Operators: Striped News

The first of the month and the first news review for the last month of the year. I even want to start everything “from scratch” and publish only good news without any subtexts and “tails” stretching from the past. However, it doesn't work, alas. As they say, what has grown has grown.

Debt hole - New Year's gift

All these loans, if they weren't right along with the crisis... We built and bought on credit, "restructured" one loan on top of another and got what we have. But we are not talking about politics, we are now about the wallet. The content of which is difficult to part with "here and now" and much easier someday later. In some distant time, when everything will be better and there will be more money. You might think that money will increase from the fact that you have to pay off old debts. However, this is a lyric. And the "stubborn fact" is that many actually prefer to get goods and services on credit even in the absence of any financial need. Personally, “life on loan” has never attracted me, but in my mind I understand such people well. Sellers understand even better and do their best to benefit the people with goods on credit, stimulating excess consumption. Cellular operators, of course, are no exception. However, in addition to the generally understood goal of “talking” subscribers, cell phones solve their tactical tasks with such a deferred payment for services, which we better know about in advance. For general development and in order not to overshadow the New Year holidays with all sorts of small telecom troubles.

MTS. You can read the MTS news announcement about the Winter in the Plus campaign here. And you can not read it, there are only a few words: "November 20, 2009 Soon MTS subscribers will be able to call and send SMS even with a negative balance." Since 10 days have just expired since the announcement, it is logical to hope for this gift today. If nothing changes in the scheme for organizing a similar event a year ago, then from December 1 and, presumably, until February next year, we will have the opportunity to go into the red for up to 100 rubles. This is the New Year's gift the operator makes to its subscribers. As far as I remember, “you can’t run away from a gift”, and it’s technically impossible to refuse this conditional loan. But no one forces you to use it either, check your balance and replenish your account in a timely manner.

Our benefit is obvious: even if we accidentally go into negative territory, we will be able to continue making calls, sending SMS and using mobile Internet. Which is very important during the holidays, when it’s reluctant to get out of the house specifically “to pay”. This is all the more relevant with the Comverse platform, which even the current conversation will not allow you to calmly end in debt, interrupting the conversation in mid-sentence. The direct benefit of the operator is additional paid (albeit a little later) minutes and mitigation of the consequences of the inoperability of payment systems, which, left unattended, strive to go wrong. Indirect benefit of the operator - see below. What should we know about the features of this gift? In fact, these are three main points:

  • The ability to go into the red should not be confused with the "loan" service, these are different things. For example, having exhausted the 300-ruble credit limit, we can shove 50 or 100 rubles. into an iron box and continue to talk until the next block on the threshold of minus 300 rubles. With this promotional service, such a number will not work, to unlock the phone, the balance must be withdrawn into plus. And only after that it will be possible to go negative again to the level of -100 rubles.
  • Under normal conditions and without a "Credit" connected, a phone with a zero balance is blocked only by half, continuing to receive incoming calls and SMS messages. Having taken advantage of the kind offer to go into minus 100 rubles, after that we immediately get a completely blocked phone and obediently wander to replenish the account so as not to miss an important call. This small feature of the action is the important indirect benefit of the operator. By the way, the “Credit” service was so actively promoted for this very reason, the same full blocking scheme operates there.
  • It seems that we should not be afraid that the subscription fee will suddenly start to be debited on SIM-cards "resting" in blocking. If the SIM-card was blocked on December 1, then it should remain blocked without any financial consequences.

MegaFon. This time, the “credit sickness” did not bypass this operator either. Read the important news here, Quotes:

“From 14 to 23 December 2009. MegaFon OJSC (Capital Branch) is holding a New Year's Credit campaign, during which some subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans change the payment system from advance to credit and the Credit of Trust 100 package is activated free of charge for a period of 30 days. This package allows subscribers to use communication services with a negative balance of up to 100 rubles. After connecting the package, subscribers participating in the promotion will receive a notification via SMS. If a subscriber-participant refuses to use the "Credit of Trust 100" package, he/she must send a command to disable the package, received in a notification via SMS. Between 15 and 25 January 2010 The package will be disabled for the subscribers participating in the promotion, about which the subscribers will also be notified in advance via SMS-messages. Subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans, who have been using the services of the MegaFon network for at least 6 months and are not users of the Credit of Trust service at the time of the campaign, participate in the campaign.

The system for issuing a "Credit of Trust" in MegaFon is rather confusing and in most cases involves a visit to the operator's office. As an alternative, we are offered to first lend the operator the required amount of money, and after a few months they will return it to us in the form of bonuses and provide a loan for this amount. After the latest "optimization" of the bonus program and a sharp devaluation of bonuses, this option of "lending" looks like a cynical mockery, and we do not seriously consider it. Now they offer it “on a silver platter”, although only 100 rubles. What is it for? The publication of the news in the "press releases" section and my innate suspicion provoked an active search for a dirty trick. Sorry, but so far I haven't been able to find one. What we managed to find out in the subscriber service:

  • There was a suspicion that after the exhaustion of the 100-ruble “credit”, the phone would be completely blocked and stimulate the subscriber to run to replenish the account. Official answer: “No, after the credit limit is exhausted, the “Zero problems” service will begin to operate. Those. the zero mark of the balance is simply shifted down to minus 100 rubles. and upon reaching that mark, the half-locked phone continues to receive incoming messages.
  • Bad suspicions about the "autostart" of withdrawing the monthly fee on blocked SIM-cards did not seem to come true either. If you believe the official answer, then the "Credit of Trust" will be connected only with a positive balance.

It seems that there can be no other pitfalls, but there remains a vague feeling of dissatisfaction and a feeling of an unnoticed catch. Okay, as a working hypothesis, we will assume that the operator stimulates consumption, etc. (see above), and at the same time it is testing a new lending scheme. In extreme cases, an unnecessary loan can be easily turned off with a special USSD command, which they promise to send to everyone who is happy.

