Dialing From a Landline Phone
Local calls are free, but that may change
soon. Not all phones can make long-distance calls, but for those that do, dialing 8 will
get you a long-distance line. Thus, to dial another region of Russia, dial 8, wait for the
new dial tone, and then dial your number.
For international calls, dial 8, wait for the tone, then dial 10, then the country code
and your number.
For example, to call the U.S. number (404)-827-0099 from Russia, you would dial 8-(wait
for dial done)-10-1-404-827-0099.
Public Pay Phones
Public telephones are widespread on the
streets of most Russian cities. There are still the old token phones as well as different
types of card-accepting phones. Mind, when buying cards (from the kiosks of
metro stations) as different phones take different type of cards. Plus, some pay phones don't
allow international or even long distance calls.
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Note: When you are calling to
Moscow or other regions of Russia where the area code starts with a "0", you do
not drop zero when dialing from outside Russia. For example, to call the Moscow
number (095)-123-4567 from U.S. you would dial 011-7-095-123-4567.
Long distance Providers Direct
Dialing Access Numbers
To call using Rostelcom: 747-3322
For a Russian speaking operator: 747-3320
To call using Sovintel from Moscow: 960-2222
To call using Sovintel from St. Petersburg: 346-8022
To call from Sakhalin Islands: 1616-1
755-50-45 or 747-33-25
The Moscow Business Telephone guide is available for free in most
hotels. Two good online resource is:
Moscow also has a directory assistance service, which can
be reached by dialing 09 (Russian only)
Using Mobile Phones
The best way to find out if your phone
will work on Russian networks is to contact your local service provider, which probably
has a roaming agreement with one of the Russian operators. In general, GSM
subscribers (AT&T, T-Mobile) should not have trouble roaming in major Russian cities. Please, contact your cell phone provider in advance to ensure you will be able to roam internationally.
In addition to GSM 900/1800, a common
European standard which is widely avaiable throughout Russia, CDMA has just been
introduced in St. Petersburg. GSM 400/1800 will soon be available in selected regions.
There are also two main analog standards supported in Russia, D-AMPS and NMT-450.
In Moscow, St. Petersburg and other areas, coverage on both GSM and analog standards is usually very good. The
networks are expanding into smaller regions.
Renting Cell Phones
In addition to the companies listed below, some hotels can arrange mobile phone rentals.