Nov 24, 2009
Today, I was chatting with a friend who happens to be vacationing in Russia. (Yes, dear readers, my friends and I are actually fans of Russia, deal with it.) I discovered an interesting fact about Russian pay-as-you-go mobiles...
1. When you purchase a phone, you are required to provide a passport.
2. Foreigners are not given permission to roam on their cell phones.
3. "International access" (making a call from Russia to a number abroad) is not available on pay-a-you-go plans.
I am reluctant to speculate on these measures. But come on. Are we literally trying to prevent foreigners from roaming around Russia to report on what's happening?