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Large-scale accident in the MegaFon network on May 19th. Again about the "micro-doses" of the mobile Internet and the forced consumption of smartphones. About SMS, which are not only spam, and about the unexpected result of the fight against this phenomenon. And also about the eternal question “Who ate my battery?!”. And the main "news of the season" - the snowfalls in Moscow finally ended on May 13th (I hope), on which I congratulate you.

MegaFon, 12 hours of online fever

Long readers of the Mobile-Review have probably noticed that I never "savor" failures, failures and other troubles that all operators experience. It’s not good to rejoice at such “newsworthy events”, you need to sympathize with the victims and draw conclusions, that’s all.

Operators, read mail and news

This time the net "lay down" seriously (the author of the photo is unknown). The first complaints fell after 10 am on May 19, by 10 pm, according to the press service of the operator, the consequences of the failure were eliminated and everything worked as usual. Among the victims were Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and several other cities in the Volga region. Experts write about a serious failure in the HLR (Home Location Registry) hardware and software complex, a subscriber database that includes information about which BS the phone is registered to and where to “search” for the subscriber in order to transfer the call to him.

Operators, read mail and news

There is no need to talk about "total collapse". For example, in the midst of this disaster, I chatted for 36 minutes without noticing any anomalies (MegaFon's SIM card worked in 2G in the second slot). And vice versa: there were many complaints that the phone refused to register on the network at all. Only the voice did not work for someone, there were reviews about the mobile Internet working only in 4G. What conclusions should we draw for the future?

  • Traditionally, we remember the advantages of two phones or devices for two SIM cards. Naturally, SIM-cards of different operators. In recent years, we have been greatly spoiled by the coverage and reliability of cellular networks, and once "tied" to telephone conversations, people did not leave home without such a reserve.
  • According to some estimates, sales of SIM cards from other operators that day amounted to 300% of the usual level. These are not only those who immediately rushed to buy a SIM-card for urgent calls. Surely, for the first time, many thought about the need to “reserve” communications for such cases. Alas, people tend to expect a stimulus in the form of a roasted rooster.
  • Rooster by rooster, and 90 days of "life" of an inactive SIM-card does not contribute to keeping such a reserve in the wallet. According to the law of meanness, the spare SIM card will be dead exactly when needed. This means that you need to monitor the “health”, including the backup SIM card, if you definitely need to stay in touch.
  • Cellulars complain that they are being turned into a simple "pipe" for data transmission. But in such cases, it can be good. If your communication (including voice calls) mainly takes place through instant messengers, then you will not suffer very much even if you replace your SIM card with another one.
  • According to reviews, 4G continued to work for many and calls through VoLTE were successful. Also a kind of reservation. It was even better for users of the Multifon service, as long as the data transfer worked.

It is not necessary to look for positive in such events, but still. Such cataclysms shake us up and make us think about precautionary measures. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.” Even if it really never happens again. Fairly stolen quote:

“Friends, I want to share the latest news on yesterday's accident.

The technical failure on our equipment, which affected the operation of a number of services, has been eliminated. Last night and in the morning, we carried out the necessary work to restore the full operation of the network and finally eliminate the consequences of a software error. Now the network is working stably both in Moscow and in other regions, where yesterday there were problems with voice communication. Subscribers use all services as usual.

Once again, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. We have drawn the necessary conclusions and are already taking additional measures so that this situation does not happen again. This is the first accident of this magnitude in the history of our company and we will do our best to make it the last. The quality of communication for MegaFon was, is and will be our priority.

We will provide compensation to those subscribers affected by the accident; we will inform you about the details at the beginning of the working week.

Thank you for your trust and support over the past day. Thank you.

Sergey Soldatenkov, CEO of MegaFon.

Be online

Zhenya Vildiaev had interesting material, mostly about the right/duty of a modern person to always be in touch. As usual, a vigorous discussion of fundamentally different points of view, but now we are not talking about that.

Operators, read mail and news

In the discussions, one important techno aspect was "hooked" completely by the edge. We are talking about a dead battery as the reason for turning off the device, we regularly encounter this. And, as a rule, we try to deal with it with varying degrees of success. In 95% of cases, we “sin” for voracious software, trying to reduce its appetites up to the complete abandonment of a convenient application and the search for alternatives. The right way? Absolutely correct, software and OS developers are also actively involved in this, read Eldar's Spillikins.

The trouble is that "the dog rummaged" is not always in the software. A few months ago, I moved the SIM card of another operator into one of my two smartphones and soon discovered unexpectedly fast depletion. Previously, with a margin, it was enough for 1.5 days (usually in the evening of the second day I put it on charge), but then suddenly the batteries stopped being enough for a day. The software is relatively undemanding, the messenger is not included, most auto-updates (even the weather) are deactivated. And in general, nothing in the software has changed, but here is such an effect! Recently, I accidentally noticed and memorized the percent numbers before going to bed, then I looked in the morning: in less than 6 hours, a smartphone peacefully lying on the nightstand ate more than 20% of the charge. That is, the device can "sweep" a full charge per day only for interaction with the operator's network. And what remains at the disposal of the user, based on the day of work? Half an hour to an hour of the screen and a dozen views of the news feed? I do not write the name of the operator, there can be many reasons and it depends on the place. For example, throwing between different LACs or working in GSM 900. Having looked at such a thing, I personally immediately calmed down: it’s almost impossible to fight, there’s not much point in having fun with “optimization” of the software. It has to be taken for granted. And be more tolerant of the switched off phone of the one you call. You never know, a person could find himself in such a “geography” where the device would unexpectedly work many times less than its usual time.

About voice and SMS spam

I looked at the discussions of the recent material about the joint MGTS/MTS project with the "Smart for Friends" tariff and remembered the last months of happy possession of the MGTS landline phone. Indeed, there were zero useful calls, but 4-6 calls a week with voice spam. Shops, clinics, window replacements and all that stuff. Not such a huge waste of time, but somehow a shame. And each such call was a living reminder that I also pay a subscriber every month for listening to advertising garbage. I suspect that advertising bells have contributed to the trend of people abandoning landlines. Maybe I would have continued to pay 205 rubles. per month (laziness-mother), but in the presence of such an almost daily irritant.

Now they also got to federal mobile numbers, they call a lot. And it's weird. I assumed that they call landline / direct numbers for reasons of “the economy should be economical”, however, calls to mobiles are beginning to be bugged. Confidently approaching the psychologically significant statistics "advertising call every day".

A good example is a call to a mobile phone from some kind of "Center for the study of the opinions of TV viewers" on May 9 at 20:13. Despite the fact that I have not been a TV viewer for many years, but that's okay. I was interested, because according to the law there should be a way to “unsubscribe” from spam? Called back, listened to the answering machine. Everything is legal, the way to "unsubscribe" is declared! They offer to call +7 (495) 617-7892 and tell the operator about the unwillingness of their opinion to be studied. I call, the number does not answer, long beeps. Predictably: evening, and even a holiday. However, there is a paradox: you can call-spam in the evenings and on holidays. And complain-refuse offer strictly on weekdays during business hours. At least they dropped the call on the answering machine, or something. For the subsequent study of the "viewers' opinions" expressed after the call on the evening of the holiday. Another question about the legality of paid opt-out of voice spam, but this is a trifle.

Operators, read mail and news

Now about SMS spam, which also makes many people angry. Thank you for at least not yet coming up with a default-forced reading of messages by voice. I recently received an interesting letter, quote:

“I faced such a situation that my number got into the stop lists of SMS aggregators (I think so). Since the fall of 2016, I have been observing constant problems with the arrival of SMS from various commercial services. 2/3 stores successfully deliver SMS, and 1/3 fail.

Cans deliver successfully.

The problem arose after I contacted the FAS about sending spam to my number.

One of the SMS aggregators that could not send SMS provided a document according to which MTS asked them to suspend promotional SMS to my number. Apparently, they did not take a steam bath and suspended sending all SMS to the number.

Two times I left requests about the problem in MTS, the answer is no restrictions on the part of the operator, contact the sender. One of the aggregators with which the problem was revealed, on the contrary, blames the operator. It turns out walking in a circle.

Have you ever experienced this? What to do? Change number and/or operator?

Hmm, the unexpected effect of a non-commissioned officer's widow. But we see that the FAS responds to citizens' appeals, and operators respond to appeals from the FAS. You need to see the positive in everything, you see. And if without jokes, then the situation is not easy. The larger the company, the more likely it is to run into sluggishness and formal replies. And you can't call a mobile operator a small company. If everything is really the way the author wrote, then it’s not a fact that even changing the operator while keeping the number will help.

About Internet and vodka prices

I read about the rise in price and for some reason immediately thought about mobile Internet. If you look closely at excise prices, the 8% increase in vodka prices promised by our legislators will correspond to “retail” prices for mobile traffic. 100 grams of vodka or 1 MB video on a smartphone display (

47 seconds view) - the choice is yours. I'm talking about the retail Internet prices of our operators. Unexpectedly funny numbers, you will agree. But it's a fact! And the fact that your video on a smartphone is stuffed with all sorts of advertising muck, because methanol is mixed into vodka, there are enough sadly tragic examples. Okay, advertising "methanol" generously pouring into the content, at least, does not threaten the health of the consumer.

Operators, read mail and news

Once upon a time, cellular brands successfully participated in the sales of products popular in Russia. I was not too lazy to look (and found) a couple of samples, see above. I didn’t find the corresponding MegaFon branded product “for the collection”, which is a pity. Since those years, vodka and retail megabytes of traffic have risen in price more or less symmetrically, but mobile traffic has risen in price faster. And, taking into account the absence of draconian excise taxes on mobile Internet, it was more profitable to sell traffic. Maybe that's why the operators refused to diversify their business in this direction? True, with the advent of the “Yarovaya package”, everything can change: such an “excise tax” is organized for cell phones, https://cars45.com/listing /toyota/venza/2020 that they will envy the alcohol producers.

