Support The Moscow Times!

Russia's MegaFon to Hike Overseas Roaming Charges by 300%

Even with the higher roaming charges, MegaFon is still cheaper its two main rivals: VimpelCom and MTS.

MegaFon, Russia's second biggest mobile operator, will increase roaming charges in 51 countries by more than 300 percent on Dec. 8, the company said in a statement Thursday.

Charges will rise from 9 rubles ($0.2) a minute to 29 rubles a minute in the listed countries, which include popular European tourist destinations such as Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and the Czech Republic. Rates will also increase in a number of former Soviet countries, such as Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.

Even with the higher roaming charges, MegaFon is still cheaper its two main rivals: VimpelCom and MTS. MTS charges its customers anywhere from 65 to 89 rubles ($1.4 to $1.9) a minute for international roaming, while VimpelCom's Beeline brand bills 69 rubles ($1.5) a minute.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more