My MegaFon

The news is announced as a two-fold reduction in the cost of calls to MegaFon's regional networks, you can read the original source here. Quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers got the opportunity to call other regions of Russia with a 50% discount. To do this, just connect the new tariff option "My MegaFon". In order to take advantage of the offer, just dial *105*420# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. After that, a call to any mobile number of the MegaFon network (except for the numbers of the Capital Branch) will cost two times cheaper than the standard tariff. The offer is valid on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region for subscribers of all tariff plans (except for the "Warm Reception" and "Own Network" tariffs).

The cost of connecting the service is 30 rubles, the subscription fee is 2 rubles. in a day. The fact that the effect of the intranet discount does not apply to "Warm welcome" and "Own network" is quite understandable, at these tariffs the price of a minute for federal networks is already low. A detailed description of the service is here, but with "My MegaFon" and without a description, everything is clear: 30 rubles. for connection as a "barrier" for those who want to connect for one call, 61 rubles per month for those who call to regional networks constantly. The scheme is similar to the one that was implemented not so long ago in MTS: first, the price of calls to federal networks is increased and reduced to a common denominator, and then a 50% discount is offered for the subscription fee. True, MTS's "Hometowns" are noticeably more expensive (106 rubles per month), but that's why they are "native".

Expirations no longer apply

We read the news about the action of the same name in the capital MegaFon here, the essence of the action is in the quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers using LITE series tariffs with contract terms can extend them for 100 years. In order to connect to the promotion, just dial *105*2*3*3*1# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. The amount of 250 rubles (including VAT) will be debited from the subscriber's mobile account, and the validity period will be automatically extended. In addition, you can join the campaign using the MegaFon-Bonus program (the cost of participation is 400 bonus points).

Exactly the same action was held last year, but then the "indefinite" cost those who wished much cheaper. I think it was 100 or 150 rubles, I don't remember exactly. Also, the lack of deadlines encouraged new connections in December, this time getting rid of deadlines is offered only for money. Feelings from the current action are ambivalent. The current contract tariffs of the “Freedom of Speech” line have no deadlines anyway, the “Your Time” light tariff also has no deadlines. The popular "Mobile" with options does not really need the artificial cancellation of deadlines, because. focused on average speakers with an expense of more than the "threshold" 250 rubles per month. "O'Light"? Perhaps yes, but the vast majority of those who want to “cancel” the deadlines did so a year ago. Of the current tariffs, there remains the "Warm welcome" and the unsuccessful Lights of the previous line, not such a wide audience of potential people who want to cancel the payment terms for a lump sum of 250 rubles. Yes, I almost forgot about O’Hard, but there are no problems with its timing, it’s not for me to teach you how to cook cats and other exotic birds.

So, getting rid of the deadlines for a fee will come in handy for someone, but for most subscribers, the practical benefit of the action lies in its information content: if they propose to abandon the ATP for money, then a total-wide cancellation of deadlines is not expected in the near future. Otherwise, the current action would look at least indecent.

Beeline: Family Budget

A very, very late service. They swayed for a long time, watching with philosophical detachment the massive pseudo-corporate connections to MTS within the framework of the “Own Circle” program. Okay, well, at least by December they “ripened”, it could have been worse. Read the news announcement here, a detailed description of the action - here. The essence of the sentence in the quote:

“By activating the free Family Budget service, you will be able to talk for 15 kopecks. per minute within the family and pay for all communication services with one bill! With the new "Family Budget" service, all members of your family will be able to get similar numbers that differ by just one digit.

There is no subscription fee for the service. Indeed, 15 kopecks per minute and even from the first minute of the conversation. According to the assurances of the press service of Beeline, there are no restrictions on the number of connected numbers yet. Although, when connecting more than five numbers, no one can guarantee almost the same digits in phone numbers. The service is valid only on the postpaid form of payment, connection is not possible on the tariffs "Your Club", "My Beeline", unlimited tariffs and tariffs with included minutes. The disadvantages include the need to visit the office by all members of the future team in case of re-registration of existing subscribers. After connecting, all personal accounts of the group are combined into one common personal account, on which an increased credit limit of 8,000 rubles is set from the very beginning. In the future, a single joint bill is paid once a month, but the document sent contains information separately for each group number. This is in case the budget is not entirely family or the word "family" is interpreted somewhat wider than in the generally accepted sense.

In addition to the notorious 15 kop. per minute within a group, the service has the added benefit of flexibility. It is not necessary to produce new subscribers and change the usual numbers, you can connect any subscriber with a postpaid tariff to the group. True, in the case of a prepaid tariff, it will have to be transferred to one of the existing postpaid ones. The tariffs of group members can be any except those listed above. A common personal account can be considered a disadvantage or, conversely, an advantage. It is still difficult to say how successful and in demand the service will be, but I personally know several people who keep relatives on the Family tariff, who will surely like this option.

QIWI bonus

Read the latest news here, quotes from the news and descriptions:

“From December 1 to December 31, 2009, top up your mobile phone account through QIWI express payment terminals and get bonuses for it! Bonuses can be used to pay for local calls or SMS Bonuses will be credited to a special balance of your personal account, subject to additional deposits. After a special invitation from the express payment terminal https://cars45.com/listing/jac/s1 QIWI additionally deposit funds into the required amount - and get a bonus to your account!"

The link in the news announcement leads to a description of a similar promotion six months ago, but this should not confuse us, promotions tend to be repeated. We pay attention to two important facts:

  • Unlike the "Bonus for payment", the offer applies only to payment for Beeline services through QIWI terminals.
  • The bonus materializes only when you make a second, additional, payment after the invitation on the screen. Exact amounts/percentages are not specified and, as far as I remember, they depend non-linearly on the amount of the initial payment. Check out the Mobile-Review forum, last year there was a lot of lively discussion and comparison of different combinations.

That's all for today. You probably noticed the almost complete absence of news from MTS in the material. Not because there are few of them, but exactly the opposite: there were too many of them, moreover, united by a common idea and “packaging”. We'll have to sort it out separately, so see you tomorrow at the same time and in the same place.

Operators: Striped News

The first of the month and the first news review for the last month of the year. I even want to start everything “from scratch” and publish only good news without any subtexts and “tails” stretching from the past. However, it doesn't work, alas. As they say, what has grown has grown.