About MGTS and Smart for Own

In April, I wrote about the MGTS version of the Smart for Friends tariff, you can read the review here. The project is interesting and the tariff is good, the offer to connect with all the necessary information is printed directly on the MGTS account. One question remained open: on what grounds are recipients selected? Geographically, or individually?

Operators, read mail and news

I talked to a person who, when applying to MGTS, was denied connection to this tariff. Judging by the description of the situation, they offer really individually. That is, the main goal of the project is not just to connect more subscribers to the mobile MGTS, but to prevent the possible refusal of people from a wired telephone. The criteria are unknown, but you can guess. Most likely, the "risk group" includes customers with the cheapest MGTS tariff and not connected to the fixed Internet. If at the same time they also analyze the volume of conversations from a wired phone, then it’s quite cool. In any case, the project clearly did a good job.

About dot matrix printers of the “end of the last century”

Overheard a bewildered question from a client about a noisy and slow printer. Reputable organizations, especially financial ones (for example, Sberbank) continue to use "ancient" dot matrix printers to print checks. Others, who care about the safety of themselves and the client, continue to use them. The squeal of printers annoys visitors and, it would seem, it's just a horror, what a retrograde. Printers are also expensive. And for their price it is better to hire some promoters, because sales will definitely grow! The trick is that dot-matrix printers leave physical and indestructible prints on paper with their “needles”. The letters of "quiet" laser printers can be erased and corrected, and the dot-matrix printer savagely hammers the paper, the examination will restore the original letters. Including letters/numbers of the cash receipt.

Therefore, treat the screech of printers with understanding, this is our safety. And it’s not at all an attempt to “save” something on equipment: fast and silent checks on thermal paper (the text disappears after a month) cost the store much cheaper than an unaesthetic tape with sloppy numbers creeping out noisily from an expensive dot-matrix printer.

About VoLTE in MTS

Judging by indirect signs, MTS is actively working on the introduction of VoLTE. Recently in the evening, my smartphone with an MTS SIM card suddenly announced that it is now not just in 4G, but in 4G-VoLTE! By morning, he changed his mind about being in VoLTE, but the fact itself is indicative. There is hope that MTS VoLTE will still appear in the Moscow region even before the end of 2017. Not just tested the same way?

The device is by no means a top-end Samsung and I don’t remember any software updates over the past year. Judging by the reviews, many have already seen the coveted "VOLTE" in the status bar of the screen. And, judging by indirect signs, after turning it on it will work on most relatively “fresh” smartphones with 4G support without any firmware updates, commands and other “dances with a tambourine”.

Beeline, "Business sundress"

Operators, read mail and news

Here is such a curious project materialized. They offer to recommend Beeline to their partners and clients, and in the event of a successful conclusion of the contract, they promise to pay a certain percentage of the invoice amount. I don't know the details, and I also don't know whether we are talking only about corporate clients, or individual ones too. If interested, find out. Actually, a similar approach is now practiced in the work of operators with dealers. As far as I heard, the main part of the dealer's remuneration depends on the expenses of the connected client, and now it is not very interesting for them to simply sell a SIM card to anyone.

MTS, "The Tambov wolf is your friend!"

According to the title - nothing personal, a joke with a "beard" stretching back from the last century. Since mid-May 2017, MTS has started a serious modernization of its network in the Tambov region. In the process, the 2G network may suffer: individual base stations or network fragments may stop working for some time (before July 01, 2017?), 2G communications may be partially disconnected in sections. With all the ensuing consequences, unfortunately.

Unpleasant for ATMs and other consumers of M2M services such as car alarms, apartment sensors, etc. MTS promises that from July 2017 everything in their Tambov 2G will become wonderful, there is no need to panic in advance. We are talking about upgrading network equipment, and not at all about 2G outages.

For residents of the Tambov region, I would advise for this period:

  • If the "2G-only" mode is suddenly turned on in the phone or smartphone, then return the phone/smartphone to the "3G/2G" mode. So at least you won't lose incoming calls.
  • It's worse with 2G-only devices, but everything will work out. And let's hope for a short duration of outages in each specific place. But you should keep in mind, especially the owners of all kinds of smart devices and alarms. In extreme cases, you can sleep in the car once, the May-June nights are promised to us without frost.

We reminded you of our ever-growing dependence on cellular communications. Someday we will live to the point that in the event of a power failure we will not be able to open the refrigerator or boil the kettle. If only it didn’t come to SMS-management of plumbing.

About viruses and trojans

The current surge in massive ransomware Trojan infections has sparked yet another wave of discussion, including the traditional advice not to roam around on all sorts of dubious sites and not to click on everything in emails.

Operators, read mail and news

And then a letter arrived right on the topic, and I thought about it. It looks plausible and the situation looks typical. And if, God forbid, it coincides with the voice reminder of MTS about a 10-ruble debt on a long-discarded SIM card, then they will easily click on such a link. And the potential audience be healthy what, unfortunately. These are not letters to you on the topic “Look at my photos!”, which everyone shy away from now.

The recipient's common sense should also work. The first thing that catches your eye is the absence of a “cap” and a signature in the letter. It seems like an official letter, not a phrase from a chat room. And what is the wording "pay the bill"? They did a good job with the link. You can substitute any name for the link, so they substituted the name, which looks like a full-fledged link that does not arouse suspicion. This is immediately visible if the email client shows a real link without any gestures.

Operators, read mail and news

If you look at the service header of the letter, you will see both the substituted email address in the From field and the ip address of some small provider in Turkey. But these are details. The competent choice of "target audience" is unpleasant. There are a lot of people with micro-debts for cellular communication and I won’t even dare to condemn those who click on the link. Spamorezka, by the way, did not respond to this letter. Keep in mind and warn colleagues and relatives just in case.

Discount per click

Recently I wrote about MNP statistics for the first quarter of 2017, review here. In particular, he wrote that, based on the results of the transitions, special tariffs and discounts for "defectors" can be expected. The news appeared a day after I gave a review for layout, a funny coincidence. Quote:

“Since May 10, 2017, MTS welcomes everyone who transfers their number to the MTS network with a 30% discount on the subscription fee at the following tariffs: Smart, Smart+, Smart Unlimited, Smart Top, Ultra. The discount is valid for six months and becomes active after switching to MTS. When changing the tariff, the discount remains for the remaining period, but not longer than six months, with the exception of corporate tariffs and tariffs "Super MTS", "Per second", "Guest", Smart mini, "MTS Connect 4", "Smart device".".

The coincidence is random, but the approach itself is logical. It's no secret that owners often try to keep "MNP defectors" with discounts, but semi-officially and on an individual basis. And not all. How about loudly and with a whole official program to welcome defectors with a discount? I still haven't come across. But after all, it is logical: “push-pull” is correct, subscribers rush between operators in search of benefits. And these restless need to be stimulated. The official "incoming" stimulation program is a good solution. People at least understand what they can expect. Otherwise, it’s a shame: you start a transition in the hope of “goodies”, you give up your hard-earned 100 rubles, and they won’t offer you anything from either side!

Tele2, MMS tricks

There is such a wonderful MMS service (multimedia messages), which I unexpectedly stumbled upon in the Tele2 network. Once it was positioned as a super-duper replacement for SMS with its miserable letters. And here you can send pictures, video, audio and God knows what else. in a normal message. From any phone. And almost all networks/phones support this grace.

The idea of ​​mass monetization of MMS successfully died due to low demand: photos / pictures were successfully sent by mail, and "voice" in cellular networks quickly became cheaper. What's the point of writing something down, saving it on your phone and sending it, if it's cheaper to just call? A matter of taste, but sending photos via MMS has always pleased me. If you only know the recipient's phone number, what are the alternatives? Call ahead and check your email address? Or download the whole zoo of instant messengers? Why?! Sending a photo in one click through the standard interface of any device is much easier. Fortunately, almost all phones support MMS, and the networks of all operators are also required to support it. Never abused (especially not necessary), but why not? Some security systems, by the way, successfully use the MMS service to quickly send photos of thieves from cameras to the owner's phone. Do you personally need it? OK, but personally I don’t need instant messengers, what and to whom does this prove it? At one time, Mr. Jobs decided that iPhone users did not need MMS, but quickly changed his mind.

Operators, read mail and news

More on the topic - automatic conversion of long SMS messages to MMS, Android smartphones indulge in this by default. It seems that starting from 257 characters SMS is auto-converted to MMS. And sent as MMS. Or they are not sent if there are problems with sending MMS. Nobody writes that much? Well. This paragraph has 500 characters, and it is not at all long, you must agree. In short, there is a service and it must work, including between any networks and with any devices that support receiving and sending MMS.

Operators, read mail and news

I was very surprised when the smartphone refused to send several MMS in the Tele2 network. And he got angry, because he didn’t expect this and it didn’t occur to check the status of the shipment. I was seriously puzzled later, when I also failed to receive MMS. Using the "scientific poke" method, we managed to find out that MMS messages are not sent or received on the 4G Tele2 network. It is treated by forced transfer of the smartphone to 3G, then everything works fine in both directions, MMS come and go. If you suddenly use MMS in the Tele2 network, then keep this feature in mind.

About compensation

MTS subscribers began to receive SMS messages with apologies for temporary problems and a donated gigabyte of traffic as compensation.

Operators, read mail and news

You could write what the gift is for, otherwise people are perplexed. With a probability of 95%, compensation was received by those who have the “Single Internet” service activated. Indeed, something for a long time (more than one week) was being repaired and adjusted, and there really were a lot of complaints. For some recipients, the Internet suddenly began to charge (the money was returned), management through the Personal Account did not work (only USSD) and some other problems, now it doesn’t matter.

Operators, read mail and news

At the same time, let me remind you about the new Internet distribution prices on tariffs and options with unlimited traffic, keep in mind. It was - the first 100 MB per day is free, over 100 MB the fee is 30 rubles. per day. It became 50 MB free of charge and then 50 rubles / day, the news is connected only with price changes. Once again: we are talking exclusively about the distribution of unlimited Internet, the traffic from the packages is distributed at no additional charge.

