Operators, read mail and news

And so it all started well. I was not going to write the 150th (1500th?) material on this topic, but the events played out very merrily. The advantages of this particular messenger were well analyzed by Yuri Sinodov (material here), you can read about how to live on for ardent supporters of this particular messenger, you can read in the Mobile-Review material here. I just want to note that regardless of the number of ways and possibilities to bypass the blocking, simplicity and accessibility are the decisive factor. 9 out of 10 users are unlikely to bother with any extra gestures, in this aspect, the Mobile-Review audience is not an indicator at all. Is the problem really in the encryption keys, or in the absence of content moderation, or is it some kind of demonstrative spanking? I don’t know and I don’t want to talk about this topic, there are enough people who want to talk about it without me. Moreover, Roskomnadzor threatened to take Facebook further in 2018.

Operators, read mail and news

The consequences of "carpet blocking" of IP addresses are really impressive, there are many affected companies. In AKIT they say that more than 50 such people have applied to them alone, they are discussing the possibility and prospects of lawsuits. The total amount of damage is conservatively estimated at hundreds of millions of rubles, the real figures may be much higher.

Operators, read mail and news

It is quite possible that hundreds of millions and more. For example, among the reports from the "front of hostilities" I read bitter complaints from an organization involved in paid training video courses. They called some astronomical amounts of losses due to lessons that had not taken place for a few days. Many Internet sites were also affected. I read about the fact that Roskomnadzor even tried himself in the role of a non-commissioned officer's widow, erroneously including in the "hit lists" part of the addresses of his "Revizor" software package, created to track the success of blocking. Yes, you yourself probably noticed that the Internet was pretty feverish in the early days of blocking, and continues to feverish now.

As far as I understand, the main argument of Roskomnadzor and its defenders was that only those who used free services, including Amazon, should have suffered. I'm not sure, but okay, now it's not about that. I don’t know how much Mr. Durov will eventually lose on the Russian business, but he received a simply gorgeous Telegram advertising campaign around the world. Plus the halo of the heroic fighter against the "totalitarian regime". While they are writing about the loss of only 3% of the Telegram audience in Russia, given the scale of Roskomnadzor’s actions, this is microscopically small. But a little time has passed since the beginning of the locks, so “we will see.” Moreover, many of the consequences are just beginning to appear. Despite the fact that, according to VTsIOM polls, the Telegram messenger in Russia is used for messaging by about 12%, you can read the statistical summary on ferra.ru.

Operators, read mail and news

There, Viber is already seriously complaining that many of their users have encountered significant access difficulties, at this rate there may not be enough wood chips when cutting down the forest. I also read about the fact that Roskomnadzor was also engaged in blocking VPNs. They are also finalizing legislation, taking into account the possibility of blocking those who help bypass blocking, sorry for the tautology. Read the review on Kommersant.ru for details.

What were the options?

A downright uncompromising vendetta that affects hundreds of thousands, including those who might not even be aware of the very existence of Telegram. The question is whether the right strategy for dealing with the recalcitrant messenger was initially chosen. It is obvious that the strategy, if it worked in the end, worked horribly, plus it produced a whole bunch of consequences that for some reason Roskomnadzor did not want or could not think about. Sometimes it seems that the combination of the words “think” and “Roskomnadzor” is generally a terminological contradiction. The fact that such blocking by law must be carried out through the courts, these “pillars-supports of laws in Russia” unexpectedly found out a few hours after their statement “Now we will block him. ”, when lawyers gently hinted at the current legislation in Russia. After that, Roskomnadzor urgently redid their press releases and rushed to court. High professionalism of the state body, yes.

And what could really be done without catastrophic consequences for the Internet in a single country, Russia? I don't know, but surely something could be done. For example, to act through cellular operators. Do you think that many will be satisfied with a messenger that does not work on any mobile device? Through WiFi? Do not make me laugh. Terrorists (and after all, the fight against them is declared, isn't it?) Will they gather in McDucks and negotiate from these eateries about planting bombs? Oh, sorry, even such a ridiculous scenario will not work, in many (if not most) McDucks, routers initially receive Internet from mobile operators. In Moscow, if I'm not mistaken, Beeline works in McDucks. A messenger that works only on computers with a wired Internet connection is also very few people need. Yes, this Telegram would simply die a natural death in Russia, even if not in a week, but longer.

It's technically not that difficult to implement. Moreover, I am ready to reveal a great secret to Roskomnadzor: operators not only see all traffic through DPI, but have long included all this in tariffs. For example, unlimited access for some money to Telegram - please, but to some messenger "Tram-pam-pam" - alas, with a certain tariff setting, there will be no access to this messenger via cellular Internet at all. So they can? Everything has already been invented and works. The number of terrorists who communicate with each other only in home and corporate Wi-Fi networks is a serious matter, this is indisputable. You can burn them all with a red-hot iron, is it worth putting the Internet of an entire country on the ears for this? The salary and bonuses of Mr. Zharov do not depend on the state of the Russian economy. It is a pity, by the way, that they do not depend. But discussing and negotiating, coordinating something with operators is not a royal business. It’s easier to wave your sword, report on the next “successes achieved” and calmly go to sleep or drink coffee, mission accomplished.

For some reason, it seems to me that Roskomnadzor took a ready-made, well-established path, and when the situation began to get out of control, they did not want to roll everything back and “lose face”. Plus time and significant effort to find, study and organize other options for blocking access. Plus the desire to completely independently control the process. Plus, the notorious need to reliably read any correspondence, and if this is not possible, then reliably block it. I also admit a certain element of the game in Mortal Combat on both sides of this confrontation, "But we'll see who wins!". I don't know.

Operators, read mail and news

More on the topic of instant messengers, I have a letter in my mailbox:

“A small observation and commentary on the article about Tele2 New tariffs. The Tele2 operator, when connecting, for example, unlimited on WhatsApp, actually there is no such limit, only for text messages, and this is a very small amount of traffic, a penny, and the connection costs tens of rubles. You can neither call through the application unlimitedly, nor make a video call. All for packet traffic. Other operators have unlimited, so real unlimited. I hope the observation was useful, I would like "ordinary" people to know about such "unlimited".

I didn't check it myself, but please note. In general, it is surprising how popular instant messengers have become, even despite the fact that their whole zoo, according to the published Beeline statistics, an active user keeps an average of three (!) different ones on their smartphone. Once upon a time it was easier if the messenger, then "ICQ" or one of its varieties. As for traffic, it is through messengers that its volumes are growing rapidly and steadily. Unlike the same social networks, despite the constantly growing heavy advertising. As usual, I would like to see your opinions in the comments: how actively do you use it, how much traffic does it consume? I'm not particularly interested in the model of your messenger, and we don't need "holivars" here.

