What happens to mobile communications in Ukraine


In addition to the main Kyivstar, I took Lifecell, which catches 4G even in the most inaccessible places.

But what about the main Ukrainian operators:

General information for you to understand


Tariffs of all mobile operators in Ukraine are designed for a person who does not want to understand their wilds. Such a thing can be easily imposed on useless, but expensive services: how can I even refuse to understand such sometimes?

I looked at all the options from the three local market leaders (Kyivstar, Lifecell and Vodafone) through the eyes of the man in the street and collected the tariffs that they offer into a whole fan from the tables. They are hidden under the logos of operators.

Pay attention: I consider tariffs only in the territory of the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, and do not delve into regional peculiarities in order not to injure your psyche.

In order not to break the eyes and head, left only the important. Useless “husk” as much as possible removed.

Each of the operators is trying to occupy their niche and aggressively fighting with rivals: what is the only cost for unlimited calls within the network and tight restrictions on communication outside the country .

Operator “Kyivstar” different balance

Kyivstar is the leader of the mobile communications market in Ukraine. He has more or less balanced rates that will suit the majority, and good communication coverage.

Personally, I’m most interested in the operator’s offer for the “Maximum Unlimited”prepayment for 525 rubles , as its price already includes home Internet service, which costs almost half of the tariff price alone.

Nevertheless, most of my compatriots have enough tariffs for 175, 235 and 350 rubles . They include 2, 4 and 9 GB of Internet, respectively – it is quite enough for the non-most activemobile user.

The top contractual offers of the operator for 1165 and 2330 rubles . include a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and unlimited internet. This is true if you really use the office suite of applications and services. But personally, I’m much closer to a bunch of Apple and Google, so I don’t even look in their direction.

Contract tariffs in Ukraine differ from prepayments, to a greater extent, only by the ability to go into the negative and pay for services after the fact.

Kyivstar leads in most regions of the country. On the one hand, this is great, as calls within the network are unlimited. On the other hand, due to the heavy workload, he often has problems with communication , and this is especially critical in tourist places, in the mountains and near the sea.

Operator Lifecell is betting on the Internet

Lifecell is the youngest operator that today relies on the Internet. This is correct, and in many cases it works better for him than for competitors.

This operator has a wide range of different tariffs and their modifications. All of them are positioned as youth: they have a lot of Internet and are limitless on social services. Since there are fewer subscribers to them, in all there are noticeably more minutes to other operators.

By the second number, I connected to the “HYIP” tariff for 198 rubles . It includes 10 GB of mobile traffic, and this is more than enough for me to insure myself in business matters when Kyivstar refuses to work.

Since I live near the sea, and there are plenty of tourists here in the summer, this question is especially acute for me.

But in sum with Lifecell everything is difficult. On the one hand, everything is cool with mobile Internet and access to 4G almost everywhere. On the other hand, it may simply not work in the center of a big city.

The operator Vodafone offers to communicate with overseas

Vodafone lost confidence and popularity, while moving from one hand to another. Today, the average user (subjectively) it is useful only in the push-button phone for calls abroad.

Vodafone, which used to be MTS, and even earlier, UMC, today has the most tariffs for every taste. Almost all of them have packages of minutes for calls abroad, and this is interesting. For example, just 152 rubles . a month, with the help of it, you can talk with relatives from Russia for half an hour.

The operator has a fairly large base of business clients from the “best” times, so he tries to appease them to the fullest. Service at the highest level, and consultants are ready for almost everything.

However, in my region (southern Ukraine), it is very poorly developed, even 4G does not work everywhere, so I consider it only on the residual basis. In some other areas, the situation is better, but with active movement around the country, you will lose out.

With Vodafone everything is difficult. On the one hand, calling abroad is great. On the other hand, the number of minutes is so insignificant that for me personally this is not an advantage. Moreover, in 2018, it is easier to use Internet services for this.

Tariff Summary

Today in Ukraine, Kyivstar is the most balanced, Lifecell for those who use the Internet most actively, and Vodafone cooler for calls abroad is my opinion.

In iPhone Xs Max, I use a bundle from Kyivstar and Lifecell. The latter chose the default access to mobile Internet.

I also have a Russian Beeline, but this is a completely different story.

In sum, of course everything is bad:

  • There are too many tariffs, and they are all opaque: with a bunch of pitfalls and additional services.
  • There is nowhere to look for help – in the stores of communication they are silent about a lot, I haven’t been able to reach the operators by phone all day, and online is no better than at points of sale.
  • Tariffs change regularly and are even more misleading.
  • No migration between operators with saving numbers. This is promised in the future, but today it is not enough.
  • Strangely enough, the question of the quality of communication often arises, and this is unforgivable in 2018.
  • There is a problem of the so-called roaming, about which in the end.

The only good thing is that there is no official binding to the passport of ordinary prepaid tariffs, which is great. The law also makes it possible to link a pair of SIM cards to one number; some operators offer this service.

Is it better in Russia?

In Russia, the problem of roaming is more acute: the country is much wider in area, so I am not even surprised at this. In Ukraine, there is the concept of “Home Region”, in which normal tariffs operate – outside of it, prices become wild, but not like in the Russian Federation.

Unlimited Internet in Russia is available for a lot of money, but there are no such rigid restrictions on calls to other operators.

But in general, the situations in the two countries are very similar , and some tariffs literally duplicate each other with a difference of a hundred rubles.

In my opinion, in Russia, too, you can get confused in the tariffs: there are too many of them, and all of them are incomprehensible – at least, to the ordinary man in the street, whom I was pretending to be today.

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