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Mobile communications operators

Megafon

Originating in St. Petersburg, Megafon is the second biggest operator in Russia, now covering nearly all the territory of the Russian Federation. Traditionally more expensive than other networks, the company has striven to offer better coverage and a broader range of business services.

Shops in the centre:
  • Building A, 43/45, Ligovsky Prospekt (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstaniya / Mayakovskaya)
  • 17, Vladimirsky Prospekt (Metro: Vladimirskaya / Dostoevskaya)
  • 18-20, Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboedova (Metro: Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor)
Website: http://spb.megafon.ru/, http://english.corp.megafon.ru/ (in English)

MTS

Russia's largest operator, covering 83 of the country's 85 regions, MTS offers mid-price services, including an wide range of mobile Internet options and several attractive monthly plans. Good coverage throughout St. Petersburg.

Shops in the centre:
  • Building A, 43/45, Ligovsky Prospekt (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstaniya / Mayakovskaya)
  • 79, Nevsky Prospekt (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstaniya / Mayakovskaya)
  • 11/2, Nevsky Prospekt (Metro: Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor, Admiralteyskaya)
Website: http://www.spb.mts.ru/, http://www.mtsgsm.com/ (in English)

Beeline

With coverage of 97% of Russia's population, Beeline provides low-cost call rates and a huge range of additional services and packages. Coverage can be patchy in some parts of St. Petersburg, however, and the range of options may be bewildering.

Shops in the centre:
  • Building A, 43/45, Ligovsky Prospekt (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstaniya / Mayakovskaya)
  • Building A, 19, Ulitsa Bolshaya Morskaya (Metro: Admiralteyskaya)
  • 54, Nevsky Prospekt (Metro: Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor)
Website: http://www.beeline.ru/, http://mobile.beeline.ru/spb/roaming/guests.wbp/ (in English)

Tele2

Noticeable for their aggressive marketing around metro stations, Swedish-based Tele2 have grabbed a reasonable share of the market in Russia by offering very low call rates and simplified registration. Previously poor, coverage is now fine throughout St. Petersburg.

Shops in the centre:
  • 105, Ligovsky Prospekt (Metro: Ligovsky Prospekt)
  • Moskva Shopping Centre, 2, Ploshchad Aleksandra Nevskogo (Metro: Ploshchad Aleksandra Nevskogo)
  • Moskovsky Station, 85, Nevsky Prospekt (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstaniya / Mayakovskaya)
Website: http://www.spb.tele2.ru/, http://www.en.tele2.ru/ (in English)

Yota

Yota only offers mobile Internet services and is the sole provider of WiMax 4G mobile broadband in Russia. If you don't have a built-in WiMax module on your laptop, you will need to buy one of Yota's USB dongles. Unlimited access by the month, the day, or the hour.

Shops in the centre:
  • Galereya Shopping Centre, 26-38, Ligovsky Prospekt (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstaniya / Mayakovskaya)
  • Vladimirsky Passazh Shopping Centre, 19, Vladimirsky Prospekt (Metro: Vladimirskaya / Dostoevskaya)
  • Pik Shopping Centre, 2, Efimova Ulitsa (Metro: Sennaya Ploshchad / Sadovaya / Spasskaya)
Website: http://www.yota.ru/
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