MegaFon.Press

Operators, read mail and news

They put up a link to the MegaFon.Press service http://pressa.megafon.ru/, I read it and even got a little confused. No, I understand that information about the effect of hormones on the weight and quality of the skin is extremely useful information, you probably don’t know how much your skin weighs (not to be confused with “hanging”)? The description of childbirth in a wheelchair is also fascinating reading, but what does this have to do with technology in general and cellular communications in particular? A feed of up-to-date news from various sources is a good and useful thing, you won’t find this anywhere else on the Internet, exclusive! MegaFon wants only 365 rubles for this exclusive. per month (12 rubles per day), cheap. No, this is not a joke, the description of the service is here.

Operators, read mail and news

By and large, we get a hodgepodge of news and articles from 40 sources, and - most importantly! – Internet traffic when visiting this page is not charged. They also promise the absence of advertising in the news feed, this is supposed to justify the monthly fee of 12 rubles per day. You know, with the current pace of intrusive and auto-start video ads, such a proposal might make sense. If not today, then in the near future. Otherwise, even now, if you suddenly want to read about skin and hormones, then first, if you please, watch the promotional video for the World of Leather store in Sokolniki. With all the ensuing consequences for the balance or volume of the Internet package.

Operators, read mail and news

To be fair, this is a link to a similar project, MTS.Media. It is clear that the main volume is a banal "pop" for a not very pretentious audience, however, thematic (by connection) author's texts are also present. And many texts are written in the format of an educational program in a simple and understandable language. 12 rub. they don’t ask for it a day, they don’t offer free traffic. But somehow prettier, I think. I can be wrong, decide for yourself.

And legal porn from Tele2

Operators, read mail and news

Just in the subject of "wave nailed" a press release from Tele2 about the same, a few key quotes:

“iPhone and iPad owners can now also enjoy all the benefits of the Tele2 Magazines service – the application is already available in the AppStore. Earlier, Tele2 introduced a mobile application on Google Play. You can also read periodicals at magazines.tele2.ru.

Today, more than 100 periodicals and more than 3,000 issues of magazines, including archival ones, are available on the portal for Tele2 subscribers. The most popular are publications about technology and men's magazines - they are preferred by 23% of users each. Business publications are in third place in the rating - over 17% of customers choose this category.

The most read service magazines are Maxim, Popular Mechanics, AD, AvtoMir and Forbes. Most often, users save articles from Playboy, Men’s Health, Psychologies, Popular Mechanics, and Russian Reporter in the app.”

Who would doubt that articles from Playboy could easily be classified as "Popular Mechanics" (there was a smiley here). Fee 9 rubles. per day for this happiness seems excessive to you? A matter of taste. Jokes aside, however, pornography and topics around it have always been and certainly will remain important drivers of the popularity of publications. I don’t see anything shameful or seditious in this, the basic instincts initially worked and are working for the sake of the preservation and prosperity of the species, “you can’t argue against nature.”

About MTS United Internet

We recently published a review of the new Our Smart tariff, you can read it here. In the comments, many were outraged by the fact that on the eve of the release of the tariff in MTS they closed the “Single Internet” service, which allows distributing the Internet to other SIM cards, our review is here. How quickly time flies, it turns out that the service has worked for almost three years. Alas, they closed. Objectively, the “Our Smart” tariff is more progressive, as it allows you to flexibly share all packages, and not just the Internet. On the other hand, this is only one tariff, “the one and only”, with the price of an entrance ticket of 1,000 rubles. per month, the indignation of subscribers is understandable. Those who managed to connect the United Internet earlier continue to use this service, but with limitations: it is now impossible to connect new recipients and, accordingly, change the connected numbers.

About intranet roaming

One of the most discussed topics in the field of cellular communications, the very notorious "cancellation of roaming". MTS fresh news reminded that from April 17, 2018, owners of archival tariffs are also being transferred to the new scheme. I don’t want to repeat once again that, despite the declared multiple price reductions, in the default version (without paid options) of such a “cancellation” of roaming, communication during trips will become more expensive for the majority. But for many it will become cheaper, you can’t argue with that either.

Of course, the "cancellation of roaming" performed by our operators causes healthy (or unhealthy) laughter, but cell phones alone cannot be blamed for this. The proposed option of "cancellation of roaming" can be considered a compromise. Yes, the transformation of the region of presence into a kind of analogue of the home region is of no interest to most, the main voice traffic on trips falls on calls to and from the home region. They did something for free or from packages that cell phones do not have to pay for the transit operator (Rostelecom), and this is logical. The state does not want to cancel the “tax” on calls yet, and it is difficult to hope for a full-fledged “roaming abolition”. It is as if long-distance buses were imposed with additional taxes-fees and at the same time they would demand to equalize the price with a tram ticket or completely cancel the fare.

And another question about the legality of the scheme with free incoming calls only from phones in the region of presence. The consumer has the right to know the price of the service before he starts using this service, but how can the subscriber know the origin of the incoming call? To cram before the trip the codes and numbering capacities of all regions? Not to mention the fact that AON on old tariffs is still paid and the subscriber is not obliged to use it.

Regarding the roaming of MTS subscribers in Crimea, I have a fresh letter in the mailbox, quote:

“Good afternoon, Sergey. It turns out nothing has changed at MTS ((( (+15r per day). Is something expected for the new season from operators in the Crimea? Best regards, Marian.

Operators, read mail and news

And a screenshot of the correspondence with the MTS support service is carefully attached to the letter, for your information. Indeed, MTS recently abolished the mandatory “tax” of 15 rubles per day on popular versions of Smart, now making it a voluntary option. As for the Crimea, without connecting paid options, there are now special tariff conditions for roamers from Russia. 2 and 3 rubles / min for incoming / outgoing are not yet so critical for relatively short conversations, but the Internet at 1 ruble / MB can be worse. It seems to be a penny (only 100 kopecks per megabyte), but with all sorts of software updates of 30-40 MB and long tapes of social networks and instant messengers with numerous Mercedes-benz with pictures, plus videos, plus heavy advertising, plus the beach with its lack of Wi-Fi and the presence of a lot of free time. Keep in mind.

Operators, read mail and news

Blocking Telegram, of course, became the most discussed topic at the end of April. It seems that Roskomnadzor greatly overestimated its capabilities, at the same time underestimating the stubbornness and enthusiasm with which Pavel Durov openly mocks the clumsy department. If for the first day or two outside observers looked at all this with some humor, then very soon the scale of the consequences began to frankly anger even people who are very far from any messengers.

About the “pacification” of Telegram

Operators, read mail and news

Well, yes, it seems like they blocked it, now you can communicate "live" in other ways, I stole a photo from the forum. But they blocked it in the wrong place, Telegram at the very least continued to work a few days after the start of mass blocking and, quite possibly, continues to work even now. But the owners of many of the 15 million (!) IP addresses blocked by Roskomnadzor are very unhappy and sadly consider the lost millions.