Debt hole - New Year's gift

All these loans, if they weren't right along with the crisis... We built and bought on credit, "restructured" one loan on top of another and got what we have. But we are not talking about politics, we are now about the wallet. The content of which is difficult to part with "here and now" and much easier someday later. In some distant time, when everything will be better and there will be more money. You might think that money will increase from the fact that you have to pay off old debts. However, this is a lyric. And the "stubborn fact" is that many actually prefer to get goods and services on credit even in the absence of any financial need. Personally, “life on loan” has never attracted me, but in my mind I understand such people well. Sellers understand even better and do their best to benefit the people with goods on credit, stimulating excess consumption. Cellular operators, of course, are no exception. However, in addition to the generally understood goal of “talking” subscribers, cell phones solve their tactical tasks with such a deferred payment for services, which we better know about in advance. For general development and in order not to overshadow the New Year holidays with all sorts of small telecom troubles.

MTS. You can read the MTS news announcement about the Winter in the Plus campaign here. And you can not read it, there are only a few words: "November 20, 2009 Soon MTS subscribers will be able to call and send SMS even with a negative balance." Since 10 days have just expired since the announcement, it is logical to hope for this gift today. If nothing changes in the scheme for organizing a similar event a year ago, then from December 1 and, presumably, until February next year, we will have the opportunity to go into the red for up to 100 rubles. This is the New Year's gift the operator makes to its subscribers. As far as I remember, “you can’t run away from a gift”, and it’s technically impossible to refuse this conditional loan. But no one forces you to use it either, check your balance and replenish your account in a timely manner.

Our benefit is obvious: even if we accidentally go into negative territory, we will be able to continue making calls, sending SMS and using mobile Internet. Which is very important during the holidays, when it’s reluctant to get out of the house specifically “to pay”. This is all the more relevant with the Comverse platform, which even the current conversation will not allow you to calmly end in debt, interrupting the conversation in mid-sentence. The direct benefit of the operator is additional paid (albeit a little later) minutes and mitigation of the consequences of the inoperability of payment systems, which, left unattended, strive to go wrong. Indirect benefit of the operator - see below. What should we know about the features of this gift? In fact, these are three main points:

  • The ability to go into the red should not be confused with the "loan" service, these are different things. For example, having exhausted the 300-ruble credit limit, we can shove 50 or 100 rubles. into an iron box and continue to talk until the next block on the threshold of minus 300 rubles. With this promotional service, such a number will not work, to unlock the phone, the balance must be withdrawn into a plus. And only after that it will be possible to go negative again to the level of -100 rubles.
  • Under normal conditions and without a "Credit" connected, a phone with a zero balance is blocked only by half, continuing to receive incoming calls and SMS messages. Having taken advantage of the kind offer to go into negative territory by 100 rubles, after that we immediately get a completely blocked phone and obediently wander off to replenish our account so as not to miss an important call. This small feature of the action is the important indirect benefit of the operator. By the way, the “Credit” service was so actively promoted for this very reason, the same full blocking scheme operates there.
  • We should not be afraid that the monthly fee will suddenly start to be debited on SIM-cards "resting" in blocking. If the SIM-card was blocked on December 1, then it should remain blocked without any financial consequences.

MegaFon. This time, the “credit sickness” did not bypass this operator either. Read the important news here, Quotes:

“From 14 to 23 December 2009. MegaFon OJSC (Capital Branch) is holding a New Year's Credit campaign, during which some subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans change the payment system from advance to credit and the Credit of Trust 100 package is activated free of charge for a period of 30 days. This package allows subscribers to use communication services with a negative balance of up to 100 rubles. After connecting the package, subscribers participating in the promotion will receive a notification via SMS. If a subscriber-participant refuses to use the "Credit of Trust 100" package, he/she must send a command to disable the package, received in a notification via SMS. Between 15 and 25 January 2010 The package will be disabled for the subscribers participating in the promotion, about which the subscribers will also be notified in advance via SMS-messages. Subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans, who have been using the services of the MegaFon network for at least 6 months and are not users of the Credit of Trust service at the time of the campaign, participate in the campaign.

The system for issuing a "Credit of Trust" in MegaFon is rather confusing and in most cases involves a visit to the operator's office. As an alternative, we are offered to first lend the operator the required amount of money, and after a few months they will return it to us in the form of bonuses and provide a loan for this amount. After the latest "optimization" of the bonus program and a sharp devaluation of bonuses, this option of "lending" looks like a cynical mockery, and we do not seriously consider it. Now they offer it “on a silver platter”, although only 100 rubles. What is it for? The publication of the news in the "press releases" section and my innate suspicion provoked an active search for a dirty trick. Sorry, but so far I haven't been able to find one. What we managed to find out in the subscriber service:

  • There was a suspicion that after the exhaustion of the 100-ruble “credit”, the phone would be completely blocked and stimulate the subscriber to run to replenish the account. Official answer: “No, after the credit limit is exhausted, the “Zero problems” service will begin to operate. Those. the zero mark of the balance is simply shifted down to minus 100 rubles. and upon reaching that mark, the half-locked phone continues to receive incoming messages.
  • Bad suspicions about the "autostart" of withdrawing the monthly fee on blocked SIM-cards did not seem to come true either. If you believe the official answer, then the "Credit of Trust" will be connected only with a positive balance.

It seems that there can be no other pitfalls, but there remains a vague feeling of dissatisfaction and a feeling of an unnoticed catch. Okay, as a working hypothesis, we will assume that the operator stimulates consumption, etc. (see above), and at the same time it is testing a new lending scheme. In extreme cases, an unnecessary loan can be easily turned off with a special USSD command, which they promise to send to everyone who is happy.

My MegaFon

The news is announced as a two-fold reduction in the cost of calls to MegaFon's regional networks, you can read the original source here. Quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers got the opportunity to call other regions of Russia with a 50% discount. To do this, just connect the new tariff option "My MegaFon". In order to take advantage of the offer, just dial *105*420# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. After that, a call to any mobile number of the MegaFon network (except for the numbers of the Capital Branch) will cost two times cheaper than the standard tariff. The offer is valid on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region for subscribers of all tariff plans (except for the "Warm Reception" and "Own Network" tariffs).

