|Quoting Canoecarrier (Reply 3):|
I looked into that skymall phone a little more. Outgoing phone call rates Russia to the US were $7.95/min. I've heard rates as low as .50/min if you get a sim card and an unlocked cell.
Not sure what the process of getting a SIM card is in Russia or their rates, but I've gotten SIM cards in Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Italy, and Ireland on an unlocked mobile phone I keep handy. Italy was rather strict, but the lady helping me was very nice and helped explain it in English. The other countries were really easy. In those cases, I get the prepaid plans and just put money when I need to.
Using a US SIM seems like a waste of money. If you're on TMobile or AT
&T, they do have an international plan that you could use. TMobile was nice to use in Germany since I wasn't charged international roaming on my old plan.
Have you looked at TripAdvisors.com and posted on the Russia site? Locals may be able to help you there.
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