I recently called a lady in Ukraine (Nikolaev) on her cell phone. I used a Speedy Pin "Libra" calling card to do so. I was only on for 5 minutes or so and was disconnected 5 times. Each disconnection followed with the following, "please enter the number you are calling now." At first, I figured it was the phone card because of the message. I have had experience calling land lines in Russia (Chelyabinsk) and was pleased with the result. But, I do not know for sure.
Anyone with experience calling Nikolaev to a cell? Can you recommend an effective calling card or is it just the cell system? I hope product recommendations are not against the rules on this board. Thanks.
I buy phone cards from the website phonecardsforsale.com and have always had good luck.
I speak to my new lady quite often by cell - though I have to admit the connection is not as good as it is via land line. I have her land line number as well bu for some reason cannot make a connection - so far. Never was a problem using similar card in Moldova.
For Ukraine I used "Global Talk" card from that site. Allows me to talk for something like four hours for around $20 - and I am seldom if ever cut off.
To Nasfan - if you happen to be reading this thread - what is the best (and least expensive) way that YOU have found to call a Mariupol LANDLINE.
The card I mention above has by far the best (supposed) rate for calling a landline in Ukraine - trouble is I have yet to be able to get through. I have used it numerous times to get through to her mobile - at a slightly higher rate, but mobile transmission quality is never as good. It frustrates me that I cannot get through to her landline and I wonder if that is because Mariupol is not a larger city.
Since your girl is also from Mariupol - I figure you must have a lot of experience calling there. So what do you recommend?
Jet I used Tel3advantage to call landlines in Mariupol. The quality was good and I didn't have connectivity issues. Larisa still uses it to call home, though she has complained a little bit about the quality lately She has had issues with connections. I sent a trouble ticket into them so I will see if they clear up the problem. They will automatically recharge you minutes unless you tell them not too. If I remember correctly it was about 8 cents a minute to call to Ukraine and I think it was the same for both landline and cell phone. There are cheaper ways out there, but overall I always had good quality with Tel3. Many times it sounded like she was just next door.
Ukraines phone system is so antiquated that's why its the most expensive country in the FSU to call. You saw the infrastructure, really dismal in some places. Calling Ukraine can be a frustrating event. That's why I did search and finally used Tel3. Not the cheapest, but at the time the best in connection and value. If you had a problem in was usually solved very quickly. In the three years calling there I've only had to send two trouble tickets to them and it was resolved quickly. Neonred in Florida turned me on to Tel3.
Well, I always use Skype...whether it's to call her cell, home or her Skype number...some days the connection is a bit noisy, but overall it's pretty good and cheap...even free when it's Skype to Skype...We speak every day for like 2-3 hours and for me it was cheaper to give her a decent internet connection at home than to pay about 200 euro every month to call her. Now it costs me 23 euro (the price of her internet connection at home).
But, of course, she needs to have a pc/webcam etc, before you can use free Skype...
jetmba, I bought her a notebook and a webcam, together for about 700 euro...but of course I then already knew her for like 4 months and we were serieus about eachother. I would never buy it before you know that it's the girl you really like and vice versa...but I think that buying a cheap notebook on ebay and leaving it there would be a better (= cheaper) option...afterall, to use internet and Skype, you don't need to have the latest bells and whistles...that's how I would do it if I would have to do it again...and if you know you're serieous about eachother, then it's cheaper to spend few hundred euro on a notebook than paying insane amounts of money (overhere at least) to call her...
I bought a laptop a couple months ago on ebay for the sole purpose of leaving it in Ukraine if I met a girl that I was serious about. It was reasonably priced, probably $325, pretty fast laptop. I am not a computer whiz but do think it has all the hard & software needed(wireless card). I don't trust anything in Ukraine and brand new is expensive( any gagets....ipods are almost double price). I figure, if it doesn't work out with girl I am out a few hundred bucks. The internet connection is only ongoing cost. Next trip just leave the laptop, who knows what you brought in and are taking out??????
Problem with desktop computers – is not so much the cost over there (they are more expensive than the west) is the fact that most of the apartments are so small and every square inch of space is accounted for. A laptop as beemer says – is the way to go. 2nd hand and bring it home if it not work out.
I use Mastercall, mcctelco.com, for direct dial from my home and mobile phone as a back-up.
And viapin.com, Bossusa, for more frequent calling.
Laptop's are nice. I like the bring it and leave it way of thinking. You can put cyrillic stickers on the latin keys if need be. And English lessons, translation programs too. Actually I brought it and sold it ( to an American Guy, for his "girlfriend")He sent me a check to my home address. So I would'nt have to declare the money upon exiting the country.
I found a decent used desktop for $350 and bought it. The reason why is because it could be repaired and upgraded cheaper than a laptop. It came with a cyrillic keyboard and a 15" crt monitor. Later on I sent my old 17" flat panel ( and bought myself a new 19")
Shipping was cheap. I sent just the flat panel by itself. Claimed it as a used replacement only. With a value of $45. And then I sent the stand, cables, power supply as used for replacemets also, in a separate box. We didn't have to pay a duty.
One last item. I sent Giga T20 speakers. And of course they were used and for replacements.
I put a letter in the boxes apologizing for all the bad equipment I sent the first time. And I hope this will solve your problem and we can still do business. :):)
It made her smile, she knew what I was up to.
OK, I lied, I did send another item. iRiver 128mb mp3 players. I bought refurbished cheap and sent them as: toy for to play za musik. She puts English lessons on them and listens and practices during the day. She was very impressed by the sound quality. Also she enjoys listening to the radio. iRiver is a popular brand over there.
Chances are she has a mobile phone and is able to send text messages. Simply get an unlocked "world phone" (with capabilities of GMS 800, 900, 1800, 1900) from eBay (I paid about $40 for mine - including shipping) and a SIM card from her country when you visit - and you can get FREE text messages from her whenever you want.
To reply - I simple go to the website for the phone system that she uses and send a FREE text message (evidently all the FSU phone companies have thee sites) and type it in. (I don't even have to mess with tiny cell-phone keys myself).
This was my BEST communications discovery on my last trip to Ukraine. I can hear from her several times a day - and there is no agency, or required internet involved for her at all.
Just passing my new found discovery on to you guys.
(I am presenting the topic this way because it appears that we cannot intriduce NEW topics on fiance.com at this time. I have tried a few times actually and keep getting error messages. I guess our moderators feel that we already have ENOUGH topics on this forum?)
Only one litle problem with the above mentioned system. She still hasn't quite go the time difference thing down yet. This morning I heard my Ukraine phone go off at 06:43 (my time) and found three messages asking me to call her from 09:00 to 11:00 HER time. (Thise requested times translate to 03:00 to 05:00 my time).
I messaged her back telling her that I had been asleep. She apologized and told me she forgot about the time difference, again.