Updated MegaFon-Modem Plus.

The long-standing old MegaFon-Modem tariff is, so to speak, "widely popular in narrow circles." The kit went on sale almost two years ago, a detailed description can be found here. A good offer for active use of the mobile Internet with a moderate monthly fee (140 rubles), which includes 40 megabytes of traffic. Those. 1 MB. included traffic costs 3.5 rubles, subsequent megabytes - 4 rubles each. in free consumption mode or from 1.9 to 3.5 rubles. depending on the size of the purchased package. Another plus is the relatively humane rounding of the session (8 Kb.). In principle, a very good option for use in a PDA or communicator in the absence of a special need for voice communication, since 7 rubles per minute of a local call is clearly a prohibitive price. If it weren't for one "small" BUT: the tariff was sold only as a set with a PC-card GC85 from Sony Ericsson and the cost of the kit at the beginning of sales was 7900 rubles, which sharply narrowed the circle of potential consumers of the tariff. Those who did not need this laptop modem card purchased the “Modem” tariff without the word “MegaFon” in the title and without a PC card in the kit. Also a good tariff, but the subscription fee is higher (180 rubles with 50 Mb of traffic included in it) and the subsequent megabytes are more expensive (4.5 rubles instead of 4.0 rubles in MegaFon-Modem). But the same 8 KB. session rounding threshold.

In general, I like this approach: in conjunction with a computer, the session rounding threshold is not very critical, but on tariffs specially designed for such work, it is made small. But on universal tariffs, we have a cruel 100-kilobyte rounding. Presumably, especially for smartphones that strive to break the connection when inactive for one or two minutes. Yes, in the traffic packages sold 15 and 100 Mb. rounding to within 1 Kb., but does everyone know about this little trick? I doubt. Numerous ways to artificially maintain Internet activity are also not known to everyone. The amazing foresight of marketers: connoisseurs and just people “in the know” use and do not resent, because tricky rounding is easy to get around. And those who are not “in the know” pay a lot of extra money and are also not indignant, because they do not suspect that it could be otherwise.

That was the background, now about MegaFon-Modem Plus itself. Amazing rate, really unique. On the one hand, it appeared on the site and seems to be available for connection since April 21, on the other hand, it is impossible to connect, because “Connection to the MegaFon-Modem Plus tariff plan is carried out only when purchasing the MegaFon-Modem kit. And these same kits will be on sale at best from May 5th. Either the truck with modems got stuck at customs, or it was intended that way. Otherwise, the summer-cottage season is just around the corner and people, unknowingly, can stock up on other devices with the “wrong” logo on the case.

The price of the kit (tariff + modem) is announced - 3170 rubles. This amount includes a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic (2490 rubles), the cost of connection (190 rubles) and 490 rubles. on a personal account. There is no need to look a gift horse in the mouth (a gigabyte is 1024 megabytes in Africa), but a modem. There is no official information about the model yet, the subscriber service is also not up to date. And the price is somehow suspiciously low... No, we trust our favorite operator infinitely, but what if the pig in the poke turns out to be the wrong breed?

Some information can be found on the operator's official forum. According to unconfirmed (at the time of writing) data, there will be two configuration options:

USB Stick form factor modem EG162 (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz) from Huawei and the well-known E220 (HSDPA/UMTS 2100MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900MHz) of the same manufacturer. Both with USB connection, each has its own advantages and 128GB Kingston Memory Card disadvantages. Unfortunately, the ExpressCard version of the modem for connecting to a laptop is not purchased.

We analyzed the E220 USB modem in detail in February, there is no point in repeating it. The device is quite compact, it connects to a USB port via the included cable. I can only add that the apparent dependence on the location (sometimes even tilt) of the modem was confirmed. It was in this model that the antenna design was not the most successful, but a Huawei representative assured me that the drawback was not critical and this effect was not observed in other models. The question is whether we will really be offered two configuration options and whether the announced price tag of 2490 rubles will remain. including for this modem?

The EG162 USB modem differs in the connection method (directly to the USB port without an adapter cable) and the lack of HSDPA/UMTS support, i.e. given the prospect of the emergence of 3G networks, we are less interested in you. The absence of extra wires is a clear advantage when connected to a laptop, but not the best solution for a desktop computer with a system unit on the floor. It is hardly advisable to go to the store to buy such a device for $100, but complete with a favorable data transfer rate and a gift gigabyte of traffic is something to think about. Even if we consider the modem as a free supplement to the tariff, the price of a megabyte in a 1 GB “gift” package valid for a year will be less than 2.5 rubles.

Now about the actual tariff. At first glance, it is much more profitable than the previous version - traffic has fallen in price to 3.0 rubles / MB. However, let's not forget about the subscription fee, which has increased from 140 rubles to 300. 100 MB included in the subscription fee. traffic, in my opinion, is too much for a smartphone or communicator. Those. the tariff is more suitable for home use as a replacement for broadband access where other connection options are not available or they are more expensive. Well, or for those who spend a lot of time traveling around Moscow and the region with a laptop in their hands. When buying traffic packages, the Internet comes out even cheaper (800 rubles for 512 MB and 1300 rubles for 1 GB), but, unlike the starter "gift" gigabyte package, additional packages are valid for one month. Another subtlety is billing in intranet roaming. When leaving the Moscow region, the consumption of "packet" megabytes is suspended, and traffic begins to be charged at 7 rubles / MB. until returning to the coverage area of ​​the home network. Therefore, for frequent trips around Russia, MTS-Connect looks more interesting, here preferential billing continues to operate in intranet roaming.

