Add to favorite
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS

Enquiry: Why Cell Operators Charge More for Cyrillic SMS Messages?
5.08.2011 14:00
Enquiry: Why Cell Operators Charge More for Cyrillic SMS Messages?
Only when you send an SMS from a provider's website

The Federal Antimonopoly Agency of Russia is to conduct an enquiry into mobile network charges of Russian operators, following claims that their cost depends on the choice of an alphabet.

If you are using a Russian mobile network provider, then you have a choice: you can send an sms in Russian which will be shorter, or using Latin letters which may be longer. As a result, in the first instance you may need more than one sms to express yourself (unless you a Twitter fan and mastered the 140 characters precision). Consequently, you'll pay more, too. Or you stick with the Latin letters and send your entire thought in a lengthy sms that will cost you less, but that is likely to bewilder the recipient.

Such is the conundrum a lot of Russians have found themselves in. In fact, there were enough complaints to prompt the Federal Antimonopoly Agency to start an enquiry. In June this year the Agency has already suggested the mobile operators to drop down per minute charges for phone calls. A similar suggestion has been made for roaming, too.

Currently, Megafon and Beeline, two leading mobile networks in Russia, both restrict their SMS's to 160 characters (Latin) and 70 characters (Cyrillic). MTS, another popular provider, cuts the limits down to 140 and 50 characters, respectively.

The problem here is likely to do with what has been plaguing the online advertisers whose businesses work in non-Latin languages. These languages (e.g. Chinese) are considered double-byte languages, whereby they have to abide by a smaller character limit. So, whereas in the Latin-language headline you could have 25 characters, in Chinese this would be no more than 12.

Similarly, while your Russian SMS typed in Latin letters can go on for 140-160 characters, depending on a provider, if you insist on using Russian, then you only have 50 to 70 characters to play with.

Although the issue at hand is rather technical than political, the enquiry is expected to voice their concerns to the mobile phone manufacturers. Watch this space: this may be the starting point for the revolution in technology.

Author: Julia Shuvalova

Tags: Russian business Russian Internet Russian mobile operators Russian mobile networks  

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Sberbank Announced International Competition
Investment Attractiveness Of the Moscow Region
Ford Sollers Opens a Plant In Yelabuga
Farm Renaissance Is Seen In Russia
VoiceOver Guide Will Help Visual Impairment To Use Bank Applications

comments powered by Disqus

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

Russian Parliament in Action

search on the map
Russian Poetry  Spartak Moscow  Sochi Olympics  Cheremkhovo  Russian Literature  Russian circus  plane tickets  Transaero  Moscow events  Russian business  Leo Tolstoy  Norway shootings   Vladimir Zworykin  Dany Kvyat  Central House of Artist  Right Cause party  Daytime Asteroids Detection System  Exhibitions in Moscow  Russian International  Aeroexpress tickets  Russian history  Russian law  Mikhail Prokhorov  Lebedev  Vologda  Calligraphy Museum  Sverdlovsk Oblast  Suzdal  Russian sports  National Dress  Barabinsk  accident  Russian football team  Zhou Shaohua  Russian sport  Russian Cinema  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Russian tourism  Archeology  Fashion And Style  Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin  Moscow  Painting  human rights  Republic of Buryatia  Aushkul Lake  Treasures  Patriotic War 1812  Resort Park  Russian pop-music 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites