Beware of national roaming!

Cross-national roaming in disaster and emergency areas - who needs it and why? How it works, pros, cons and possible consequences. Including for our wallets.

News sites are full of heartbreaking descriptions from the fire zones, news agency feeds sometimes resemble reports from the war zone. However, even without reading the reports, a lot is clear, just look out the window and not see the Necklaces in Kenya next intersection. I sympathize immensely with all the victims, the sick, small children and everyone else, but here we are still talking about mobile communications. Which in such emergency situations becomes especially in demand and necessary for all of us.

Unusually severe climatic conditions and emergency situations (smoke, fires, power outages), of course, affected the performance of cellular communication equipment. Although we are constantly being assured that at temperatures up to +50 degrees, the quality of service should not suffer. The situation is greatly aggravated by the sharply increasing load on the network in the emergency zones. There is no doubt that the operators are doing their best. Not only for reasons of philanthropy and abstract “social responsibility”, those who remain in the disaster zone without communication will most likely buy a SIM card from another operator. Unless, of course, he can get out of this zone without the help of mobile communications.

Operators reported on their really considerable efforts to maintain the networks and their assistance to victims in disaster areas a couple of days ago, a few quotes:

“In all the affected areas, in places where operational rescue services are operating, as well as in places of temporary residence of families left homeless as a result of a fire, work was carried out to improve the quality of communication and the operational duty of MTS technical specialists was organized to ensure uninterrupted communication .

The operation of base stations is monitored everywhere to maintain 100% coverage throughout the territory of operations of the operational services, as well as in the places of residence of the victims for communication with relatives. In places of fire damage, where the base stations are disconnected from the centralized power supply, additional power supply is carried out by means of autonomous power sources. All base stations are operating at full capacity. The load on the network in places of emergency situations associated with fires increased by an average of 30%, and in the epicenters of fires (for example, in the Vyksa district of the Nizhny Novgorod region) - up to 3 times, however, the network capacity in these areas is sufficient to ensure uninterrupted network operation .»

“At the moment, the main task of technical specialists is to protect equipment from overheating and fire damage. The Stolichny branch of MegaFon OJSC is successfully coping with this task, providing a stable connection for all its subscribers in any of the districts of the Moscow region. In Moscow and the Moscow Region, the mobile network operates normally, and difficult climatic conditions do not affect the quality of communication services. During the period of persistence of the fire hazard situation in the Capital Branch, a “high alert” mode was introduced: the number of emergency teams working around the clock was increased; additional technical resources have been allocated to monitor all segments of the metropolitan mobile network, including potentially problematic areas.

National roaming

On the night of August 5-6, and in some places even in the afternoon of Thursday, operators began to enable open national roaming on their networks. Not on its own initiative, but in pursuance of the Order of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation dated 03.08.2010 No. 99 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of facilities and facilities in the field of communications and mass communications." Quote from today's press release of the capital's "MegaFon":

In order to provide residents of the Russian Federation with high-quality and uninterrupted communications in the current situation, MegaFon took the initiative to open national roaming by all operators for the duration of the state of emergency. The proposal was supported by the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, in accordance with Order No. 99 of the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation dated 08/03/2010 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of structures and objects in the field of communications and mass communications" in the territories of the Republic of Mari El, the Republic of Mordovia, Vladimir, Voronezh, Moscow, In the Nizhny Novgorod and Ryazan regions, this measure was implemented by the operators of the Big Three. The interaction of operators in this case will be regulated by the current roaming agreements. Informing subscribers about the introduction of national roaming was carried out via SMS. When opening national roaming, uniform tariff principles were applied, 5 rubles (including VAT) for all outgoing calls within Russia, SMS - 2 rubles, incoming calls - free of charge. You can find out more detailed information about the current tariffs in the subscriber service of your operator in the desired region.

Pay attention to the important line about the lack of online billing in national roaming. In practice, this means that money for calls from a "foreign" network can be debited from the account with significant delays.

MTS Company published information in the form of news on the website, you can read it here. An important quote about the features of charging calls in national roaming:

  • “All outgoing calls to Russian numbers (excluding satellite communication systems) will be charged at a single rate of 5 rubles per minute. (including VAT), all incoming calls are free of charge. International calls will be charged at national roaming rates.
  • Outgoing SMS to Russian numbers - 2 rubles. (including VAT).
  • These tariffs are set for subscribers of all tariff plans.
  • Incoming and outgoing calls from networks of other telecom operators (not MTS) will not be included in activated traffic packages. Also, preferential billing cannot be applied to them (the "Favorite numbers" service, etc.)”

