Mobile network providers

by Olga on January 8, 2011

I got a question:

I am going to visit moscow in january. I’d like to buy a prepaid mobile phone by the provider mobilfon with a simk.


Actually, I don’t know Mobilfon as a provider in Moscow. There are three major mobile network providers here: MTS, BeeLine, and Megafon. The primary mobile phone standard is like in Europe GSM-900 and GSM-1800.  Prices, coverage, and services offered by the operators are quite similar. I use MTS.



Megafon :

If you would like to save money, you can buy a local SIM card for about $10 US and you will have a Russian mobile number with a prepaid network time. Be sure your phone is not “locked” by your provider and you can use it with any operator. In any case you can purchase an inexpensive phone for 1500 rubles ($50). Don’t forget your passport.

To sign up for MTS,  go to their central office: Malaya Dmitrovka 5, Metro Pushkinskaya or any other from this list:

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Nathan April 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

Search on Ebay – Russia SIM card tag and find seller who answer your questions, it’s easy to buy even before travelling.


Kieren October 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

if you want to use your mobile in the metro or have internet on your phone, don’t go with MTS. It only works in the metro stations and even then it doesn’t work at all of them. Go with Beeline or Megafon. I am with MTS and i regret it now. Also there internet stops a lot of the time.


Madhukar Singhania August 18, 2015 at 7:02 am

Hello ..

I want to buy Magafon prepaid simcard at Domodedovo airport. Any idea where can i find it ?



Olga August 18, 2015 at 7:46 pm

You can purchase it at Euroset on the 1st floor, or Svyaznoy on the 2nd one, or MegaFon which is on the 2nd as well.

Find any stand selling phones and they will sell you a local SIM.

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