MegaFon: Internet news and more

Today's news is mainly about the extraordinary offer "3 months of unlimited Internet as a gift" and finally an important update of the SMS + service interface. And also one small but less pleasant piece of news “for symmetry”.

SMS+: less than a year and a half

Great service, virtually unlimited SMS messages New Girl Cotton Dress from the web interface of the computer. Thanks to the provided mobile version of the SMS+ site, it works perfectly on mobile devices even with a low level of intelligence, through Opera Mini the service is also quite functional. Unlike similar competing offers, individual SMS messages are not charged, but a subscription fee of 60 rubles per month is charged. The message size limit is 200 Russian-language characters (three regular SMS), the conditional volume limit is ten such 200-character messages per day. The restriction is conditional, since starting from the 11th message, you will have to enter a simple (really simple) captcha when sending.

The uniqueness (for GSM-networks) of the service is that you can set forwarding of incoming SMS-messages to another phone number directly from the Web-interface. However, we will not repeat ourselves, if you are not familiar with this service, then it is better to read our entire review in June last year. And we will discuss important changes and improvements. Quote from an old review:

“The traffic consumed when sending SMS can be considered tolerable. About 20 KB for logging in and the same amount for sending a message. In international roaming, most likely, it will be possible to keep within one GPRS tariffication quantum, but the benefit obtained in this way personally seems to me not worth the additional hassle associated with this. When traveling around the country, an ICQ client is more convenient and profitable, but the versatility of SMS correspondence is unrivaled.

A very serious minus is the lack of confirmations about the delivery of messages. It is hoped that this functionality will be added in the future. By the way, since they started to make a comprehensive and universal SMS service on a computer and “in their pocket”, they could, for the sake of order, fasten a couple of additional “enticements” to it. For example, provide for sending Flash-SMS to the delight of fans of non-standard solutions.

This review was written before the appearance of the mobile version of the SMS+ website. After some time, they made a mobile version, and through Opera Mini the traffic became generally miserable. But the full version, in my opinion, is more convenient to work with. After a few more months, they finally attached confirmation of SMS delivery (green checkmarks on the right in the screenshot), and on this the main tasks for developing and improving the interface were considered solved. Once upon a time, additional user folders and some other “goodies” were promised, but in a year and a half the promises were forgotten. It works fine - and thank God, and the best, as you know, is the enemy of the good.

However, in the process of "major redevelopment" of the main site, SMS+ was also remembered, and the service interface was brought into line with the new corporate standard. It seems to have become a little prettier, although I have always been too lazy to engage in a comparative analysis of the glucose content in horseradish and radish. In addition to cosmetic procedures, at the same time (?), they introduced all those changes and improvements that were “under the cloth” and were waiting in the wings. Or it just coincided in time, this happens too.

The once-promised folders have materialized as a New Year's gift. And not just folders, filters appeared in the interface settings that allow you to fully automate the process of “scattering” incoming SMS into different folders, conveniently. It was user folders that were not enough to organize a full-fledged archive of all SMS correspondence, since after a year and a half even an effective search system ceases to help out. And storing all SMS-correspondence for any period separately from the "current" telephone set is not only convenient, but also extremely useful.

Another interesting innovation is the ability to sort Blackberry-style SMS messages. It is enough to click on the “specially trained button” under any SMS, and the screen displays the complete history of your correspondence with this number in the form of a dialogue in which incoming-outgoing SMS are sorted in blocks by date and within dates by the time of sending. It will be hard for iPhone owners to believe this, but the general list of incoming SMS has not gone away, and even any individual message can be deleted without sending all correspondence to the trash.

The rest of the changes (from those noticed) are more related to the interface. Although there is a suspicion that during the operation of the service some other novelties may be found.

What else can you expect from the SMS+ service? It would be nice to integrate sending / receiving MMS into the interface, but not with a simultaneous increase in the monthly fee. Ideally, with payment for SMS correspondence, leave everything as it is, and send MMS messages to be charged by the piece at a price. No, not even necessarily at some special prices, let's not want too much. Let them do it at the standard price of MMS in the O'Hard tariff.

Unlimited internet as a gift

Or a modem as a gift, plus unlimited internet at a discount, that's how anyone likes it. As usual, MegaFon from the capital pleased its subscribers with a crossword puzzle. First, an advertisement appears in the metro, in which it is proposed to find out the details in the contact center, then the action itself is launched, then the information is communicated to the employees of the contact center, and a day or two after that, the news release appears on the site. The sequence of steps has been carefully observed for more than a year, apparently, to intrigue and stir up interest.