Naturally, I want to compare the parameters of competing offers. Competition is a great force, and each new offer is formed taking into account the parameters already existing on the market. This is clearly seen on the prices in the plate. A different approach is interesting: MTS initially “divorced” the tariff and equipment, you can connect to MTS-Connect without buying a modem. Accordingly, those who were tempted by the modem could also immediately change the tariff and / or insert any other SIM card into the new toy. MegaFon-Moscow did not stint on the price of traffic and a gigabyte gift, but tightly tied the tariff to the modem. According to the contact center, even those who once bought MegaFon-Modem will not be allowed to simply switch to a new tariff, they will have to purchase another device.

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At first glance, the price advantages of MegaFon-Modem Plus are large and obvious. Especially in terms of the cost of equipment. Indeed, in MegaFon-Moscow for 2680 rubles. we get a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic that can be downloaded slowly throughout the year; in MTS for 4900 rubles. - 100 MB. traffic or other "commodity equivalent" 350 rubles for the first month. And further traffic packages "MegaFon-Modem Plus" are much cheaper. However, not everything is so simple, as traffic consumption grows, the specifics of different tariffication schemes somewhat change the picture. In "MegaFon-Modem Plus" 100 Mb. traffic included in 300 rubles. subscription fee, and in "MTS-Connect" the minimum mandatory package is 100 Mb.when a larger package is connected, it is "absorbed" by this larger package, i.e. as if it becomes part of it with a corresponding change in the cost of each megabyte. To simplify perception, this complex scheme can be imagined as an opportunity to switch between different volumes of traffic included in the monthly fee: 100, 500 and 1000 Mb. for a subscription fee of 350, 1100 and 1500 rubles. respectively. On the other hand, the different price of a megabyte in excess of the package (3 rubles in MegaFon-Modem Plus and 3.5 rubles in MTS-Connect) makes its own adjustments. On the third hand, the maximum volume of preferential traffic in MTS is 1000 Mb. per month, with more traffic, the reverse side of the medal of a rigid three-stage tariff structure begins to operate. Let's forget about the price of equipment for a moment and look at how the cost per megabyte changes with different levels of monthly traffic consumption. The given figures reflect the optimal variant of "maneuvering" packages, which in real practice is difficult to achieve (it is difficult to predict consumption), but is suitable for comparison purposes.

As you can see, in the range of 400 - 1050 megabytes per month, the costs for both tariffs will be approximately comparable. "MTS-Connect" somewhat bypasses the competitor in the range of 750 - 1000 megabytes per month and then starts to rise in price from about 1100 megabytes. Despite the seemingly significant difference in price parameters of tariffs, the average monthly costs for GPRS-traffic will be comparable in a fairly wide range. And in this regard, other factors begin to play an important role: the need to use GPRS when traveling around Russia, the presence / absence of a modem, the quality of coverage of various networks at home / in the country, the availability of EDGE coverage, etc.

As for the modems themselves, the proverb “who gets up first, gets the slippers” in this case is well suited: MTS began selling their kit in February and gathered a good harvest in two months. An indirect confirmation is the lack of MTS-Connect kits with a USB modem on sale, a long time ago they managed to buy up all the E220 even at a not very humane price. Those. sales volumes clearly exceeded expectations and there was a shortage of boxes. Will MegaFon be able to repeat the success of its competitor with the sale of USB modems after almost three months? It's hard to say, but who definitely won't lose is Huawei Corporation.

Will the old "Modem" and "MegaFon-Modem" tariffs remain relevant? They'll keep it for a while. These tariffs have their own niche somewhere between TP without a monthly fee and the current offer. Although in the MegaFon-Moscow tariff line, the tariff positions are blurred due to the availability of GPRS traffic packages.

…and the end of spring promotions

In the meantime, the term of the spring promotion "MMS for 99 kopecks" somehow imperceptibly came to an end. The special offer was valid from March 1 to April 30. As a reminder to those who have become accustomed to MMS messaging as an alternative to SMS messaging.

The same applies to a temporary campaign to cancel for a year the validity of payments for Light tariffs purchased before May 1 in Euroset stores. By the way, to make a purchase, extraordinary determination and perseverance were required: “Some kind of unreliable operator and the quality of communication is lame ... by the way, why do you need this“ Unified ”? Call within Russia? So take "Guest"! Should I call Europe too? Well… yes, a little more expensive. But what a quality. ". It even became interesting why Euroset now disliked MegaFon? At the same time, I asked about the "Prudent" tariff and was surprised to learn that such a tariff does not exist in nature. But almost by accident I did not buy "Exact calculation". This is what I basically mean that you can rely on consultants, but just in case, it’s better not to.

Updated MegaFon-Modem Plus.