That's all for today. Unfortunately, there is still a lot that has not been parsed, but the text has already turned out to be unimaginably long. Let's leave it until next time.

Operators, read mail and news

Large-scale accident in the MegaFon network on May 19th. Again about the "micro-doses" of the mobile Internet and the forced consumption of smartphones. About SMS, which are not only spam, and about the unexpected result of the fight against this phenomenon. And also about the eternal question “Who ate my battery?!”. And the main "news of the season" - the snowfalls in Moscow finally ended on May 13th (I hope), on which I congratulate you.

MegaFon, 12 hours of online fever

Long readers of the Mobile-Review have probably noticed that I never "savor" failures, failures and other troubles that all operators experience. It’s not good to rejoice at such “newsbreaks”, you need to sympathize with the victims and draw conclusions, that’s all.

Operators, read mail and news

This time the net "lay down" seriously (the author of the photo is unknown). The first complaints fell after 10 am on May 19, by 10 pm, according to the press service of the operator, the consequences of the failure were eliminated and everything worked as usual. Among the victims were Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and several other cities in the Volga region. Experts write about a serious failure in the HLR (Home Location Registry) hardware and software complex, a subscriber database that includes information about which BS the phone is registered to and where to “search” for the subscriber in order to transfer the call to him.

Operators, read mail and news

There is no need to talk about "total collapse". For example, in the midst of this disaster, I chatted for 36 minutes without noticing any anomalies (MegaFon's SIM card worked in 2G in the second slot). And vice versa: there were many complaints that the phone refused to register on the network at all. Only the voice did not work for someone, there were reviews about the mobile Internet working only in 4G. What conclusions should we draw for the future?

  • Traditionally, we remember the advantages of two phones or devices for two SIM cards. Naturally, SIM-cards of different operators. In recent years, we have been greatly spoiled by the coverage and reliability of cellular networks, and once "tied" to telephone conversations, people did not leave home without such a reserve.
  • According to some estimates, sales of SIM cards from other operators that day amounted to 300% of the usual level. These are not only those who immediately rushed to buy a SIM-card for urgent calls. Surely, for the first time, many thought about the need to “reserve” communications for such cases. Alas, people tend to expect a stimulus in the form of a roasted rooster.
  • Rooster by rooster, and 90 days of "life" of an inactive SIM-card does not contribute to keeping such a reserve in the wallet. According to the law of meanness, the spare SIM card will be dead exactly when needed. This means that you need to monitor the “health”, including the backup SIM card, if you definitely need to stay in touch.
  • Cellulars complain that they are being turned into a simple "pipe" for data transmission. But in such cases, it can be good. If your communication (including voice calls) mainly takes place through instant messengers, then you will not suffer very much even if you replace your SIM card with another one.
  • According to reviews, 4G continued to work for many and calls through VoLTE were successful. Also a kind of reservation. It was even better for users of the Multifon service, as long as the data transfer worked.

It is not necessary to look for positive in such events, but still. Such cataclysms “shake us up” and make us think about precautionary measures. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.” Even if it really never happens again. Fairly stolen quote:

“Friends, I want to report the latest news on yesterday's accident.

The technical failure on our equipment, which affected the operation of a number of services, has been eliminated. Last night and in the morning, we carried out the necessary work to restore the full operation of the network and finally eliminate the consequences of a software error. Now the network is working stably both in Moscow and in other regions, where yesterday there were problems with voice communication. Subscribers use all services as usual.

Once again, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. We have drawn the necessary conclusions and are already taking additional measures so that this situation does not happen again. This is the first accident of this magnitude in the history of our company and we will do our best to make it the last. The quality of communication for MegaFon was, is and will be our priority.

We will provide compensation to those subscribers affected by the accident; we will inform you about the details at the beginning of the working week.

Thank you for your trust and support over the past day. Thank you.

Sergey Soldatenkov, CEO of MegaFon.

Be online

Zhenya Vildiaev had interesting material, mostly about the right/duty of a modern person to always be in touch. As usual, a vigorous discussion of fundamentally different points of view, but now we are not talking about that.

Operators, read mail and news

In the discussions, one important techno aspect was "hooked" completely by the edge. We are talking about a dead battery as the reason for turning off the device, we regularly encounter this. And, as a rule, we try to deal with it with varying degrees of success. In 95% of cases, we “sin” for voracious software, trying to reduce its appetites up to the complete abandonment of a convenient application and the search for alternatives. The right way? Absolutely correct, software and OS developers are also actively involved in this, read Eldar's Spillikins.

The trouble is that "the dog rummaged" is not always in the software. A few months ago, I moved the SIM card of another operator into one of my two smartphones and soon discovered unexpectedly fast depletion. Previously, with a margin, it was enough for 1.5 days (usually in the evening of the second day I put it on charge), but then suddenly the batteries stopped being enough for a day. The software is relatively undemanding, the messenger is not included, most auto-updates (even the weather) are deactivated. And in general, nothing in the software has changed, but here is such an effect! Recently, I accidentally noticed and memorized the percent numbers before going to bed, then I looked in the morning: in less than 6 hours, a smartphone peacefully lying on the nightstand ate more than 20% of the charge. That is, the device can "sweep" a full charge per day only for interaction with the operator's network. And what remains at the disposal of the user, based on the day of work? Half an hour to an hour of the screen and a dozen views of the news feed? I do not write the name of the operator, there can be many reasons and it depends on the place. For example, throwing between different LACs or working in GSM 900. Having looked at such a thing, I personally immediately calmed down: it’s almost impossible to fight, there’s not much point in having fun with “optimization” of the software. It has to be taken for granted. And be more tolerant of the switched off phone of the one you call. You never know, a person could find himself in such a “geography” where the device would unexpectedly work many times less than its usual time.

About voice and SMS spam

I looked at the discussions of the recent material about the joint MGTS/MTS project with the "Smart for Friends" tariff and remembered the last months of happy possession of the MGTS landline phone. Indeed, there were zero useful calls, but 4-6 calls a week with voice spam. Shops, clinics, window replacements and all that stuff. Not such a huge waste of time, but somehow a shame. And each such call was a living reminder that I also pay a subscriber every month for listening to advertising garbage. I suspect that advertising bells have contributed to the trend of people abandoning landlines. Maybe I would have continued to pay 205 rubles. per month (laziness-mother), but in the presence of such an almost daily irritant.

Now they also got to federal mobile numbers, they call a lot. And it's weird. I assumed that they call landline / direct numbers for reasons of “the economy should be economical”, however, calls to mobiles are beginning to be bugged. Confidently approaching the psychologically significant statistics "advertising call every day".

A good example is a call to a mobile phone from some kind of "Center for the study of the opinions of TV viewers" on May 9 at 20:13. Despite the fact that I have not been a TV viewer for many years, but that's okay. I was interested, because according to the law there should be a way to “unsubscribe” from spam? Called back, listened to the answering machine. Everything is legal, the way to "unsubscribe" is declared! They offer to call +7 (495) 617-7892 and tell the operator about the unwillingness of their opinion to be studied. I call, the number does not answer, long beeps. Predictably: evening, and even a holiday. However, there is a paradox: you can call-spam in the evenings and on holidays. And complain-refuse offer strictly on weekdays during business hours. At least they dropped the call on the answering machine, or something. For the subsequent study of the "viewers' opinions" expressed after the call on the evening of the holiday. Another question about the legality of paid opt-out of voice spam, but this is a trifle.

Operators, read mail and news

Now about SMS spam, which also makes many people angry. Thank you for at least not yet coming up with a default-forced reading of messages by voice. I recently received an interesting letter, quote:

“I faced such a situation that my number got into the stop lists of SMS aggregators (I think so). Since the fall of 2016, I have been observing constant problems with the arrival of SMS from various commercial services. 2/3 stores successfully deliver SMS, and 1/3 fail.

Cans deliver successfully.

The problem arose after I contacted the FAS about sending spam to my number.

One of the SMS aggregators that could not send SMS provided a document according to which MTS asked them to suspend promotional SMS to my number. Apparently, they did not take a steam bath and suspended sending all SMS to the number.

Two times I left requests about the problem in MTS, the answer is no restrictions on the part of the operator, contact the sender. One of the aggregators with which the problem was revealed, on the contrary, blames the operator. It turns out walking in a circle.

Have you ever experienced this? What to do? Change number and/or operator?

Hmm, the unexpected effect of a non-commissioned officer's widow. But we see that the FAS responds to citizens' appeals, and operators respond to appeals from the FAS. You need to see the positive in everything, you see. And if without jokes, then the situation is not easy. The larger the company, the more likely it is to run into sluggishness and formal replies. And you can't call a mobile operator a small company. If everything is really the way the author wrote, then it’s not a fact that even changing the operator while keeping the number will help.

About Internet and vodka prices

I read about the rise in price and for some reason immediately thought about mobile Internet. If you look closely at excise prices, the 8% increase in vodka prices promised by our legislators will correspond to “retail” prices for mobile traffic. 100 grams of vodka or 1 MB video on a smartphone display (

47 seconds view) - the choice is yours. I'm talking about the retail Internet prices of our operators. Unexpectedly funny numbers, you will agree. But it's a fact! And the fact that your video on a smartphone is stuffed with all sorts of advertising muck, because methanol is mixed into vodka, there are enough sadly tragic examples. Okay, advertising "methanol" generously pouring into the content, at least, does not threaten the health of the consumer.

Operators, read mail and news

Once upon a time, cellular brands successfully participated in the sales of products popular in Russia. I was not too lazy to look (and found) a couple of samples, see above. I didn’t find the corresponding MegaFon branded product “for the collection”, which is a pity. Since those years, vodka and retail megabytes of traffic have risen in price more or less symmetrically, but mobile traffic has risen in price faster. And, taking into account the absence of draconian excise taxes on mobile Internet, it was more profitable to sell traffic. Maybe that's why the operators refused to diversify their business in this direction? True, with the advent of the “Yarovaya package”, everything can change: such an “excise tax” is organized for cell phones, https://cars45.com/listing /toyota/venza/2020 that they will envy the alcohol producers.

