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Thursday, 21 July 2011 13:46

Land lines

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Land lines in Russia are NOT digital/tone, they are still rotary/pulse mode, so to use phone cards you need to activate the phone you are using to send tone signals to make the card work, that is done by pressing the "*" key (you often need to hold it for a while then it'll come up with a 'd' on the screen) before pressing the numbers on the phone card.

8 (eight) is a very important  number to remember, it is the long-distance prefix used to dial a number within an  area code different from yours, when in Russia. So to dial a Moscow number, dial 8-495-***-****

810 (eight one zero) is the International Dialing Code you use to make an overseas call from 'within' Russia.

7 (seven) is the International Telephone Country Code used to call or dial to Russia.

495 (four nine five) is the Area or City Code used to call or dial to Moscow.

812 (eight one two) is the Area or City Code used to dial to Saint-Peterburg.

Other cities codes can be found on the Country Calling Codes website (not a full list but a decent one in English). Or if you know the name of where you are going and the region it's in (in Russian) then try this website

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