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Russia allows free calls to direct mobile numbers.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-11 January 2007-Russia allows free calls to direct mobile numbers(C)1994-2007 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Russia's IT and Telecommunications Ministry has revealed it is to allow free local calls from fixed-line phones to mobile phones that have 'direct numbers'.

Local calls from fixed-line phones may, under a ministry ruling dated 27 December 2006, be routed to mobile phones with so-called 'direct' numbers. This bypasses zonal fixed-line nodes, which will reportedly mean fixed-line users will not be charged for the calls.

Mobile phones in Russia currently have a federal, seven-digit number with a three-digit prefix which must be dialled, or direct numbers, which also have a prefix but can be dialled from local fixed-line phones without using the prefix.

Calls made from fixed-line to mobile phones with federal numbers were chargeable following the launch of the Calling Party Pays principle last July, whereas direct mobile numbers were not charged, due to a temporary ruling.

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Date:Jan 11, 2007
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