About MGTS and Smart for Own

In April, I wrote about the MGTS version of the Smart for Friends tariff, you can read the review here. The project is interesting and the tariff is good, the offer to connect with all the necessary information is printed directly on the MGTS account. One question remained open: on what grounds are recipients selected? Geographically, or individually?

Operators, read mail and news

I talked to a person who, when applying to MGTS, was denied connection to this tariff. Judging by the description of the situation, they offer really individually. That is, the main goal of the project is not just to connect more subscribers to the mobile MGTS, but to prevent the possible refusal of people from a wired telephone. The criteria are unknown, but you can guess. Most likely, the "risk group" includes customers with the cheapest MGTS tariff and not connected to the fixed Internet. If at the same time they also analyze the volume of conversations from a wired phone, then it’s quite cool. In any case, the project clearly did a good job.

About dot matrix printers of the “end of the last century”

Overheard a bewildered question from a client about a noisy and slow printer. Reputable organizations, especially financial ones (for example, Sberbank) continue to use "ancient" dot matrix printers to print checks. Others, who care about the safety of themselves and the client, continue to use them. The squeal of printers annoys visitors and, it would seem, it's just a horror, what a retrograde. Printers are also expensive. And for their price it is better to hire some promoters, because sales will definitely grow! The trick is that dot-matrix printers leave physical and indestructible prints on paper with their “needles”. The letters of "quiet" laser printers can be erased and corrected, and the dot-matrix printer savagely hammers the paper, the examination will restore the original letters. Including letters/numbers of the cash receipt.

Therefore, treat the screech of printers with understanding, this is our safety. And it’s not at all an attempt to “save” something on equipment: fast and silent checks on thermal paper (the text disappears after a month) cost the store much cheaper than an unaesthetic tape with sloppy numbers creeping out noisily from an expensive dot-matrix printer.

About VoLTE in MTS

Judging by indirect signs, MTS is actively working on the introduction of VoLTE. Recently in the evening, my smartphone with an MTS SIM card suddenly announced that it is now not just in 4G, but in 4G-VoLTE! By morning, he changed his mind about being in VoLTE, but the fact itself is indicative. There is hope that MTS VoLTE will still appear in the Moscow region even before the end of 2017. Not just tested the same way?

The device is by no means a top-end Samsung and I don’t remember any software updates over the past year. Judging by the reviews, many have already seen the coveted “VOLTE” in the status bar of the screen. And, judging by indirect signs, after turning it on it will work on most relatively “fresh” smartphones with 4G support without any firmware updates, commands and other “dances with a tambourine”.

Beeline, "Business sundress"

Operators, read mail and news

Here is such a curious project materialized. They offer to recommend Beeline to their partners and clients, and in the event of a successful conclusion of the contract, they promise to pay a certain percentage of the invoice amount. I don't know the details, and I also don't know whether we are talking only about corporate clients, or individual ones too. If interested, find out. Actually, a similar approach is now practiced in the work of operators with dealers. As far as I heard, the main part of the dealer's remuneration depends on the expenses of the connected client, and now it is not very interesting for them to simply sell a SIM card to anyone.

MTS, "The Tambov wolf is your friend!"

According to the title - nothing personal, a joke with a "beard" stretching back from the last century. Since mid-May 2017, MTS has started a serious modernization of its network in the Tambov region. In the process, the 2G network may suffer: individual base stations or network fragments may stop working for some time (before July 01, 2017?), 2G communications may be partially disconnected in sections. With all the ensuing consequences, unfortunately.

Unpleasant for ATMs and other consumers of M2M services such as car alarms, apartment sensors, etc. MTS promises that from July 2017 everything in their Tambov 2G will become wonderful, there is no need to panic in advance. We are talking about upgrading network equipment, and not at all about 2G outages.

For residents of the Tambov region, I would advise for this period:

  • If the "2G-only" mode is suddenly turned on in the phone or smartphone, then return the phone/smartphone to the "3G/2G" mode. So at least you won't lose incoming calls.
  • It's worse with 2G-only devices, but everything will work out. And let's hope for a short duration of outages in each specific place. But you should keep in mind, especially the owners of all kinds of smart devices and alarms. In extreme cases, you can sleep in the car once, the May-June nights are promised to us without frost.

We reminded you of our ever-growing dependence on cellular communications. Someday we will live to the point that in the event of a power failure we will not be able to open the refrigerator or boil the kettle. If only it didn’t come to SMS-management of plumbing.

About viruses and trojans

The current surge in massive ransomware Trojan infections has sparked yet another wave of discussion, including the traditional advice not to roam around on all sorts of dubious sites and not to click on everything in emails.

Operators, read mail and news

And then a letter arrived right on the topic, and I thought about it. It looks plausible and the situation looks typical. And if, God forbid, it coincides with the voice reminder of MTS about a 10-ruble debt on a long-discarded SIM card, then they will easily click on such a link. And the potential audience be healthy what, unfortunately. These are not letters to you on the topic “Look at my photos!”, which everyone shy away from now.

The recipient's common sense should also work. The first thing that catches your eye is the absence of a “cap” and a signature in the letter. It seems like an official letter, not a phrase from a chat room. And what is the wording "pay the bill"? They did a good job with the link. You can substitute any name for the link, so they substituted the name, which looks like a full-fledged link that does not arouse suspicion. This is immediately visible if the email client shows a real link without any gestures.

Operators, read mail and news

If you look at the service header of the letter, you will see both the substituted email address in the From field and the ip address of some small provider in Turkey. But these are details. The competent choice of "target audience" is unpleasant. There are a lot of people with micro-debts for cellular communication and I won’t even dare to condemn those who click on the link. Spamorezka, by the way, did not respond to this letter. Keep in mind and warn colleagues and relatives just in case.

Discount per click

Recently I wrote about MNP statistics for the first quarter of 2017, review here. In particular, he wrote that, based on the results of the transitions, special tariffs and discounts for "defectors" can be expected. The news appeared a day after I gave a review for layout, a funny coincidence. Quote:

“Since May 10, 2017, MTS welcomes everyone who transfers their number to the MTS network with a 30% discount on the subscription fee at the following tariffs: Smart, Smart+, Smart Unlimited, Smart Top, Ultra. The discount is valid for six months and becomes active after switching to MTS. When changing the tariff, the discount remains for the remaining period, but not longer than six months, with the exception of corporate tariffs and tariffs "Super MTS", "Per second", "Guest", Smart mini, "MTS Connect 4", "Smart device".".

The coincidence is random, but the approach itself is logical. It's no secret that owners often try to keep "MNP defectors" with discounts, but semi-officially and on an individual basis. And not all. How about loudly and with a whole official program to welcome defectors with a discount? I still haven't come across. But after all, it is logical: “push-pull” is correct, subscribers rush between operators in search of benefits. And these restless need to be stimulated. The official "incoming" stimulation program is a good solution. People at least understand what they can expect. Otherwise, it’s a shame: you start a transition in the hope of “goodies”, you give up your hard-earned 100 rubles, and they won’t offer you anything from either side!

Tele2, MMS tricks

There is such a wonderful MMS service (multimedia messages), which I unexpectedly stumbled upon in the Tele2 network. Once it was positioned as a super-duper replacement for SMS with its miserable letters. And here you can send pictures, video, audio and God knows what else. in a normal message. From any phone. And almost all networks/phones support this grace.

The idea of ​​mass monetization of MMS successfully died due to low demand: photos / pictures were successfully sent by mail, and "voice" in cellular networks quickly became cheaper. What's the point of writing something down, saving it on your phone and sending it, if it's cheaper to just call? A matter of taste, but sending photos via MMS has always pleased me. If you only know the recipient's phone number, what are the alternatives? Call ahead and check your email address? Or download the whole zoo of instant messengers? Why?! Sending a photo in one click through the standard interface of any device is much easier. Fortunately, almost all phones support MMS, and the networks of all operators are also required to support it. Never abused (especially not necessary), but why not? Some security systems, by the way, successfully use the MMS service to quickly send photos of thieves from cameras to the owner's phone. Do you personally need it? OK, but personally I don’t need instant messengers, what and to whom does this prove it? At one time, Mr. Jobs decided that iPhone users did not need MMS, but quickly changed his mind.

Operators, read mail and news

More on the topic - automatic conversion of long SMS messages to MMS, Android smartphones indulge in this by default. It seems that starting from 257 characters SMS is auto-converted to MMS. And sent as MMS. Or they are not sent if there are problems with sending MMS. Nobody writes that much? Well. There are 500 characters in this paragraph, and it is not at all long, agree. In short, there is a service and it must work, including between any networks and with any devices that support receiving and sending MMS.

Operators, read mail and news

I was very surprised when the smartphone refused to send several MMS in the Tele2 network. And he got angry, because he didn’t expect this and it didn’t occur to check the status of the shipment. I was seriously puzzled later, when I also failed to receive MMS. Using the "scientific poke" method, we managed to find out that MMS messages are not sent or received on the 4G Tele2 network. It is treated by forced transfer of the smartphone to 3G, then everything works fine in both directions, MMS come and go. If you suddenly use MMS in the Tele2 network, then keep this feature in mind.

About compensation

MTS subscribers began to receive SMS messages with apologies for temporary problems and a donated gigabyte of traffic as compensation.

Operators, read mail and news

You could write what the gift is for, otherwise people are perplexed. With a probability of 95%, compensation was received by those who have the “Single Internet” service activated. Indeed, something for a long time (more than one week) was being repaired and adjusted, and there really were a lot of complaints. For some recipients, the Internet suddenly began to charge (the money was returned), management through the Personal Account did not work (only USSD) and some other problems, now it doesn’t matter.