Just in case, we remind you that we are talking about voice calls made from the networks of "foreign" operators. If the phone is registered in its "native" network and did not "jump" into the network of another operator before the start of the conversation, then all calls and services are calculated and charged in the usual way, in accordance with the tariff plan.

What to do?

Those who are in the disaster area do not need to do anything, the default phone and open national roaming will allow you to register on any available network and make or receive an incoming call. It was for this purpose that a “cellular emergency” was introduced with open national roaming. The price is 5 rubles. for an outgoing call is not symbolic, but without the agreement reached "under the leadership" of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, it would be 5-12 times (!) Higher, depending on the rates of a particular operator.

Additional services (including data transfer) may not work in national roaming, special prices, minute/SMS packages, etc. also don't work. Therefore, outside the disaster zone, it is advisable to take care to keep your phone in the network of the "native" operator. Under normal conditions, the phone regularly loses the network in problematic places (basement, store, elevator, etc.), but we usually don’t notice this, since the “foreign” network available at that moment will not allow the device to register in it with “ non-native SIM card. Accordingly, the phone waits for the appearance of its network and then registers itself in it again. And rightly so, because otherwise the price of the call becomes unpredictable.

With open national roaming, a phone can easily "pick up" someone else's network in a problematic place and then stay in this network for quite a long time. The simplest precaution is to look at the display before dialing and make sure the machine is registered to your network. When answering an incoming call, there is nothing to worry about, such calls will be free in any case.

A slightly more confusing, but much more effective way is to turn on the network selection mode manually in the phone, in this mode the device should not register in someone else's network without asking. Although some models will refuse to register on their network without your confirmation, which is inconvenient. A separate problem is devices for two SIM-cards. Many of them do not write the name of the network on the display, and climbing into the menu every time, of course, is too lazy. But there's nothing to be done, a lottery.

Finally, one more reason for writing this text: do not call the contact centers of operators with the questions "Why do I have the name ... on the screen ?!". Also, do not bother subscriber services about inexplicable debits of money at night, strange inoperability of GPRS and other episodes of mysterious behavior of the device. Contact centers are already overloaded with calls beyond measure. Unfortunately, no matter what the press services write to us about the absence of problems, in recent days we often encounter breaks, ringing calls and other minor annoyances. Let's try to treat all this with understanding.

Beware of national roaming!

Cross-national roaming in disaster and emergency areas - who needs it and why? How it works, pros, cons and possible consequences. Including for our wallets.

News sites are full of heartbreaking descriptions from the fire zones, news agency feeds sometimes resemble reports from the war zone. However, even without reading the reports, a lot is clear, just look out the window and not see the Necklaces in Kenya next intersection. I sympathize immensely with all the victims, the sick, small children and everyone else, but here we are still talking about mobile communications. Which in such emergency situations becomes especially in demand and necessary for all of us.

Unusually severe climatic conditions and emergency situations (smoke, fires, power outages), of course, affected the performance of cellular communication equipment. Although we are constantly being assured that at temperatures up to +50 degrees, the quality of service should not suffer. The situation is greatly aggravated by the sharply increasing load on the network in the emergency zones. There is no doubt that the operators are doing their best. Not only for reasons of philanthropy and abstract “social responsibility”, those who remain in the disaster zone without communication will most likely buy a SIM card from another operator. Unless, of course, he can get out of this zone without the help of mobile communications.

Operators reported on their really considerable efforts to maintain the networks and their assistance to victims in disaster areas a couple of days ago, a few quotes:

“In all the affected areas, in places where operational rescue services are operating, as well as in places of temporary residence of families left homeless as a result of a fire, work was carried out to improve the quality of communication and the operational duty of MTS technical specialists was organized to ensure uninterrupted communication .

The operation of base stations is monitored everywhere to maintain 100% coverage throughout the territory of operations of the operational services, as well as in the places of residence of the victims for communication with relatives. In places of fire damage, where the base stations are disconnected from the centralized power supply, additional power supply is carried out by means of autonomous power sources. All base stations are operating at full capacity. The load on the network in places of emergency situations associated with fires increased by an average of 30%, and in the epicenters of fires (for example, in the Vyksa district of the Nizhny Novgorod region) - up to 3 times, however, the network capacity in these areas is sufficient to ensure uninterrupted network operation .»

