|How to call a cell phone number in Russia|
International phone calls to cell phones in Russia are not much different than overseas calls to Russian land line numbers. The only noticable difference is that the rate to call a Russian mobile number is somewhat higher than a regular home or office number. Nevertheless, your rate with the phone cards from Russia Call is lower than you would expect. Another interesting thing about cell phones in Russia is that they do not follow the same pattern as the mobile numbers in the USA. Unlike the American mobile numbers, Russian cell phone numbers do not have an area code but a federal code instead.
A few easy steps to call a cell phone number in Russia
Cell phones in Russia do not have area codes but federal codes
Unlike the mobile numbers in the United States that have same area codes as land lines in a particular area, Russian mobile phones have specific codes distinct from the local area codes. Instead of using an area code, cell phones in Russia use federal codes assigned to mobile phone providers. Refer to the example below to understand the concept of federal phone codes in Russia.
American land line and cell phone numbers
Area code: The area codes are the same for mobile and local numbers in the USA.
Russian land line and cell phone numbers
Code: In the first example, 812 is the area code (called city code) in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the second example, 901 is a federal code assigned to a mobile phone provider. Note that the federal code does not narrow down the geographical location. 901 is also used for mobile numbers in Moscow and other regions.
What about the 8 or the + in the phone number
If you see a number that has an 8 before the code simply disregard it. The eight is for internal calling in Russia only. Same goes for the plus sign. European mobile phone are capable of dialing + for a phone numbers. You can actually dial a plus on a cell phone in Russia. When calling internationally the plus is not applicable, simply drop it.
Why does it cost more to call cell phone numbers in Russia
Unlike the United States where the the person receiving a phone call on a mobile phone pays for the minutes, the incoming calls on a mobile phone in Riussia are free. The calling party is paying for the call, be it local or international. In other words, a person calling from a land line in St. Petersburg pays for the call to a cell phone number in St. Petersburg. Since even the local calls to a mobile phone cost extra, the international calls to Russian cell phones are more expensive as well.
How can I know whether the phone number I am calling in Russia is a cell phone number
The advantage of having separate federal codes for mobile numbers in Russia is that you can easily tell whether you are calling a local number or a cell phone number. The current federal phone codes for the mobile phones in Russia are as follows:
How can I tell where the Russian mobile phone number is located
Yes you can since the prefix is specific to a certain geographical territory. Detailed information is available on the Russian sites.