Operators, read mail and news

And so it all started well. I was not going to write the 150th (1500th?) material on this topic, but the events played out very merrily. The advantages of this particular messenger were well analyzed by Yuri Sinodov (material here), you can read about how to live on for ardent supporters of this particular messenger, you can read in the Mobile-Review material here. I just want to note that regardless of the number of ways and possibilities to bypass the blocking, simplicity and accessibility are the decisive factor. 9 out of 10 users are unlikely to bother with any extra gestures, in this aspect, the Mobile-Review audience is not an indicator at all. Is the problem really in the encryption keys, or in the absence of content moderation, or is it some kind of demonstrative spanking? I don’t know and I don’t want to talk about this topic, there are enough people who want to talk about it without me. Moreover, Roskomnadzor threatened to take Facebook further in 2018.

Operators, read mail and news

The consequences of "carpet blocking" of IP addresses are really impressive, there are many affected companies. In AKIT they say that more than 50 such people have applied to them alone, they are discussing the possibility and prospects of lawsuits. The total amount of damage is conservatively estimated at hundreds of millions of rubles, the real figures may be much higher.

Operators, read mail and news

It is quite possible that hundreds of millions and more. For example, among the reports from the "front of hostilities" I read bitter complaints from an organization involved in paid training video courses. They called some astronomical amounts of losses due to lessons that had not taken place for a few days. Many Internet sites were also affected. I read about the fact that Roskomnadzor even tried himself in the role of a non-commissioned officer's widow, erroneously including in the "hit lists" part of the addresses of his "Revizor" software package, created to track the success of blocking. Yes, you yourself probably noticed that the Internet was pretty feverish in the early days of blocking, and continues to feverish now.

As far as I understand, the main argument of Roskomnadzor and its defenders was that only those who used free services, including Amazon, should have suffered. I'm not sure, but okay, now it's not about that. I don’t know how much Mr. Durov will eventually lose on the Russian business, but he received a simply gorgeous Telegram advertising campaign around the world. Plus the halo of the heroic fighter against the "totalitarian regime". While they are writing about the loss of only 3% of the Telegram audience in Russia, given the scale of Roskomnadzor’s actions, this is microscopically small. But a little time has passed since the beginning of the locks, so “we will see.” Moreover, many of the consequences are just beginning to appear. Despite the fact that, according to VTsIOM polls, about 12% use the Telegram messenger in Russia for messaging, you can read the statistical summary on ferra.ru.

Operators, read mail and news

There, Viber is already seriously complaining that many of their users have encountered significant access difficulties, at this rate there may not be enough wood chips when cutting down the forest. I also read about the fact that Roskomnadzor was also engaged in blocking VPNs. They are also finalizing legislation, taking into account the possibility of blocking those who help bypass blocking, sorry for the tautology. Read the review on Kommersant.ru for details.

What were the options?

A downright uncompromising vendetta that affects hundreds of thousands, including those who might not even be aware of the very existence of Telegram. The question is whether the right strategy for dealing with the recalcitrant messenger was initially chosen. It is obvious that the strategy, if it worked in the end, worked horribly, plus it produced a whole bunch of consequences that for some reason Roskomnadzor did not want or could not think about. Sometimes it seems that the combination of the words “think” and “Roskomnadzor” is generally a terminological contradiction. The fact that such blocking by law must be carried out through the courts, these “pillars-supports of laws in Russia” unexpectedly found out a few hours after their statement “Now we will block him. ”, when lawyers gently hinted at the current legislation in Russia. After that, Roskomnadzor urgently redid their press releases and rushed to court. High professionalism of the state body, yes.

And what could really be done without catastrophic consequences for the Internet in a single country, Russia? I don't know, but surely something could be done. For example, to act through cellular operators. Do you think that many will be satisfied with a messenger that does not work on any mobile device? Through WiFi? Do not make me laugh. Terrorists (and after all, the fight against them is declared, isn't it?) Will they gather in McDucks and negotiate from these eateries about planting bombs? Oh, sorry, even such a ridiculous scenario will not work, in many (if not most) McDucks, routers initially receive Internet from mobile operators. In Moscow, if I'm not mistaken, Beeline works in McDucks. A messenger that works only on computers with a wired Internet connection is also very few people need. Yes, this Telegram would simply die a natural death in Russia, even if not in a week, but longer.

It's technically not that difficult to implement. Moreover, I am ready to reveal a great secret to Roskomnadzor: operators not only see all traffic through DPI, but have long included all this in tariffs. For example, unlimited access for some money to Telegram - please, but to some messenger "Tram-pam-pam" - alas, with a certain tariff setting, there will be no access to this messenger via cellular Internet at all. So they can? Everything has already been invented and works. The number of terrorists who communicate with each other only in home and corporate Wi-Fi networks is a serious matter, this is indisputable. You can burn them all with a red-hot iron, is it worth putting the Internet of an entire country on the ears for this? The salary and bonuses of Mr. Zharov do not depend on the state of the Russian economy. It is a pity, by the way, that they do not depend. But discussing and negotiating, coordinating something with operators is not a royal business. It’s easier to wave your sword, report on the next “successes achieved” and calmly go to sleep or drink coffee, mission accomplished.

For some reason, it seems to me that Roskomnadzor took a ready-made, well-established path, and when the situation began to get out of control, they did not want to roll everything back and “lose face”. Plus time and significant effort to find, study and organize other options for blocking access. Plus the desire to completely independently control the process. Plus, the notorious need to reliably read any correspondence, and if this is not possible, then reliably block it. I also admit a certain element of the game in Mortal Combat on both sides of this confrontation, "But we'll see who wins!". I don't know.

Operators, read mail and news

More on the topic of instant messengers, I have a letter in my mailbox:

“A small observation and commentary on the article about Tele2 New tariffs. The Tele2 operator, when connecting, for example, unlimited on WhatsApp, actually there is no such limit, only for text messages, and this is a very small amount of traffic, a penny, and the connection costs tens of rubles. You can neither call through the application unlimitedly, nor make a video call. All for packet traffic. Other operators have unlimited, so real unlimited. I hope the observation was useful, I would like "ordinary" people to know about such "unlimited".

I didn't check it myself, but please note. In general, it is surprising how popular instant messengers have become, even despite the fact that their whole zoo, according to published Beeline statistics, an active user keeps an average of three (!) different ones on their smartphone. Once upon a time it was easier if the messenger, then "ICQ" or one of its varieties. As for traffic, it is through messengers that its volumes are growing rapidly and steadily. Unlike the same social networks, despite the constantly growing heavy advertising. As usual, I would like to see your opinions in the comments: how actively do you use it, how much traffic does it consume? I'm not particularly interested in the model of your messenger, and we don't need "holivars" here.