We read the news description here, the essence of the action in quotes:

". the set consists of a compact high-speed 3G USB modem E173 for wireless access to the global network and the MegaFon-Login tariff plan. The cost of the kit is 1190 rubles. Each owner of the holiday package as a New Year's gift gets the opportunity to use the Internet for free for three months - the participants of the action are connected to the package of unlimited Internet "Maximum". At the end of the three-month period, you can continue to use the Internet without paying for traffic by connecting any of the unlimited access packages to your liking. The promotion runs from November 25 this year to January 15, 2011. at MegaFon offices and dealerships in Moscow and the Moscow region.

Some details of the promotion that are not striking or not included in the description at all:

  • The kit includes a Huawei E173 modem that supports GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA 7.2 Mbps. / HSUPA 5.7 Mbps Description can be found here.
  • Voice services are not provided on the SIM card, thanks to which the kit can be sold (and is being sold) without registration and presenting a passport. Although, according to reviews, there are cases of registering a SIM card on the owner's passport when buying a box. Either they changed their mind in a couple of days, or the initiative of individual employees with a heightened sense of responsibility.
  • Free Internet for three months is connected when the SIM card is activated, at the same moment the counter starts.According to some assumptions, the volume of the counter is 90 days (about 3 months).
  • The inscription on the sticker: "the kit is valid until June 01, 2011". As correctly noted on the forum, until June 1, the SIM card can be activated, but unlimited Internet will be connected, most likely, only if the card is activated before January 15.
  • The "Maximum" package provides for connection at the maximum available speed, upon reaching the threshold of 16 gigabytes of traffic in the current month, the speed is reduced to 64 Kbps.
  • Money on the balance sheet - 20 rubles. Three months of free Internet are not realized by the presence of virtual 4,200 rubles. on the balance, but with a special (?) free service-package "Maximum_0". Three months after the activation of the card, the package should turn off by itself, and the “bottom line” is the “Login” tariff without a monthly fee, which you can continue to use.
  • Service Guide is available, the login password is PUK1 (under the protective layer on the SIM card).

The modem itself is quite good. In terms of sensitivity, stability and speed characteristics, it resembles the very successful Huawei E1750. Maybe the Huawei E173 is slightly worse, but that will become clear after some time of testing and comparison. But constructively, Huawei E173 is more successful: the case does not creak, does not play, and the card compartment cover does not fall off spontaneously.

The review of the modem will be a little later, but two days of communication with the device did not cause negative emotions, a very good modem. Unlike the widely used predecessor Huawei E1550, the relatively "fresh" Huawei E173 supports HSUPA (data transfer "up" at speeds up to 5.7 Mbps). To be honest, now I don’t see any point in acquiring a morally obsolete Huawei E1550 modem with noticeably worse parameters. It would be much more logical to complete the New Year's offer of free Internet with the Huawei E1550 model leaving the market. These modems are in MegaFon stores at a price of about 800 rubles. without any free Internet packages in the kit, and what they are now going to do with them, I don’t understand. Although, the time of New Year's gifts is on the nose, maybe they will sort it out. Or they will come up with some other Internet kit at a very attractive price.

In the meantime, the current "Unlimited Internet as a gift" looks very tempting, especially for its 1,190 rubles. A three-month Internet anlim will come in handy on the farm, and the nimble E173 included in the kit will stimulate those who cannot raise their hand to upgrade their old but functional modem for the full price.

Warm welcome

News from the "Note to the hostess" category, in the Moscow region at the "Warm welcome" tariff, when a new contract is activated, the "Weather" content service is automatically activated. And, unfortunately, after a free test period (7 days), the service itself does not turn off, but becomes paid (15 rubles per month). Read the news here, quote:

". according to the tariff plan "Warm welcome". When concluding an agreement on the provision of communication services (activation of a SIM card) on the specified tariff plan after 12/16/2010, subscribers are automatically provided with the Weather subscription service. Within 7 days from the moment of activation of the SIM card with the above tariff plan, the Weather subscription service is provided free of charge. After this period, a subscription fee of 0.5 rubles is charged for using the service. per day including VAT. Self-deactivation by the subscriber of the "Weather" subscription service is available using an SMS command with the text STOP PP to number 5151 or on the website http://podpiski.megafon.ru/".

15 rub. per month - small money, but that is why many will not notice the additional "burden" on the personal account. And even noticing, they will come to terms with the daily loss of 50 kopecks.

MegaFon: Internet news and more

Today's news is mainly about the extraordinary offer "3 months of unlimited Internet as a gift" and finally an important update of the SMS + service interface. And also one small but less pleasant piece of news “for symmetry”.