“At the moment, the main task of technical specialists is to protect equipment from overheating and fire damage. The Stolichny branch of MegaFon OJSC is successfully coping with this task, providing a stable connection for all its subscribers in any of the districts of the Moscow region. In Moscow and the Moscow Region, the mobile network operates normally, and difficult climatic conditions do not affect the quality of communication services. During the period of persistence of the fire hazard situation in the Capital Branch, a “high alert” mode was introduced: the number of emergency teams working around the clock was increased; additional technical resources have been allocated to monitor all segments of the metropolitan mobile network, including potentially problematic areas.

National roaming

On the night of August 5-6, and in some places even in the afternoon of Thursday, operators began to enable open national roaming on their networks. Not on its own initiative, but in pursuance of the Order of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation dated 03.08.2010 No. 99 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of facilities and facilities in the field of communications and mass communications." Quote from today's press release of the capital's "MegaFon":

In order to provide residents of the Russian Federation with high-quality and uninterrupted communications in the current situation, MegaFon took the initiative to open national roaming by all operators for the duration of the state of emergency. The proposal was supported by the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, in accordance with Order No. 99 of the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation dated 08/03/2010 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of structures and objects in the field of communications and mass communications" in the territories of the Republic of Mari El, the Republic of Mordovia, Vladimir, Voronezh, Moscow, In the Nizhny Novgorod and Ryazan regions, this measure was implemented by the operators of the Big Three. The interaction of operators in this case will be regulated by the current roaming agreements. Informing subscribers about the introduction of national roaming was carried out via SMS. When opening national roaming, uniform tariff principles were applied, 5 rubles (including VAT) for all outgoing calls within Russia, SMS - 2 rubles, incoming calls - free of charge. You can find out more detailed information about the current tariffs in the subscriber service of your operator in the desired region.

Beeline announcement:

“In accordance with the Law“ On Communications ”, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media assumes leadership of the industry in a state of emergency. OJSC VimpelCom fully complied with the order of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications on the implementation of inter-network roaming for subscribers located in the territory of 7 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, where an emergency regime has been introduced. The Beeline network is open to subscribers of MegaFon and MTS, as well as other mobile operators. For Beeline subscribers, roaming is also open in the MTS and Megafon networks in these regions, and we offer other operators operating in these areas a similar procedure for interaction. In accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Communications, the cost of an outgoing call in national roaming, open for the duration of the emergency situation, has been reduced and for Beeline subscribers it will be 5 rubles, the cost of sending an SMS is 2 rubles, incoming calls are free. Considering the emergency nature of the work, today there is no online billing for national roaming services, but we have already sent our proposals for establishing online billing to MTS and MegaFon.

Pay attention to the important line about the lack of online billing in national roaming. In practice, this means that money for calls from a "foreign" network can be debited from the account with significant delays.

MTS Company published information in the form of news on the website, you can read it here. An important quote about the features of charging calls in national roaming:

  • “All outgoing calls to Russian numbers (excluding satellite communication systems) will be charged at a single rate of 5 rubles per minute. (including VAT), all incoming calls are free of charge. International calls will be charged at national roaming rates.
  • Outgoing SMS to Russian numbers - 2 rubles. (including VAT).
  • These tariffs are set for subscribers of all tariff plans.
  • Incoming and outgoing calls from networks of other telecom operators (not MTS) will not be included in activated traffic packages. Also, preferential billing cannot be applied to them (the "Favorite numbers" service, etc.)”

Just in case, we remind you that we are talking about voice calls made from the networks of "foreign" operators. If the phone is registered in its "native" network and did not "jump" into the network of another operator before the start of the conversation, then all calls and services are calculated and charged in the usual way, in accordance with the tariff plan.

What to do?

Those who are in the disaster area do not need to do anything, the default phone and open national roaming will allow you to register on any available network and make or receive an incoming call. It was for this purpose that a “cellular emergency” was introduced with open national roaming. The price is 5 rubles. for an outgoing call is not symbolic, but without the agreement reached "under the leadership" of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, it would be 5-12 times (!) Higher, depending on the rates of a particular operator.

