Operators: small surprises and more

What was the result of the so-called “cancellation of intranet roaming” and the continuation of the forced sponsorship of Rostelecom by other operators, the fate of LTE 1800 in Russia, the activation of joint projects with MasterCard, expensive Internet in a cheap smartphone and other, less significant news with comments and explanations . For example, a few words about communication problems in the subway.

About the crafty "cancellation" of intranet roaming

On September 30, at a meeting of the Government Commission on Communications, Nikolai Nikiforov made a report on "organizing inter-operator interaction that does not allow distortion of competition and discrimination of individual technologies." With regard to our topic, the order of the Ministry of Communications of 08.08.2005 No. 98 was proposed not to be canceled. Recall that this order requires operators to “drive” long-distance calls through the networks of transit operators. Or, at least, to generously pay the intermediary to “reserve” channels even if they have their own backbone networks. The order appeared in 2005 and at that time was explained by the need to financially support Rostelecom. They liked the support, and, as one would expect, they categorically do not want to refuse this "temporary measure".

Recently, I wrote about the results of a long-term epic with the abolition of intranet roaming, a couple of quotes from the summary:

". a publicized project that has been nurtured for many years and regularly published press releases about how everything in Russia will become good and progressive. In a very simplified form: the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications wanted to persuade operators to stop taking separate money for calls to their subscribers while traveling around the country, but at the same time they refused to cancel the legally imposed fee for cell phones for such calls in favor of transit operators. Plus, there is a whole bunch of problems with the "flow" of SIM-cards from poor regions with extremely low communication rates. As a result, they developed a “miracle in feathers” of unimaginable complexity, which almost did not change anything in the current scheme, but made it possible to announce the abolition of roaming. In the end, the realization came that introducing technically complex profanity is expensive, shameful and pointless. We agreed to leave it as it is with the motivation “analyzed and realized that everything is not bad anyway.”

You can read about all the vicissitudes and unimaginably complex combinations invented by the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications for "cancel without canceling" in our review here. It seemed that all this cunning fornication was abandoned, the mountain could not give birth to a mouse, and in the third year of pregnancy she had an abortion.

But no, some traces of many years of life in this direction remained. To "save face" (their own and the ministry), as well as to confirm the thesis "everything is fine with us," operators consistently introduce brutally curtailed, but "free" incoming calls in intranet roaming. Today's MTS news is here, quote:

“Starting from October 3, 2013, connect the new option “Incoming when traveling in Russia” and receive free calls from MTS numbers in the region of your stay. To activate the “Inbox when traveling in Russia” option, dial *111*473# (call) on your phone or send an SMS with the text 473 to number 111. Connection and use of the option is 0 rubles.

About a month ago, MegaFon did the same thing, calling it the "Easy reception" option, you can read the description here.

What is the essence of these cosmetic surgeries and what is the real benefit for the consumer? You arrived, for example, with a Moscow MTS SIM card in Ryazan. All incoming will be 9 rubles per minute, outgoing too. But! Incoming calls from phones of Ryazan (and only Ryazan) MTS subscribers will be free for you. Everything is exactly the same for MegaFon subscribers who have arrived in another region. The practical benefit for subscribers is about the same as for a hare from the fifth leg. If you use your phone while traveling, then turn on the option and you don’t give a damn about these scanty “cancellations” for show. If you don’t use it, then you don’t use it at all, and again, this “cancellation” is of no use to you.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications will be able to report on free calls in intranet roaming. And already report, by the way. There will be no financial losses for operators at all: they will not receive some pennies, but this money will be more than offset by income from those who did not understand the essence of the “cancellation”, were delighted with the gift and did not connect paid options.

LTE in new bands

The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has prepared a draft updated plan for the distribution of frequencies for LTE. Of the most interesting bands - 880-915/925-960 MHz (shared with GSM and UMTS, a> Band 8) and 1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz (shared with GSM, Band 3). What Tele2 wanted so much and unsuccessfully sought. In general, Tele2 wanted a lot of things and never got it, the forecasts for business development in Russia for the operator did not look very rosy. But immediately after the sale of the operator to VTB structures, the circumstances magically changed. Tele2 received MVNO licenses from the new owner (our material is here), and now, most likely, it will be able to build LTE in the 1800 MHz band. The company has become more promising and much more expensive, there are such happy coincidences! Now you can resell.

Here, MNP also came up with a very handy idea, it will be easier to switch. In any case, we, consumers, need to rejoice, it's for our good that the regulator is trying to create a competitive environment in the market.

MasterCard and bonus discounts

Various promotions and programs, in one way or another connected with MasterCard, fell down from a cornucopia.

