All Russian operators are introducing a fee for issuing new SIM cards

Russian mobile operators began to charge for a SIM card when concluding an agreement, writes Kommersant.

MegaFon and Yota have already introduced a fee of 50 rubles for a SIM card. VimpelCom (Beeline) will make the issuance of a SIM card for a fee from June 21. The cost will also be 50 rubles.

A similar innovation will appear in MTS from June 24, and in Tele2 from August 1.

In MegaFon, the SIM card fee is included in the cost of the starting balance and is automatically deducted when the number is activated.

This makes it possible to partially offset the costs of the operator for connecting a new subscriber, including the costs of the SIM cards themselves, the cost of which has increased significantly in 2022.

Megaphone

The cost of one SIM-card in June increased by 250% compared to the same period last year. By September, this figure may increase to 420%.

Russia does not mass-produce SIM-cards. Previously, operators purchased them from European companies such as Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient. Now they have to cooperate with Asian manufacturers whose products are more expensive. [Коммерсантъ]


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