How to make cheap calls to Russia from abroad - to the insurance bank

Something more frequent questions, but how cheaperto call from abroad to Russia, for example, to insurance. And some even squander thousands of rubles for calls, wondering that the balance of the phone flies away into a very big minus. Therefore, I decided to write a separate post. I hope he helps someone save. Moreover, you can call not only in the insurance, but also somewhere else for business.

Separately, about the insurance. Yes, many insurance companies provide reimbursement for calls on arrival in Russia, and it is possible to actually get this compensation, but is it not better to spend a maximum of a couple of hundred rubles on calls and score compensation for this.

The content of the article

Main mistake

Do not call from a Russian sim card from abroad toRussia or somewhere else. Without special roaming options, the call will cost like a wing from a Boeing! And this is the main mistake of newbies, they apparently don’t know these prices for 100 rubles a minute, and then they are surprised how the balance instantly flies to minus.

Actually, this is the main mistake beginnerstravelers. We didn’t bother with this question beforehand and, when the need arises, they start calling from their usual Russian SIM cards or accepting incoming calls. And given that in roaming money is debited with a delay, then you can go into a strong minus, followed by blocking the number. By the way, it is useful to disable the ability to use the Internet from a Russian SIM card in the phone, the price is also there hoo.

I highly recommend to attend to this advance, as almost everyone will have to make calls sooner or later. For example, in an insurance case, when you need to call the insurance and decide the issue of treatment (often it's not 1 call). Or, when withdrawing money from an ATM, you can call the security service of your bank to find out whether you were or not. And if you do not answer the call, the bank card will be blocked. In principle, nothing terrible, just then you will need to call Russia for technical support of the bank.

Just in case, I remind you that you almost always need to dial the phone number in the international format, for Russia it starts with +7, for example, +7 (495) 123-45-67.

How to call from abroad to Russia

How to call from abroad to Russia

How to call to Russia

There are 4 ways

  • Viber, Skype and other instant messengers with the abilityCall landline and mobile numbers (WhatsApp is not allowed). To call, you must have mobile Internet or Wifi, as well as to replenish the balance of the messenger.
  • Back call. The way in which you need, or just a little internet, or it is not needed at all. You send an SMS to a special service number or dial a number through a mobile application, and then the service calls you back, calling your interlocutor and then connecting you. This is inexpensive if you have free incoming calls. But for me this is a tricky way.
  • Travel SIM with normal rates for calls or the Internet, for example, Drimsim (my experience using drimsim), Orange, Globalsim, Simtravel. Or a special roaming option for the Russian sim card.
  • The local simka. Internet tariffs and calls will depend on the specific country and operator. In Thailand, in addition to the usual expensive calls, every Thai operator has the opportunity to call through a special code (DTAC needs to dial 004 instead of +), then the call to Russia is quite inexpensive - about 4-5 baht (9 rubles). In this post all the details. If you know similar codes in other countries, please write.

The cost of calls and the Internet

In order of increasing prices.

Sipnet (All Fares)

Standard - 0.5 rub / min, urban Moscow, 1.5 rub / min mobile in Russia
Premium (better quality of communication) - 0.7 rub / min, urban Moscow / Peter, 2 rub / min mobile in Russia

Viber (All Fares)

2.7 cents $ / min, urban (Moscow, St. Petersburg) (~ 1.6 rub)
11.2 cents $ / min, mobile in Russia

Skype (all fares)

2.3 cents $ / min + 4.9 cents per connection, urban in Russia (~ 1.4 + 2.8 rubles)
10 cents $ / min + 8.9 cents for connection, mobile in Russia

DrimSim (All Fares)

- Internet in Thailand: 15.36 Euro / GB (1050 rubles)
- Inbound in Thailand: 0 / min
- Outgoing to urban to Russia: 0.35 euro / min (~ 24 rubles)
- Outgoing to mobile to Russia: 0.5 Euro / min

- Internet in the Czech Republic: 10.24 Euro / GB (700 rub)
- Incoming in the Czech Republic: 0 / min
- Outgoing to urban to Russia: 0.15 euro / min (~ 11 rubles)
- Outgoing to mobile to Russia: 0.3 Euro / min

Megaphone Moscow (All Fares)

- Included in Thailand and outgoing to Russia (without options): 129 rubles / min. The option "Around the World": 19 rubles per minute with a subscriber 9 rubles per day.
- Internet in roaming (without options): 7000-9900 rubles / GB. The option "World Online": 600 rubles / day for unlimited (the territory of 69 countries, there is Thai and the Czech Republic)

- Included in the Czech Republic and outgoing to Russia (withoutoptions): 89 rub / min. Option "Around the World": 13 rubles per minute with a subscriber's 9 rubles per day for incoming and outgoing. Plus for Europe and the CIS there are good packages of minutes (25, 50) for incoming and outgoing.
- Internet in roaming (without options): 7000-9900 rubles / GB. The option "World Online": 600 rubles / day for unlimited (the territory of 69 countries, there is Thai and the Czech Republic).

For simok specifically indicated rates for Thailand andCzech Republic in comparison. Calls from Europe are always cheaper than from Asia. Other operators (MTS, Beeline, Tele-2) may also have quite good tariffs or options for roaming in Europe.

What do I use

There are other services, sims, applications forphone and so on. But there is no point in further diving into this topic, if such calls are not often needed. Most should be enough travel SIM cards, local SIM cards with an Internet and Skype / Weer, especially the prices are quite low. However, if you have any good schemes for calls from abroad, then write, it will be useful for everyone.

So, what I use myself:

  • The main way - calls via Viber and Skype. The first seems to be eating less traffic, so less demanding on the speed of the Internet. But maybe someone will have a different experience. I do not use Sipnet, but I know it is relatively popular. I call via mobile Internet 3G / 4G or through hotel Wifi. In Thailand, I always have a local sim card with a connected Internet package. From the Thai sim card itself to Russia, if I call, it is only through a special code.
  • I always have a universal travel card with meDrimSim (link 7 euro bonus), I recommend, a great thing. I went with her to the Czech Republic, to sail to Sicily on a yacht, I tested it in Israel and Russia. Its main advantage is that there is no subscriber and traffic packages, pay only for how much you spend, left a byte. She works in most countries of the world. I rarely call from her, it is for the Internet (for Viber and Skype).
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  • I connect at the airport before departure from Russiaoption or tariff "Around the World" at Megaphone for its Russian sim card. It is always good to have at hand another way to communicate and be able to answer incoming from friends. 13-19 rub / min is quite a normal price for a short conversation.
  • As I said, there are other schemes, but meThe following are satisfied, the more I constantly need the mobile Internet, and initially the task is to get it. And since it is always there, it is foolish not to use it for calls either.

    P.S. All these methods are valid for almost any country, including for calls from Russia abroad. Tariffs will be different, but in general the essence will remain the same.

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