SMS+: less than a year and a half

Great service, virtually unlimited SMS messages New Girl Cotton Dress from the web interface of the computer. Thanks to the provided mobile version of the SMS+ site, it works perfectly on mobile devices even with a low level of intelligence, through Opera Mini the service is also quite functional. Unlike similar competing offers, individual SMS messages are not charged, but a subscription fee of 60 rubles per month is charged. The message size limit is 200 Russian-language characters (three regular SMS), the conditional volume limit is ten such 200-character messages per day. The restriction is conditional, since starting from the 11th message, you will have to enter a simple (really simple) captcha when sending.

The uniqueness (for GSM-networks) of the service is that you can set forwarding of incoming SMS-messages to another phone number directly from the Web-interface. However, we will not repeat ourselves, if you are not familiar with this service, then it is better to read our entire review in June last year. And we will discuss important changes and improvements. Quote from an old review:

“The traffic consumed when sending SMS can be considered tolerable. About 20 KB for logging in and the same amount for sending a message. In international roaming, most likely, it will be possible to keep within one GPRS tariffication quantum, but the benefit obtained in this way personally seems to me not worth the additional hassle associated with this. When traveling around the country, an ICQ client is more convenient and profitable, but the versatility of SMS correspondence is unrivaled.

A very serious minus is the lack of confirmations about the delivery of messages. It is hoped that this functionality will be added in the future. By the way, since they started to make a comprehensive and universal SMS service on a computer and “in their pocket”, they could, for the sake of order, fasten a couple of additional “enticements” to it. For example, provide for sending Flash-SMS to the delight of fans of non-standard solutions.

This review was written before the appearance of the mobile version of the SMS+ website. After some time, they made a mobile version, and through Opera Mini the traffic became generally miserable. But the full version, in my opinion, is more convenient to work with. After a few more months, they finally attached confirmation of SMS delivery (green checkmarks on the right in the screenshot), and on this the main tasks for developing and improving the interface were considered solved. Once upon a time, additional user folders and some other “goodies” were promised, but in a year and a half the promises were forgotten. It works fine - and thank God, and the best, as you know, is the enemy of the good.

However, in the process of "major redevelopment" of the main site, SMS+ was also remembered, and the service interface was brought into line with the new corporate standard. It seems to have become a little prettier, although I have always been too lazy to engage in a comparative analysis of the glucose content in horseradish and radish. In addition to cosmetic procedures, at the same time (?), they introduced all those changes and improvements that were “under the cloth” and were waiting in the wings. Or it just coincided in time, this happens too.

The once-promised folders have materialized as a New Year's gift. And not just folders, filters appeared in the interface settings that allow you to fully automate the process of “scattering” incoming SMS into different folders, conveniently. It was user folders that were not enough to organize a full-fledged archive of all SMS correspondence, since after a year and a half even an effective search system ceases to help out. And storing all SMS-correspondence for any period separately from the "current" telephone set is not only convenient, but also extremely useful.

Another interesting innovation is the ability to sort SMS messages in Blackberry style. It is enough to click on the “specially trained button” under any SMS, and the screen displays the complete history of your correspondence with this number in the form of a dialogue in which incoming-outgoing SMS are sorted in blocks by date and within dates by the time of sending. It will be hard for iPhone owners to believe this, but the general list of incoming SMS has not gone away, and even any individual message can be deleted without sending all correspondence to the trash.

The rest of the changes (from those noticed) are more related to the interface. Although there is a suspicion that during the operation of the service some other novelties may be found.

What else can you expect from the SMS+ service? It would be nice to integrate sending / receiving MMS into the interface, but not with a simultaneous increase in the monthly fee. Ideally, with payment for SMS correspondence, leave everything as it is, and send MMS messages to be charged by the piece at a price. No, not even necessarily at some special prices, let's not want too much. Let them do it at the standard price of MMS in the O'Hard tariff.

Unlimited internet as a gift

Or a modem as a gift, plus unlimited internet at a discount, that's how anyone likes it. As usual, MegaFon from the capital pleased its subscribers with a crossword puzzle. First, an advertisement appears in the metro, in which it is proposed to find out the details in the contact center, then the action itself is launched, then the information is communicated to the employees of the contact center, and a day or two after that, the news release appears on the site. The sequence of steps has been carefully observed for more than a year, apparently, to intrigue and stir up interest.