The cost of connecting the service is 30 rubles, the subscription fee is 2 rubles. in a day. The fact that the effect of the intranet discount does not apply to "Warm welcome" and "Own network" is quite understandable, at these tariffs the price of a minute for federal networks is already low. A detailed description of the service is here, but with "My MegaFon" and without a description, everything is clear: 30 rubles. for connection as a "barrier" for those who want to connect for one call, 61 rubles per month for those who call to regional networks constantly. The scheme is similar to the one that was implemented not so long ago in MTS: first, the price of calls to federal networks is increased and reduced to a common denominator, and then a 50% discount is offered for the subscription fee. True, MTS's "Hometowns" are noticeably more expensive (106 rubles per month), but that's why they are "native".

Expirations no longer apply

We read the news about the action of the same name in the capital MegaFon here, the essence of the action is in the quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers using LITE series tariffs with contract terms can extend them for 100 years. In order to connect to the promotion, just dial *105*2*3*3*1# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. The amount of 250 rubles (including VAT) will be debited from the subscriber's mobile account, and the validity period will be automatically extended. In addition, you can join the campaign using the MegaFon-Bonus program (the cost of participation is 400 bonus points).

Exactly the same action was held last year, but then the "indefinite" cost those who wished much cheaper. I think it was 100 or 150 rubles, I don't remember exactly. Also, the lack of deadlines encouraged new connections in December, this time getting rid of deadlines is offered only for money. Feelings from the current action are ambivalent. The current contract tariffs of the “Freedom of Speech” line have no deadlines anyway, the “Your Time” light tariff also has no deadlines. The popular "Mobile" with options does not really need the artificial cancellation of deadlines, because. focused on average speakers with an expense of more than the "threshold" 250 rubles per month. "O'Light"? Perhaps yes, but the vast majority of those who want to “cancel” the deadlines did so a year ago. Of the current tariffs, there remains the "Warm welcome" and the unsuccessful Lights of the previous line, not such a wide audience of potential people who want to cancel the payment terms for a lump sum of 250 rubles. Yes, I almost forgot about O’Hard, but there are no problems with its timing, it’s not for me to teach you how to cook cats and other exotic birds.

So, getting rid of the deadlines for a fee will come in handy for someone, but for most subscribers, the practical benefit of the action lies in its information content: if they propose to abandon the ATP for money, then a total-wide cancellation of deadlines is not expected in the near future. Otherwise, the current action would look at least indecent.

Beeline: Family Budget

A very, very late service. They swayed for a long time, watching with philosophical detachment the mass pseudo-corporate connections to MTS within the framework of the “Own Circle” program. Okay, well, at least by December they “ripened”, it could have been worse. Read the news announcement here, a detailed description of the action - here. The essence of the sentence in the quote:

“By activating the free Family Budget service, you will be able to talk for 15 kopecks. per minute within the family and pay for all communication services with one bill! With the new "Family Budget" service, all members of your family will be able to get similar numbers that differ by just one digit.

There is no subscription fee for the service. Indeed, 15 kopecks per minute and even from the first minute of the conversation. According to the assurances of the press service of Beeline, there are no restrictions on the number of connected numbers yet. Although, when connecting more than five numbers, no one can guarantee almost the same digits in phone numbers. The service is valid only on the postpaid form of payment, connection is not possible on the tariffs "Your Club", "My Beeline", unlimited tariffs and tariffs with included minutes. The disadvantages include the need to visit the office by all members of the future team in case of re-registration of existing subscribers. After connecting, all personal accounts of the group are combined into one common personal account, on which an increased credit limit of 8,000 rubles is set from the very beginning. In the future, a single joint bill is paid once a month, but the document sent contains information separately for each group number. This is in case the budget is not entirely family or the word "family" is interpreted somewhat wider than in the generally accepted sense.

In addition to the notorious 15 kop. per minute within a group, the service has the added benefit of flexibility. It is not necessary to produce new subscribers and change the usual numbers, you can connect any subscriber with a postpaid tariff to the group. True, in the case of a prepaid tariff, it will have to be transferred to one of the existing postpaid ones. The tariffs of the group members can be any except those listed above. A common personal account can be considered a disadvantage or, conversely, an advantage. It is still difficult to say how successful and in demand the service will be, but I personally know several people who keep relatives on the Family tariff, who will surely like this option.

QIWI bonus

Read the latest news here, quotes from the news and descriptions:

“From December 1 to December 31, 2009, top up your mobile phone account through QIWI express payment terminals and get bonuses for it! Bonuses can be used to pay for local calls or SMS. Bonuses will be credited to a special balance of your personal account, subject to additional deposits. After a special invitation from the express payment terminal https://cars45.com/listing/jac/s1 QIWI additionally deposit funds into required amount - and get a bonus to your account!"

The link in the news announcement leads to a description of a similar promotion six months ago, but this should not confuse us, promotions tend to be repeated. We pay attention to two important facts:

  • Unlike the "Bonus for payment", the offer applies only to payment for Beeline services through QIWI terminals.
  • The bonus materializes only when you make a second, additional, payment after the invitation on the screen. Exact amounts/percentages are not specified and, as far as I remember, they depend non-linearly on the amount of the initial payment. Check out the Mobile-Review forum, last year there was a lot of lively discussion and comparison of different combinations.

That's all for today. You probably noticed the almost complete absence of news from MTS in the material. Not because there are few of them, but exactly the opposite: there were too many of them, moreover, united by a common idea and “packaging”. We'll have to sort it out separately, so see you tomorrow at the same time and in the same place.

Operators: Striped News

The first of the month and the first news review for the last month of the year. I even want to start everything “from scratch” and publish only good news without any subtexts and “tails” stretching from the past. However, it doesn't work, alas. As they say, what has grown has grown.