Operators, read mail and news

At the same time, let me remind you about the new Internet distribution prices on tariffs and options with unlimited traffic, keep in mind. It was - the first 100 MB per day is free, over 100 MB the fee is 30 rubles. per day. It became 50 MB free of charge and then 50 rubles / day, the news is connected only with price changes. Once again: we are talking exclusively about the distribution of unlimited Internet, the traffic from the packages is distributed at no additional charge.

That's all for today. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of unparsed, but the text has already turned out to be unimaginably long. Let's leave it until next time.

Operators, read mail and news

Large-scale accident in the MegaFon network on May 19th. Again about the "micro-doses" of the mobile Internet and the forced consumption of smartphones. About SMS, which are not only spam, and about the unexpected result of the fight against this phenomenon. And also about the eternal question “Who ate my battery?!”. And the main "news of the season" - the snowfalls in Moscow finally ended on May 13th (I hope), on which I congratulate you.

MegaFon, 12 hours of online fever

Long readers of the Mobile-Review have probably noticed that I never "savor" failures, failures and other troubles that all operators experience. It’s not good to rejoice at such “newsworthy events”, you need to sympathize with the victims and draw conclusions, that’s all.

Operators, read mail and news

This time the net "lay down" seriously (the author of the photo is unknown). The first complaints fell after 10 am on May 19, by 10 pm, according to the press service of the operator, the consequences of the failure were eliminated and everything worked as usual. Among the victims were Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and several other cities in the Volga region. Experts write about a serious failure in the HLR (Home Location Registry) hardware and software complex, a subscriber database that includes information about which BS the phone is registered to and where to “search” for the subscriber in order to transfer the call to him.

Operators, read mail and news

There is no need to talk about "total collapse". For example, in the midst of this disaster, I chatted for 36 minutes without noticing any anomalies (MegaFon's SIM card worked in 2G in the second slot). And vice versa: there were many complaints that the phone refused to register on the network at all. Only the voice did not work for someone, there were reviews about the mobile Internet working only in 4G. What conclusions should we draw for the future?

  • Traditionally, we remember the advantages of two phones or devices for two SIM cards. Naturally, SIM-cards of different operators. In recent years, we have been greatly spoiled by the coverage and reliability of cellular networks, and once "tied" to telephone conversations, people did not leave home without such a reserve.
  • According to some estimates, sales of SIM cards from other operators that day amounted to 300% of the usual level. These are not only those who immediately rushed to buy a SIM-card for urgent calls. Surely, for the first time, many thought about the need to “reserve” communications for such cases. Alas, people tend to expect a stimulus in the form of a roasted rooster.
  • Rooster by rooster, and 90 days of "life" of an inactive SIM-card does not contribute to keeping such a reserve in the wallet. According to the law of meanness, the spare SIM card will be dead exactly when needed. This means that you need to monitor the “health”, including the backup SIM card, if you definitely need to stay in touch.
  • Cellulars complain that they are being turned into a simple "pipe" for data transmission. But in such cases, it can be good. If your communication (including voice calls) mainly takes place through instant messengers, then you will not suffer very much even if you replace your SIM card with another one.
  • According to reviews, 4G continued to work for many and calls through VoLTE were successful. Also a kind of reservation. It was even better for users of the Multifon service, as long as the data transfer worked.

It is not necessary to look for positive in such events, but still. Such cataclysms “shake us up” and make us think about precautionary measures. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.” Even if it really never happens again. Fairly stolen quote:

“Friends, I want to report the latest news on yesterday's accident.

The technical failure on our equipment, which affected the operation of a number of services, has been eliminated. Last night and in the morning, we carried out the necessary work to restore the full operation of the network and finally eliminate the consequences of a software error. Now the network is working stably both in Moscow and in other regions, where yesterday there were problems with voice communication. Subscribers use all services as usual.

Once again, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. We have drawn the necessary conclusions and are already taking additional measures so that this situation does not happen again. This is the first accident of this magnitude in the history of our company and we will do our best to make it the last. The quality of communication for MegaFon was, is and will be our priority.

We will provide compensation to those subscribers affected by the accident; we will inform you about the details at the beginning of the working week.

Thank you for your trust and support over the past day. Thank you.

Sergey Soldatenkov, CEO of MegaFon.

Be online

Zhenya Vildiaev had interesting material, mostly about the right/duty of a modern person to always be in touch. As usual, a vigorous discussion of fundamentally different points of view, but now we are not talking about that.

Operators, read mail and news

In the discussions, one important techno aspect was "hooked" completely by the edge. We are talking about a dead battery as the reason for turning off the device, we regularly encounter this. And, as a rule, we try to deal with it with varying degrees of success. In 95% of cases, we “sin” for voracious software, trying to reduce its appetites up to the complete abandonment of a convenient application and the search for alternatives. The right way? Absolutely correct, software and OS developers are also actively involved in this, read Eldar's Spillikins.

The trouble is that "the dog rummaged" is not always in the software. A few months ago, I moved the SIM card of another operator into one of my two smartphones and soon discovered unexpectedly fast depletion. Previously, with a margin, it was enough for 1.5 days (usually in the evening of the second day I put it on charge), but then suddenly the batteries stopped being enough for a day. The software is relatively undemanding, the messenger is not included, most auto-updates (even the weather) are deactivated. And in general, nothing in the software has changed, but here is such an effect! Recently, I accidentally noticed and memorized the percent numbers before going to bed, then I looked in the morning: in less than 6 hours, a smartphone peacefully lying on the nightstand ate more than 20% of the charge. That is, the device can "sweep" a full charge per day only for interaction with the operator's network. And what remains at the disposal of the user, based on the day of work? Half an hour to an hour of the screen and a dozen views of the news feed? I do not write the name of the operator, there can be many reasons and it depends on the place. For example, throwing between different LACs or working in GSM 900. Having looked at such a thing, I personally immediately calmed down: it’s almost impossible to fight, there’s not much point in having fun with “optimization” of the software. It has to be taken for granted. And be more tolerant of the switched off phone of the one you call. You never know, a person could find himself in such a “geography” where the device would unexpectedly work many times less than its usual time.

About voice and SMS spam

I looked at the discussions of the recent material about the joint MGTS/MTS project with the "Smart for Friends" tariff and remembered the last months of happy possession of the MGTS landline phone. Indeed, there were zero useful calls, but 4-6 calls a week with voice spam. Shops, clinics, window replacements and all that stuff. Not such a huge waste of time, but somehow a shame. And each such call was a living reminder that I also pay a subscriber every month for listening to advertising garbage. I suspect that advertising bells have contributed to the trend of people abandoning landlines. Maybe I would have continued to pay 205 rubles. per month (laziness-mother), but in the presence of such an almost daily irritant.

Now they also got to federal mobile numbers, they call a lot. And it's weird. I assumed that they call landline / direct numbers for reasons of “the economy should be economical”, however, calls to mobiles are beginning to be bugged. Confidently approaching the psychologically significant statistics "advertising call every day".

A good example is a call to a mobile phone from some kind of "Center for the study of the opinions of TV viewers" on May 9 at 20:13. Despite the fact that I have not been a TV viewer for many years, but that's okay. I was interested, because according to the law there should be a way to “unsubscribe” from spam? Called back, listened to the answering machine. Everything is legal, the way to "unsubscribe" is declared! They offer to call +7 (495) 617-7892 and tell the operator about the unwillingness of their opinion to be studied. I call, the number does not answer, long beeps. Predictably: evening, and even a holiday. However, there is a paradox: you can call-spam in the evenings and on holidays. And complain-refuse offer strictly on weekdays during business hours. At least they dropped the call on the answering machine, or something. For the subsequent study of the "viewers' opinions" expressed after the call on the evening of the holiday. Another question about the legality of paid opt-out of voice spam, but this is a trifle.

Operators, read mail and news

Now about SMS spam, which also makes many people angry. Thank you for at least not yet coming up with a default-forced reading of messages by voice. I recently received an interesting letter, quote:

“I faced such a situation that my number got into the stop lists of SMS aggregators (I think so). Since the autumn of 2016, I have been observing constant problems with the arrival of SMS from various commercial services. 2/3 stores successfully deliver SMS, and 1/3 fail.

Cans deliver successfully.

The problem arose after I contacted the FAS about sending spam to my number.

One of the SMS aggregators that could not send SMS provided a document according to which MTS asked them to suspend promotional SMS to my number. Apparently, they did not take a steam bath and suspended sending all SMS to the number.

Two times I left requests about the problem in MTS, the answer is no restrictions on the part of the operator, contact the sender. One of the aggregators with which the problem was revealed, on the contrary, blames the operator. It turns out walking in a circle.

Have you ever experienced this? What to do? Change number and/or operator?

Hmm, the unexpected effect of a non-commissioned officer's widow. But we see that the FAS responds to citizens' appeals, and operators respond to appeals from the FAS. You need to see the positive in everything, you see. And if without jokes, then the situation is not easy. The larger the company, the more likely it is to run into sluggishness and formal replies. And you can't call a mobile operator a small company. If everything is really the way the author wrote, then it’s not a fact that even changing the operator while keeping the number will help.

About Internet and vodka prices

I read about the rise in price and for some reason immediately thought about mobile Internet. If you look closely at excise prices, the 8% increase in vodka prices promised by our legislators will correspond to “retail” prices for mobile traffic. 100 grams of vodka or 1 MB video on a smartphone display (

47 seconds view) - the choice is yours. I'm talking about the retail Internet prices of our operators. Unexpectedly funny numbers, you will agree. But it's a fact! And the fact that your video on a smartphone is stuffed with all sorts of advertising muck, because methanol is mixed into vodka, there are enough sadly tragic examples. Okay, advertising "methanol" generously pouring into the content, at least, does not threaten the health of the consumer.