We read the news description here, the essence of the action in quotes:

". the set consists of a compact high-speed 3G USB modem E173 for wireless access to the global network and the MegaFon-Login tariff plan. The cost of the kit is 1190 rubles. Each owner of the holiday package as a New Year's gift gets the opportunity to use the Internet for free for three months - the participants of the action are connected to the package of unlimited Internet "Maximum". At the end of the three-month period, you can continue to use the Internet without paying for traffic by connecting any of the unlimited access packages to your liking. The promotion runs from November 25 this year to January 15, 2011. at MegaFon offices and dealerships in Moscow and the Moscow region.

Some details of the promotion that are not striking or not included in the description at all:

  • The kit includes a Huawei E173 modem that supports GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA 7.2 Mbps. / HSUPA 5.7 Mbps Description can be found here.
  • Voice services are not provided on the SIM card, thanks to which the kit can be sold (and is being sold) without registration and presenting a passport. Although, according to reviews, there are cases of registering a SIM card on the owner's passport when buying a box. Either they changed their mind in a couple of days, or the initiative of individual employees with a heightened sense of responsibility.
  • Free Internet for three months is connected when the SIM card is activated, at the same moment the counter starts.According to some assumptions, the volume of the counter is 90 days (about 3 months).
  • The inscription on the sticker: "the kit is valid until June 01, 2011". As correctly noted on the forum, until June 1, the SIM card can be activated, but unlimited Internet will be connected, most likely, only if the card is activated before January 15.
  • The "Maximum" package provides for connection at the maximum available speed, upon reaching the threshold of 16 gigabytes of traffic in the current month, the speed is reduced to 64 Kbps.
  • Money on the balance sheet - 20 rubles. Three months of free Internet are not realized by the presence of virtual 4,200 rubles. on the balance, but with a special (?) free service-package "Maximum_0". Three months after the activation of the card, the package should turn off by itself, and the “bottom line” is the “Login” tariff without a monthly fee, which you can continue to use.
  • Service Guide is available, the login password is PUK1 (under the protective layer on the SIM card).

The modem itself is quite good. In terms of sensitivity, stability and speed characteristics, it resembles the very successful Huawei E1750. Maybe the Huawei E173 is slightly worse, but that will become clear after some time of testing and comparison. But constructively, Huawei E173 is more successful: the case does not creak, does not play, and the card compartment cover does not fall off spontaneously.

The review of the modem will be a little later, but two days of communication with the device did not cause negative emotions, a very good modem. Unlike the widely used predecessor Huawei E1550, the relatively "fresh" Huawei E173 supports HSUPA (data transfer "up" at speeds up to 5.7 Mbps). To be honest, now I don’t see any point in acquiring a morally obsolete Huawei E1550 modem with noticeably worse parameters. It would be much more logical to complete the New Year's offer of free Internet with the Huawei E1550 model leaving the market. These modems are in MegaFon stores at a price of about 800 rubles. without any free Internet packages in the kit, and what they are now going to do with them, I don’t understand. Although, the time of New Year's gifts is on the nose, maybe they will sort it out. Or they will come up with some other Internet kit at a very attractive price.

In the meantime, the current "Unlimited Internet as a gift" looks very tempting, especially for its 1,190 rubles. A three-month Internet anlim will come in handy on the farm, and the nimble E173 included in the kit will stimulate those who cannot raise their hand to upgrade their old but functional modem for the full price.

Warm welcome

News from the "Note to the hostess" category, in the Moscow region at the "Warm welcome" tariff, when a new contract is activated, the "Weather" content service is automatically activated. And, unfortunately, after a free test period (7 days), the service itself does not turn off, but becomes paid (15 rubles per month). Read the news here, quote:

". according to the tariff plan "Warm welcome". When concluding an agreement on the provision of communication services (activation of a SIM card) on the specified tariff plan after 12/16/2010, subscribers are automatically provided with the Weather subscription service. Within 7 days from the moment of activation of the SIM card with the above tariff plan, the Weather subscription service is provided free of charge. After this period, a subscription fee of 0.5 rubles is charged for using the service. per day including VAT. Self-deactivation by the subscriber of the "Weather" subscription service is available using an SMS command with the text STOP PP to number 5151 or on the website http://podpiski.megafon.ru/".

15 rub. per month - small money, but that is why many will not notice the additional "burden" on the personal account. And even noticing, they will come to terms with the daily loss of 50 kopecks.

MegaFon: Internet news and more

Today's news is mainly about the extraordinary offer "3 months of unlimited Internet as a gift" and finally an important update of the SMS + service interface. And also one small but less pleasant piece of news “for symmetry”.