Debt hole - New Year's gift

All these loans, if they weren't right along with the crisis... We built and bought on credit, "restructured" one loan on top of another and got what we have. But we are not talking about politics, we are now about the wallet. The content of which is difficult to part with "here and now" and much easier someday later. In some distant time, when everything will be better and there will be more money. You might think that money will increase from the fact that you have to pay off old debts. However, this is a lyric. And the "stubborn fact" is that many actually prefer to get goods and services on credit even in the absence of any financial need. Personally, “life on loan” has never attracted me, but in my mind I understand such people well. Sellers understand even better and do their best to benefit the people with goods on credit, stimulating excess consumption. Cellular operators, of course, are no exception. However, in addition to the generally understood goal of “talking” subscribers, cell phones solve their tactical tasks with such a deferred payment for services, which we better know about in advance. For general development and in order not to overshadow the New Year holidays with all sorts of small telecom troubles.

MTS. You can read the MTS news announcement about the Winter in the Plus campaign here. And you can not read it, there are only a few words: "November 20, 2009 Soon MTS subscribers will be able to call and send SMS even with a negative balance." Since 10 days have just expired since the announcement, it is logical to hope for this gift today. If nothing changes in the scheme for organizing a similar event a year ago, then from December 1 and, presumably, until February next year, we will have the opportunity to go into the red for up to 100 rubles. This is the New Year's gift the operator makes to its subscribers. As far as I remember, “you can’t run away from a gift”, and it’s technically impossible to refuse this conditional loan. But no one forces you to use it either, check your balance and replenish your account in a timely manner.

Our benefit is obvious: even if we accidentally go into negative territory, we will be able to continue making calls, sending SMS and using mobile Internet. Which is very important during the holidays, when it’s reluctant to get out of the house specifically “to pay”. This is all the more relevant with the Comverse platform, which even the current conversation will not allow you to calmly end in debt, interrupting the conversation in mid-sentence. The direct benefit of the operator is additional paid (albeit a little later) minutes and mitigation of the consequences of the inoperability of payment systems, which, left unattended, strive to go wrong. Indirect benefit of the operator - see below. What should we know about the features of this gift? In fact, these are three main points:

  • The ability to go into the red should not be confused with the "loan" service, these are different things. For example, having exhausted the 300-ruble credit limit, we can shove 50 or 100 rubles. into an iron box and continue to talk until the next block on the threshold of minus 300 rubles. With this promotional service, such a number will not work, to unlock the phone, the balance must be withdrawn into plus. And only after that it will be possible to go negative again to the level of -100 rubles.
  • Under normal conditions and without a "Credit" connected, a phone with a zero balance is blocked only by half, continuing to receive incoming calls and SMS messages. Having taken advantage of the kind offer to go into minus 100 rubles, after that we immediately get a completely blocked phone and obediently wander to replenish the account so as not to miss an important call. This small feature of the action is the important indirect benefit of the operator. By the way, the “Credit” service was so actively promoted for this very reason, the same full blocking scheme operates there.
  • It seems that we should not be afraid that the subscription fee will suddenly start to be debited on SIM-cards "resting" in blocking. If the SIM-card was blocked on December 1, then it should remain blocked without any financial consequences.

MegaFon. This time, the “credit sickness” did not bypass this operator either. Read the important news here, Quotes:

“From 14 to 23 December 2009. MegaFon OJSC (Capital Branch) is holding a New Year's Credit campaign, during which some subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans change the payment system from advance to credit and the Credit of Trust 100 package is activated free of charge for a period of 30 days. This package allows subscribers to use communication services with a negative balance of up to 100 rubles. After connecting the package, subscribers participating in the promotion will receive a notification via SMS. If a subscriber-participant refuses to use the "Credit of Trust 100" package, he/she must send a command to disable the package, received in a notification via SMS. Between 15 and 25 January 2010 The package will be disabled for the subscribers participating in the promotion, about which the subscribers will also be notified in advance via SMS-messages. Subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans, who have been using the services of the MegaFon network for at least 6 months and are not users of the Credit of Trust service at the time of the campaign, participate in the campaign.

The system for issuing a "Credit of Trust" in MegaFon is rather confusing and in most cases involves a visit to the operator's office. As an alternative, we are offered to first lend the operator the required amount of money, and after a few months they will return it to us in the form of bonuses and provide a loan for this amount. After the latest "optimization" of the bonus program and a sharp devaluation of bonuses, this option of "lending" looks like a cynical mockery, and we do not seriously consider it. Now they offer it “on a silver platter”, although only 100 rubles. What is it for? The publication of the news in the "press releases" section and my innate suspicion provoked an active search for a dirty trick. Sorry, but so far I haven't been able to find one. What we managed to find out in the subscriber service:

  • There was a suspicion that after the exhaustion of the 100-ruble “credit”, the phone would be completely blocked and stimulate the subscriber to run to replenish the account. Official answer: “No, after the credit limit is exhausted, the “Zero problems” service will begin to operate. Those. the zero mark of the balance is simply shifted down to minus 100 rubles. and upon reaching that mark, the half-locked phone continues to receive incoming messages.
  • Bad suspicions about the "autostart" of withdrawing the monthly fee on blocked SIM-cards did not seem to come true either. If you believe the official answer, then the "Credit of Trust" will be connected only with a positive balance.

It seems that there can be no other pitfalls, but there remains a vague feeling of dissatisfaction and a feeling of an unnoticed catch. Okay, as a working hypothesis, we will assume that the operator stimulates consumption, etc. (see above), and at the same time it is testing a new lending scheme. In extreme cases, an unnecessary loan can be easily turned off with a special USSD command, which they promise to send to everyone who is happy.

My MegaFon

The news is announced as a two-fold reduction in the cost of calls to MegaFon's regional networks, you can read the original source here. Quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers got the opportunity to call other regions of Russia with a 50% discount. To do this, just connect the new tariff option "My MegaFon". In order to take advantage of the offer, just dial *105*420# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. After that, a call to any mobile number of the MegaFon network (except for the numbers of the Capital Branch) will cost two times cheaper than the standard tariff. The offer is valid on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region for subscribers of all tariff plans (except for the "Warm Reception" and "Own Network" tariffs).