The long-standing old MegaFon-Modem tariff is, so to speak, "widely popular in narrow circles." The kit went on sale almost two years ago, a detailed description can be found here. A good offer for active use of the mobile Internet with a moderate monthly fee (140 rubles), which includes 40 megabytes of traffic. Those. 1 MB. included traffic costs 3.5 rubles, subsequent megabytes - 4 rubles each. in free consumption mode or from 1.9 to 3.5 rubles. depending on the size of the purchased package. Another plus is the relatively humane rounding of the session (8 Kb.). In principle, a very good option for use in a PDA or communicator in the absence of a special need for voice communication, since 7 rubles per minute of a local call is clearly a prohibitive price. If it weren't for one "small" BUT: the tariff was sold only as a set with a PC-card GC85 from Sony Ericsson and the cost of the kit at the beginning of sales was 7900 rubles, which sharply narrowed the circle of potential consumers of the tariff. Those who did not need this laptop modem card purchased the “Modem” tariff without the word “MegaFon” in the title and without a PC card in the kit. Also a good tariff, but the subscription fee is higher (180 rubles with 50 Mb of traffic included in it) and the subsequent megabytes are more expensive (4.5 rubles instead of 4.0 rubles in MegaFon-Modem). But the same 8 KB. session rounding threshold.

In general, I like this approach: in conjunction with a computer, the session rounding threshold is not very critical, but on tariffs specially designed for such work, it is made small. But on universal tariffs, we have a cruel 100-kilobyte rounding. Presumably, especially for smartphones that strive to break the connection when inactive for one or two minutes. Yes, in the traffic packages sold 15 and 100 Mb. rounding to within 1 Kb., but does everyone know about this little trick? I doubt. Numerous ways to artificially maintain Internet activity are also not known to everyone. The amazing foresight of marketers: connoisseurs and just people “in the know” use and do not resent, because tricky rounding is easy to get around. And those who are not “in the know” pay a lot of extra money and are also not indignant, because they do not suspect that it could be otherwise.

That was the background, now about MegaFon-Modem Plus itself. Amazing rate, really unique. On the one hand, it appeared on the site and seems to be available for connection since April 21, on the other hand, it is impossible to connect, because “Connection to the MegaFon-Modem Plus tariff plan is carried out only when purchasing the MegaFon-Modem kit. And these same kits will be on sale at best from May 5th. Either the truck with modems got stuck at customs, or it was intended that way. Otherwise, the summer-cottage season is just around the corner and people, unknowingly, can stock up on other devices with the “wrong” logo on the case.

The price of the kit (tariff + modem) is announced - 3170 rubles. This amount includes a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic (2490 rubles), the cost of connection (190 rubles) and 490 rubles. on a personal account. There is no need to look a gift horse in the mouth (a gigabyte is 1024 megabytes in Africa), but a modem. There is no official information about the model yet, the subscriber service is also not up to date. And the price is somehow suspiciously low... No, we trust our favorite operator infinitely, but what if the pig in the poke turns out to be the wrong breed?

Some information can be found on the operator's official forum. According to unconfirmed (at the time of writing) data, there will be two configuration options:

USB Stick form factor modem EG162 (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz) from Huawei and the well-known E220 (HSDPA/UMTS 2100MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900MHz) of the same manufacturer. Both with USB connection, each has its own advantages and 128GB Kingston Memory Card disadvantages. Unfortunately, the ExpressCard version of the modem for connecting to a laptop is not purchased.

We analyzed the E220 USB modem in detail in February, there is no point in repeating it. The device is quite compact, it connects to a USB port via the included cable. I can only add that the apparent dependence on the location (sometimes even tilt) of the modem was confirmed. It was in this model that the antenna design was not the most successful, but a Huawei representative assured me that the drawback was not critical and this effect was not observed in other models. The question is whether we will really be offered two configuration options and whether the announced price tag of 2490 rubles will remain. including for this modem?

The EG162 USB modem differs in the connection method (directly to the USB port without an adapter cable) and the lack of HSDPA/UMTS support, i.e. given the prospect of the emergence of 3G networks, we are less interested in you. The absence of extra wires is a clear advantage when connected to a laptop, but not the best solution for a desktop computer with a system unit on the floor. It is hardly advisable to go to the store to buy such a device for $100, but complete with a favorable data transfer rate and a gift gigabyte of traffic is something to think about. Even if we consider the modem as a free supplement to the tariff, the price of a megabyte in a 1 GB “gift” package valid for a year will be less than 2.5 rubles.

Now about the actual tariff. At first glance, it is much more profitable than the previous version - traffic has fallen in price to 3.0 rubles / MB. However, let's not forget about the subscription fee, which has increased from 140 rubles to 300. 100 MB included in the subscription fee. traffic, in my opinion, is too much for a smartphone or communicator. Those. the tariff is more suitable for home use as a replacement for broadband access where other connection options are not available or they are more expensive. Well, or for those who spend a lot of time traveling around Moscow and the region with a laptop in their hands. When buying traffic packages, the Internet comes out even cheaper (800 rubles for 512 MB and 1300 rubles for 1 GB), but, unlike the starter "gift" gigabyte package, additional packages are valid for one month. Another subtlety is billing in intranet roaming. When leaving the Moscow region, the consumption of "packet" megabytes is suspended, and traffic begins to be charged at 7 rubles / MB. until returning to the coverage area of ​​the home network. Therefore, for frequent trips around Russia, MTS-Connect looks more interesting, here preferential billing continues to operate in intranet roaming.