Tele2 recently announced a virtual MasterCard card, an application for issuing a card can be made on the website mycard.tele2.ru, via SMS to a free number 338 with the word “card” or through a specially created mobile portal *338# for the convenience of users. There is also an application for Android-smartphones "Tele2 MasterCard", which will soon appear in the App Store.

Euroset invites holders of "Kukuruz" MasterCard®, "Kukuruz" World MasterCard® cards from October 1 to December 31 to participate in the festival of discounts in E-fest by MasterCard* online stores and receive discounts, free delivery and other bonuses when paying for purchases with a MasterCard card using the promo code MCSHOP.

In MTS they offer to receive a bonus of up to 10% of the payment amount from the MasterCard card, we read the news here, quote:

“From October 1, 2013, with each replenishment of the personal account of your mobile phone, smartphone or tablet on the MTS website * in the amount of 600 rubles. using MasterCard or Maestro cards, you will receive a bonus for MTS communication services in the amount of up to 10% of the payment amount.

Read the detailed description here. The minimum deposit amount is 600 rubles, the maximum bonus amount is 100 rubles. from each replenishment. In the description they write all sorts of passions about the fact that the bonus comes to the account no later than the last day of the month following the month of replenishment. In fact, while the bonus comes to the account almost simultaneously with the payment. If there is a MasterCard, then why not? 10% do not lie on the road, and the bonus has no expiration date.

MTS and Svyaznoy: discounted smartphone

Interest in the mysterious option "SuperBIT - 4 months" appeared after a question asked to me on Twitter, it turned out to be a joint action with Svyaznoy. The option is connected when buying an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone, we read the news on the MTS website here. Quote:

“From October 2, 2013, the option “SuperBIT - 4 months” is launched for MTS subscribers. The option is available when purchasing an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone in Svyaznoy stores from October 2 to November 30, 2013. The connection is available to MTS subscribers - individuals, with the exception of MTS subscribers, who are specified in the conditions for providing the "SuperBIT-4 months" option, until February 1, 2014.

Technical specifications of Alcatel One Touch Pixi, taken from the Svyaznoy website. In case the action does materialize or I just got a bad salon. It is unlikely that the action lies in the fact that MTS advertises the names Pixi and Svyaznoy in such an original way.

A budget smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen. Two SIM cards. For the declared title "New!" obviously does not pull (Android 2.3). Personally, I was most embarrassed by the 100 MB of memory available for installing applications, and the main camera with a resolution of 0.3 MP. If for a 4-month advance payment of "SuperBIT" the price of a smartphone is reduced to 1,600 rubles, then it's tolerable.

Cellular Metro

Remembering the cellular coverage in the subway prompted me to describe the "clumsy": two people agreed to meet at the station "Proletarskaya" without agreeing on the exact time and place of the meeting. Both have MTS. The result is predictable, the MTS network has not been working on Proletarskaya for a year, if not more.

I recalled old conversations on this topic, something happened to the cable, and it was impossible to replace or repair it. Didn't think it still didn't work. However, the missing coverage of the entire lower branch is honestly indicated on the map, with the exception of the Vykhino station. Explanation of the press service of MTS:

"Negotiations are still ongoing - we ourselves are interested in launching a radiating cable along the entire line, and we do not give up hope of launching this line."

According to some reports, the metro wants 1 million per km of cable and 1 million per piece of equipment (the topic has been repeatedly discussed by journalists). MTS and other operators do not agree with such payments (the right to enter). So hope is good, but cable is definitely better. In fairness, I must say that the leadership of the metro has always perceived and continues to perceive cellular operators as a well-fed cash cow. Say, they still have nowhere to go, let them pay. Staying in the subway without a connection is unpleasant, but here I agree with MTS and other operators, the prices are far beyond reasonable and, in fact, a brazen arm-twisting.

Operators: small surprises and more

What was the result of the so-called “cancellation of intranet roaming” and the continuation of the forced sponsorship of Rostelecom by other operators, the fate of LTE 1800 in Russia, the activation of joint projects with MasterCard, expensive Internet in a cheap smartphone and other, less significant news with comments and explanations . For example, a few words about communication problems in the subway.

About the crafty "cancellation" of intranet roaming

On September 30, at a meeting of the Government Commission on Communications, Nikolai Nikiforov made a report on "organizing inter-operator interaction that does not allow distortion of competition and discrimination of individual technologies." With regard to our topic, the order of the Ministry of Communications of 08.08.2005 No. 98 was proposed not to be canceled. Recall that this order requires operators to “drive” long-distance calls through the networks of transit operators. Or, at least, to generously pay the intermediary to “reserve” channels even if they have their own backbone networks. The order appeared in 2005 and at that time was explained by the need to financially support Rostelecom. They liked the support, and, as one would expect, they categorically do not want to refuse this "temporary measure".