The cost of connecting the service is 30 rubles, the subscription fee is 2 rubles. in a day. The fact that the effect of the intranet discount does not apply to "Warm welcome" and "Own network" is quite understandable, at these tariffs the price of a minute for federal networks is already low. A detailed description of the service is here, but with "My MegaFon" and without a description, everything is clear: 30 rubles. for connection as a "barrier" for those who want to connect for one call, 61 rubles per month for those who call to regional networks constantly. The scheme is similar to the one that was implemented not so long ago in MTS: first, the price of calls to federal networks is increased and reduced to a common denominator, and then a 50% discount is offered for the subscription fee. True, MTS's "Hometowns" are noticeably more expensive (106 rubles per month), but that's why they are "native".

Expirations no longer apply

We read the news about the action of the same name in the capital MegaFon here, the essence of the action is in the quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers using LITE series tariffs with contract terms can extend them for 100 years. In order to connect to the promotion, just dial *105*2*3*3*1# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. The amount of 250 rubles (including VAT) will be debited from the subscriber's mobile account, and the validity period will be automatically extended. In addition, you can join the campaign using the MegaFon-Bonus program (the cost of participation is 400 bonus points).

Exactly the same action was held last year, but then the "indefinite" cost those who wished much cheaper. I think it was 100 or 150 rubles, I don't remember exactly. Also, the lack of deadlines encouraged new connections in December, this time getting rid of deadlines is offered only for money. Feelings from the current action are ambivalent. The current contract tariffs of the “Freedom of Speech” line have no deadlines anyway, the “Your Time” light tariff also has no deadlines. The popular "Mobile" with options does not really need the artificial cancellation of deadlines, because. focused on average speakers with an expense of more than the "threshold" 250 rubles per month. "O'Light"? Perhaps yes, but the vast majority of those who want to “cancel” the deadlines did so a year ago. Of the current tariffs, there remains the "Warm welcome" and the unsuccessful Lights of the previous line, not such a wide audience of potential people who want to cancel the payment terms for a lump sum of 250 rubles. Yes, I almost forgot about O’Hard, but there are no problems with its timing, it’s not for me to teach you how to cook cats and other exotic birds.

So, getting rid of the deadlines for a fee will come in handy for someone, but for most subscribers, the practical benefit of the action lies in its information content: if they propose to abandon the ATP for money, then a total-wide cancellation of deadlines is not expected in the near future. Otherwise, the current action would look at least indecent.

Beeline: Family Budget

A very, very late service. They swayed for a long time, watching with philosophical detachment the mass pseudo-corporate connections to MTS within the framework of the “Own Circle” program. Okay, well, at least by December they “ripened”, it could have been worse. Read the news announcement here, a detailed description of the action - here. The essence of the sentence in the quote:

“By activating the free Family Budget service, you will be able to talk for 15 kopecks. per minute within the family and pay for all communication services with one bill! With the new "Family Budget" service, all members of your family will be able to get similar numbers that differ by just one digit.

There is no subscription fee for the service. Indeed, 15 kopecks per minute and even from the first minute of the conversation. According to the assurances of the press service of Beeline, there are no restrictions on the number of connected numbers yet. Although, when connecting more than five numbers, no one can guarantee almost the same digits in phone numbers. The service is valid only on the postpaid form of payment, connection is not possible on the tariffs "Your Club", "My Beeline", unlimited tariffs and tariffs with included minutes. The disadvantages include the need to visit the office by all members of the future team in case of re-registration of existing subscribers. After connecting, all personal accounts of the group are combined into one common personal account, on which an increased credit limit of 8,000 rubles is set from the very beginning. In the future, a single joint bill is paid once a month, but the document sent contains information separately for each group number. This is in case the budget is not entirely family or the word "family" is interpreted somewhat wider than in the generally accepted sense.

In addition to the notorious 15 kop. per minute within a group, the service has the added benefit of flexibility. It is not necessary to produce new subscribers and change the usual numbers, you can connect any subscriber with a postpaid tariff to the group. True, in the case of a prepaid tariff, it will have to be transferred to one of the existing postpaid ones. The tariffs of group members can be any except those listed above. A common personal account can be considered a disadvantage or, conversely, an advantage. It is still difficult to say how successful and in demand the service will be, but I personally know several people who keep relatives on the Family tariff, who will surely like this option.

QIWI bonus

Read the latest news here, quotes from the news and descriptions:

“From December 1 to December 31, 2009, top up your mobile phone account through QIWI express payment terminals and get bonuses for it! Bonuses can be used to pay for local calls or SMS Bonuses will be credited to a special balance of your personal account, subject to additional deposits. After a special invitation from the express payment terminal https://cars45.com/listing/jac/s1 QIWI additionally deposit funds into the required amount - and get a bonus to your account!"

The link in the news announcement leads to a description of a similar promotion six months ago, but this should not confuse us, promotions tend to be repeated. We pay attention to two important facts:

  • Unlike the "Bonus for payment", the offer applies only to payment for Beeline services through QIWI terminals.
  • The bonus materializes only when you make a second, additional, payment after the invitation on the screen. Exact amounts/percentages are not specified and, as far as I remember, they depend non-linearly on the amount of the initial payment. Check out the Mobile-Review forum, last year there was a lot of lively discussion and comparison of different combinations.

That's all for today. You probably noticed the almost complete absence of news from MTS in the material. Not because there are few of them, but exactly the opposite: there were too many of them, moreover, united by a common idea and “packaging”. We'll have to sort it out separately, so see you tomorrow at the same time and in the same place.

Operators: Striped News

The first of the month and the first news review for the last month of the year. I even want to start everything “from scratch” and publish only good news without any subtexts and “tails” stretching from the past. However, it doesn't work, alas. As they say, what has grown has grown.