Naturally, I want to compare the parameters of competing offers. Competition is a great force, and each new offer is formed taking into account the parameters already existing on the market. This is clearly seen on the prices in the plate. A different approach is interesting: in MTS, the tariff and equipment were initially “divorced”, you can connect to MTS-Connect without buying a modem. Accordingly, those who were tempted by the modem could also immediately change the tariff and / or insert any other SIM card into the new toy. MegaFon-Moscow did not stint on the price of traffic and a gigabyte gift, but tightly tied the tariff to the modem. According to the contact center, even those who once bought MegaFon-Modem will not be allowed to simply switch to a new tariff, they will have to purchase another device.

* Per second from the second minute
** Per minute

At first glance, the price advantages of MegaFon-Modem Plus are large and obvious. Especially in terms of the cost of equipment. Indeed, in MegaFon-Moscow for 2680 rubles. we get a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic that can be downloaded slowly throughout the year; in MTS for 4900 rubles. - 100 MB. traffic or other "commodity equivalent" 350 rubles of a subscriber for the first month. And further traffic packages "MegaFon-Modem Plus" are much cheaper. However, not everything is so simple, as traffic consumption grows, the specifics of different tariffication schemes change the picture somewhat. In "MegaFon-Modem Plus" 100 Mb. traffic included in 300 rubles. subscription fee, and in "MTS-Connect" the minimum mandatory package is 100 Mb.when a larger package is connected, it is "absorbed" by this larger package, i.e. as if it becomes part of it with a corresponding change in the cost of each megabyte. To simplify perception, this complex scheme can be imagined as an opportunity to switch between different volumes of traffic included in the monthly fee: 100, 500 and 1000 Mb. for a subscription fee of 350, 1100 and 1500 rubles. respectively. On the other hand, the different price of a megabyte in excess of the package (3 rubles in MegaFon-Modem Plus and 3.5 rubles in MTS-Connect) makes its own adjustments. On the third hand, the maximum volume of preferential traffic in MTS is 1000 Mb. per month, with more traffic, the reverse side of the medal of a rigid three-stage tariff structure begins to operate. Let's forget about the price of equipment for a moment and look at how the cost per megabyte changes with different levels of monthly traffic consumption. The given figures reflect the optimal variant of "maneuvering" packages, which in real practice is difficult to achieve (it is difficult to predict consumption), but is suitable for comparison purposes.

As you can see, in the range of 400 - 1050 megabytes per month, the costs for both tariffs will be approximately comparable. "MTS-Connect" somewhat bypasses the competitor in the range of 750 - 1000 megabytes per month and then starts to rise in price from about 1100 megabytes. Despite the seemingly significant difference in price parameters of tariffs, the average monthly costs for GPRS-traffic will be comparable in a fairly wide range. And in this regard, other factors begin to play an important role: the need to use GPRS when traveling around Russia, the presence / absence of a modem, the quality of coverage of various networks at home / in the country, the availability of EDGE coverage, etc.

As for the modems themselves, the proverb “who gets up first, gets the slippers” in this case is well suited: MTS began selling their kit in February and gathered a good harvest in two months. An indirect confirmation is the lack of MTS-Connect kits with a USB modem on sale, a long time ago they managed to buy up all the E220 even at a not very humane price. Those. sales volumes clearly exceeded expectations and there was a shortage of boxes. Will MegaFon be able to repeat the success of its competitor with the sale of USB modems after almost three months? It's hard to say, but who definitely won't lose is Huawei Corporation.

Will the old "Modem" and "MegaFon-Modem" tariffs remain relevant? They'll keep it for a while. These tariffs have their own niche somewhere between TP without a monthly fee and the current offer. Although in the MegaFon-Moscow tariff line, the tariff positions are blurred due to the availability of GPRS traffic packages.

…and the end of spring promotions

In the meantime, the term of the spring promotion "MMS for 99 kopecks" somehow imperceptibly came to an end. The special offer was valid from March 1 to April 30. As a reminder to those who have become accustomed to MMS messaging as an alternative to SMS messaging.

The same applies to a temporary campaign to cancel for a year the validity of payments for Light tariffs purchased before May 1 in Euroset stores. By the way, to make a purchase, extraordinary determination and perseverance were required: “Some kind of unreliable operator and the quality of communication is lame ... by the way, why do you need this“ Unified ”? Call within Russia? So take "Guest"! Should I call Europe too? Well… yes, a little more expensive. But what a quality. ". It even became interesting why Euroset now disliked MegaFon? At the same time, I asked about the "Prudent" tariff and was surprised to learn that such a tariff does not exist in nature. But almost by accident I did not buy "Exact calculation". This is what I basically mean that you can rely on consultants, but just in case, it’s better not to.

Updated MegaFon-Modem Plus.