MegaFon.Press

Operators, read mail and news

They put up a link to the MegaFon.Press service http://pressa.megafon.ru/, I read it and even got a little confused. No, I understand that information about the effect of hormones on the weight and quality of the skin is extremely useful information, you probably don’t know how much your skin weighs (not to be confused with “hanging”)? The description of childbirth in a wheelchair is also fascinating reading, but what does this have to do with technology in general and cellular communications in particular? A feed of up-to-date news from various sources is a good and useful thing, you won’t find this anywhere else on the Internet, exclusive! MegaFon wants only 365 rubles for this exclusive. per month (12 rubles per day), cheap. No, this is not a joke, the description of the service is here.

Operators, read mail and news

By and large, we get a hodgepodge of news and articles from 40 sources, and - most importantly! – Internet traffic when visiting this page is not charged. They also promise the absence of advertising in the news feed, this is supposed to justify the monthly fee of 12 rubles per day. You know, with the current pace of intrusive and auto-start video ads, such a proposal might make sense. If not today, then in the near future. Otherwise, even now, if you suddenly want to read about skin and hormones, then first, if you please, watch the promotional video for the World of Leather store in Sokolniki. With all the ensuing consequences for the balance or volume of the Internet package.

Operators, read mail and news

To be fair, this is a link to a similar project, MTS.Media. It is clear that the main volume is a banal "pop" for a not very pretentious audience, however, thematic (by connection) author's texts are also present. And many texts are written in the format of an educational program in a simple and understandable language. 12 rub. they don’t ask for it a day, they don’t offer free traffic. But somehow prettier, I think. I can be wrong, decide for yourself.

And legal porn from Tele2

Operators, read mail and news

Just in the subject of "wave nailed" a press release from Tele2 about the same, a few key quotes:

“iPhone and iPad owners can now also enjoy all the benefits of the Tele2 Magazines service – the application is already available in the AppStore. Earlier, Tele2 introduced a mobile application on Google Play. You can also read periodicals at magazines.tele2.ru.

Today, more than 100 periodicals and more than 3,000 issues of magazines, including archival ones, are available on the portal for Tele2 subscribers. The most popular are publications about technology and men's magazines - they are preferred by 23% of users each. Business publications are in third place in the rating - over 17% of customers choose this category.

The most read service magazines are Maxim, Popular Mechanics, AD, AvtoMir and Forbes. Most often, users save articles from Playboy, Men’s Health, Psychologies, Popular Mechanics, and Russian Reporter in the app.”

Who would doubt that articles from Playboy could easily be classified as "Popular Mechanics" (there was a smiley here). Fee 9 rubles. per day for this happiness seems excessive to you? A matter of taste. Jokes aside, however, pornography and topics around it have always been and certainly will remain important drivers of the popularity of publications. I don’t see anything shameful or seditious in this, the basic instincts initially worked and are working for the sake of the preservation and prosperity of the species, “you can’t argue against nature.”

About MTS United Internet

We recently published a review of the new Our Smart tariff, you can read it here. In the comments, many were outraged by the fact that on the eve of the release of the tariff in MTS they closed the “Single Internet” service, which allows distributing the Internet to other SIM cards, our review is here. How quickly time flies, it turns out that the service has worked for almost three years. Alas, they closed. Objectively, the “Our Smart” tariff is more progressive, as it allows you to flexibly share all packages, and not just the Internet. On the other hand, this is only one tariff, “the one and only”, with the price of an entrance ticket of 1,000 rubles. per month, the indignation of subscribers is understandable. Those who managed to connect the United Internet earlier continue to use this service, but with limitations: it is now impossible to connect new recipients and, accordingly, change the connected numbers.

About intranet roaming

One of the most discussed topics in the field of cellular communications, the very notorious "cancellation of roaming". MTS fresh news reminded that from April 17, 2018, owners of archival tariffs are also being transferred to the new scheme. I don’t want to repeat once again that, despite the declared multiple price reductions, in the default version (without paid options) of such a “cancellation” of roaming, communication during trips will become more expensive for the majority. But for many it will become cheaper, you can’t argue with that either.

Of course, the "cancellation of roaming" performed by our operators causes healthy (or unhealthy) laughter, but cell phones alone cannot be blamed for this. The proposed option of "cancellation of roaming" can be considered a compromise. Yes, the transformation of the region of presence into a kind of analogue of the home region is of no interest to most, the main voice traffic on trips falls on calls to and from the home region. They did something for free or from packages that cell phones do not have to pay for the transit operator (Rostelecom), and this is logical. The state does not want to cancel the “tax” on calls yet, and it is difficult to hope for a full-fledged “roaming abolition”. It is as if long-distance buses were imposed with additional taxes-fees and at the same time they would demand to equalize the price with a tram ticket or completely cancel the fare.

And another question about the legality of the scheme with free incoming calls only from phones in the region of presence. The consumer has the right to know the price of the service before he starts using this service, but how can the subscriber know the origin of the incoming call? To cram before the trip the codes and numbering capacities of all regions? Not to mention the fact that AON on old tariffs is still paid and the subscriber is not obliged to use it.

Regarding the roaming of MTS subscribers in Crimea, I have a fresh letter in the mailbox, quote:

“Good afternoon, Sergey. It turns out nothing has changed at MTS ((( (+15r per day). Is something expected for the new season from operators in the Crimea? Best regards, Marian.

Operators, read mail and news

And a screenshot of the correspondence with the MTS support service is carefully attached to the letter, for your information. Indeed, MTS recently abolished the mandatory “tax” of 15 rubles per day on popular versions of Smart, now making it a voluntary option. As for the Crimea, without connecting paid options, there are now special tariff conditions for roamers from Russia. 2 and 3 rubles / min for incoming / outgoing are not yet so critical for relatively short conversations, but the Internet at 1 ruble / MB can be worse. It seems to be a penny (only 100 kopecks per megabyte), but with all sorts of software updates of 30-40 MB and long tapes of social networks and instant messengers with numerous Mercedes-benz with pictures, plus videos, plus heavy advertising, plus the beach with its lack of Wi-Fi and the presence of a lot of free time. Keep in mind.

Operators, read mail and news

Blocking Telegram, of course, became the most discussed topic at the end of April. It seems that Roskomnadzor greatly overestimated its capabilities, at the same time underestimating the stubbornness and enthusiasm with which Pavel Durov openly mocks the clumsy department. If for the first day or two outside observers looked at all this with some humor, then very soon the scale of the consequences began to frankly anger even people who are very far from any messengers.

About the “pacification” of Telegram

Operators, read mail and news

Well, yes, it seems like they blocked it, now you can communicate "live" in other ways, I stole a photo from the forum. But they blocked it in the wrong place, Telegram at the very least continued to work a few days after the start of mass blocking and, quite possibly, continues to work even now. But the owners of many of the 15 million (!) IP addresses blocked by Roskomnadzor are very unhappy and sadly consider the lost millions.