Recently, I wrote about the results of a long-term epic with the abolition of intranet roaming, a couple of quotes from the summary:

". a publicized project that has been nurtured for many years and regularly published press releases about how everything in Russia will become good and progressive. In a very simplified form: the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications wanted to persuade operators to stop taking separate money for calls to their subscribers while traveling around the country, but at the same time they refused to cancel the legally imposed fee for cell phones for such calls in favor of transit operators. Plus, there is a whole bunch of problems with the "flow" of SIM-cards from poor regions with extremely low communication rates. As a result, a "miracle in feathers" of unimaginable complexity was developed, which almost did not change anything in the current scheme, but made it possible to announce the abolition of roaming. In the end, the realization came that introducing technically complex profanity is expensive, shameful and pointless. We agreed to leave it as it is with the motivation “analyzed and realized that everything is not bad anyway.”

You can read about all the vicissitudes and unimaginably complex combinations invented by the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications for "cancel without canceling" in our review here. It seemed that all this cunning fornication was abandoned, the mountain could not give birth to a mouse, and in the third year of pregnancy she had an abortion.

But no, some traces of many years of life in this direction remained. To "save face" (their own and the ministry), as well as to confirm the thesis "everything is fine with us," operators consistently introduce brutally curtailed, but "free" incoming calls in intranet roaming. Today's MTS news is here, quote:

“Starting from October 3, 2013, connect the new option “Incoming when traveling in Russia” and receive free calls from MTS numbers in the region of your stay. To activate the “Inbox when traveling in Russia” option, dial *111*473# (call) on your phone or send an SMS with the text 473 to number 111. Connection and use of the option is 0 rubles.

About a month ago, MegaFon did the same thing, calling it the "Easy reception" option, you can read the description here.

What is the essence of these cosmetic surgeries and what is the real benefit for the consumer? You arrived, for example, with a Moscow MTS SIM card in Ryazan. All incoming will be 9 rubles per minute, outgoing too. But! Incoming calls from phones of Ryazan (and only Ryazan) MTS subscribers will be free for you. Everything is exactly the same for MegaFon subscribers who have arrived in another region. The practical benefit for subscribers is about the same as for a hare from the fifth leg. If you use your phone while traveling, then turn on the option and you don’t give a damn about these scanty “cancellations” for show. If you don’t use it, then you don’t use it at all, and again, this “cancellation” is of no use to you.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications will be able to report on free calls in intranet roaming. And already report, by the way. There will be no financial losses for operators at all: they will not receive some pennies, but this money will be more than offset by income from those who did not understand the essence of the “cancellation”, were delighted with the gift and did not connect paid options.

LTE in new bands

The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has prepared a draft updated plan for the distribution of frequencies for LTE. Of the most interesting bands - 880-915/925-960 MHz (shared with GSM and UMTS, a> Band 8) and 1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz (shared with GSM, Band 3). What Tele2 wanted so much and unsuccessfully sought. In general, Tele2 wanted a lot of things and never got it, the forecasts for business development in Russia for the operator did not look very rosy. But immediately after the sale of the operator to VTB structures, the circumstances magically changed. Tele2 received MVNO licenses from the new owner (our material is here), and now, most likely, it will be able to build LTE in the 1800 MHz band. The company has become more promising and much more expensive, there are such happy coincidences! Now you can resell.

Here, MNP also came up with a very handy idea, it will be easier to switch. In any case, we, consumers, need to rejoice, it's for our good that the regulator is trying to create a competitive environment in the market.

MasterCard and bonus discounts

Various promotions and programs, in one way or another connected with MasterCard, fell down from a cornucopia.

Tele2 recently announced a virtual MasterCard card, an application for issuing a card can be made on the website mycard.tele2.ru, via SMS to a free number 338 with the word “card” or through a specially created mobile portal *338# for the convenience of users. There is also an application for Android-smartphones "Tele2 MasterCard", which will soon appear in the App Store.

Euroset invites holders of "Kukuruz" MasterCard®, "Kukuruz" World MasterCard® cards from October 1 to December 31 to participate in the festival of discounts in E-fest by MasterCard* online stores and receive discounts, free delivery and other bonuses when paying for purchases with a MasterCard card using the promo code MCSHOP.

In MTS they offer to receive a bonus of up to 10% of the payment amount from a MasterCard card, we read the news here, quote:

“From October 1, 2013, with each replenishment of the personal account of your mobile phone, smartphone or tablet on the MTS website * in the amount of 600 rubles. using MasterCard or Maestro cards, you will receive a bonus for MTS communication services in the amount of up to 10% of the payment amount.