The long-standing old MegaFon-Modem tariff is, so to speak, "widely popular in narrow circles." The kit went on sale almost two years ago, a detailed description can be found here. A good offer for active use of the mobile Internet with a moderate monthly fee (140 rubles), which includes 40 megabytes of traffic. Those. 1 MB. included traffic costs 3.5 rubles, subsequent megabytes - 4 rubles each. in free consumption mode or from 1.9 to 3.5 rubles. depending on the size of the purchased package. Another plus is the relatively humane rounding of the session (8 Kb.). In principle, a very good option for use in a PDA or communicator in the absence of a special need for voice communication, since 7 rubles per minute of a local call is clearly a prohibitive price. If it weren't for one "small" BUT: the tariff was sold only as a set with a PC-card GC85 from Sony Ericsson and the cost of the kit at the beginning of sales was 7900 rubles, which sharply narrowed the circle of potential consumers of the tariff. Those who did not need this laptop modem card purchased the “Modem” tariff without the word “MegaFon” in the title and without a PC card in the kit. Also a good tariff, but the subscription fee is higher (180 rubles with 50 Mb of traffic included in it) and the subsequent megabytes are more expensive (4.5 rubles instead of 4.0 rubles in MegaFon-Modem). But the same 8 KB. session rounding threshold.

In general, I like this approach: in conjunction with a computer, the session rounding threshold is not very critical, but on tariffs specially designed for such work, it is made small. But on universal tariffs, we have a cruel 100-kilobyte rounding. Presumably, especially for smartphones that strive to break the connection when inactive for one or two minutes. Yes, in the traffic packages sold 15 and 100 Mb. rounding to within 1 Kb., but does everyone know about this little trick? I doubt. Numerous ways to artificially maintain Internet activity are also not known to everyone. The amazing foresight of marketers: connoisseurs and just people “in the know” use and do not resent, because tricky rounding is easy to get around. And those who are not “in the know” pay a lot of extra money and are also not indignant, because they do not suspect that it could be otherwise.

That was the background, now about MegaFon-Modem Plus itself. Amazing rate, really unique. On the one hand, it appeared on the site and seems to be available for connection since April 21, on the other hand, it is impossible to connect, because “Connection to the MegaFon-Modem Plus tariff plan is carried out only when purchasing the MegaFon-Modem kit. And these same kits will be on sale at best from May 5th. Either the truck with modems got stuck at customs, or it was intended that way. Otherwise, the summer-cottage season is just around the corner and people, unknowingly, can stock up on other devices with the “wrong” logo on the case.

The price of the kit (tariff + modem) is announced - 3170 rubles. This amount includes a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic (2490 rubles), the cost of connection (190 rubles) and 490 rubles. on a personal account. There is no need to look a gift horse in the mouth (a gigabyte is 1024 megabytes in Africa), but a modem. There is no official information about the model yet, the subscriber service is also not up to date. And the price is somehow suspiciously low... No, we trust our favorite operator infinitely, but what if the pig in the poke turns out to be the wrong breed?

Some information can be found on the operator's official forum. According to unconfirmed (at the time of writing) data, there will be two configuration options:

USB Stick form factor modem EG162 (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz) from Huawei and the well-known E220 (HSDPA/UMTS 2100MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900MHz) of the same manufacturer. Both with USB connection, each has its own advantages and 128GB Kingston Memory Card disadvantages. Unfortunately, the ExpressCard version of the modem for connecting to a laptop is not purchased.

We analyzed the E220 USB modem in detail in February, there is no point in repeating it. The device is quite compact, it connects to a USB port via the included cable. I can only add that the apparent dependence on the location (sometimes even tilt) of the modem was confirmed. It was in this model that the antenna design was not the most successful, but a Huawei representative assured me that the drawback was not critical and this effect was not observed in other models. The question is whether we will really be offered two configuration options and whether the announced price tag of 2490 rubles will remain. including for this modem?

The EG162 USB modem differs in the connection method (directly to the USB port without an adapter cable) and the lack of HSDPA/UMTS support, i.e. given the prospect of the emergence of 3G networks, we are less interested in you. The absence of extra wires is a clear advantage when connected to a laptop, but not the best solution for a desktop computer with a system unit on the floor. It is hardly advisable to go to the store to buy such a device for $100, but complete with a favorable data transfer rate and a gift gigabyte of traffic is something to think about. Even if we consider the modem as a free supplement to the tariff, the price of a megabyte in a 1 GB “gift” package valid for a year will be less than 2.5 rubles.

Now about the actual tariff. At first glance, it is much more profitable than the previous version - traffic has fallen in price to 3.0 rubles / MB. However, let's not forget about the subscription fee, which has increased from 140 rubles to 300. 100 MB included in the subscription fee. traffic, in my opinion, is too much for a smartphone or communicator. Those. the tariff is more suitable for home use as a replacement for broadband access where other connection options are not available or they are more expensive. Well, or for those who spend a lot of time traveling around Moscow and the region with a laptop in their hands. When buying traffic packages, the Internet comes out even cheaper (800 rubles for 512 MB and 1300 rubles for 1 GB), but, unlike the starter "gift" gigabyte package, additional packages are valid for one month. Another subtlety is billing in intranet roaming. When leaving the Moscow region, the consumption of "packet" megabytes is suspended, and traffic begins to be charged at 7 rubles / MB. until returning to the coverage area of ​​the home network. Therefore, for frequent trips around Russia, MTS-Connect looks more interesting, here preferential billing continues to operate in intranet roaming.

