Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Utilities, Telephony and Internet

The information on this page is generally accurate as of December 16, 2010. Exchange rate of 1 dollar (USD) to 30.65 rubles (RUB) was close to the best one could find that day in Saint Petersburg (Sankt-Peterburg), Russian Federation. This rate is used for currency conversions below, unless otherwise stated.



By federal law centralized heating starts when daily mean ((minimum+maximum)/2) temperature falls below 8 degrees Celsius (46.4 Fahrenheit) for five consecutive days, and finishes if daily mean temperature exceeds 8 degrees Celsius (46.4 Fahrenheit) during five consecutive days.

Monthly heating costs range from 13.97 rubles (0.46 dollar) to 20.48 rubles (0.67 dollar) per one square meter (10.763910417 square feet). Newer and reconstructed houses tend to have lower heating costs (within above mentioned limit).


Tariffs depend upon whether the house is appointed with an electrical oven in established order. Newer houses generally meet this requirement.

Item descriptionPrice (cost) per kilowatt hour
Houses appointed with electrical ovens 1.79 0.06
Other houses2.550.08

Telephony & Internet

A landline telephone with unlimited calls costs 400 rubles, which is 14.13 dollars*, per month.
*The rate for conversion is 28.30, effective on May 26, 2011.

Voice over Internet Protocol telepone line of the largest internet provider in the city – “InterZet” – costs 295 rubles (10.42 dollars*) per month. Calls to the numbers with city area code are free, and a direct city number is provided.
Additional equipment, that is required for VoIP telephony, generally costs within 50–100 dollars.
*The rate for conversion is 28.30, effective on May 26, 2011.

Practically all cellular (mobile) telephone carriers (operators) offer unlimited incoming calls free of charge. Outgoing calls rarely cost more than 5 rubles (0.16 dollar) per minute, this charge can be as low as 0.65 ruble (0.02 dollar).

Among Saint Petersburg operators MegaFon (tel.: 949-10-10) offers the best quality of service, while Tele2 (tel.: 989-00-22) is the least expensive. A prepaid card of any operator usually costs within 10 dollars.

Cellular telephony section appended on Sunday, February 06, 2011, with currency conversion rate of 1 USD to 29,42 RUB:
It is generally cheaper to buy the telephone from the carrier with their SIM-card. For example, a Sony Ericsson J10i2 Metal Black apparatus costs 7,000.00 rubles (237.93 dollars) at “MegaFon” operator store, while its price is 7,180.00 rubles (244.05) at a large retail seller “Euroset” ( Not all models will be available, and some prices at Tele2 stores are actually higher than in Euroset, for example on Nokia N8-00.

Some telephone prices at Euroset stores:
Item description Price
Nokia 1280 840.0028.55
Nokia X3 blue 5,690.00193.41
Nokia N8-00 18,680.00634.94
LG P500 Optimus One 9,990.00339.56
Samsung GT-S5250 Wave 525 7,380.00250.85

The largest internet provider in the city (“InterZet”) offers unlimited traffic with speed of 5 megabits per second for 450 rubles (14.68 dollars). This fee is for a month of service.

Internet services for a company can cost substantially more money. Thus, using mobile (cellular) 3G conection, such as “MTS Konnekt” or ”Beeline” might result in better cost to quality ratio.

No comments:

Post a Comment