Operators, read mail and news

And so it all started well. I was not going to write the 150th (1500th?) material on this topic, but the events played out very merrily. The advantages of this particular messenger were well analyzed by Yuri Sinodov (material here), you can read about how to live on for ardent supporters of this particular messenger, you can read in the Mobile-Review material here. I just want to note that regardless of the number of ways and possibilities to bypass the blocking, simplicity and accessibility are the decisive factor. 9 out of 10 users are unlikely to bother with any extra gestures, in this aspect, the Mobile-Review audience is not an indicator at all. Is the problem really in the encryption keys, or in the absence of content moderation, or is it some kind of demonstrative spanking? I don’t know and I don’t want to talk about this topic, there are enough people who want to talk about it without me. Moreover, Roskomnadzor threatened to take Facebook further in 2018.

Operators, read mail and news

The consequences of "carpet blocking" of IP addresses are really impressive, there are many affected companies. In AKIT they say that more than 50 such people have applied to them alone, they are discussing the possibility and prospects of lawsuits. The total amount of damage is conservatively estimated at hundreds of millions of rubles, the real figures may be much higher.

Operators, read mail and news

It is quite possible that hundreds of millions and more. For example, among the reports from the "front of hostilities" I read bitter complaints from an organization involved in paid training video courses. They called some astronomical amounts of losses due to lessons that had not taken place for a few days. Many Internet sites were also affected. I read about the fact that Roskomnadzor even tried himself in the role of a non-commissioned officer's widow, erroneously including in the "hit lists" part of the addresses of his "Revizor" software package, created to track the success of blocking. Yes, you yourself probably noticed that the Internet was pretty feverish in the early days of blocking, and continues to feverish now.

As far as I understand, the main argument of Roskomnadzor and its defenders was that only those who used free services, including Amazon, should have suffered. I'm not sure, but okay, now it's not about that. I don’t know how much Mr. Durov will eventually lose on the Russian business, but he received a simply gorgeous Telegram advertising campaign around the world. Plus the halo of the heroic fighter against the "totalitarian regime". While they are writing about the loss of only 3% of the Telegram audience in Russia, given the scale of Roskomnadzor’s actions, this is microscopically small. But a little time has passed since the beginning of the locks, so “we will see.” Moreover, many of the consequences are just beginning to appear. Despite the fact that, according to VTsIOM polls, the Telegram messenger in Russia is used for messaging by about 12%, you can read the statistical summary on ferra.ru.

Operators, read mail and news

There, Viber is already seriously complaining that many of their users have encountered significant access difficulties, at this rate there may not be enough wood chips when cutting down the forest. I also read about the fact that Roskomnadzor was also engaged in blocking VPNs. They are also finalizing legislation, taking into account the possibility of blocking those who help bypass blocking, sorry for the tautology. Read the review on Kommersant.ru for details.

What were the options?

A downright uncompromising vendetta that affects hundreds of thousands, including those who might not even be aware of the very existence of Telegram. The question is whether the right strategy for dealing with the recalcitrant messenger was initially chosen. It is obvious that the strategy, if it worked in the end, worked horribly, plus it produced a whole bunch of consequences that for some reason Roskomnadzor did not want or could not think about. Sometimes it seems that the combination of the words “think” and “Roskomnadzor” is generally a terminological contradiction. The fact that such blocking by law must be carried out through the courts, these “pillars-supports of laws in Russia” unexpectedly found out a few hours after their statement “Now we will block him. ”, when lawyers gently hinted at the current legislation in Russia. After that, Roskomnadzor urgently redid their press releases and rushed to court. High professionalism of the state body, yes.

And what could really be done without catastrophic consequences for the Internet in a single country, Russia? I don't know, but surely something could be done. For example, to act through cellular operators. Do you think that many will be satisfied with a messenger that does not work on any mobile device? Through WiFi? Do not make me laugh. Terrorists (and after all, the fight against them is declared, isn't it?) Will they gather in McDucks and negotiate from these eateries about planting bombs? Oh, sorry, even such a ridiculous scenario will not work, in many (if not most) McDucks, routers initially receive Internet from mobile operators. In Moscow, if I'm not mistaken, Beeline works in McDucks. A messenger that works only on computers with a wired Internet connection is also very few people need. Yes, this Telegram would simply die a natural death in Russia, even if not in a week, but longer.

It's technically not that difficult to implement. Moreover, I am ready to reveal a great secret to Roskomnadzor: operators not only see all traffic through DPI, but have long included all this in tariffs. For example, unlimited access for some money to Telegram - please, but to some messenger "Tram-pam-pam" - alas, with a certain tariff setting, there will be no access to this messenger via cellular Internet at all. So they can? Everything has already been invented and works. The number of terrorists who communicate with each other only in home and corporate Wi-Fi networks is a serious matter, this is indisputable. You can burn them all with a red-hot iron, is it worth putting the Internet of an entire country on the ears for this? The salary and bonuses of Mr. Zharov do not depend on the state of the Russian economy. It is a pity, by the way, that they do not depend. But discussing and negotiating, coordinating something with operators is not a royal business. It’s easier to wave your sword, report on the next “successes achieved” and calmly go to sleep or drink coffee, mission accomplished.

For some reason, it seems to me that Roskomnadzor took a ready-made, well-established path, and when the situation began to get out of control, they did not want to roll everything back and “lose face”. Plus time and significant effort to find, study and organize other options for blocking access. Plus the desire to completely independently control the process. Plus, the notorious need to reliably read any correspondence, and if this is not possible, then reliably block it. I also admit a certain element of the game in Mortal Combat on both sides of this confrontation, "But we'll see who wins!". I don't know.

Operators, read mail and news

More on the topic of instant messengers, I have a letter in my mailbox:

“A small observation and commentary on the article about Tele2 New tariffs. The Tele2 operator, when connecting, for example, unlimited on WhatsApp, actually there is no such limit, only for text messages, and this is a very small amount of traffic, a penny, and the connection costs tens of rubles. You can neither call through the application unlimitedly, nor make a video call. All for packet traffic. Other operators have unlimited, so real unlimited. I hope the observation was useful, I would like "ordinary" people to know about such "unlimited".

I didn't check it myself, but please note. In general, it is surprising how popular instant messengers have become, even despite the fact that their whole zoo, according to published Beeline statistics, an active user keeps an average of three (!) different ones on their smartphone. Once upon a time it was easier if the messenger, then "ICQ" or one of its varieties. As for traffic, it is through messengers that its volumes are growing rapidly and steadily. Unlike the same social networks, despite the constantly growing heavy advertising. As usual, I would like to see your opinions in the comments: how actively do you use it, how much traffic does it consume? I'm not particularly interested in the model of your messenger, and we don't need "holivars" here.