Operators, read mail and news

Once cellular brands successfully participated in the sales of products popular in Russia. I was not too lazy to look (and found) a couple of samples, see above. I didn’t find the corresponding MegaFon branded product “for the collection”, which is a pity. Since those years, vodka and retail megabytes of traffic have risen in price more or less symmetrically, but mobile traffic has risen in price faster. And, taking into account the absence of draconian excises on mobile Internet, it was more profitable to sell traffic. Maybe that's why the operators refused to diversify their business in this direction? True, with the advent of the “Yarovaya package”, everything can change: such an “excise tax” is organized for cell phones, https://cars45.com/listing /toyota/venza/2020 that they will envy the alcohol producers.

About MGTS and Smart for Own

In April, I wrote about the MGTS version of the Smart for Friends tariff, you can read the review here. The project is interesting and the tariff is good, the offer to connect with all the necessary information is printed directly on the MGTS account. One question remained open: on what grounds are recipients chosen? Geographically, or individually?

Therefore, treat the screech of printers with understanding, this is our safety. And it’s not at all an attempt to “save” something on equipment: fast and silent checks on thermal paper (the text disappears after a month) cost the store much cheaper than an unaesthetic tape with sloppy numbers creeping out noisily from an expensive dot-matrix printer.

About VoLTE in MTS

Judging by indirect signs, MTS is actively working on the introduction of VoLTE. Recently in the evening, my smartphone with an MTS SIM card suddenly announced that it is now not just in 4G, but in 4G-VoLTE! By morning, he changed his mind about being in VoLTE, but the fact itself is indicative. There is hope that MTS VoLTE will still appear in the Moscow region even before the end of 2017. Not just tested the same way?

The device is by no means a top-end Samsung and I don’t remember any software updates over the past year. Judging by the reviews, many have already seen the coveted “VOLTE” in the status bar of the screen. And, judging by indirect signs, after turning it on it will work on most relatively “fresh” smartphones with 4G support without any firmware updates, commands and other “dances with a tambourine”.

Beeline, "Business sundress"

Operators, read mail and news

Here is such a curious project materialized. They offer to recommend Beeline to their partners and clients, and in the event of a successful conclusion of the contract, they promise to pay a certain percentage of the invoice amount. I don't know the details, and I also don't know whether we are talking only about corporate clients, or individual ones too. If interested, find out. Actually, a similar approach is now practiced in the work of operators with dealers. As far as I heard, the main part of the dealer's remuneration depends on the expenses of the connected client, and now it is not very interesting for them to simply sell a SIM card to anyone.

MTS, "The Tambov wolf is your friend!"

According to the title - nothing personal, a joke with a "beard" stretching back from the last century. Since mid-May 2017, MTS has started a serious modernization of its network in the Tambov region. In the process, the 2G network may suffer: individual base stations or network fragments may stop working for some time (before July 01, 2017?), 2G communications may be partially disconnected in sections. With all the ensuing consequences, unfortunately.

Unpleasant for ATMs and other consumers of M2M services such as car alarms, apartment sensors, etc. MTS promises that from July 2017 everything in their Tambov 2G will become wonderful, there is no need to panic in advance. We are talking about upgrading network equipment, and not at all about 2G outages.

For residents of the Tambov region, I would advise for this period:

  • If the "2G-only" mode is suddenly turned on in the phone or smartphone, then return the phone/smartphone to the "3G/2G" mode. So at least you won't lose incoming calls.
  • It's worse with 2G-only devices, but everything will work out. And let's hope for a short duration of outages in each specific place. But you should keep in mind, especially the owners of all kinds of smart devices and alarms. In extreme cases, you can sleep in the car once, the May-June nights are promised to us without frost.

We reminded you of our ever-growing dependence on cellular communications. Someday we will live to the point that in the event of a power failure we will not be able to open the refrigerator or boil the kettle. If only it didn’t come to SMS-management of plumbing.

About viruses and trojans

The current surge in massive ransomware Trojan infections has sparked yet another wave of discussion, including the traditional advice not to roam around on all sorts of dubious sites and not to click on everything in emails.

Operators, read mail and news

And then a letter arrived right on the topic, and I thought about it. It looks plausible and the situation looks typical. And if, God forbid, it coincides with the voice reminder of MTS about a 10-ruble debt on a long-discarded SIM card, then they will easily click on such a link. And the potential audience be healthy what, unfortunately. These are not letters to you on the topic “Look at my photos!”, which everyone shy away from now.

The recipient's common sense should also work. The first thing that catches your eye is the absence of a “cap” and a signature in the letter. It seems like an official letter, not a phrase from a chat room. And what is the wording "pay the bill"? They did a good job with the link. You can substitute any name for the link, so they substituted the name, which looks like a full-fledged link that does not arouse suspicion. This is immediately visible if the email client shows a real link without any gestures.

Operators, read mail and news

If you look at the service header of the letter, you will see both the substituted email address in the From field and the ip address of some small provider in Turkey. But these are details. The competent choice of "target audience" is unpleasant. There are a lot of people with micro-debts for cellular communication and I won’t even dare to condemn those who click on the link. Spamorezka, by the way, did not respond to this letter. Keep in mind and warn colleagues and relatives just in case.

Discount per click

Recently I wrote about MNP statistics for the first quarter of 2017, review here. In particular, he wrote that, based on the results of the transitions, special tariffs and discounts for "defectors" can be expected. The news appeared a day after I gave a review for layout, a funny coincidence. Quote:

“Since May 10, 2017, MTS welcomes everyone who transfers their number to the MTS network with a 30% discount on the subscription fee at the following tariffs: Smart, Smart+, Smart Unlimited, Smart Top, Ultra. The discount is valid for six months and becomes active after switching to MTS. When changing the tariff, the discount remains for the remaining period, but not longer than six months, with the exception of corporate tariffs and tariffs "Super MTS", "Per second", "Guest", Smart mini, "MTS Connect 4", "Smart device".".

The coincidence is random, but the approach itself is logical. It's no secret that owners often try to keep "MNP defectors" with discounts, but semi-officially and on an individual basis. And not all. How about loudly and with a whole official program to welcome defectors with a discount? I still haven't come across. But after all, it is logical: “push-pull” is correct, subscribers rush between operators in search of benefits. And these restless need to be stimulated. The official "incoming" stimulation program is a good solution. People at least understand what they can expect. Otherwise, it’s a shame: you start a transition in the hope of “goodies”, you give up your hard-earned 100 rubles, and they won’t offer you anything from either side!

Tele2, MMS tricks

There is such a wonderful MMS service (multimedia messages), which I unexpectedly stumbled upon in the Tele2 network. Once it was positioned as a super-duper replacement for SMS with its miserable letters. And here you can send pictures, video, audio and God knows what else. in a normal message. From any phone. And almost all networks/phones support this grace.

The idea of ​​mass monetization of MMS successfully died due to low demand: photos / pictures were successfully sent by mail, and "voice" in cellular networks quickly became cheaper. What's the point of writing something down, saving it on your phone and sending it, if it's cheaper to just call? A matter of taste, but sending photos via MMS has always pleased me. If you only know the recipient's phone number, what are the alternatives? Call ahead and check your email address? Or download the whole zoo of instant messengers? Why?! Sending a photo in one click through the standard interface of any device is much easier. Fortunately, almost all phones support MMS, and the networks of all operators are also required to support it. Never abused (especially not necessary), but why not? Some security systems, by the way, successfully use the MMS service to quickly send photos of thieves from cameras to the owner's phone. Do you personally need it? OK, but personally I don’t need instant messengers, what and to whom does this prove it? At one time, Mr. Jobs decided that iPhone users did not need MMS, but quickly changed his mind.

Operators, read mail and news

More on the topic - automatic conversion of long SMS messages to MMS, Android smartphones indulge in this by default. It seems that starting from 257 characters SMS is auto-converted to MMS. And sent as MMS. Or they are not sent if there are problems with sending MMS. Nobody writes that much? Well. There are 500 characters in this paragraph, and it is not at all long, agree. In short, there is a service and it must work, including between any networks and with any devices that support receiving and sending MMS.

Operators, read mail and news

I was very surprised when the smartphone refused to send several MMS in the Tele2 network. And he got angry, because he didn’t expect this and it didn’t occur to check the status of the shipment. I was seriously puzzled later, when I also failed to receive MMS. Using the "scientific poke" method, we managed to find out that MMS messages are not sent or received on the 4G Tele2 network. It is treated by forced transfer of the smartphone to 3G, then everything works fine in both directions, MMS come and go. If you suddenly use MMS in the Tele2 network, then keep this feature in mind.

About compensation

MTS subscribers began to receive SMS messages with apologies for temporary problems and a donated gigabyte of traffic as compensation.

Operators, read mail and news

You could write what the gift is for, otherwise people are perplexed. With a probability of 95%, compensation was received by those who have the “Single Internet” service activated. Indeed, something for a long time (more than one week) was being repaired and adjusted, and there really were a lot of complaints. For some recipients, the Internet suddenly began to charge (the money was returned), management through the Personal Account did not work (only USSD) and some other problems, now it doesn’t matter.

Operators, read mail and news

At the same time, let me remind you about the new Internet distribution prices on tariffs and options with unlimited traffic, keep in mind. It was - the first 100 MB per day is free, over 100 MB the fee is 30 rubles. per day. It became 50 MB free of charge and then 50 rubles / day, the news is connected only with price changes. Once again: we are talking exclusively about the distribution of unlimited Internet, the traffic from the packages is distributed at no additional charge.

That's all for today. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of unparsed, but the text has already turned out to be unimaginably long. Let's leave it until next time.

Operators, read mail and news

Large-scale accident in the MegaFon network on May 19th. Again about the "micro-doses" of the mobile Internet and the forced consumption of smartphones. About SMS, which are not only spam, and about the unexpected result of the fight against this phenomenon. And also about the eternal question “Who ate my battery?!”. And the main "news of the season" - the snowfalls in Moscow finally ended on May 13th (I hope), on which I congratulate you.

