. - God knows what a financial loss, but the service was and remains declared as indefinite. On the first of December, the connection of the service will be closed, and "those who did not have time are late."