It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Russia

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
Emergency services (landlines) 01 – firefighting and lifeguard services. 02 – police. 03 – emergency medical aid. 04 – emergency service of gas supply system. Emergency services (mobile phone) First dial 112 and after hearing the voice dial the extra number: 1 – firefighting and lifeguard services. 2 – police. 3 – emergency medical aid. 4 – emergency service of gas supply system. 2gis 2gis official website – Cities information service.

Available online and as standalone application for desktop, laptop, iOS, Android, Windows Phone. Useful to find the location of desired address, find the desired company information, find the transportation from one location to another.

Prepaid SIM cards Prepaid SIM cards including 3G internet are widely available and may be cheaper than roaming even for a few minutes. Some airports have cell phone stands that sell SIM cards. One of the biggest providers is Beeline. As of the time of writing this (2013), a SIM card cost RUB300 (less than USD$10) and includes free incoming calls, 600 local minutes and 2GB of 3G internet.

There are also a few deals for calling international, however, unless you speak Russian, you will have to be lucky to find someone who can explain the details in English. Passports are required to purchase prepaid SIM cards. Internet Since the beginning of the 2000s broadband Internet has become widely available in Russia even in the countryside. Almost all places where you can find a computer have a connection at least through ADSL. In towns and especially big cities free WiFi can be found in cafes, hotel receptions, and other public places.

Other tips on staying connected while in Russia? Please add your comments and tips.