Naturally, I want to compare the parameters of competing offers. Competition is a great force, and each new offer is formed taking into account the parameters already existing on the market. This is clearly seen on the prices in the plate. A different approach is interesting: MTS initially “divorced” the tariff and equipment, you can connect to MTS-Connect without buying a modem. Accordingly, those who were tempted by the modem could also immediately change the tariff and / or insert any other SIM card into the new toy. MegaFon-Moscow did not stint on the price of traffic and a gigabyte gift, but tightly tied the tariff to the modem. According to the contact center, even those who once bought MegaFon-Modem will not be allowed to simply switch to a new tariff, they will have to purchase another device.

* Per second from the second minute
** Per minute

At first glance, the price advantages of MegaFon-Modem Plus are large and obvious. Especially in terms of the cost of equipment. Indeed, in MegaFon-Moscow for 2680 rubles. we get a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic that can be downloaded slowly throughout the year; in MTS for 4900 rubles. - 100 MB. traffic or other "commodity equivalent" 350 rubles for the first month. And further traffic packages "MegaFon-Modem Plus" are much cheaper. However, not everything is so simple, as traffic consumption grows, the specifics of different tariffication schemes somewhat change the picture. In "MegaFon-Modem Plus" 100 Mb. traffic included in 300 rubles. subscription fee, and in "MTS-Connect" the minimum mandatory package is 100 Mb.when a larger package is connected, it is “absorbed” by this larger package, i.e. as if it becomes part of it with a corresponding change in the cost of each megabyte. To simplify perception, this complex scheme can be imagined as an opportunity to switch between different volumes of traffic included in the monthly fee: 100, 500 and 1000 Mb. for a subscription fee of 350, 1100 and 1500 rubles. respectively. On the other hand, the different price of a megabyte in excess of the package (3 rubles in MegaFon-Modem Plus and 3.5 rubles in MTS-Connect) makes its own adjustments. On the third hand, the maximum volume of preferential traffic in MTS is 1000 Mb. per month, with more traffic, the reverse side of the medal of a rigid three-stage tariff structure begins to operate. Let's forget about the price of equipment for a moment and look at how the cost per megabyte changes with different levels of monthly traffic consumption. The given figures reflect the optimal variant of "maneuvering" packages, which in real practice is difficult to achieve (it is difficult to predict consumption), but is suitable for comparison purposes.

As you can see, in the range of 400 - 1050 megabytes per month, the costs for both tariffs will be approximately comparable. "MTS-Connect" somewhat bypasses the competitor in the range of 750 - 1000 megabytes per month and then starts to rise in price from about 1100 megabytes. Despite the seemingly significant difference in price parameters of tariffs, the average monthly costs for GPRS-traffic will be comparable in a fairly wide range. And in this regard, other factors begin to play an important role: the need to use GPRS when traveling around Russia, the presence / absence of a modem, the quality of coverage of various networks at home / in the country, the availability of EDGE coverage, etc.

As for the modems themselves, the proverb “who gets up first, gets the slippers” in this case is well suited: MTS started selling their kit in February and gathered a good harvest in two months. An indirect confirmation is the lack of MTS-Connect kits with a USB modem on sale, a long time ago they managed to buy up all the E220 even at a not very humane price. Those. sales volumes clearly exceeded expectations and there was a shortage of boxes. Will MegaFon be able to repeat the success of its competitor with the sale of USB modems after almost three months? It's hard to say, but who definitely won't lose is Huawei Corporation.

Will the old "Modem" and "MegaFon-Modem" tariffs remain relevant? They'll keep it for a while. These tariffs have their own niche somewhere between TP without a monthly fee and the current offer. Although in the MegaFon-Moscow tariff line, the tariff positions are blurred due to the availability of GPRS traffic packages.

…and the end of spring promotions

In the meantime, the term of the spring promotion "MMS for 99 kopecks" somehow imperceptibly came to an end. The special offer was valid from March 1 to April 30. As a reminder to those who have become accustomed to MMS messaging as an alternative to SMS messaging.

The same applies to a temporary campaign to cancel for a year the validity of payments for Light tariffs purchased before May 1 in Euroset stores. By the way, to make a purchase, extraordinary determination and perseverance were required: “Some kind of unreliable operator and the quality of communication is lame ... by the way, why do you need this“ Unified ”? Call within Russia? So take "Guest"! Should I call Europe too? Well… yes, a little more expensive. But what a quality. ". It even became interesting why Euroset now disliked MegaFon? At the same time, I asked about the "Prudent" tariff and was surprised to learn that such a tariff does not exist in nature. But almost by accident I did not buy "Exact calculation". This is what I basically mean that you can rely on consultants, but just in case, it’s better not to.

Updated MegaFon-Modem Plus.

