Mobile(cell) phones rental in Samara.
There are four mobile network providers, which operate in the
Volga region of Russia: Megafon, SMARTS, MTS and BeeLineGSM. The prices
for their services and connection quality are similar.
Most cellular networks in Russia operate in GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800MHz and UMTS 850/1900/2100MHz standards and
you can use the mobile telephones that support this type of network only.
All providers in Samara support SMS, MMS, WAP and GPRS/EDGE (mobile internet).
Using your own cell
phone in Samara:
If you have a GSM or UMTS phone, it's better to check
with your local provider which company you should use in Samara. In case
you will be using your own number from abroad, you will be connected to
local Russian networks through so-called "roaming", and the phone-calls
will be too expensive (about $3 per minute). So, it is better to connect
to a local operator. We can buy you a pay-as-you-go set (contract and
the sim card) and you will have a local number. You must be a Russian
citizen or have a registration in Samara to sign such a contract.
Some European operators "lock" the mobile telephones, so that they work
with the sim card of this provider only. It means that even if you have
a GSM/UMTS phone, you will only be able to use it with your European operator
in Russia and means you will have to pay up to 10 times more for your
phone calls both to Russia and abroad. If your mobile is locked and cannot
work with a sim card of another provider, you can rent
a mobile with a local SIM card installed and leave a temporary message
on your phone to forward people to your new Russian mobile. American
phones will not work in Russia as they usually use a different
standard (CMDA or TMDA).
• GSM compatible
mobile phones, with ready-to-use SIM cards provided;
• Flexible payment options, low prices, low-cost international
• Your own phone number in Russia;
The phones have a
list of important and emergency numbers already punched in.
Rental Price: $1.5 per day + $10 for pickup and delivery
if necessary. Security deposit $50 is fully refunded to you when you return
the mobile phone.
You will know your phone number and be able to give it to friends and
colleagues before you are on your way to Russia. I can meet
you at Samara International airport with a ready to use phone. This
way you are in touch from the moment the plane lands.
High-speed 3G Plug and play USB wireless modem for
If you want to permanently
check your email box while you are in Samara, use Skype servise and send
your friends emails with Samara pictures, then our new offer for you:
The modem can be connected to your laptop computer to give
you mobile Internet access
in Samara. Using 3G USB modem is probably the only options in Samara at the moment to stay online as you can find free wifi only in some big restaurants.
Rental Price: $3 per day + $10 for pickup and delivery
if necessary. Security deposit $35 is fully refunded to you when you
return the modem.
of 3G USB MODEM:
Speed up to 3.6 Mbps
Support SMS Service
Micro SD Card Slot
Plug and play
Support Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac Operating System
cell phone or local SIM card available to
guests, who stay with us or rent one our apartments.
Types of Phone Numbers:
are two types of mobile numbers in Russia: a "city" one and a "federal"
one. The "city" one is a normal phone number of the city where you are
based (for example, 5555-555 in Samara). It is as if you have a regular
city phone. The "federal" cannot be accessed directly: you should dial
it as if you are calling to another city: 8 wait for a tone, then a code
of the network (i.e. 902, 903), and then the 7-digit number. It is obvious
that the "city" numbers are much easier to remember and to access, however,
they are more expensive.
Prices & Tariffs:
Normally, a minute
in Samara region costs $0,05-$0.18, and an outgoing text is about $0.04. GPRS
Internet costs about $0.25 per megabyte. You
should pay for all outcoming calls, outcoming text messages, and additional
services, such as voice mail, number identification, call diverting etc.
The pricing system in Russia is different from the American or European
ones. The main difference is that the price of the phone call depends
on where you are calling from and where you are calling. The tariffs
are given usually for local calls, if you are calling to another region,
expect to add about $0.3-$0.7 per every minute. Also, if you subscribed
for your phone in Moscow, traveled to Samara and are using it from here
to call to Samara, it will be considered as a call to another city, and
you will have to pay more. So, it is better to subscribe in the city
where you will spend the most of your time in Russia. If you are traveling
to another city, it is best to subscribe to the operator that is represented
in both cities and thus have low tariffs in both cities. All
incoming calls are free (if you are in domestic region). Please
note that the mobile telephones will receive incoming
international calls (free),
but are not equipped for international roaming or international direct
dial outgoing calls. You may use the phones to dial local access numbers
for outgoing international calls.
To add funds to your account you can either pay at the
operator's office, buy a special top-up card (sold in many shops) or make
an instant payment at the cash register in major supermarket and retail
Do you have someone
in Samara you'd like to talk to, but that person doesn't not have a telephone
at home? We can deliver
a connected mobile phone including pre-paid SIM card with assigned telephone
via mobile phone:
If you have a notebook
and need an Internet connection in Samara, then we have a solution for
you. You can use our mobile phone as a GPRS/EDGE or UMTS modem for your computer. You
will be able to use the Internet, check e-mail in any place in Samara
We can install all software needed and tune up the phone for $10.
Samara map for your mobile phone: http://maps.google.com/