MegaFon.Press

Operators, read mail and news

They put up a link to the MegaFon.Press service http://pressa.megafon.ru/, I read it and even got a little confused. No, I understand that information about the effect of hormones on the weight and quality of the skin is extremely useful information, you probably don’t know how much your skin weighs (not to be confused with “hanging”)? The description of childbirth in a wheelchair is also fascinating reading, but what does this have to do with technology in general and cellular communications in particular? A feed of up-to-date news from various sources is a good and useful thing, you won’t find this anywhere else on the Internet, exclusive! MegaFon wants only 365 rubles for this exclusive. per month (12 rubles per day), cheap. No, this is not a joke, the description of the service is here.

Operators, read mail and news

By and large, we get a hodgepodge of news and articles from 40 sources, and - most importantly! – Internet traffic when visiting this page is not charged. They also promise the absence of advertising in the news feed, this is supposed to justify the monthly fee of 12 rubles per day. You know, with the current pace of intrusive and auto-start video ads, such a proposal might make sense. If not today, then in the near future. Otherwise, even now, if you suddenly want to read about skin and hormones, then first, if you please, watch the promotional video for the World of Leather store in Sokolniki. With all the ensuing consequences for the balance or volume of the Internet package.

Operators, read mail and news

To be fair, this is a link to a similar project, MTS.Media. It is clear that the main volume is a banal "pop" for a not very pretentious audience, however, thematic (by connection) author's texts are also present. And many texts are written in the format of an educational program in a simple and understandable language. 12 rub. they don’t ask for it a day, they don’t offer free traffic. But somehow prettier, I think. I can be wrong, decide for yourself.

And legal porn from Tele2

Operators, read mail and news

Just in the subject of "wave nailed" a press release from Tele2 about the same, a few key quotes:

“iPhone and iPad owners can now also enjoy all the benefits of the Tele2 Magazines service – the application is already available in the AppStore. Earlier, Tele2 introduced a mobile application on Google Play. You can also read periodicals at magazines.tele2.ru.

Today, more than 100 periodicals and more than 3,000 issues of magazines, including archival ones, are available on the portal for Tele2 subscribers. The most popular are publications about technology and men's magazines - they are preferred by 23% of users each. Business publications are in third place in the rating - over 17% of customers choose this category.

The most read service magazines are Maxim, Popular Mechanics, AD, AvtoMir and Forbes. Most often, users save articles from Playboy, Men’s Health, Psychologies, Popular Mechanics, and Russian Reporter in the app.”

Who would doubt that articles from Playboy could easily be classified as "Popular Mechanics" (there was a smiley here). Fee 9 rubles. per day for this happiness seems excessive to you? A matter of taste. Joking aside, however, pornography and topics around it have always been and certainly will remain important drivers of the popularity of publications. I don’t see anything shameful or seditious in this, the basic instincts initially worked and are working for the sake of the preservation and prosperity of the species, “you can’t argue against nature.”

About MTS United Internet

Recently, we published a review of the new Our Smart tariff, you can read it here. In the comments, many were outraged by the fact that on the eve of the release of the tariff in MTS they closed the “Single Internet” service, which allows distributing the Internet to other SIM cards, our review is here. How quickly time flies, it turns out that the service has worked for almost three years. Alas, they closed. Objectively, the “Our Smart” tariff is more progressive, as it allows you to flexibly share all packages, and not just the Internet. On the other hand, this is only one tariff, “the one and only”, with the price of an entrance ticket of 1,000 rubles. per month, the indignation of subscribers is understandable. Those who managed to connect the United Internet earlier continue to use this service, but with limitations: it is now impossible to connect new recipients and, accordingly, change the connected numbers.

About intranet roaming

One of the most discussed topics in the field of cellular communications, the very notorious "cancellation of roaming". MTS fresh news reminded that from April 17, 2018, owners of archival tariffs are also being transferred to the new scheme. I don’t want to repeat once again that, despite the declared multiple price reductions, in the default version (without paid options) of such a “cancellation” of roaming, communication during trips will become more expensive for the majority. But for many it will become cheaper, you can’t argue with that either.

Of course, the "cancellation of roaming" performed by our operators causes healthy (or unhealthy) laughter, but cell phones alone cannot be blamed for this. The proposed option of "cancellation of roaming" can be considered a compromise. Yes, the transformation of the region of presence into a kind of analogue of the home region is of no interest to most, the main voice traffic on trips falls on calls to and from the home region. They did something for free or from packages that cell phones do not have to pay for the transit operator (Rostelecom), and this is logical. The state does not want to cancel the “tax” on calls yet, and it is difficult to hope for a full-fledged “roaming abolition”. It is as if long-distance buses were imposed with additional taxes-fees and at the same time they would demand to equalize the price with a tram ticket or completely cancel the fare.

And another question about the legality of the scheme with free incoming calls only from phones in the region of presence. The consumer has the right to know the price of the service before he starts using this service, but how can the subscriber know the origin of the incoming call? To cram before the trip the codes and numbering capacities of all regions? Not to mention the fact that AON on old tariffs is still paid and the subscriber is not obliged to use it.

Regarding the roaming of MTS subscribers in Crimea, I have a fresh letter in the mailbox, quote:

“Good afternoon, Sergey. It turns out nothing has changed at MTS ((( (+15r per day). Is something expected for the new season from operators in the Crimea? Best regards, Marian.

Operators, read mail and news

And a screenshot of the correspondence with the MTS support service is carefully attached to the letter, for your information. Indeed, MTS recently abolished the mandatory “tax” of 15 rubles per day on popular versions of Smart, now making it a voluntary option. As for the Crimea, without connecting paid options, there are now special tariff conditions for roamers from Russia. 2 and 3 rubles / min for incoming / outgoing are not yet so critical for relatively short conversations, but the Internet at 1 ruble / MB can be worse. It seems to be a penny (only 100 kopecks per megabyte), but with all sorts of software updates of 30-40 MB and long tapes of social networks and instant messengers with numerous Mercedes-benz with pictures, plus videos, plus heavy advertising, plus the beach with its lack of Wi-Fi and the presence of a lot of free time. Keep in mind.

Operators, read mail and news

Blocking Telegram, of course, became the most discussed topic at the end of April. It seems that Roskomnadzor greatly overestimated its capabilities, at the same time underestimating the stubbornness and enthusiasm with which Pavel Durov openly mocks the clumsy department. If for the first day or two outside observers looked at all this with some humor, then very soon the scale of the consequences began to frankly anger even people who are very far from any messengers.