Read the detailed description here. The minimum deposit amount is 600 rubles, the maximum bonus amount is 100 rubles. from each replenishment. In the description they write all sorts of passions about the fact that the bonus comes to the account no later than the last day of the month following the month of replenishment. In fact, while the bonus comes to the account almost simultaneously with the payment. If there is a MasterCard, then why not? 10% do not lie on the road, and the bonus has no expiration date.

MTS and Svyaznoy: discounted smartphone

Interest in the mysterious option "SuperBIT - 4 months" appeared after a question asked to me on Twitter, it turned out to be a joint action with Svyaznoy. The option is connected when buying an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone, we read the news on the MTS website here. Quote:

“From October 2, 2013, the option “SuperBIT - 4 months” is launched for MTS subscribers. The option is available when purchasing an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone in Svyaznoy stores from October 2 to November 30, 2013. The connection is available to MTS subscribers - individuals, with the exception of MTS subscribers, who are specified in the conditions for providing the "SuperBIT-4 months" option, until February 1, 2014.

The cost of the option "SuperBIT - 4 months" is 1,196 rubles, four months after activation, a subscription fee of 299 rubles begins to be charged. (in Moscow). That is, when buying an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone, we are offered to connect the SuperBIT option at a standard price, paying in advance (in advance) for four months of using this option.

Since, judging by the news and description, MTS does not offer anything for such a generous prepayment, it would be logical to count on some kind of discount or a significant gift from Svyaznoy when buying a smartphone. Unfortunately, nothing about the promotion could be found on the site, the price of 1,990 rubles corresponds to that indicated in Yandex-Market.

I had to turn to the source, that is, directly to the Svyaznoy salon. Numerous stickers were found there with an advertisement for the “Cheapest Smartphone” and the same public price of 1,990 rubles, the employees of the salon did not hear anything about the action. Moreover, I did not ask any Jesuit questions, I asked directly about the joint action with MTS to connect the SuperBIT option. Alas, no one knows. They were not allowed to take a picture of the sticker and even the phone itself, “in our salon, any photography is strictly prohibited.” Apparently, a special X-form access to photography is required, and a separate Y-form access to information about ongoing marketing campaigns, Mr. Snowden definitely does not get anything in Svyaznoy.

Technical specifications of Alcatel One Touch Pixi, taken from the Svyaznoy website. In case the action does materialize or I just got a bad salon. It is unlikely that the action lies in the fact that MTS advertises the names Pixi and Svyaznoy in such an original way.

A budget smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen. Two SIM cards. For the declared title "New!" obviously does not pull (Android 2.3). Personally, I was most embarrassed by the 100 MB of memory available for installing applications, and the main camera with a resolution of 0.3 MP. If for a 4-month advance payment of "SuperBIT" the price of a smartphone is reduced to 1,600 rubles, then it's tolerable.

Cellular Metro

Remembering the cellular coverage in the subway prompted me to describe the "clumsy": two people agreed to meet at the station "Proletarskaya" without agreeing on the exact time and place of the meeting. Both have MTS. The result is predictable, the MTS network has not been working on Proletarskaya for a year, if not more.

I remembered old conversations on this topic, something happened to the cable, and it was impossible to replace or repair it. Didn't think it still didn't work. However, the missing coverage of the entire lower branch is honestly indicated on the map, with the exception of the Vykhino station. Explanation of the press service of MTS:

"Negotiations are still ongoing - we ourselves are interested in launching a radiating cable along the entire line, and we do not give up hope of launching this line."

According to some information, the metro wants 1 million per km of cable and 1 million per piece of equipment (the topic has been repeatedly discussed by journalists). MTS and other operators do not agree with such payments (the right to enter). So hope is good, but cable is definitely better. In fairness, I must say that the leadership of the metro has always perceived and continues to perceive cellular operators as a well-fed cash cow. Say, they still have nowhere to go, let them pay. Staying in the subway without a connection is unpleasant, but here I agree with MTS and other operators, the prices are far beyond reasonable and, in fact, a brazen arm-twisting.

Operators: small surprises and more

What was the result of the so-called “cancellation of intranet roaming” and the continuation of the forced sponsorship of Rostelecom by other operators, the fate of LTE 1800 in Russia, the activation of joint projects with MasterCard, expensive Internet in a cheap smartphone and other, less significant news with comments and explanations . For example, a few words about communication problems in the subway.