Debt hole - New Year's gift

All these loans, if they weren't right along with the crisis... We built and bought on credit, "restructured" one loan on top of another and got what we have. But we are not talking about politics, we are now about the wallet. The content of which is difficult to part with "here and now" and much easier someday later. In some distant time, when everything will be better and there will be more money. You might think that money will increase from the fact that you have to pay off old debts. However, this is a lyric. And the "stubborn fact" is that many actually prefer to get goods and services on credit even in the absence of any financial need. Personally, “life on loan” has never attracted me, but in my mind I understand such people well. Sellers understand even better and do their best to benefit the people with goods on credit, stimulating excess consumption. Cellular operators, of course, are no exception. However, in addition to the generally understood goal of “talking” subscribers, cell phones solve their tactical tasks with such a deferred payment for services, which we better know about in advance. For general development and in order not to overshadow the New Year holidays with all sorts of small telecom troubles.

MTS. You can read the MTS news announcement about the Winter in the Plus campaign here. And you can not read it, there are only a few words: "November 20, 2009 Soon MTS subscribers will be able to call and send SMS even with a negative balance." Since 10 days have just expired since the announcement, it is logical to hope for this gift today. If nothing changes in the scheme for organizing a similar event a year ago, then from December 1 and, presumably, until February next year, we will have the opportunity to go into the red for up to 100 rubles. This is the New Year's gift the operator makes to its subscribers. As far as I remember, “you can’t run away from a gift”, and it’s technically impossible to refuse this conditional loan. But no one forces you to use it either, check your balance and replenish your account in a timely manner.

Our benefit is obvious: even if we accidentally go into negative territory, we will be able to continue making calls, sending SMS and using mobile Internet. Which is very important during the holidays, when it’s reluctant to get out of the house specifically “to pay”. This is all the more relevant with the Comverse platform, which even the current conversation will not allow you to calmly end in debt, interrupting the conversation in mid-sentence. The direct benefit of the operator is additional paid (albeit a little later) minutes and mitigation of the consequences of the inoperability of payment systems, which, left unattended, strive to go wrong. Indirect benefit of the operator - see below. What should we know about the features of this gift? In fact, these are three main points:

  • The ability to go into the red should not be confused with the "loan" service, these are different things. For example, having exhausted the 300-ruble credit limit, we can shove 50 or 100 rubles. into an iron box and continue to talk until the next block on the threshold of minus 300 rubles. With this promotional service, such a number will not work, to unlock the phone, the balance must be withdrawn into plus. And only after that it will be possible to go negative again to the level of -100 rubles.
  • Under normal conditions and without a "Credit" connected, a phone with a zero balance is blocked only by half, continuing to receive incoming calls and SMS messages. Having taken advantage of the kind offer to go into minus 100 rubles, after that we immediately get a completely blocked phone and obediently wander to replenish the account so as not to miss an important call. This small feature of the action is the important indirect benefit of the operator. By the way, the “Credit” service was so actively promoted for this very reason, the same full blocking scheme operates there.
  • It seems that we should not be afraid that the subscription fee will suddenly start to be debited on SIM-cards "resting" in blocking. If the SIM-card was blocked on December 1, then it should remain blocked without any financial consequences.

MegaFon. This time, the “credit sickness” did not bypass this operator either. Read the important news here, Quotes:

“From 14 to 23 December 2009. MegaFon OJSC (Capital Branch) is holding a New Year's Credit campaign, during which some subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans change the payment system from advance to credit and the Credit of Trust 100 package is activated free of charge for a period of 30 days. This package allows subscribers to use communication services with a negative balance of up to 100 rubles. After connecting the package, subscribers participating in the promotion will receive a notification via SMS. If a subscriber-participant refuses to use the "Credit of Trust 100" package, he/she must send a command to disable the package, received in a notification via SMS. Between 15 and 25 January 2010 The package will be disabled for the subscribers participating in the promotion, about which the subscribers will also be notified in advance via SMS-messages. Subscribers of contract tariff plans and LITE series tariff plans, who have been using the services of the MegaFon network for at least 6 months and are not users of the Credit of Trust service at the time of the campaign, participate in the campaign.

The system for issuing a "Credit of Trust" in MegaFon is rather confusing and in most cases involves a visit to the operator's office. As an alternative, we are offered to first lend the operator the required amount of money, and after a few months they will return it to us in the form of bonuses and provide a loan for this amount. After the latest "optimization" of the bonus program and a sharp devaluation of bonuses, this option of "lending" looks like a cynical mockery, and we do not seriously consider it. Now they offer it “on a silver platter”, although only 100 rubles. What is it for? The publication of the news in the "press releases" section and my innate suspicion provoked an active search for a dirty trick. Sorry, but so far I haven't been able to find one. What we managed to find out in the subscriber service:

  • There was a suspicion that after the exhaustion of the 100-ruble “credit”, the phone would be completely blocked and stimulate the subscriber to run to replenish the account. Official answer: “No, after the credit limit is exhausted, the “Zero problems” service will begin to operate. Those. the zero mark of the balance is simply shifted down to minus 100 rubles. and upon reaching that mark, the half-locked phone continues to receive incoming messages.
  • Bad suspicions about the "autostart" of withdrawing the monthly fee on blocked SIM-cards did not seem to come true either. If you believe the official answer, then the "Credit of Trust" will be connected only with a positive balance.

It seems that there can be no other pitfalls, but there remains a vague feeling of dissatisfaction and a feeling of an unnoticed catch. Okay, as a working hypothesis, we will assume that the operator stimulates consumption, etc. (see above), and at the same time it is testing a new lending scheme. In extreme cases, an unnecessary loan can be easily turned off with a special USSD command, which they promise to send to everyone who is happy.

My MegaFon

The news is announced as a two-fold reduction in the cost of calls to MegaFon's regional networks, you can read the original source here. Quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers got the opportunity to call other regions of Russia with a 50% discount. To do this, just connect the new tariff option "My MegaFon". In order to take advantage of the offer, just dial *105*420# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. After that, a call to any mobile number of the MegaFon network (except for the numbers of the Capital Branch) will cost two times cheaper than the standard tariff. The offer is valid on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region for subscribers of all tariff plans (except for the "Warm Reception" and "Own Network" tariffs).