The long-standing old MegaFon-Modem tariff is, so to speak, "widely popular in narrow circles." The kit went on sale almost two years ago, a detailed description can be found here. A good offer for active use of the mobile Internet with a moderate monthly fee (140 rubles), which includes 40 megabytes of traffic. Those. 1 MB. included traffic costs 3.5 rubles, subsequent megabytes - 4 rubles each. in free consumption mode or from 1.9 to 3.5 rubles. depending on the size of the purchased package. Another plus is the relatively humane rounding of the session (8 Kb.). In principle, a very good option for use in a PDA or communicator in the absence of a special need for voice communication, since 7 rubles per minute of a local call is clearly a prohibitive price. If it weren't for one "small" BUT: the tariff was sold only as a set with a PC-card GC85 from Sony Ericsson and the cost of the kit at the beginning of sales was 7900 rubles, which sharply narrowed the circle of potential consumers of the tariff. Those who did not need this laptop modem card purchased the “Modem” tariff without the word “MegaFon” in the title and without a PC card in the kit. Also a good tariff, but the subscription fee is higher (180 rubles with 50 Mb of traffic included in it) and the subsequent megabytes are more expensive (4.5 rubles instead of 4.0 rubles in MegaFon-Modem). But the same 8 KB. session rounding threshold.

In general, I like this approach: in conjunction with a computer, the session rounding threshold is not very critical, but on tariffs specially designed for such work, it is made small. But on universal tariffs, we have a cruel 100-kilobyte rounding. Presumably, especially for smartphones that strive to break the connection when inactive for one or two minutes. Yes, in the traffic packages sold 15 and 100 Mb. rounding to within 1 Kb., but does everyone know about this little trick? I doubt. Numerous ways to artificially maintain Internet activity are also not known to everyone. The amazing foresight of marketers: connoisseurs and just people “in the know” use and do not resent, because tricky rounding is easy to get around. And those who are not “in the know” pay a lot of extra money and are also not indignant, because they do not suspect that it could be otherwise.

That was the background, now about MegaFon-Modem Plus itself. Amazing rate, really unique. On the one hand, it appeared on the site and seems to be available for connection since April 21, on the other hand, it is impossible to connect, because “Connection to the MegaFon-Modem Plus tariff plan is carried out only when purchasing the MegaFon-Modem kit. And these same kits will be on sale at best from May 5th. Either the truck with modems got stuck at customs, or it was intended that way. Otherwise, the summer-cottage season is just around the corner and people, unknowingly, can stock up on other devices with the “wrong” logo on the case.

The price of the kit (tariff + modem) is announced - 3170 rubles. This amount includes a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic (2490 rubles), the cost of connection (190 rubles) and 490 rubles. on a personal account. There is no need to look a gift horse in the mouth (a gigabyte is 1024 megabytes in Africa), but a modem. There is no official information about the model yet, the subscriber service is also not up to date. And the price is somehow suspiciously low... No, we trust our favorite operator infinitely, but what if the pig in the poke turns out to be the wrong breed?

Some information can be found on the operator's official forum. According to unconfirmed (at the time of writing) data, there will be two configuration options:

USB Stick form factor modem EG162 (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz) from Huawei and the well-known E220 (HSDPA/UMTS 2100MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900MHz) of the same manufacturer. Both options are USB-connected, each has its own advantages and disadvantages of the 128GB Kingston Memory Card. Unfortunately, the ExpressCard version of the modem for connecting to a laptop is not purchased.

USB Stick form factor modem EG162 (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz) from Huawei and the well-known E220 (HSDPA/UMTS 2100MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900MHz) from the same manufacturer. Both options with USB connection, each has its own advantages and 128GB Kingston Memory Card 128GB Kingston Memory Card limitations. Unfortunately, the ExpressCard version of the modem for connecting to a laptop is not purchased.

We analyzed the E220 USB modem in detail in February, there is no point in repeating it. The device is quite compact, it connects to a USB port via the included cable. I can only add that the apparent dependence on the location (sometimes even tilt) of the modem was confirmed. It was in this model that the antenna design was not the most successful, but a Huawei representative assured me that the drawback was not critical and this effect was not observed in other models. The question is whether we will really be offered two configuration options and whether the announced price tag of 2490 rubles will remain. including for this modem?

The EG162 USB modem differs in the connection method (directly to the USB port without an adapter cable) and the lack of HSDPA/UMTS support, i.e. given the prospect of the emergence of 3G networks, we are less interested in you. The absence of extra wires is a clear advantage when connected to a laptop, but not the best solution for a desktop computer with a system unit on the floor. It is hardly advisable to go to the store to buy such a device for $100, but complete with a favorable data transfer rate and a gift gigabyte of traffic is something to think about. Even if we consider the modem as a free supplement to the tariff, the price of a megabyte in a 1 GB “gift” package valid for a year will be less than 2.5 rubles.

Now about the actual tariff. At first glance, it is much more profitable than the previous version - traffic has fallen in price to 3.0 rubles / MB. However, let's not forget about the subscription fee, which has increased from 140 rubles to 300. 100 MB included in the subscription fee. traffic, in my opinion, is too much for a smartphone or communicator. Those. the tariff is more suitable for home use as a replacement for broadband access where other connection options are not available or they are more expensive. Well, or for those who spend a lot of time traveling around Moscow and the region with a laptop in their hands. When buying traffic packages, the Internet comes out even cheaper (800 rubles for 512 MB and 1300 rubles for 1 GB), but, unlike the starter "gift" gigabyte package, additional packages are valid for one month. Another subtlety is billing in intranet roaming. When leaving the Moscow region, the consumption of "packet" megabytes is suspended, and traffic begins to be charged at 7 rubles / MB. until returning to the coverage area of ​​the home network. Therefore, for frequent trips around Russia, MTS-Connect looks more interesting, here preferential billing continues to operate in intranet roaming.