About the crafty "cancellation" of intranet roaming

On September 30, at a meeting of the Government Commission on Communications, Nikolai Nikiforov made a report on "organizing inter-operator interaction that does not allow distortion of competition and discrimination of individual technologies." With regard to our topic, the order of the Ministry of Communications of 08.08.2005 No. 98 was proposed not to be canceled. Recall that this order requires operators to “drive” long-distance calls through the networks of transit operators. Or, at least, to generously pay the intermediary to “reserve” channels even if they have their own backbone networks. The order appeared in 2005 and at that time was explained by the need to financially support Rostelecom. They liked the support, and, as one would expect, they categorically do not want to refuse this "temporary measure".

Recently, I wrote about the results of a long-term epic with the abolition of intranet roaming, a couple of quotes from the summary:

". a publicized project that has been nurtured for many years and regularly published press releases about how everything in Russia will become good and progressive. In a very simplified form: the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications wanted to persuade operators to stop taking separate money for calls to their subscribers while traveling around the country, but at the same time they refused to cancel the legally imposed fee for cell phones for such calls in favor of transit operators. Plus, there is a whole bunch of problems with the "flow" of SIM-cards from poor regions with extremely low communication rates. As a result, they developed a “miracle in feathers” of unimaginable complexity, which almost did not change anything in the current scheme, but made it possible to announce the abolition of roaming. In the end, the realization came that introducing technically complex profanity is expensive, shameful and pointless. We agreed to leave it as it is with the motivation “analyzed and realized that everything is not bad anyway.”

You can read about all the vicissitudes and unimaginably complex combinations invented by the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications for "cancel without canceling" in our review here. It seemed that all this cunning fornication was abandoned, the mountain could not give birth to a mouse, and in the third year of pregnancy she had an abortion.

But no, some traces of many years of life in this direction remained. To "save face" (their own and the ministry), as well as to confirm the thesis "everything is fine with us," operators consistently introduce brutally curtailed, but "free" incoming calls in intranet roaming. Today's MTS news is here, quote:

“Starting from October 3, 2013, connect the new option “Incoming when traveling in Russia” and receive free calls from MTS numbers in the region of your stay. To activate the “Inbox when traveling in Russia” option, dial *111*473# (call) on your phone or send an SMS with the text 473 to number 111. Connection and use of the option is 0 rubles.

About a month ago, MegaFon did the same thing, calling it the "Easy reception" option, you can read the description here.

What is the essence of these cosmetic surgeries and what is the real benefit for the consumer? You arrived, for example, with a Moscow MTS SIM card in Ryazan. All incoming will be 9 rubles per minute, outgoing too. But! Incoming calls from phones of Ryazan (and only Ryazan) MTS subscribers will be free for you. Everything is exactly the same for MegaFon subscribers who have arrived in another region. The practical benefit for subscribers is about the same as for a hare from the fifth leg. If you use your phone while traveling, then turn on the option and you don’t give a damn about these scanty “cancellations” for show. If you don’t use it, then you don’t use it at all, and again, this “cancellation” is of no use to you.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications will be able to report on free calls in intranet roaming. And already report, by the way. There will be no financial losses for operators at all: they will not receive some pennies, but this money will be more than offset by income from those who did not understand the essence of the “cancellation”, were delighted with the gift and did not connect paid options.

LTE in new bands

The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has prepared a draft updated plan for the distribution of frequencies for LTE. Of the most interesting bands - 880-915/925-960 MHz (shared with GSM and UMTS, a> Band 8) and 1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz (shared with GSM, Band 3). What Tele2 wanted so much and unsuccessfully sought. In general, Tele2 wanted a lot of things and never got it, the forecasts for business development in Russia for the operator did not look very rosy. But immediately after the sale of the operator to VTB structures, the circumstances magically changed. Tele2 received MVNO licenses from the new owner (our material is here), and now, most likely, it will be able to build LTE in the 1800 MHz band. The company has become more promising and much more expensive, there are such happy coincidences! Now you can resell.

Here, MNP also came up with a very handy idea, it will be easier to switch. In any case, we, consumers, need to rejoice, it's for our good that the regulator is trying to create a competitive environment in the market.

MasterCard and bonus discounts

Various promotions and programs, in one way or another connected with MasterCard, fell down from a cornucopia.

Tele2 recently announced a virtual MasterCard card, an application for issuing a card can be made on the website mycard.tele2.ru, via SMS to a free number 338 with the word “card” or through a specially created mobile portal *338# for the convenience of users. There is also an application for Android-smartphones "Tele2 MasterCard", which will soon appear in the App Store.

Euroset invites holders of "Kukuruz" MasterCard®, "Kukuruz" World MasterCard® cards from October 1 to December 31 to participate in the festival of discounts in E-fest by MasterCard* online stores and receive discounts, free delivery and other bonuses when paying for purchases with a MasterCard card using the promo code MCSHOP.