Additional services (including data transfer) may not work in national roaming, special prices, minute/SMS packages, etc. also don't work. Therefore, outside the disaster zone, it is advisable to take care to keep your phone in the network of the "native" operator. Under normal conditions, the phone regularly loses the network in problematic places (basement, store, elevator, etc.), but we usually don’t notice this, since the “foreign” network available at that moment will not allow the device to register in it with “ non-native SIM card. Accordingly, the phone waits for the appearance of its network and then registers itself in it again. And rightly so, because otherwise the price of the call becomes unpredictable.

With open national roaming, a phone can easily "pick up" someone else's network in a problematic place and then stay in this network for quite a long time. The simplest precaution is to look at the display before dialing and make sure the machine is registered to your network. When answering an incoming call, there is nothing to worry about, such calls will be free in any case.

A slightly more confusing, but much more effective way is to turn on the network selection mode manually in the phone, in this mode the device should not register in someone else's network without asking. Although some models will refuse to register on their network without your confirmation, which is inconvenient. A separate problem is devices for two SIM-cards. Many of them do not write the name of the network on the display, and climbing into the menu every time, of course, is too lazy. But there's nothing to be done, a lottery.

Finally, one more reason for writing this text: do not call the contact centers of operators with the questions "Why do I have the name ... on the screen ?!". Also, do not bother subscriber services about inexplicable debits of money at night, strange inoperability of GPRS and other episodes of mysterious behavior of the device. Contact centers are already overloaded with calls beyond measure. Unfortunately, no matter what the press services write to us about the absence of problems, in recent days we often encounter breaks, ringing and other minor annoyances. Let's try to treat all this with understanding.

Beware of national roaming!

Cross-national roaming in disaster and emergency areas - who needs it and why? How it works, pros, cons and possible consequences. Including for our wallets.

News sites are full of heartbreaking descriptions from the fire zones, news agency feeds sometimes resemble reports from the war zone. However, even without reading the reports, a lot is clear, just look out the window and not see the Necklaces in Kenya next intersection. I sympathize immensely with all the victims, the sick, small children and everyone else, but here we are still talking about mobile communications. Which in such emergency situations becomes especially in demand and necessary for all of us.

Unusually severe climatic conditions and emergency situations (smoke, fires, power outages), of course, affected the performance of cellular communications equipment. Although we are constantly being assured that at temperatures up to +50 degrees, the quality of service should not suffer. The situation is greatly aggravated by the sharply increasing load on the network in the emergency zones. There is no doubt that the operators are doing their best. Not only for reasons of philanthropy and abstract “social responsibility”, those who remain in the disaster zone without communication will most likely buy a SIM card from another operator. Unless, of course, he can get out of this zone without the help of mobile communications.

Operators reported on their really considerable efforts to maintain the networks and their assistance to victims in disaster areas a couple of days ago, a few quotes:

“In all the affected areas, in places where operational rescue services are operating, as well as in places of temporary residence of families left homeless as a result of a fire, work was carried out to improve the quality of communication and the operational duty of MTS technical specialists was organized to ensure uninterrupted communication .

The operation of base stations is monitored everywhere to maintain 100% coverage throughout the territory of operations of the operational services, as well as in the places of residence of the victims for communication with relatives. In places of fire damage, where the base stations are disconnected from the centralized power supply, additional power supply is carried out by means of autonomous power sources. All base stations are operating at full capacity. The load on the network in places of emergency situations associated with fires increased by an average of 30%, and in the epicenters of fires (for example, in the Vyksa district of the Nizhny Novgorod region) - up to 3 times, however, the network capacity in these areas is sufficient to ensure uninterrupted network operation .»

“At the moment, the main task of technical specialists is to protect equipment from overheating and fire damage. The Stolichny branch of MegaFon OJSC is successfully coping with this task, providing a stable connection for all its subscribers in any of the districts of the Moscow region. In Moscow and the Moscow Region, the mobile network operates normally, and difficult climatic conditions do not affect the quality of communication services. During the period of persistence of the fire hazard situation in the Capital Branch, a “high alert” mode was introduced: the number of emergency teams working around the clock was increased; additional technical resources have been allocated to monitor all segments of the metropolitan mobile network, including potentially problematic areas.