SMS+: less than a year and a half

Great service, virtually unlimited SMS messages New Girl Cotton Dress from the web interface of the computer. Thanks to the provided mobile version of the SMS+ website, it works perfectly on mobile devices even with a low level of intelligence; through Opera Mini, the service is also quite functional. Unlike similar competing offers, individual SMS messages are not charged, but a subscription fee of 60 rubles per month is charged. The message size limit is 200 Russian-language characters (three regular SMS), the conditional volume limit is ten such 200-character messages per day. The restriction is conditional, since starting from the 11th message, you will have to enter a simple (really simple) captcha when sending.

The uniqueness (for GSM-networks) of the service is that you can set forwarding of incoming SMS-messages to another phone number directly from the Web-interface. However, we will not repeat ourselves, if you are not familiar with this service, then it is better to read our entire review in June last year. And we will discuss important changes and improvements. Quote from an old review:

“The traffic consumed when sending SMS can be considered tolerable. About 20 KB for logging in and the same amount for sending a message. In international roaming, most likely, it will be possible to keep within one GPRS tariffication quantum, but the benefit obtained in this way personally seems to me not worth the additional hassle associated with this. When traveling around the country, an ICQ client is more convenient and profitable, but the versatility of SMS correspondence is unrivaled.

A very serious minus is the lack of confirmations about the delivery of messages. It is hoped that this functionality will be added in the future. By the way, since they started to make a comprehensive and universal SMS service on a computer and “in their pocket”, they could, for the sake of order, fasten a couple of additional “enticements” to it. For example, provide for sending Flash-SMS to the delight of fans of non-standard solutions.

This review was written before the appearance of the mobile version of the SMS+ website. After some time, they made a mobile version, and through Opera Mini the traffic became generally miserable. But the full version, in my opinion, is more convenient to work with. After a few more months, they finally attached confirmation of SMS delivery (green checkmarks on the right in the screenshot), and on this the main tasks for developing and improving the interface were considered solved. Once upon a time, additional user folders and some other “goodies” were promised, but in a year and a half the promises were forgotten. It works fine - and thank God, and the best, as you know, is the enemy of the good.

However, in the process of "major redevelopment" of the main site, SMS+ was also remembered, and the service interface was brought into line with the new corporate standard. It seems to have become a little prettier, although I have always been too lazy to engage in a comparative analysis of the glucose content in horseradish and radish. In addition to cosmetic procedures, at the same time (?), they introduced all those changes and improvements that were “under the cloth” and were waiting in the wings. Or it just coincided in time, this happens too.

The once-promised folders have materialized as a New Year's gift. And not just folders, filters appeared in the interface settings that allow you to fully automate the process of “scattering” incoming SMS into different folders, conveniently. It was user folders that were not enough to organize a full-fledged archive of all SMS correspondence, since after a year and a half even an effective search system ceases to help out. And storing all SMS-correspondence for any period separately from the "current" telephone set is not only convenient, but also extremely useful.

Another interesting innovation is the ability to sort Blackberry-style SMS messages. It is enough to click on the “specially trained button” under any SMS, and the screen displays the complete history of your correspondence with this number in the form of a dialogue in which incoming-outgoing SMS are sorted in blocks by date and within dates by the time of sending. It will be hard for iPhone owners to believe this, but the general list of incoming SMS has not gone away, and even any individual message can be deleted without sending all correspondence to the trash.

The rest of the changes (from those noticed) are more related to the interface. Although there is a suspicion that during the operation of the service some other novelties may be found.

What else can you expect from the SMS+ service? It would be nice to integrate sending / receiving MMS into the interface, but not with a simultaneous increase in the monthly fee. Ideally, with payment for SMS correspondence, leave everything as it is, and send MMS messages to be charged by the piece at a price. No, not even necessarily at some special prices, let's not want too much. Let them do it at the standard price of MMS in the O'Hard tariff.

Unlimited internet as a gift

Or a modem as a gift, plus unlimited internet at a discount, that's how anyone likes it. As usual, MegaFon from the capital pleased its subscribers with a crossword puzzle. First, an advertisement appears in the metro, in which it is proposed to find out the details in the contact center, then the action itself is launched, then the information is communicated to the employees of the contact center, and a day or two after that, the news release appears on the site. The sequence of steps has been carefully observed for more than a year, apparently, to intrigue and stir up interest.