About the “pacification” of Telegram

Well, yes, it seems like they blocked it, now you can communicate "live" in other ways, I stole a photo from the forum. But they blocked it in the wrong place, Telegram at the very least continued to work a few days after the start of mass blocking and, quite possibly, continues to work even now. But the owners of many of the 15 million (!) IP addresses blocked by Roskomnadzor are very unhappy and sadly consider the lost millions.

And so it all started well. I was not going to write the 150th (1500th?) material on this topic, but the events played out very merrily. The advantages of this particular messenger were well analyzed by Yuri Sinodov (material here), you can read about how to live on for ardent supporters of this particular messenger, you can read in the Mobile-Review material here. I just want to note that regardless of the number of ways and possibilities to bypass the blocking, simplicity and accessibility are the decisive factor. 9 out of 10 users are unlikely to bother with any extra gestures, in this aspect, the Mobile-Review audience is not an indicator at all. Is the problem really in the encryption keys, or in the absence of content moderation, or is it some kind of demonstrative spanking? I don’t know and I don’t want to talk about this topic, there are enough people who want to talk about it without me. Moreover, Roskomnadzor threatened to take Facebook further in 2018.

The consequences of "carpet blocking" of IP addresses are really impressive, there are many affected companies. In AKIT they say that more than 50 such people have applied to them alone, they are discussing the possibility and prospects of lawsuits. The total amount of damage is conservatively estimated at hundreds of millions of rubles, the real figures may be much higher.

It is quite possible that hundreds of millions and more. For example, among the reports from the "front of hostilities" I read bitter complaints from an organization involved in paid training video courses. They called some astronomical amounts of losses due to lessons that had not taken place for a few days. Many Internet sites were also affected. I read about the fact that Roskomnadzor even tried himself in the role of a non-commissioned officer's widow, erroneously including in the "hit lists" part of the addresses of his "Revizor" software package, created to track the success of blocking. Yes, you yourself probably noticed that the Internet was pretty feverish in the early days of blocking, and continues to feverish now.

As far as I understand, the main argument of Roskomnadzor and its defenders was that only those who used free services, including Amazon, should have suffered. I'm not sure, but okay, now it's not about that. I don’t know how much Mr. Durov will eventually lose on the Russian business, but he received a simply gorgeous Telegram advertising campaign around the world. Plus the halo of the heroic fighter against the "totalitarian regime". While they are writing about the loss of only 3% of the Telegram audience in Russia, given the scale of Roskomnadzor’s actions, this is microscopically small. But a little time has passed since the beginning of the locks, so “we will see.” Moreover, many of the consequences are just beginning to appear. Despite the fact that, according to VTsIOM polls, the Telegram messenger in Russia is used for messaging by about 12%, you can read the statistical summary on ferra.ru.

There, Viber is already seriously complaining that many of their users have encountered significant access difficulties, at this rate there may not be enough wood chips when cutting down the forest. I also read about the fact that Roskomnadzor was also engaged in blocking VPNs. They are also finalizing legislation, taking into account the possibility of blocking those who help bypass blocking, sorry for the tautology. Read the review on Kommersant.ru for details.

What were the options?

A downright uncompromising vendetta that affects hundreds of thousands, including those who might not even be aware of the very existence of Telegram. The question is whether the right strategy for dealing with the recalcitrant messenger was initially chosen. It is obvious that the strategy, if it worked in the end, worked horribly, plus it produced a whole bunch of consequences that for some reason Roskomnadzor did not want or could not think about. Sometimes it seems that the combination of the words “think” and “Roskomnadzor” is generally a terminological contradiction. The fact that such blocking by law must be carried out through the courts, these “pillars-supports of laws in Russia” unexpectedly found out a few hours after their statement “Now we will block him. ”, when lawyers gently hinted at the current legislation in Russia. After that, Roskomnadzor urgently redid its press releases and rushed to court. High professionalism of the state body, yes.

And what could really be done without catastrophic consequences for the Internet in a single country, Russia? I don't know, but surely something could be done. For example, to act through cellular operators. Do you think that many will be satisfied with a messenger that does not work on any mobile device? Through WiFi? Do not make me laugh. Terrorists (and after all, the fight against them is declared, isn't it?) Will they gather in McDucks and negotiate from these eateries about planting bombs? Oh, sorry, even such a ridiculous scenario will not work, in many (if not most) McDucks, routers initially receive Internet from mobile operators. In Moscow, if I'm not mistaken, Beeline works in McDucks. A messenger that works only on computers with a wired Internet connection is also very few people need. Yes, this Telegram would simply die a natural death in Russia, even if not in a week, but longer.

It's technically not that difficult to implement. Moreover, I am ready to reveal a great secret to Roskomnadzor: operators not only see all traffic through DPI, but have long included all this in tariffs. For example, unlimited access for some money to Telegram - please, but to some messenger "Tram-pam-pam" - alas, with a certain tariff setting, there will be no access to this messenger via cellular Internet at all. So they can? Everything has already been invented and works. The number of terrorists who communicate with each other only in home and corporate Wi-Fi networks is a serious matter, this is indisputable. You can burn them all with a red-hot iron, is it worth putting the Internet of an entire country on the ears for this? The salary and bonuses of Mr. Zharov do not depend on the state of the Russian economy. It is a pity, by the way, that they do not depend. But discussing and negotiating, coordinating something with operators is not a royal business. It’s easier to wave your sword, report on the next “successes achieved” and calmly go to sleep or drink coffee, mission accomplished.

For some reason, it seems to me that Roskomnadzor took a ready-made, well-established path, and when the situation began to get out of control, they did not want to roll everything back and “lose face”. Plus time and significant effort to find, study and organize other options for blocking access. Plus the desire to completely independently control the process. Plus, the notorious need to reliably read any correspondence, and if this is not possible, then reliably block it. I also admit a certain element of the game in Mortal Combat on both sides of this confrontation, "But we'll see who wins!". I don't know.

More on the topic of instant messengers, I have a letter in my mailbox:

“A small observation and commentary on the article about Tele2 New tariffs. The Tele2 operator, when connecting, for example, unlimited on WhatsApp, actually there is no such limit, only for text messages, and this is a very small amount of traffic, a penny, and the connection costs tens of rubles. You can neither call through the application unlimitedly, nor make a video call. All for packet traffic. Other operators have unlimited, so real unlimited. I hope the observation was useful, I would like "ordinary" people to know about such "unlimited".

I didn't check it myself, but please note. In general, it is surprising how popular instant messengers have become, even despite the fact that their whole zoo, according to published Beeline statistics, an active user keeps an average of three (!) different ones on their smartphone. Once upon a time it was easier if the messenger, then "ICQ" or one of its varieties. As for traffic, it is through messengers that its volumes are growing rapidly and steadily. Unlike the same social networks, despite the constantly growing heavy advertising. As usual, I would like to see your opinions in the comments: how actively do you use it, how much traffic does it consume? I'm not particularly interested in the model of your messenger, and we don't need "holivars" here.

