Sunday, November 18, 2007

Calling Russia - Cheap Calls to Russia

Russia is a very popular calling destination so we decided to investigate low cost options for making international long distance calls to Russia. As with all locations, there is a wide range of options so we have listed them below.

Tel3Advantage is a good option for callers from the USA or Canada. It offers high quality connections and nice features but the rates are higher than other options with similar quality. Tel3 charges 7 cents/min to Russia and 2.5 cents/min to St Petersburg and Moscow. These rates include all fees and taxes and Tel3 uses a one minute rounding interval.

There are several good phone cards for making low cost international calls to Russia. The best phone card option depends on where you call in Russia and how much you value call quality. However, We think the following should be considered.

Consider the following Phone Cards if calling Russia from the USA or Canada:
  • Lucky Minutes - Calls to Moscow 0.6 cents/min, Russia 2.3 cents/min. Lucky Minutes has fairly high fees so it is best to buy a small denomination and use quickly.
  • Partner - A nice premium phone card with low fees. A great rate of 0.9 cents per minute to Moscow.
  • Bizon - A premium phone card with low fees and a one minute rounding interval. A very good rate of 3.9 cents per minute to Russia.
  • Jupiter - A high quality phone card with very low fees. We use this card to make calls to Russia. It has a very good rate to St Petersburg.

Consider one of these phone cards if calling Russia from outside North America:

  • Golden Lotus - A good quality phone card with low rates from Japan and most of Western Europe. It can be used from more than 40 countries. Rates to Russia start at 2 cents/min.
  • Fast World - Fast world is a high quality phone card that can be used from over 100 countries. It has very low fees, uses a one minute rounding interval and is one of the best options for making calls to cell phones in Russia.

An international VoIP call plan should be consider for people who have a high speed INTERNET connection and make frequent calls to Russia and/or other international destinations. Joi Phone is currently offering very good rates for International VoIP Plans. Their plans includes local phone service and unlimited calling in the USA, Canada and several international destimations. Their Joi to the World plan includes unlimited calling to Moscow ($14.95 per month) and Joi Worldwide Premium Plan includes unlimted calling to Russia (including cell phones) for $39.95 per month.

There are many good options for making low cost calls to Russia. The best option depends on the needs of the caller. Like with most products and services, one size does not fit all.

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