Mobile communication and mobile Internet in Abkhazia

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Despite the fact that Abkhazia is bordered by Russia and countries have very friendly relations, the use of cellular communication of the Russian operators in Abkhazia is equivalent to its use in any other country, i.e. you will pay for communications in international roaming in full. It's the same with mobile Internet. So if you plan to actively use voice mobile communication and mobile Internet, you should consider the option of purchasing a SIM-card of local mobile operator, or you need to connect special options from your home operator. Details:

Buying local SIM cards in Abkhazia

Only in Abkhazia operates two mobile operator, which is virtually indistinguishable in cost of tariffs and coverage, so you can easily choose any of them:

There is already a ready prepaid kits SIM cards for visitors to the country, so that problems with the choice will not. These kits are sold everywhere, starting from the border crossing, and of course in the tourist areas at the resorts. Passport to purchase is not required. Kits are 500 rubles, and 350 rubles of them will have to pay for the SIM card, and only 150 will be credited to the account.

When you buy a SIM card, you can not connect any options and immediately begin to communicate at local rates and no monthly fees. It is also possible to connect the packages of minutes, SMS and mobile Internet. It is assumed that block tariffs allow you to save money, but it is only in the case if you actively talk and use the Internet. If you connection is only needed for multiple calls (for example, to search for housing on the site and a couple calls home), then connect the packs is not necessary. For reference here is a description of one of the tariffs:

  • The cost of a set of SIM-card – 350 rubles
  • After the purchase on the balance sheet – 150 rubles
  • The cost of the incoming call is $ 0
  • The cost of a local outgoing – 5.8 rubles to 3 minutes a day, then 2 rubles a minute
  • The cost of the outgoing RF – 8 rubles/min
  • The cost of outgoing to other countries 13-200 rubles/min
  • The connection of the packages and the Internet from $ 90/pack

More details on tariffs can be found on the websites, all information presented in Russian language.

Using your home SIM

As we mentioned, Abkhazia has full international roaming and the rates it is no less than abroad. In some places of the country near the border and on the high ground, you can catch a "home" signal of the Megaphone from cell towers in Sochi, and to communicate with their families at home at domestic rates, but especially to count on it not worth it.

To save money it is best to connect special options and packages your operator. No connected outgoing and incoming calls will cost up to hundreds of rubles per minute.

For example, MegaFon has all outgoing and incoming calls in roaming in Abkhazia will cost 109 rubles/minute. But if you activate the option "In Abkhazia at home" (30 rubles connection + 30 rubles/day), all incoming will be free and outgoing will be at the home rate. At Beeline all incoming and outgoing options are

What is good option, the Russian operators can be connected as needed for a few days as needed, using USSD requests and in the end, communication will be even cheaper than if you buy a local SIM card for 500 rubles.

A comparison of popular features of Russian mobile operators to Abkhazia:

Option The option price Connection Disable The cost of the incoming call The cost of outgoing call Outgoing SMS Internet
Megaphone
In Abkhazia as home Connection of 30 roubles / subscription fee of 30 rubles/day *541# *541# free on home rates on home rates 400 rubles for 80MB a day
25 minute Europe and the CIS Connection 329 rubles, subscriber connections is missing *116# - free 25 minutes Outbound in Russia and Abkhazia for free 25 minutes - 400 rubles for 80MB a day
Beeline
The best roaming Connection 200 rubles, subscriber connections is missing Turns on automatically when the first call for the day Is automatically disabled at the end of the day free 20 minutes in total incoming during the day, then 10 rubles to the end of the day free 20 minutes in total with coming during the day, then 10 rubles to the end of the day 30 rubles 200 rubles for 40MB a day
Unlimited Internet roaming 350 rubles per day. Attention! Option is valid from the activation date until the end of the current day, not until the next day *110*20171# *110*20170# - - - unlimited Internet without restrictions at speed up to 100Mb, after 100Mb, the speed up to 128 Kbit/sec
The minute in international roaming free *110*201# *110*200# 30 rubles/minute 30 rubles/minute - -
MTS
Zabugorie Connection free / monthly fee of 320 rubles per day *111*771# Turns off automatically when not in use free 100 minutes during the day, then 25 rubles by the end of the day free 100 minutes during the day, then 25 rubles by the end of the day - unlimited Internet without restrictions at speed up to 500MB, after 500MB the speed up to 128 Kbit/sec
Zero without borders Connection free / monthly fee $ 125 per day *111*4444# *111*4444# free 60 minutes during the day, then 25 rubles by the end of the day free 60 minutes during the day, then 25 rubles by the end of the day - -
Body 2
Conversations without borders Connection free of charge / subscription fee is 5 rubles per day *143*1# *143*0# 15 rubles/minute 5 rubles/min - -
Unlimited Internet abroad Connection free of charge / subscription fee is 350 rubles a day *143*71 *143*70 - - - unlimited Internet without restrictions at speed up to 200MB, after 200MB speed up to 128 Kbit/sec

Whatever option you choose and not plugged in, please read on the website of the operator with the applicable rates and conditions, as everywhere there are pitfalls. For example, if the selected option does not disable after the trip, they will continue to operate in Russia, writing off money from your account.