In MTS they offer to receive a bonus of up to 10% of the payment amount from the MasterCard card, we read the news here, quote:

“From October 1, 2013, with each replenishment of the personal account of your mobile phone, smartphone or tablet on the MTS website * in the amount of 600 rubles. using MasterCard or Maestro cards, you will receive a bonus for MTS communication services in the amount of up to 10% of the payment amount.

Read the detailed description here. The minimum deposit amount is 600 rubles, the maximum bonus amount is 100 rubles. from each replenishment. In the description they write all sorts of passions about the fact that the bonus comes to the account no later than the last day of the month following the month of replenishment. In fact, while the bonus comes to the account almost simultaneously with the payment. If there is a MasterCard, then why not? 10% do not lie on the road, and the bonus has no expiration date.

MTS and Svyaznoy: discounted smartphone

Interest in the mysterious option "SuperBIT - 4 months" appeared after a question asked to me on Twitter, it turned out to be a joint action with Svyaznoy. The option is connected when buying an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone, we read the news on the MTS website here. Quote:

“From October 2, 2013, the option “SuperBIT - 4 months” is launched for MTS subscribers. The option is available when purchasing an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone in Svyaznoy stores from October 2 to November 30, 2013. The connection is available to MTS subscribers - individuals, with the exception of MTS subscribers, who are specified in the conditions for providing the "SuperBIT-4 months" option, until February 1, 2014.

The cost of the option "SuperBIT - 4 months" is 1,196 rubles, four months after activation, a subscription fee of 299 rubles begins to be charged. (in Moscow). That is, when buying an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone, we are offered to connect the SuperBIT option at a standard price, paying in advance (in advance) for four months of using this option.

Since, judging by the news and description, MTS does not offer anything for such a generous prepayment, it would be logical to count on some kind of discount or a significant gift from Svyaznoy when buying a smartphone. Unfortunately, nothing about the promotion could be found on the site, the price of 1,990 rubles corresponds to that indicated in Yandex-Market.

I had to turn to the source, that is, directly to the Svyaznoy salon. Numerous stickers were found there with an advertisement for the “Cheapest Smartphone” and the same public price of 1,990 rubles, the employees of the salon did not hear anything about the action. Moreover, I did not ask any Jesuit questions, I asked directly about the joint action with MTS to connect the SuperBIT option. Alas, no one knows. They were not allowed to take a picture of the sticker and even the phone itself, “in our salon, any photography is strictly prohibited.” Apparently, a special X-form access to photography is required, and a separate Y-form access to information about ongoing marketing campaigns, Mr. Snowden definitely does not get anything in Svyaznoy.

Technical characteristics of Alcatel One Touch Pixi, taken from the Svyaznoy website. In case the action does materialize or I just got a bad salon. It is unlikely that the action lies in the fact that MTS advertises the names Pixi and Svyaznoy in such an original way.

A budget smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen. Two SIM cards. For the declared title "New!" obviously does not pull (Android 2.3). Personally, I was most embarrassed by the 100 MB of memory available for installing applications, and the main camera with a resolution of 0.3 MP. If for a 4-month advance payment of "SuperBIT" the price of a smartphone is reduced to 1,600 rubles, then it's tolerable.

Cellular Metro

Remembering the cellular coverage in the subway prompted me to describe the "clumsy": two people agreed to meet at the station "Proletarskaya" without agreeing on the exact time and place of the meeting. Both MTS. The result is predictable, the MTS network has not been working on Proletarskaya for a year, if not more.

I recalled old conversations on this topic, something happened to the cable, and it was impossible to replace or repair it. Didn't think it still didn't work. However, the missing coverage of the entire lower branch is honestly indicated on the map, with the exception of the Vykhino station. Explanation of the press service of MTS:

"Negotiations are still ongoing - we ourselves are interested in launching a radiating cable along the entire line, and we do not give up hope of launching this line."

According to some reports, the metro wants 1 million per km of cable and 1 million per piece of equipment (the topic has been repeatedly discussed by journalists). MTS and other operators do not agree with such payments (the right to enter). So hope is good, but cable is definitely better. In fairness, I must say that the leadership of the metro has always perceived and continues to perceive cellular operators as a well-fed cash cow. Say, they still have nowhere to go, let them pay. Staying in the subway without a connection is unpleasant, but here I agree with MTS and other operators, the prices are far beyond reasonable and, in fact, a brazen arm-twisting.