We read the news description here, the essence of the action in quotes:

". the set consists of a compact high-speed 3G USB modem E173 for wireless access to the global network and the MegaFon-Login tariff plan. The cost of the kit is 1190 rubles. Each owner of the holiday package as a New Year's gift gets the opportunity to use the Internet for free for three months - the participants of the action are connected to the package of unlimited Internet "Maximum". At the end of the three-month period, you can continue to use the Internet without paying for traffic by connecting any of the unlimited access packages to your liking. The promotion runs from November 25 this year to January 15, 2011. at MegaFon offices and dealerships in Moscow and the Moscow region.

Some details of the promotion that are not striking or not included in the description at all:

  • The kit includes a Huawei E173 modem that supports GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA 7.2 Mbps. / HSUPA 5.7 Mbps Description can be found here.
  • Voice services are not provided on the SIM card, thanks to which the kit can be sold (and is being sold) without registration and presenting a passport. Although, according to reviews, there are cases of registering a SIM card on the owner's passport when buying a box. Either they changed their mind in a couple of days, or the initiative of individual employees with a heightened sense of responsibility.
  • Free Internet for three months is connected when the SIM card is activated, at the same moment the counter starts.According to some assumptions, the volume of the counter is 90 days (about 3 months).
  • The inscription on the sticker: "the kit is valid until June 01, 2011". As correctly noted on the forum, until June 1, the SIM card can be activated, but unlimited Internet will be connected, most likely, only if the card is activated before January 15.
  • The "Maximum" package provides for connection at the maximum available speed, upon reaching the threshold of 16 gigabytes of traffic in the current month, the speed is reduced to 64 Kbps.
  • Money on the balance sheet - 20 rubles. Three months of free Internet are not realized by the presence of virtual 4,200 rubles. on the balance, but with a special (?) free service-package "Maximum_0". Three months after the activation of the card, the package should turn off by itself, and the “bottom line” is the “Login” tariff without a monthly fee, which you can continue to use.
  • Service Guide is available, the login password is PUK1 (under the protective layer on the SIM card).

The modem itself is quite good. In terms of sensitivity, stability and speed characteristics, it resembles the very successful Huawei E1750. Maybe the Huawei E173 is slightly worse, but that will become clear after some time of testing and comparison. But constructively, Huawei E173 is more successful: the case does not creak, does not play, and the card compartment cover does not fall off spontaneously.

The review of the modem will be a little later, but two days of communication with the device did not cause negative emotions, a very good modem. Unlike the widely used predecessor Huawei E1550, the relatively "fresh" Huawei E173 supports HSUPA (data transfer "up" at speeds up to 5.7 Mbps). To be honest, now I don’t see any point in acquiring a morally obsolete Huawei E1550 modem with noticeably worse parameters. It would be much more logical to complete the New Year's offer of free Internet with the Huawei E1550 model leaving the market. These modems are in MegaFon stores at a price of about 800 rubles. without any free Internet packages in the kit, and what they are now going to do with them, I don’t understand. Although, the time of New Year's gifts is on the nose, maybe they will sort it out. Or they will come up with some other Internet kit at a very attractive price.

In the meantime, the current "Unlimited Internet as a gift" looks very tempting, especially for its 1,190 rubles. A three-month Internet anlim will come in handy on the farm, and the nimble E173 included in the kit will stimulate those who cannot raise their hand to upgrade their old but functional modem for the full price.

Warm welcome

News from the "Note to the hostess" category, in the Moscow region at the "Warm welcome" tariff, when a new contract is activated, the "Weather" content service is automatically activated. And, unfortunately, after a free test period (7 days), the service itself does not turn off, but becomes paid (15 rubles per month). Read the news here, quote:

". according to the tariff plan "Warm welcome". When concluding an agreement on the provision of communication services (activation of a SIM card) on the specified tariff plan after 12/16/2010, subscribers are automatically provided with the Weather subscription service. Within 7 days from the date of activation of the SIM card with the above tariff plan, the Weather subscription service is provided free of charge. After this period, a subscription fee of 0.5 rubles is charged for using the service. per day including VAT. Self-deactivation by the subscriber of the "Weather" subscription service is available using an SMS command with the text STOP PP to number 5151 or on the website http://podpiski.megafon.ru/".

15 rub. per month - small money, but that is why many will not notice the additional "burden" on the personal account. And even noticing, they will come to terms with the daily loss of 50 kopecks.

MegaFon: Internet news and more

Today's news is mainly about the extraordinary offer "3 months of unlimited Internet as a gift" and finally an important update of the SMS + service interface. And also one small but less pleasant piece of news “for symmetry”.