MegaFon.Press

They put up a link to the MegaFon.Press service http://pressa.megafon.ru/, I read it and even got a little confused. No, I understand that information about the effect of hormones on the weight and quality of the skin is extremely useful information, you probably don’t know how much your skin weighs (not to be confused with “hanging”)? The description of childbirth in a wheelchair is also fascinating reading, but what does this have to do with technology in general and cellular communications in particular? A feed of up-to-date news from various sources is a good and useful thing, you won’t find this anywhere else on the Internet, exclusive! MegaFon wants only 365 rubles for this exclusive. per month (12 rubles per day), cheap. No, this is not a joke, the description of the service is here.

By and large, we get a hodgepodge of news and articles from 40 sources, and - most importantly! – Internet traffic when visiting this page is not charged. They also promise the absence of advertising in the news feed, this is supposed to justify the monthly fee of 12 rubles per day. You know, with the current pace of intrusive and auto-start video ads, such a proposal might make sense. If not today, then in the near future. Otherwise, even now, if you suddenly want to read about skin and hormones, then first, if you please, watch the promotional video for the World of Leather store in Sokolniki. With all the ensuing consequences for the balance or volume of the Internet package.

To be fair, this is a link to a similar project, MTS.Media. It is clear that the main volume is a banal "pop" for a not very pretentious audience, however, thematic (by connection) author's texts are also present. And many texts are written in the format of an educational program in a simple and understandable language. 12 rub. they don’t ask for it a day, they don’t offer free traffic. But somehow prettier, I think. I can be wrong, decide for yourself.

And legal porn from Tele2

Just in the subject of "wave nailed" a press release from Tele2 about the same, a few key quotes:

“iPhone and iPad owners can now also enjoy all the benefits of the Tele2 Magazines service – the application is already available in the AppStore. Earlier, Tele2 introduced a mobile application on Google Play. You can also read periodicals at magazines.tele2.ru.

Today, more than 100 periodicals and more than 3,000 issues of magazines, including archival ones, are available on the portal for Tele2 subscribers. The most popular are publications about technology and men's magazines - they are preferred by 23% of users each. Business publications are in third place in the rating - over 17% of customers choose this category.

The most read service magazines are Maxim, Popular Mechanics, AD, AvtoMir and Forbes. Most often, users save articles from Playboy, Men’s Health, Psychologies, Popular Mechanics, and Russian Reporter in the app.”

Who would doubt that articles from Playboy could easily be classified as "Popular Mechanics" (there was a smiley here). Fee 9 rubles. per day for this happiness seems excessive to you? A matter of taste. Jokes aside, however, pornography and topics around it have always been and certainly will remain important drivers of the popularity of publications. I don’t see anything shameful or seditious in this, the basic instincts initially worked and are working for the sake of the preservation and prosperity of the species, “you can’t argue against nature.”

About MTS United Internet

We recently published a review of the new Our Smart tariff, you can read it here. In the comments, many were outraged by the fact that on the eve of the release of the tariff in MTS they closed the “Single Internet” service, which allows distributing the Internet to other SIM cards, our review is here. How quickly time flies, it turns out that the service has worked for almost three years. Alas, they closed. Objectively, the “Our Smart” tariff is more progressive, as it allows you to flexibly share all packages, and not just the Internet. On the other hand, this is only one tariff, “the one and only”, with the price of an entrance ticket of 1,000 rubles. per month, the indignation of subscribers is understandable. Those who managed to connect the United Internet earlier continue to use this service, but with limitations: it is now impossible to connect new recipients and, accordingly, change the connected numbers.

About intranet roaming

One of the most discussed topics in the field of cellular communications, the very notorious "cancellation of roaming". MTS fresh news reminded that from April 17, 2018, owners of archival tariffs are also being transferred to the new scheme. I don’t want to repeat once again that, despite the declared multiple price reductions, in the default version (without paid options) of such a “cancellation” of roaming, communication during trips will become more expensive for the majority. But for many it will become cheaper, you can’t argue with that either.

Of course, the "cancellation of roaming" performed by our operators causes healthy (or unhealthy) laughter, but cell phones alone cannot be blamed for this. The proposed option of "cancellation of roaming" can be considered a compromise. Yes, the transformation of the region of presence into a kind of analogue of the home region is of no interest to most, the main voice traffic on trips falls on calls to and from the home region. They did something for free or from packages that cell phones do not have to pay for the transit operator (Rostelecom), and this is logical. The state does not want to cancel the “tax” on calls yet, and it is difficult to hope for a full-fledged “roaming abolition”. It is as if long-distance buses were imposed with additional taxes-fees and at the same time they would demand to equalize the price with a tram ticket or completely cancel the fare.

And another question about the legality of the scheme with free incoming calls only from phones in the region of presence. The consumer has the right to know the price of the service before he starts using this service, but how can the subscriber know the origin of the incoming call? To cram before the trip the codes and numbering capacities of all regions? Not to mention the fact that AON on old tariffs is still paid and the subscriber is not obliged to use it.

Regarding the roaming of MTS subscribers in Crimea, I have a fresh letter in the mailbox, quote:

“Good afternoon, Sergey. It turns out nothing has changed at MTS ((( (+15r per day). Is something expected for the new season from operators in the Crimea? Best regards, Marian.

And a screenshot of the correspondence with the MTS support service is carefully attached to the letter, for your information. Indeed, MTS recently abolished the mandatory “tax” of 15 rubles per day on popular versions of Smart, now making it a voluntary option. As for the Crimea, without connecting paid options, there are now special tariff conditions for roamers from Russia. 2 and 3 rubles / min for incoming / outgoing are not yet so critical for relatively short conversations, but the Internet at 1 ruble / MB can be worse. It seems to be a penny (only 100 kopecks per megabyte), but with all sorts of software updates of 30-40 MB and long tapes of social networks and instant messengers with numerous Mercedes-benz pictures, plus videos, plus heavy advertising, plus a beach with its lack of Wi- Fi and the presence of a lot of free time. Keep in mind.

And the correspondence screenshot with MTS support is thoughtfully attached to the letter, you note. Indeed, MTS recently abolished the mandatory “tax” of 15 rubles per day on popular versions of Smart, now making it a voluntary option. As for the Crimea, without connecting paid options, there are now special tariff conditions for roamers from Russia. 2 and 3 rubles / min for incoming / outgoing are not yet so critical for relatively short conversations, but the Internet at 1 ruble / MB can be worse. It seems to be a penny (only 100 kopecks per megabyte), but with all sorts of software updates of 30-40 MB each and long tapes of social networks and instant messengers with numerous Mercedes-Benz mercedes-benz pictures, plus videos, plus heavy advertising, plus the beach with its lack of Wi-Fi and the presence of a lot of free time. Keep in mind.