National roaming

On the night of August 5-6, and in some places even in the afternoon of Thursday, operators began to enable open national roaming on their networks. Not on its own initiative, but in pursuance of the Order of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation dated 03.08.2010 No. 99 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of facilities and facilities in the field of communications and mass communications." Quote from today's press release of the capital's "MegaFon":

In order to provide residents of the Russian Federation with high-quality and uninterrupted communications in the current situation, MegaFon took the initiative to open national roaming by all operators for the duration of the state of emergency. The proposal was supported by the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, in accordance with Order No. 99 of the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation dated 08/03/2010 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of structures and objects in the field of communications and mass communications" in the territories of the Republic of Mari El, the Republic of Mordovia, Vladimir, Voronezh, Moscow, In the Nizhny Novgorod and Ryazan regions, this measure was implemented by the operators of the Big Three. The interaction of operators in this case will be regulated by the current roaming agreements. Informing subscribers about the introduction of national roaming was carried out via SMS. When opening national roaming, uniform tariff principles were applied, 5 rubles (including VAT) for all outgoing calls within Russia, SMS - 2 rubles, incoming calls - free of charge. You can find out more detailed information about the current tariffs in the subscriber service of your operator in the desired region.

Beeline announcement:

“In accordance with the Law“ On Communications ”, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media assumes leadership of the industry in a state of emergency. OJSC VimpelCom fully complied with the order of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications on the implementation of inter-network roaming for subscribers located in the territory of 7 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, where an emergency regime has been introduced. The Beeline network is open to subscribers of MegaFon and MTS, as well as other mobile operators. For Beeline subscribers, roaming is also open in the MTS and Megafon networks in these regions, and we offer other operators operating in these areas a similar procedure for interaction. In accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Communications, the cost of an outgoing call in national roaming, open for the duration of the emergency situation, has been reduced and for Beeline subscribers it will be 5 rubles, the cost of sending an SMS is 2 rubles, incoming calls are free. Considering the emergency nature of the work, today there is no online billing for national roaming services, but we have already sent our proposals for establishing online billing to MTS and MegaFon.

Pay attention to the important line about the lack of online billing in national roaming. In practice, this means that money for calls from a "foreign" network can be debited from the account with significant delays.

MTS Company published information in the form of news on the website, you can read it here. An important quote about the features of charging calls in national roaming:

  • “All outgoing calls to Russian numbers (excluding satellite communication systems) will be charged at a single rate of 5 rubles per minute. (including VAT), all incoming calls are free of charge. International calls will be charged at national roaming rates.
  • Outgoing SMS to Russian numbers - 2 rubles. (including VAT).
  • These tariffs are set for subscribers of all tariff plans.
  • Incoming and outgoing calls from networks of other telecom operators (not MTS) will not be included in activated traffic packages. Also, preferential billing cannot be applied to them (the "Favorite numbers" service, etc.) ”

Just in case, we remind you that we are talking about voice calls made from the networks of "foreign" operators. If the phone is registered in its "native" network and did not "jump" into the network of another operator before the start of the conversation, then all calls and services are calculated and charged in the usual way, in accordance with the tariff plan.

What to do?

Those who are in the disaster area do not need to do anything, the default phone and open national roaming will allow you to register on any available network and make or receive an incoming call. It was for this purpose that a “cellular emergency” was introduced with open national roaming. The price is 5 rubles. for an outgoing call is not symbolic, but without the agreement reached "under the leadership" of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, it would be 5-12 times (!) Higher, depending on the rates of a particular operator.

Additional services (including data transfer) may not work in national roaming, special prices, minute/SMS packages, etc. also don't work. Therefore, outside the disaster zone, it is advisable to take care to keep your phone in the network of the "native" operator. Under normal conditions, the phone regularly loses the network in problematic places (basement, store, elevator, etc.), but we usually don’t notice this, since the “foreign” network available at that moment will not allow the device to register in it with “ non-native SIM card. Accordingly, the phone waits for the appearance of its network and then registers itself in it again. And rightly so, because otherwise the price of the call becomes unpredictable.

With open national roaming, a phone can easily "pick up" someone else's network in a problematic place and then stay in this network for quite a long time. The simplest precaution is to look at the display before dialing and make sure the machine is registered to your network. When answering an incoming call, there is nothing to worry about, such calls will be free in any case.

A slightly more confusing, but much more effective way is to turn on the network selection mode manually in the phone, in this mode the device should not register in someone else's network without asking. Although some models will refuse to register on their network without your confirmation, which is inconvenient. A separate problem is devices for two SIM-cards. Many of them do not write the name of the network on the display, and climbing into the menu every time, of course, is too lazy. But there's nothing to be done, a lottery.