MegaFon, 12 hours of online fever

Long readers of the Mobile-Review have probably noticed that I never "savor" failures, failures and other troubles that all operators experience. It’s not good to rejoice at such “newsworthy events”, you need to sympathize with the victims and draw conclusions, that’s all.

This time the net "lay down" seriously (the author of the photo is unknown). The first complaints fell after 10 am on May 19, by 10 pm, according to the press service of the operator, the consequences of the failure were eliminated and everything worked as usual. Among the victims were Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and several other cities in the Volga region. Experts write about a serious failure in the HLR (Home Location Registry) hardware and software complex, a subscriber database that includes information about which BS the phone is registered to and where to “search” for the subscriber in order to transfer the call to him.

There is no need to talk about "total collapse". For example, in the midst of this disaster, I chatted for 36 minutes without noticing any anomalies (MegaFon's SIM card worked in 2G in the second slot). And vice versa: there were many complaints that the phone refused to register on the network at all. Only the voice did not work for someone, there were reviews about the mobile Internet working only in 4G. What conclusions should we draw for the future?

  • Traditionally, we remember the advantages of two phones or devices for two SIM cards. Naturally, SIM-cards of different operators. In recent years, we have been greatly spoiled by the coverage and reliability of cellular networks, and once "tied" to telephone conversations, people did not leave home without such a reserve.
  • According to some estimates, sales of SIM cards from other operators that day amounted to 300% of the usual level. These are not only those who immediately rushed to buy a SIM-card for urgent calls. Surely, for the first time, many thought about the need to “reserve” communications for such cases. Alas, people tend to expect a stimulus in the form of a roasted rooster.
  • Rooster by rooster, and 90 days of "life" of an inactive SIM-card does not contribute to keeping such a reserve in the wallet. According to the law of meanness, the spare SIM card will be dead exactly when needed. This means that you need to monitor the “health”, including the backup SIM card, if you definitely need to stay in touch.
  • Cellulars complain that they are being turned into a simple "pipe" for data transmission. But in such cases, it can be good. If your communication (including voice calls) mainly takes place through instant messengers, then you will not suffer very much even if you replace your SIM card with another one.
  • According to reviews, 4G continued to work for many and calls through VoLTE were successful. Also a kind of reservation. It was even better for users of the Multifon service, as long as the data transfer worked.

It is not necessary to look for positive in such events, but still. Such cataclysms “shake us up” and make us think about precautionary measures. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.” Even if it really never happens again. Fairly stolen quote:

“Friends, I want to report the latest news on yesterday's accident.

The technical failure on our equipment, which affected the operation of a number of services, has been eliminated. Last night and in the morning, we carried out the necessary work to restore the full operation of the network and finally eliminate the consequences of a software error. Now the network is working stably both in Moscow and in other regions, where yesterday there were problems with voice communication. Subscribers use all services as usual.

Once again, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. We have drawn the necessary conclusions and are already taking additional measures so that this situation does not happen again. This is the first accident of this magnitude in the history of our company and we will do our best to make it the last. The quality of communication for MegaFon was, is and will be our priority.

We will provide compensation to those subscribers affected by the accident; we will inform you about the details at the beginning of the working week.

Thank you for your trust and support over the past day. Thank you.

Sergey Soldatenkov, CEO of MegaFon.

Be online

Zhenya Vildiaev had interesting material, mostly about the right/duty of a modern person to always be in touch. As usual, a vigorous discussion of fundamentally different points of view, but now we are not talking about that.

In the discussions, one important techno aspect was "hooked" completely by the edge. We are talking about a dead battery as the reason for turning off the device, we regularly encounter this. And, as a rule, we try to deal with it with varying degrees of success. In 95% of cases, we “sin” for voracious software, trying to reduce its appetites up to the complete abandonment of a convenient application and the search for alternatives. The right way? Absolutely correct, software and OS developers are also actively involved in this, read Eldar's Spillikins.

The trouble is that "the dog rummaged" is not always in the software. A few months ago, I moved the SIM card of another operator into one of my two smartphones and soon discovered unexpectedly fast depletion. Previously, with a margin, it was enough for 1.5 days (usually in the evening of the second day I put it on charge), but then suddenly the batteries stopped being enough for a day. The software is relatively undemanding, the messenger is not included, most auto-updates (even the weather) are deactivated. And in general, nothing in the software has changed, but here is such an effect! Recently, I accidentally noticed and memorized the percent numbers before going to bed, then I looked in the morning: in less than 6 hours, a smartphone lying peacefully on the nightstand ate more than 20% of the charge. That is, the device can charge a full charge per day only for interaction with the operator's network. And what remains at the disposal of the user, based on the day of work? Half an hour to an hour of the screen and a dozen views of the news feed? I do not write the name of the operator, there can be many reasons and it depends on the place. For example, throwing between different LACs or working in GSM 900. Having looked at such a thing, I personally immediately calmed down: it’s almost impossible to fight, there’s not much point in having fun with “optimization” of the software. It has to be taken for granted. And be more tolerant of the switched off phone of the one you call. You never know, a person could find himself in such a “geography” where the device would unexpectedly work many times less than its usual time.

About voice and SMS spam

I looked at the discussions of the recent material about the joint MGTS/MTS project with the "Smart for Friends" tariff and remembered the last months of happy possession of the MGTS landline phone. Indeed, there were zero useful calls, but 4-6 calls a week with voice spam. Shops, clinics, window replacement and all that stuff. Not such a huge waste of time, but somehow a shame. And each such call was a living reminder that I also pay a subscriber every month for listening to advertising garbage. I suspect that advertising bells have contributed to the trend of people abandoning landlines. Maybe I would have continued to pay 205 rubles. per month (laziness-mother), but in the presence of such an almost daily irritant.

Now they also got to federal mobile numbers, they call a lot. And it's weird. I assumed that they call landline / direct numbers for reasons of "the economy should be economical", however, calls to mobiles are starting to get bogged down. Confidently approaching the psychologically significant statistics "advertising call every day".

A good example is a call to a mobile phone from some kind of "Center for the study of the opinions of TV viewers" on May 9 at 20:13. Despite the fact that I have not been a TV viewer for many years, but that's okay. I was interested, because according to the law there should be a way to “unsubscribe” from spam? Called back, listened to the answering machine. Everything is legal, the way to "unsubscribe" is declared! They offer to call +7 (495) 617-7892 and tell the operator about the unwillingness of their opinion to be studied. I call, the number does not answer, long beeps. Predictably: evening, and even a holiday. However, there is a paradox: you can call-spam in the evenings and on holidays. And complain-refuse offer strictly on weekdays during business hours. At least they dropped the call on the answering machine, or something. For the subsequent study of the "viewers' opinions" expressed after the call on the evening of the holiday. Another question about the legality of paid opt-out of voice spam, but this is a trifle.

Now about SMS spam, which also makes many people angry. Thank you for at least not yet coming up with a default-forced reading of messages by voice. I recently received an interesting letter, quote:

“I faced such a situation that my number got into the stop lists of SMS aggregators (I think so). Since the fall of 2016, I have been observing constant problems with the arrival of SMS from various commercial services. 2/3 stores successfully deliver SMS, and 1/3 fail.

Cans deliver successfully.

The problem arose after I contacted the FAS about sending spam to my number.

One of the SMS aggregators that could not send SMS provided a document according to which MTS asked them to suspend promotional SMS to my number. Apparently, they did not take a steam bath and suspended sending all SMS to the number.

Two times I left requests about the problem in MTS, the answer is no restrictions on the part of the operator, contact the sender. One of the aggregators with which the problem was revealed, on the contrary, blames the operator. It turns out walking in a circle.

Have you ever experienced this? What to do? Change number and/or operator?

Hmm, the unexpected effect of a non-commissioned officer's widow. But we see that the FAS responds to citizens' appeals, and operators respond to appeals from the FAS. You need to see the positive in everything, you see. And if without jokes, then the situation is not easy. The larger the company, the more likely it is to run into sluggishness and formal replies. And you can't call a mobile operator a small company. If everything is really the way the author wrote, then it’s not a fact that even changing the operator while keeping the number will help.

About Internet and vodka prices

I read about the rise in price and for some reason immediately thought about mobile Internet. If you look closely at excise prices, the 8% increase in vodka prices promised by our legislators will correspond to “retail” prices for mobile traffic. 100 grams of vodka or 1 MB video on a smartphone display (

47 seconds view) - the choice is yours. I'm talking about the retail Internet prices of our operators. Unexpectedly funny numbers, you will agree. But it's a fact! And the fact that your video on a smartphone is stuffed with all sorts of advertising muck, because methanol is mixed into vodka, there are enough sadly tragic examples. Okay, advertising "methanol" generously pouring into the content, at least, does not threaten the health of the consumer.

Once upon a time, cellular brands successfully participated in the sales of products popular in Russia. I was not too lazy to look (and found) a couple of samples, see above. I didn’t find the corresponding MegaFon branded product “for the collection”, which is a pity. Since those years, vodka and retail megabytes of traffic have risen in price more or less symmetrically, but mobile traffic has risen in price faster. And, taking into account the absence of draconian excise taxes on mobile Internet, it was more profitable to sell traffic. Maybe that's why the operators refused to diversify their business in this direction? True, with the advent of the “Yarovaya package”, everything can change: such an “excise tax” is organized for mobile phones, https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/venza/2020 that they will envy alcohol producers.

Once cellular brands successfully participated in the sales of products popular in Russia. I was not too lazy to look (and found) a couple of samples, see above. I didn’t find the corresponding MegaFon branded product “for the collection”, which is a pity. Since those years, vodka and retail megabytes of traffic have risen in price more or less symmetrically, but mobile traffic has risen in price faster. And, taking into account the absence of draconian excise taxes on mobile Internet, it was more profitable to sell traffic. Maybe that's why the operators refused to diversify their business in this direction? True, with the advent of the “Yarovaya package”, everything can change: such an “excise tax” is organized for cell phones, https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/venza/2020 https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/venza/2020 that they will envy the producers of alcohol.