The cost of connecting the service is 30 rubles, the subscription fee is 2 rubles. in a day. The fact that the effect of the intranet discount does not apply to "Warm welcome" and "Own network" is quite understandable, at these tariffs the price of a minute for federal networks is already low. A detailed description of the service is here, but with "My MegaFon" and without a description, everything is clear: 30 rubles. for connection as a "barrier" for those who want to connect for one call, 61 rubles per month for those who call to regional networks constantly. The scheme is similar to the one that was implemented not so long ago in MTS: first, the price of calls to federal networks is increased and reduced to a common denominator, and then a 50% discount is offered for the subscription fee. True, MTS's "Hometowns" are noticeably more expensive (106 rubles per month), but that's why they are "native".

Expirations no longer apply

We read the news about the action of the same name in the capital MegaFon here, the essence of the action is in the quote:

“Moscow MegaFon subscribers using LITE series tariffs with contract terms can extend them for 100 years. In order to connect to the promotion, just dial *105*2*3*3*1# on your mobile phone and press the "call" key. The amount of 250 rubles (including VAT) will be debited from the subscriber's mobile account, and the validity period will be automatically extended. In addition, you can join the campaign using the MegaFon-Bonus program (the cost of participation is 400 bonus points).

Exactly the same action was held last year, but then the "indefinite" cost those who wished much cheaper. It seems like 100 or 150 rubles, I don’t remember exactly. Also, the lack of deadlines encouraged new connections in December, this time getting rid of deadlines is offered only for money. Feelings from the current action are ambivalent. The current contract tariffs of the “Freedom of Speech” line have no deadlines anyway, the “Your Time” light tariff also has no deadlines. The popular "Mobile" with options does not really need artificial cancellation of deadlines, because. is aimed at average speakers with an expense of more than the "threshold" 250 rubles per month. "O'Light"? Perhaps, yes, but the vast majority of those who want to “cancel” the deadlines did this a year ago. Of the current tariffs, there remains the "Warm welcome" and the unsuccessful Lights of the previous line, not such a wide audience of potential people who want to cancel the payment terms for a lump sum of 250 rubles. Yes, I almost forgot about O’Hard, but there are no problems with its timing, it’s not for me to teach you how to cook cats and other exotic birds.

So, getting rid of the deadlines for a fee will come in handy for someone, but for most subscribers, the practical benefit of the action lies in its information content: if they propose to abandon the ATP for money, then a total-wide cancellation of deadlines is not expected in the near future. Otherwise, the current action would look at least indecent.

Beeline: Family Budget

A very, very late service. They swayed for a long time, watching with philosophical detachment the massive pseudo-corporate connections to MTS within the framework of the “Own Circle” program. Okay, well, at least by December they “ripened”, it could have been worse. Read the news announcement here, a detailed description of the action - here. The essence of the sentence in the quote:

“By activating the free Family Budget service, you will be able to talk for 15 kopecks. per minute within the family and pay for all communication services with one bill! With the new "Family Budget" service, all members of your family will be able to get similar numbers that differ by just one digit.

There is no subscription fee for the service. Indeed, 15 kopecks per minute and even from the first minute of the conversation. According to the Beeline press service, there are no restrictions on the number of connected numbers yet. Although, when connecting more than five numbers, no one can guarantee almost the same digits in phone numbers. The service is valid only on the postpaid form of payment, connection is not possible on the tariffs "Your Club", "My Beeline", unlimited tariffs and tariffs with included minutes. Inconveniences include the need to visit the office by all members of the future team in case of re-registration of existing subscribers. After connecting, all personal accounts of the group are combined into one common personal account, on which an increased credit limit of 8,000 rubles is set from the very beginning. In the future, a single joint bill is paid once a month, but the document sent contains information separately for each group number. This is in case the budget is not entirely family or the word "family" is interpreted somewhat wider than in the generally accepted sense.

In addition to the notorious 15 kop. per minute within a group, the service has the added benefit of flexibility. It is not necessary to produce new subscribers and change the usual numbers, you can connect any subscriber with a postpaid tariff to the group. True, in the case of a prepaid tariff, it will have to be transferred to one of the existing postpaid ones. The tariffs of group members can be any except those listed above. A common personal account can be considered a disadvantage or, conversely, an advantage. It is still difficult to say how successful and in demand the service will be, but I personally know several people who keep relatives on the Family tariff, who will surely like this option.

QIWI bonus

Read the latest news here, quotes from the news and descriptions:

“From December 1 to December 31, 2009, top up your mobile phone account through QIWI express payment terminals and get bonuses for it! Bonuses can be used to pay for local calls or SMS Bonuses will be credited to a special balance of your personal account, subject to additional deposits. After a special invitation from the express payment terminal https://cars45.com/listing/jac/s1 QIWI, make an additional deposit in the required amount and receive a bonus to your account!”

“From December 1 to December 31, 2009, replenish your mobile phone account through QIWI express payment terminals and get bonuses for it! Bonuses can be used to pay for local calls or SMS Bonuses will be credited to a special balance of your personal account, subject to additional deposits. After a special invitation from the express payment terminal https://cars45.com/listing/jac/s1 https://cars45.com/listing/jac/s1 QIWI additionally deposit funds in the required amount - and get a bonus to your account!”

The link in the news announcement leads to a description of a similar promotion six months ago, but this should not confuse us, promotions tend to be repeated. We pay attention to two important facts:

  • Unlike the "Bonus for payment", the offer applies only to payment for Beeline services through QIWI terminals.
  • The bonus materializes only when you make a second, additional, payment after the invitation on the screen. Exact amounts/percentages are not specified and, as far as I remember, they depend non-linearly on the amount of the initial payment. Check out the Mobile-Review forum, last year there was a lot of lively discussion and comparison of different combinations.

That's all for today. You probably noticed the almost complete absence of news from MTS in the material. Not because there are few of them, but exactly the opposite: there were too many of them, moreover, united by a common idea and “packaging”. We'll have to sort it out separately, so see you tomorrow at the same time and in the same place.