Mobile communication and mobile Internet in Abkhazia
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|
|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|
|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||-||-|
|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||-||-|
|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.