About MGTS and Smart for Own

In April, I wrote about the MGTS version of the Smart for Friends tariff, you can read the review here. The project is interesting and the tariff is good, the offer to connect with all the necessary information is printed directly on the MGTS account. One question remained open: on what grounds are recipients selected? Geographically, or individually?

I talked to a person who, when applying to MGTS, was denied connection to this tariff. Judging by the description of the situation, they offer really individually. That is, the main goal of the project is not just to connect more subscribers to the mobile MGTS, but to prevent the possible refusal of people from a wired telephone. The criteria are unknown, but you can guess. Most likely, the "risk group" includes customers with the cheapest MGTS tariff and not connected to the fixed Internet. If at the same time they also analyze the volume of conversations from a wired phone, then it’s quite cool. In any case, the project clearly did a good job.

About dot matrix printers of the “end of the last century”

Overheard a bewildered question from a client about a noisy and slow printer. Reputable organizations, especially financial ones (for example, Sberbank) continue to use "ancient" dot matrix printers to print checks. Others, who care about the safety of themselves and the client, continue to use them. The squeal of printers annoys visitors and, it would seem, it's just a horror, what a retrograde. Printers are also expensive. And for their price it is better to hire some promoters, because sales will definitely grow! The trick is that dot-matrix printers leave physical and indestructible prints on paper with their “needles”. The letters of "quiet" laser printers can be erased and corrected, and the dot-matrix printer savagely hammers the paper, the examination will restore the original letters. Including letters/numbers of the cash receipt.

Therefore, treat the screech of printers with understanding, this is our safety. And it’s not at all an attempt to “save” something on equipment: fast and silent checks on thermal paper (the text disappears after a month) cost the store much cheaper than an unaesthetic tape with sloppy numbers creeping out noisily from an expensive dot-matrix printer.

About VoLTE in MTS

Judging by indirect signs, MTS is actively working on the introduction of VoLTE. Recently in the evening, my smartphone with an MTS SIM card suddenly announced that it is now not just in 4G, but in 4G-VoLTE! By morning, he changed his mind about being in VoLTE, but the fact itself is indicative. There is hope that MTS VoLTE will still appear in the Moscow region even before the end of 2017. Not just tested the same way?

The device is by no means a top-end Samsung and I don’t remember any software updates over the past year. Judging by the reviews, many have already seen the coveted "VOLTE" in the status bar of the screen. And, judging by indirect signs, after turning it on it will work on most relatively “fresh” smartphones with 4G support without any firmware updates, commands and other “dances with a tambourine”.

Beeline, "Business sundress"

Here is such a curious project materialized. They offer to recommend Beeline to their partners and clients, and in the event of a successful conclusion of the contract, they promise to pay a certain percentage of the invoice amount. I don't know the details, and I also don't know whether we are talking only about corporate clients, or individual ones too. If interested, find out. Actually, a similar approach is now practiced in the work of operators with dealers. As far as I heard, the main part of the dealer's remuneration depends on the expenses of the connected client, and now it is not very interesting for them to simply sell a SIM card to anyone.

MTS, "The Tambov wolf is your friend!"

According to the title - nothing personal, a joke with a "beard" stretching back from the last century. Since mid-May 2017, MTS has started a serious modernization of its network in the Tambov region. In the process, the 2G network may suffer: individual base stations or network fragments may stop working for some time (before July 01, 2017?), 2G communications may be partially disconnected in sections. With all the ensuing consequences, unfortunately.

Unpleasant for ATMs and other consumers of M2M services such as car alarms, apartment sensors, etc. MTS promises that from July 2017 everything in their Tambov 2G will become wonderful, there is no need to panic in advance. We are talking about upgrading network equipment, and not at all about 2G outages.

For residents of the Tambov region, I would advise for this period:

  • If the "2G-only" mode is suddenly turned on in the phone or smartphone, then return the phone/smartphone to the "3G/2G" mode. So at least you won't lose incoming calls.
  • It's worse with 2G-only devices, but everything will work out. And let's hope for a short duration of outages in each specific place. But you should keep in mind, especially the owners of all kinds of smart devices and alarms. In extreme cases, you can sleep in the car once, the May-June nights are promised to us without frost.

We reminded you of our ever-growing dependence on cellular communications. Someday we will live to the point that in the event of a power failure we will not be able to open the refrigerator or boil the kettle. If only it didn’t come to SMS-management of plumbing.

About viruses and trojans

The current surge in massive ransomware Trojan infections has sparked yet another wave of discussion, including the traditional advice not to roam around on all sorts of dubious sites and not to click on everything in emails.

And then a letter arrived right on the topic, and I thought about it. It looks plausible and the situation looks typical. And if, God forbid, it coincides with the voice reminder of MTS about a 10-ruble debt on a long-discarded SIM card, then they will easily click on such a link. And the potential audience be healthy what, unfortunately. These are not letters to you on the topic “Look at my photos!”, which everyone shy away from now.

The recipient's common sense should also work. The first thing that catches your eye is the absence of a “cap” and a signature in the letter. It seems like an official letter, not a phrase from a chat room. And what is the wording "pay the bill"? They did a good job with the link. You can substitute any name for the link, so they substituted the name, which looks like a full-fledged link that does not arouse suspicion. This is immediately visible if the email client shows a real link without any gestures.

If you look at the service header of the letter, you will see both the substituted email address in the From field and the ip address of some small provider in Turkey. But these are details. The competent choice of "target audience" is unpleasant. There are a lot of people with micro-debts for cellular communication and I won’t even dare to condemn those who click on the link. Spamorezka, by the way, did not respond to this letter. Keep in mind and warn colleagues and relatives just in case.

Discount per click

Recently I wrote about MNP statistics for the first quarter of 2017, review here. In particular, he wrote that, based on the results of the transitions, special tariffs and discounts for "defectors" can be expected. The news appeared a day after I gave a review for layout, a funny coincidence. Quote:

“Since May 10, 2017, MTS welcomes everyone who transfers their number to the MTS network with a 30% discount on the subscription fee at the following tariffs: Smart, Smart+, Smart Unlimited, Smart Top, Ultra. The discount is valid for six months and becomes active after switching to MTS. When changing the tariff, the discount remains for the remaining period, but not longer than six months, with the exception of corporate tariffs and tariffs "Super MTS", "Per second", "Guest", Smart mini, "MTS Connect 4", "Smart device".".

The coincidence is random, but the approach itself is logical. It's no secret that owners often try to keep "MNP defectors" with discounts, but semi-officially and on an individual basis. And not all. How about loudly and with a whole official program to welcome defectors with a discount? I still haven't come across. But after all, it is logical: “push-pull” is correct, subscribers rush between operators in search of benefits. And these restless need to be stimulated. The official "incoming" stimulation program is a good solution. People at least understand what they can expect. Otherwise, it’s a shame: you start a transition in the hope of “goodies”, you give up your hard-earned 100 rubles, and they won’t offer you anything from either side!

Tele2, MMS tricks

There is such a wonderful MMS service (multimedia messages), which I unexpectedly stumbled upon in the Tele2 network. Once it was positioned as a super-duper replacement for SMS with its miserable letters. And here you can send pictures, video, audio and God knows what else. in a normal message. From any phone. And almost all networks/phones support this grace.

The idea of ​​mass monetization of MMS successfully died due to low demand: photos / pictures were successfully sent by mail, and "voice" in cellular networks quickly became cheaper. What's the point of writing something down, saving it on your phone and sending it, if it's cheaper to just call? A matter of taste, but sending photos via MMS has always pleased me. If you only know the recipient's phone number, what are the alternatives? Call ahead and check your email address? Or download the whole zoo of instant messengers? Why?! Sending a photo in one click through the standard interface of any device is much easier. Fortunately, almost all phones support MMS, and the networks of all operators are also required to support it. Never abused (especially not necessary), but why not? Some security systems, by the way, successfully use the MMS service to quickly send photos of thieves from cameras to the owner's phone. Do you personally need it? OK, but personally I don’t need instant messengers, what and to whom does this prove it? At one time, Mr. Jobs decided that iPhone users did not need MMS, but quickly changed his mind.

More on the topic - automatic conversion of long SMS messages to MMS, Android smartphones indulge in this by default. It seems that starting from 257 characters SMS is auto-converted to MMS. And sent as MMS. Or they are not sent if there are problems with sending MMS. Nobody writes that much? Well. There are 500 characters in this paragraph, and it is not at all long, agree. In short, there is a service and it must work, including between any networks and with any devices that support receiving and sending MMS.

I was very surprised when the smartphone refused to send several MMS in the Tele2 network. And he got angry, because he didn’t expect this and it didn’t occur to check the status of the shipment. I was seriously puzzled later, when I also failed to receive MMS. Using the "scientific poke" method, we managed to find out that MMS messages are not sent or received on the 4G Tele2 network. It is treated by forced transfer of the smartphone to 3G, then everything works fine in both directions, MMS come and go. If you suddenly use MMS in the Tele2 network, then keep this feature in mind.

About compensation

MTS subscribers began to receive SMS messages with apologies for temporary problems and a donated gigabyte of traffic as compensation.

You could write what the gift is for, otherwise people are perplexed. With a probability of 95%, compensation was received by those who have the “Single Internet” service activated. Indeed, something for a long time (more than one week) was being repaired and adjusted, and there really were a lot of complaints. For some recipients, the Internet suddenly began to charge (the money was returned), management through the Personal Account did not work (only USSD) and some other problems, now it doesn’t matter.

At the same time, let me remind you about the new Internet distribution prices on tariffs and options with unlimited traffic, keep in mind. It was - the first 100 MB per day is free, over 100 MB the fee is 30 rubles. per day. It became 50 MB free of charge and then 50 rubles / day, the news is connected only with price changes. Once again: we are talking exclusively about the distribution of unlimited Internet, the traffic from the packages is distributed at no additional charge.

That's all for today. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of unparsed, but the text has already turned out to be unimaginably long. Let's leave it until next time.