Operators: small surprises and more

What was the result of the so-called “cancellation of intranet roaming” and the continuation of the forced sponsorship of Rostelecom by other operators, the fate of LTE 1800 in Russia, the activation of joint projects with MasterCard, expensive Internet in a cheap smartphone and other, less significant news with comments and explanations . For example, a few words about communication problems in the subway.

About the crafty "cancellation" of intranet roaming

On September 30, at a meeting of the Government Commission on Communications, Nikolai Nikiforov made a report on "organizing inter-operator interaction that does not allow distortion of competition and discrimination of individual technologies." In relation to our topic, the order of the Ministry of Communications of 08.08.2005 No. 98 was proposed not to be canceled. Recall that this order requires operators to "drive" long-distance calls through the networks of transit operators. Or, at least, to generously pay the intermediary to “reserve” channels even if they have their own backbone networks. The order appeared in 2005 and at that time was explained by the need to financially support Rostelecom. They liked the support, and, as one would expect, they categorically do not want to refuse this “temporary measure”.

Recently, I wrote about the results of a long-term epic with the abolition of intranet roaming, a couple of quotes from the summary:

". a publicized project that has been nurtured for many years and regularly published press releases about how everything in Russia will become good and progressive. In a very simplified form: the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications wanted to persuade operators to stop taking separate money for calls to their subscribers while traveling around the country, but at the same time they refused to cancel the legally imposed fee for cell phones for such calls in favor of transit operators. Plus, there is a whole bunch of problems with the "flow" of SIM-cards from poor regions with extremely low communication rates. As a result, they developed a “miracle in feathers” of unimaginable complexity, which almost did not change anything in the current scheme, but made it possible to announce the abolition of roaming. In the end, the realization came that introducing technically complex profanity is expensive, shameful and pointless. We agreed to leave it as it is with the motivation “analyzed and realized that everything is not bad anyway.”

You can read about all the vicissitudes and unimaginably complex combinations invented by the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications for "cancel without canceling" in our review here. It seemed that all this cunning fornication was abandoned, the mountain could not give birth to a mouse, and in the third year of pregnancy she had an abortion.

But no, some traces of many years of life in this direction remained. To "save face" (their own and the ministry), as well as to confirm the thesis "everything is fine with us," operators consistently introduce brutally curtailed, but "free" incoming calls in intranet roaming. Today's MTS news is here, quote:

“Starting from October 3, 2013, connect the new option “Incoming when traveling in Russia” and receive free calls from MTS numbers in the region of your stay. To activate the “Inbox when traveling in Russia” option, dial *111*473# (call) on your phone or send an SMS with the text 473 to number 111. Connection and use of the option is 0 rubles.

About a month ago, MegaFon did the same thing, calling it the "Easy reception" option, you can read the description here.

The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has prepared a draft updated plan for the distribution of frequencies for LTE. The most interesting bands are 880-915/925-960 MHz (shared with GSM and UMTS, Band 8) and 1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz (shared with GSM, Band 3). What Tele2 wanted so much and unsuccessfully sought. In general, Tele2 wanted a lot of things and never got it, the forecasts for business development in Russia for the operator did not look very rosy. But immediately after the sale of the operator to VTB structures, the circumstances magically changed. Tele2 received MVNO licenses from the new owner (our material is here), and now, most likely, it will be able to build LTE in the 1800 MHz band. The company has become more promising and much more expensive, there are such happy coincidences! Now you can resell.

The Ministry of Communications has prepared a draft updated plan for the distribution of frequencies for LTE. Of the most interesting bands - 880-915 / 925-960 MHz (shared with GSM and UMTS, Band 8) and 1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz (shared with GSM, Band 3). What Tele2 wanted so much and unsuccessfully sought. In general, Tele2 wanted a lot of things and never got it, the forecasts for business development in Russia for the operator did not look very rosy. But immediately after the sale of the operator to VTB structures, the circumstances magically changed. Tele2 received MVNO licenses from the new owner (our material is here), and now, most likely, it will be able to build LTE in the 1800 MHz band. The company has become more promising and much more expensive, there are such happy coincidences! Now you can resell.

Here, MNP also came up with a very handy idea, it will be easier to switch. In any case, we, consumers, need to rejoice, it's for our good that the regulator is trying to create a competitive environment in the market.

MasterCard and bonus discounts

Various promotions and programs, in one way or another connected with MasterCard, fell down from a cornucopia.

Tele2 recently announced a virtual MasterCard card, an application for issuing a card can be made on the website mycard.tele2.ru, via SMS to a free number 338 with the word “card” or through a specially created mobile portal *338# for the convenience of users. There is also an application for Android-smartphones "Tele2 MasterCard", which will soon appear in the App Store.