SMS+: less than a year and a half

Great service, virtually unlimited New Girl Cotton Dress SMS messages from a computer web interface. Thanks to the provided mobile version of the SMS+ site, it works perfectly on mobile devices even with a low level of intelligence, through Opera Mini the service is also quite functional. Unlike similar competing offers, individual SMS messages are not charged, but a subscription fee of 60 rubles per month is charged. The message size limit is 200 Russian-language characters (three regular SMS), the conditional volume limit is ten such 200-character messages per day. The restriction is conditional, since starting from the 11th message, you will have to enter a simple (really simple) captcha when sending.

Excellent service, virtually unlimited SMS messages New Girl Cotton Dress New Girl Cotton Dress from the web interface of the computer. Thanks to the provided mobile version of the SMS+ site, it works perfectly on mobile devices even with a low level of intelligence, through Opera Mini the service is also quite functional. Unlike similar competing offers, individual SMS messages are not charged, but a subscription fee of 60 rubles per month is charged. The message size limit is 200 Russian-language characters (three regular SMS), the conditional volume limit is ten such 200-character messages per day. The restriction is conditional, since starting from the 11th message, you will have to enter a simple (really simple) captcha when sending.

The uniqueness (for GSM-networks) of the service is that you can set forwarding of incoming SMS-messages to another phone number directly from the Web-interface. However, we will not repeat ourselves, if you are not familiar with this service, then it is better to read our entire review in June last year. And we will discuss important changes and improvements. Quote from an old review:

“The traffic consumed when sending SMS can be considered tolerable. About 20 KB for logging in and the same amount for sending a message. In international roaming, most likely, it will be possible to keep within one GPRS tariffication quantum, but the benefit obtained in this way personally seems to me not worth the additional hassle associated with this. When traveling around the country, the ICQ client is more convenient and profitable, but the versatility of SMS correspondence is unrivaled.

A very serious minus is the lack of confirmations about the delivery of messages. It is hoped that this functionality will be added in the future. By the way, since they started to make a comprehensive and universal SMS service on a computer and “in their pocket”, they could, for the sake of order, fasten a couple of additional “enticements” to it. For example, provide for sending Flash-SMS to the delight of fans of non-standard solutions.

This review was written before the appearance of the mobile version of the SMS+ site. After some time, they made a mobile version, and through Opera Mini the traffic became generally miserable. But the full version, in my opinion, is more convenient to work with. After a few more months, they finally attached confirmation of SMS delivery (green checkmarks on the right in the screenshot), and on this the main tasks for developing and improving the interface were considered solved. Once upon a time, additional user folders and some other “goodies” were promised, but in a year and a half the promises were forgotten. It works fine - and thank God, and the best, as you know, is the enemy of the good.

However, in the process of "major redevelopment" of the main site, SMS+ was also remembered, and the service interface was brought into line with the new corporate standard. It seems to have become a little prettier, although I have always been too lazy to engage in a comparative analysis of the glucose content in horseradish and radish. In addition to cosmetic procedures, at the same time (?) They introduced all those changes and improvements that were “under the cloth” and were waiting in the wings. Or just coincided in time, this also happens.

The once-promised folders have materialized as a New Year's gift. And not just folders, filters appeared in the interface settings that allow you to fully automate the process of “scattering” incoming SMS into different folders, conveniently. It was user folders that were not enough to organize a full-fledged archive of all SMS correspondence, since after a year and a half even an effective search system ceases to help out. And storing all SMS-correspondence for any period separately from the "current" telephone set is not only convenient, but also extremely useful.

Another interesting innovation is the ability to sort Blackberry-style SMS messages. It is enough to click on the “specially trained button” under any SMS, and the screen displays the complete history of your correspondence with this number in the form of a dialogue in which incoming-outgoing SMS are sorted in blocks by date and within dates by the time of sending. It will be hard for iPhone owners to believe this, but the general list of incoming SMS has not gone away, and even any individual message can be deleted without sending all correspondence to the trash.

The rest of the changes (from those noticed) are more related to the interface. Although there is a suspicion that during the operation of the service some other novelties may be found.

What else can you expect from the SMS+ service? It would be nice to integrate sending / receiving MMS into the interface, but not with a simultaneous increase in the monthly fee. Ideally, with payment for SMS correspondence, leave everything as it is, and send MMS messages to be charged by the piece at a price. No, not even necessarily at some special prices, let's not want too much. Let them do it at the standard price of MMS in the O'Hard tariff.

Unlimited internet as a gift

Or a modem as a gift, plus unlimited internet at a discount, that's how anyone likes it. As usual, MegaFon from the capital pleased its subscribers with a crossword puzzle. First, an advertisement appears in the metro, in which it is proposed to find out the details in the contact center, then the action itself is launched, then the information is communicated to the employees of the contact center, and a day or two after that, the news release appears on the site. The sequence of steps has been carefully observed for more than a year, apparently, to intrigue and stir up interest.