Naturally, I want to compare the parameters of competing offers. Competition is a great force, and each new offer is formed taking into account the parameters already existing on the market. This is clearly seen on the prices in the plate. A different approach is interesting: MTS initially “divorced” the tariff and equipment, you can connect to MTS-Connect without buying a modem. Accordingly, those who were tempted by the modem could also immediately change the tariff and / or insert any other SIM card into the new toy. MegaFon-Moscow did not stint on the price of traffic and a gigabyte gift, but tightly tied the tariff to the modem. According to the contact center, even those who once bought MegaFon-Modem will not be allowed to simply switch to a new tariff, they will have to purchase another device.

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At first glance, the price advantages of MegaFon-Modem Plus are large and obvious. Especially in terms of the cost of equipment. Indeed, in MegaFon-Moscow for 2680 rubles. we get a modem and a gift gigabyte of traffic that can be downloaded slowly throughout the year; in MTS for 4900 rubles. - 100 MB. traffic or other "commodity equivalent" 350 rubles for the first month. And further traffic packages "MegaFon-Modem Plus" are much cheaper. However, not everything is so simple, as traffic consumption grows, the specifics of different tariffication schemes somewhat change the picture. In "MegaFon-Modem Plus" 100 Mb. traffic included in 300 rubles. subscription fee, and in "MTS-Connect" the minimum mandatory package is 100 Mb. when a larger package is connected, it is "absorbed" by this larger package, i.e.as if it becomes part of it with a corresponding change in the cost of each megabyte. To simplify perception, this complex scheme can be imagined as an opportunity to switch between different volumes of traffic included in the monthly fee: 100, 500 and 1000 Mb. for a subscription fee of 350, 1100 and 1500 rubles. respectively. On the other hand, the different price of a megabyte in excess of the package (3 rubles in MegaFon-Modem Plus and 3.5 rubles in MTS-Connect) makes its own adjustments. On the third hand, the maximum volume of preferential traffic in MTS is 1000 Mb. per month, with more traffic, the reverse side of the medal of a rigid three-stage tariff structure begins to operate. Let's forget about the price of equipment for a moment and look at how the cost per megabyte changes with different levels of monthly traffic consumption. The given figures reflect the optimal variant of "maneuvering" packages, which in real practice is difficult to achieve (it is difficult to predict consumption), but is suitable for comparison purposes.

As you can see, in the range of 400 - 1050 megabytes per month, the costs for both tariffs will be approximately comparable. "MTS-Connect" somewhat bypasses the competitor in the range of 750 - 1000 megabytes per month and then starts to rise in price from about 1100 megabytes. Despite the seemingly significant difference in price parameters of tariffs, the average monthly costs for GPRS-traffic will be comparable in a fairly wide range. And in this regard, other factors begin to play an important role: the need to use GPRS when traveling around Russia, the presence / absence of a modem, the quality of coverage of various networks at home / in the country, the availability of EDGE coverage, etc.

As for the modems themselves, the proverb “who gets up first, gets the slippers” in this case is well suited: MTS began selling their kit in February and gathered a good harvest in two months. An indirect confirmation is the lack of MTS-Connect kits with a USB modem on sale, a long time ago they managed to buy up all the E220 even at a not very humane price. Those. sales volumes clearly exceeded expectations and there was a shortage of boxes. Will MegaFon be able to repeat the success of its competitor with the sale of USB modems after almost three months? It's hard to say, but who definitely won't lose is Huawei Corporation.

Will the old "Modem" and "MegaFon-Modem" tariffs remain relevant? They'll keep it for a while. These tariffs have their own niche somewhere between TP without a monthly fee and the current offer. Although in the MegaFon-Moscow tariff line, the tariff positions are blurred due to the availability of GPRS traffic packages.

…and the end of spring promotions

In the meantime, the term of the spring promotion "MMS for 99 kopecks" somehow imperceptibly came to an end. The special offer was valid from March 1 to April 30. As a reminder to those who have become accustomed to MMS messaging as an alternative to SMS messaging.

The same applies to a temporary campaign to cancel for a year the validity of payments for Light tariffs purchased before May 1 in Euroset stores. By the way, to make a purchase, extraordinary determination and perseverance were required: “Some kind of unreliable operator and the quality of communication is lame ... by the way, why do you need this“ Unified ”? Call within Russia? So take "Guest"! Should I call Europe too? Well… yes, a little more expensive. But what a quality. ". It even became interesting why Euroset now disliked MegaFon? At the same time, I asked about the "Prudent" tariff and was surprised to learn that such a tariff does not exist in nature. But almost by accident I did not buy "Exact calculation". This is what I basically mean that you can rely on consultants, but just in case, it’s better not to.