Finally, one more reason for writing this text: do not call the contact centers of operators with the questions "Why do I have the name ... on the screen ?!". Also, do not bother subscriber services about inexplicable debits of money at night, strange inoperability of GPRS and other episodes of mysterious behavior of the device. Contact centers are already overloaded with calls beyond measure. Unfortunately, no matter what the press services write to us about the absence of problems, in recent days we often encounter breaks, ringing calls and other minor annoyances. Let's try to treat all this with understanding.

Beware of national roaming!

Cross-national roaming in disaster and emergency areas - who needs it and why? How it works, pros, cons and possible consequences. Including for our wallets.

News sites are full of heartbreaking descriptions from the fire zones, news agency feeds sometimes resemble reports from the war zone. However, even without reading the reports, a lot is clear, just look out the window and not see Necklaces in Kenya at the next intersection. I sympathize immensely with all the victims, the sick, small children and everyone else, but here we are still talking about mobile communications. Which in such emergency situations becomes especially in demand and necessary for all of us.

News sites are full of heartbreaking descriptions from the fire zones, news agency feeds sometimes resemble reports from the war zone. However, even without reading the reports, much is clear, just look out the window and not see Necklaces in Kenya Necklaces in Kenya next intersection. I sympathize immensely with all the victims, the sick, small children and everyone else, but here we are still talking about mobile communications. Which in such emergency situations becomes especially in demand and necessary for all of us.

Unusually severe climatic conditions and emergency situations (smoke, fires, power outages), of course, affected the performance of cellular communication equipment. Although we are constantly being assured that at temperatures up to +50 degrees, the quality of service should not suffer. The situation is greatly aggravated by the sharply increasing load on the network in the emergency zones. There is no doubt that the operators are doing their best. Not only for reasons of philanthropy and abstract “social responsibility”, those who remain in the disaster zone without communication will most likely buy a SIM card from another operator. Unless, of course, he can get out of this zone without the help of mobile communications.

Operators reported on their really considerable efforts to maintain the networks and their assistance to victims in disaster areas a couple of days ago, a few quotes:

“In all the affected areas, in places where operational rescue services are operating, as well as in places of temporary residence of families left homeless as a result of a fire, work was carried out to improve the quality of communication and the operational duty of MTS technical specialists was organized to ensure uninterrupted communication .

The operation of base stations is monitored everywhere to maintain 100% coverage throughout the territory of operations of the operational services, as well as in the places of residence of the victims for communication with relatives. In places of fire damage, where the base stations are disconnected from the centralized power supply, additional power supply is carried out by means of autonomous power sources. All base stations are operating at full capacity. The load on the network in places of emergency situations associated with fires increased by an average of 30%, and in the epicenters of fires (for example, in the Vyksa district of the Nizhny Novgorod region) - up to 3 times, however, the network capacity in these areas is sufficient to ensure uninterrupted network operation .»

“At the moment, the main task of technical specialists is to protect equipment from overheating and fire damage. The Stolichny branch of MegaFon OJSC is successfully coping with this task, providing a stable connection for all its subscribers in any of the districts of the Moscow region. In Moscow and the Moscow Region, the mobile network operates normally, and difficult climatic conditions do not affect the quality of communication services. During the period of persistence of the fire hazard situation in the Capital Branch, a “high alert” mode was introduced: the number of emergency teams working around the clock was increased; additional technical resources have been allocated to monitor all segments of the metropolitan mobile network, including potentially problematic areas.

National roaming

On the night of August 5-6, and in some places even in the afternoon of Thursday, operators began to enable open national roaming on their networks. Not on its own initiative, but in pursuance of the Order of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation dated 03.08.2010 No. 99 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of facilities and facilities in the field of communications and mass communications." Quote from today's press release of the capital's "MegaFon":

In order to provide residents of the Russian Federation with high-quality and uninterrupted communications in the current situation, MegaFon took the initiative to open national roaming by all operators for the duration of the state of emergency. The proposal was supported by the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, in accordance with Order No. 99 of the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation dated 08/03/2010 "On additional measures to improve the stability of the functioning of structures and objects in the field of communications and mass communications" in the territories of the Republic of Mari El, the Republic of Mordovia, Vladimir, Voronezh, Moscow, In the Nizhny Novgorod and Ryazan regions, this measure was implemented by the operators of the Big Three. The interaction of operators in this case will be regulated by the current roaming agreements. Informing subscribers about the introduction of national roaming was carried out via SMS. When opening national roaming, uniform tariff principles were applied, 5 rubles (including VAT) for all outgoing calls within Russia, SMS - 2 rubles, incoming calls - free of charge. You can find out more detailed information about the current tariffs in the subscriber service of your operator in the desired region.