We read the news description here, the essence of the action in quotes:

". the set consists of a compact high-speed 3G USB modem E173 for wireless access to the global network and the MegaFon-Login tariff plan. The cost of the kit is 1190 rubles. Each owner of the holiday package as a New Year's gift gets the opportunity to use the Internet for free for three months - the participants of the action are connected to the package of unlimited Internet "Maximum". At the end of the three-month period, you can continue to use the Internet without paying for traffic by connecting any of the unlimited access packages to your liking. The promotion runs from November 25 this year to January 15, 2011. at MegaFon offices and dealerships in Moscow and the Moscow region.

Some details of the promotion that are not striking or not included in the description at all:

  • The kit includes a Huawei E173 modem that supports GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA 7.2 Mbps. / HSUPA 5.7 Mbps Description can be found here.
  • Voice services are not provided on the SIM card, thanks to which the kit can be sold (and is being sold) without registration and presenting a passport. Although, according to reviews, there are cases of registering a SIM card on the owner's passport when buying a box. Either they changed their mind in a couple of days, or the initiative of individual employees with a heightened sense of responsibility.
  • Free Internet for three months is connected when the SIM card is activated, at the same moment the counter starts. According to some assumptions, the volume of the counter is 90 days (about 3 months).
  • The inscription on the sticker: "the kit is valid until June 01, 2011". As correctly noted on the forum, until June 1, the SIM card can be activated, but unlimited Internet will be connected, most likely, only if the card is activated before January 15.
  • The "Maximum" package provides for connection at the maximum available speed, upon reaching the threshold of 16 gigabytes of traffic in the current month, the speed is reduced to 64 Kbps.
  • Money on the balance sheet - 20 rubles. Three months of free Internet are not realized by the presence of virtual 4,200 rubles. on the balance, but with a special (?) free service-package "Maximum_0". Three months after the activation of the card, the package should turn off by itself, and the “bottom line” is the “Login” tariff without a monthly fee, which you can continue to use.
  • Service Guide is available, the login password is PUK1 (under the protective layer on the SIM card).

The modem itself is quite good. In terms of sensitivity, stability and speed characteristics, it resembles the very successful Huawei E1750. Maybe the Huawei E173 is slightly worse, but that will become clear after some time of testing and comparison. But constructively, Huawei E173 is more successful: the case does not creak, does not play, and the card compartment cover does not fall off spontaneously.

The review of the modem will be a little later, but two days of communication with the device did not cause negative emotions, a very good modem. Unlike the widely used predecessor Huawei E1550, the relatively "fresh" Huawei E173 supports HSUPA (data transfer "up" at speeds up to 5.7 Mbps). To be honest, now I don’t see any point in acquiring a morally obsolete Huawei E1550 modem with noticeably worse parameters. It would be much more logical to complete the New Year's offer of free Internet with the Huawei E1550 model leaving the market. These modems are in MegaFon stores at a price of about 800 rubles. without any free Internet packages in the kit, and what they are now going to do with them, I don’t understand. Although, the time of New Year's gifts is on the nose, maybe they will sort it out. Or they will come up with some other Internet kit at a very attractive price.

In the meantime, the current "Unlimited Internet as a gift" looks very tempting, especially for its 1,190 rubles. A three-month Internet anlim will come in handy on the farm, and the nimble E173 included in the kit will stimulate those who cannot raise their hand to upgrade their old but functional modem for the full price.

Warm welcome

News from the "Note to the hostess" category, in the Moscow region at the "Warm welcome" tariff, when a new contract is activated, the "Weather" content service is automatically activated. And, unfortunately, after a free test period (7 days), the service itself does not turn off, but becomes paid (15 rubles per month). Read the news here, quote:

". according to the tariff plan "Warm welcome". When concluding an agreement on the provision of communication services (activation of a SIM card) on the specified tariff plan after 12/16/2010, subscribers are automatically provided with the Weather subscription service. Within 7 days from the date of activation of the SIM card with the above tariff plan, the Weather subscription service is provided free of charge. After this period, a subscription fee of 0.5 rubles is charged for using the service. per day including VAT. Self-deactivation by the subscriber of the "Weather" subscription service is available using an SMS command with the text STOP PP to number 5151 or on the website http://podpiski.megafon.ru/".

15 rub. per month - small money, but that is why many will not notice the additional "burden" on the personal account. And even noticing, they will come to terms with the daily loss of 50 kopecks.