Internet in Abkhazia

About mobile Internet, see above. As for the availability of broadband and Wi-Fi, then in Abkhazia is more or less fine. Free Wi-Fi is available in most hotels and guest houses, in rented accommodation. However, if you stay in the rented private sector, specify the presence of Wi-Fi not everywhere it is, or maybe not "caught" in rented rooms.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Alexander the Warrior July 29, 2019
Hello! Who like to arrive with a link to the border with Abkhazia and after. It is more profitable to take? And is it possible at Adler airport to purchase a SIM card for use in Abkhazia? Thanks in advance) ...
admin 30 July, 2019

No matter any of the two operators take, there is no difference. About airport can't tell always by car went. Only one note: immediately after crossing the border of the Russian SIM cards do not use, communications from America will cost, damn it. ...
Lelik.o77 4 August, 2019
Now stationed in Abkhazia under the New Athos, the village of Primorsko. Came here ( on their own, without a vehicle)to receive medical treatment. Crossed the border in 20 minutes, without personal inspection. 10 minutes of hydrogen sulfide, the source of healing mud. Highly recommend for joints and blood purification. What about respect, do not worry, here all have wifi. The SIM card put in airplane mode using 5 km after the border. The money is not removed... spoke calmly by telephone immediately after crossing the border( like a house). A lot of minibuses, the fare is cheap. Before Athos was 200 RUB., 1 hour 20 mins with a breeze. All Abkhazians are very friendly, always ready to help and give. If you do not stay in a hotel, very cheap. The private sector 350-500 RUB 2-bed room per day. You can negotiate with food. The food they serve is phenomenal! All a good journey. ...
aaaaal 6 August, 2019
Was in Abkhazia last year. Experience the best! the food is delicious, the people are friendly (contrary to rumors). And the sea...it's just a thrill. clean, unlike the dirty Anapa. Going to visit the country again this year. Many do not have time to look...
Mitya August 31, 2019
And I on the contrary came in. Last year went 40 thousand left there 3 weeks. I liked everything. It is clear that the service is not developed yet, but I try and it is captivating. ...
Chester September 8, 2019
Last year there 8 times dangled from Adler. To rent a house there was. Pros - sea, nature, sparsely populated, the nostalgia for the Soviet Union, the sights. Minus all the abandoned, bus, driving on the road dangerous, there are few shops, pretty boring. There was a bad incident in Sukhumi with local security forces in plain clothes, passed the house of Moscow, and I caught up with the car, it stopped me abses - took me for zakladka drugs:(, found a common language, even before the station was taken, on the transfer in Psou on this day, our border guards at the exit for no reason at all asked where I'm from (town of Abkhazia).
In my opinion the best location in Pitsunda, where Sands (fishery) and in Athens, they say there are still musra, but haven't been there yet. There are many stray dogs (lying crushed on the road and walk along the beaches), cows walk on the track, a lot of wine and chacha. Syringes on beaches. Turkish radio stations are audible. Breathe irregularly to Turkey. Echoes of war, all monuments and obelisks. Exotic still the same. But, in my opinion there mentally and spiritual people. And more freedom - there are no such restrictions in Russia, border crosses, as if a stone from his shoulders. Will go there again. For extreme relaxation. ...
Romantik November 20, 2019
Was in Abkhazia more than once. Although it was a long time ago. Me and the family arranged everything: sea, nature, air, attitude. I want to go back. ...
nausla 20 November, 2019
And judging by the old town square on your avatar, more like Prague.)) ...
Skyler 21 November, 2019

That's a hundred percent agree, I was there last time three years ago and apparently nothing has changed in that time. And greatly surprised the locals - had rented a house from private owners, so all the toilets and kitchen on the street, absolutely no comforts of home, but all in the hand of smartphones and all chatyatsya somewhere :lol: :lol: so amused by this fact :lol: ...
Swallow December 9, 2019
All I was thinking about Abkhazia, but after listening to friends - so you shouldn't go at all. As they say there are no special conditions, infrastructure, nothing. I do not know. At least in principle, we have in Sochi is not perfect everywhere, but it is still heart isn't in it yet. ...