Beeline announcement:

“In accordance with the Law“ On Communications ”, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media assumes leadership of the industry in a state of emergency. OJSC VimpelCom fully complied with the order of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications on the implementation of inter-network roaming for subscribers located in the territory of 7 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, where an emergency regime has been introduced. The Beeline network is open to subscribers of MegaFon and MTS, as well as other mobile operators. For Beeline subscribers, roaming is also open in the MTS and Megafon networks in these regions, and we offer other operators operating in these areas a similar procedure for interaction. In accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Communications, the cost of an outgoing call in national roaming, open for the duration of the emergency situation, has been reduced and for Beeline subscribers it will be 5 rubles, the cost of sending an SMS is 2 rubles, incoming calls are free. Considering the emergency nature of the work, today there is no online billing for national roaming services, but we have already sent our proposals for establishing online billing to MTS and MegaFon.

Pay attention to the important line about the lack of online billing in national roaming. In practice, this means that money for calls from a "foreign" network can be debited from the account with significant delays.

MTS Company published information in the form of news on the website, you can read it here. An important quote about the features of charging calls in national roaming:

  • “All outgoing calls to Russian numbers (excluding satellite communication systems) will be charged at a single rate of 5 rubles per minute. (including VAT), all incoming calls are free of charge. International calls will be charged at national roaming rates.
  • Outgoing SMS to Russian numbers - 2 rubles. (including VAT).
  • These tariffs are set for subscribers of all tariff plans.
  • Incoming and outgoing calls from networks of other telecom operators (not MTS) will not be included in activated traffic packages. Also, preferential billing cannot be applied to them (the "Favorite numbers" service, etc.) ”

Just in case, we remind you that we are talking about voice calls made from the networks of "foreign" operators. If the phone is registered in its "native" network and did not "jump" into the network of another operator before the start of the conversation, then all calls and services are calculated and charged in the usual way, in accordance with the tariff plan.

What to do?

Those who are in the disaster area do not need to do anything, the default phone and open national roaming will allow you to register on any available network and make or receive an incoming call. It was for this purpose that a “cellular emergency” was introduced with open national roaming. The price is 5 rubles. for an outgoing call is not symbolic, but without the agreement reached "under the leadership" of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, it would be 5-12 times (!) Higher, depending on the rates of a particular operator.

Additional services (including data transfer) may not work in national roaming, special prices, minute/SMS packages, etc. also don't work. Therefore, outside the disaster zone, it is advisable to take care to keep your phone in the network of the "native" operator. Under normal conditions, the phone regularly loses the network in problematic places (basement, store, elevator, etc.), but we usually don’t notice this, since the “foreign” network available at that moment will not allow the device to register in it with “ non-native SIM card. Accordingly, the phone waits for the appearance of its network and then registers itself in it again. And rightly so, because otherwise the price of the call becomes unpredictable.

With open national roaming, a phone can easily "pick up" someone else's network in a problematic place and then stay in this network for quite a long time. The simplest precaution is to look at the display before dialing and make sure the machine is registered to your network. When answering an incoming call, there is nothing to worry about, such calls will be free in any case.

A slightly more confusing, but much more effective way is to turn on the network selection mode manually in the phone, in this mode the device should not register in someone else's network without asking. Although some models will refuse to register on their network without your confirmation, which is inconvenient. A separate problem is devices for two SIM-cards. Many of them do not write the name of the network on the display, and climbing into the menu every time, of course, is too lazy. But there's nothing to be done, a lottery.

Finally, one more reason for writing this text: do not call the contact centers of operators with the questions "Why do I have the name ... on the screen ?!". Also, do not bother subscriber services about inexplicable debits of money at night, strange inoperability of GPRS and other episodes of mysterious behavior of the device. Contact centers are already overloaded with calls beyond measure. Unfortunately, no matter what the press services write to us about the absence of problems, in recent days we often encounter breaks, ringing calls and other minor annoyances. Let's try to treat all this with understanding.