Euroset invites holders of "Kukuruz" MasterCard®, "Kukuruz" World MasterCard® cards from October 1 to December 31 to participate in the festival of discounts in E-fest by MasterCard* online stores and receive discounts, free delivery and other bonuses when paying for purchases with a MasterCard card using the promo code MCSHOP.

In MTS they offer to receive a bonus of up to 10% of the payment amount from the MasterCard card, we read the news here, quote:

“From October 1, 2013, with each replenishment of the personal account of your mobile phone, smartphone or tablet on the MTS website * in the amount of 600 rubles. using MasterCard or Maestro cards, you will receive a bonus for MTS communication services in the amount of up to 10% of the payment amount.

Read the detailed description here. The minimum deposit amount is 600 rubles, the maximum bonus amount is 100 rubles. from each replenishment. In the description they write all sorts of passions about the fact that the bonus comes to the account no later than the last day of the month following the month of replenishment. In fact, while the bonus comes to the account almost simultaneously with the payment. If there is a MasterCard, then why not? 10% do not lie on the road, and the bonus has no expiration date.

MTS and Svyaznoy: discounted smartphone

Interest in the mysterious option "SuperBIT - 4 months" appeared after a question asked to me on Twitter, it turned out to be a joint action with Svyaznoy. The option is connected when buying an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone, we read the news on the MTS website here. Quote:

“From October 2, 2013, the option “SuperBIT - 4 months” is launched for MTS subscribers. The option is available when purchasing an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone in Svyaznoy stores from October 2 to November 30, 2013. The connection is available to MTS subscribers - individuals, with the exception of MTS subscribers, who are specified in the conditions for providing the "SuperBIT-4 months" option, until February 1, 2014.

The cost of the option "SuperBIT - 4 months" is 1,196 rubles, four months after activation, a subscription fee of 299 rubles begins to be charged. (in Moscow). That is, when buying an Alcatel One Touch Pixi smartphone, we are offered to connect the SuperBIT option at a standard price, paying in advance (in advance) for four months of using this option.

Since, judging by the news and description, MTS does not offer anything for such a generous prepayment, it would be logical to count on some kind of discount or a significant gift from Svyaznoy when buying a smartphone. Unfortunately, nothing about the promotion could be found on the site, the price of 1,990 rubles corresponds to that indicated in Yandex-Market.

I had to turn to the source, that is, directly to the Svyaznoy salon. Numerous stickers were found there with an advertisement for the “Cheapest Smartphone” and the same public price of 1,990 rubles, the employees of the salon did not hear anything about the action. Moreover, I did not ask any Jesuit questions, I asked directly about the joint action with MTS to connect the SuperBIT option. Alas, no one knows. They were not allowed to take a picture of the sticker and even the phone itself, “in our salon, any photography is strictly prohibited.” Apparently, a special X-form access to photography is required, and a separate Y-form access to information about ongoing marketing campaigns, Mr. Snowden definitely does not get anything in Svyaznoy.

Technical specifications of Alcatel One Touch Pixi, taken from the Svyaznoy website. In case the action does materialize or I just got a bad salon. It is unlikely that the action lies in the fact that MTS advertises the names Pixi and Svyaznoy in such an original way.

A budget smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen. Two SIM cards. For the declared title "New!" obviously does not pull (Android 2.3). Personally, I was most embarrassed by the 100 MB of memory available for installing applications, and the main camera with a resolution of 0.3 MP. If for a 4-month advance payment of "SuperBIT" the price of a smartphone is reduced to 1,600 rubles, then it's tolerable.

Cellular Metro

Remembering the cellular coverage in the subway prompted me to describe the "clumsy": two people agreed to meet at the station "Proletarskaya" without agreeing on the exact time and place of the meeting. Both MTS. The result is predictable, the MTS network has not been working on Proletarskaya for a year, if not more.

I remembered old conversations on this topic, something happened to the cable, and it was impossible to replace or repair it. Didn't think it still didn't work. However, the missing coverage of the entire lower branch is honestly indicated on the map, with the exception of the Vykhino station. Explanation of the press service of MTS:

"Negotiations are still ongoing - we ourselves are interested in launching a radiating cable along the entire line, and we do not give up hope of launching this line."

According to some information, the metro wants 1 million per km of cable and 1 million per piece of equipment (the topic has been repeatedly discussed by journalists). MTS and other operators do not agree with such payments (the right to enter). So hope is good, but cable is definitely better. In fairness, I must say that the leadership of the metro has always perceived and continues to perceive cellular operators as a well-fed cash cow. Say, they still have nowhere to go, let them pay. Staying in the subway without a connection is unpleasant, but here I agree with MTS and other operators, the prices are far beyond reasonable and, in fact, a brazen arm-twisting.