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Telephone

Almost everyone in Kazakhstan has a mobile (cell) phone and it’s easy to get a local SIM card for your phone if you have a 900-frequency phone (most European mobileshave this; most North American ones don’t). Shops and kiosks selling SIM cards with call credit for a few hundred tenge are everywhere. Take your passport when you go to buy. The same outlets often sell inexpensive phones too, and will top up your credit for cash or with PIN cards. Activ, KCell and Beeline are the best networks for nationwide coverage. Typically 1000T credit gives you about an hour of talking to a combination of mobile and landline numbers.

Mobile numbers have 10 digits. Landlines have a three, four or five-digit area code followed by a local number: the area code plus the local number always totals 10 digits. The Kazakhstan country code is +7. You can make phone calls for cash from some Kazaktelekom offices, from call offices signed ‘Peregovorny Punkt’, and from some shops and kiosks with phones for public use. Local calls are generally free, while other calls within Kazakhstan cost around 10T per minute, calls to Kazakhstan mobile numbers and other ex-Soviet states cost around 30T per minute, and other international calls cost around 100T to 200T per minute. Calls from hotel rooms are typically double the call-office rate.

You can cut costs for some international calls by using a Nursat i-Card or an Emax card, sold at mobile-phone shops and kiosks. Get a Russian-speaker to show you how to use them. Basically, you scratch off a PIN then dial a local access number given on the card. Calling instructions are then available in English. Nursat i-Card calls cost around 20T per minute to any phone in the USA, Canada, Russia or China, and about 30T per minute to other Central Asian countries and landlines in Britain, Germany, Italy or France.

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To

Dial

Kazakhstan landline or mobile

mobile in Kazakhstan or Russia

8-mobile number

Kazakhstan landline

Other countries except Russia

8-10-country code-area code-local number

Kazakhstan landline

landline in other Kazakh city or Russia

8-area code-local number

Kazakhstan landline

landline in same city

local number only

Kazakhstan mobile

landline in Kazakhstan or Russia

8-area code-local number

Kazakhstan mobile

Other countries except Russia

country code-area code-local number

Other countries

Kazakhstan landline

international access code-7-area code-local number

Other countries

Kazakhstan mobile

international access code-7-mobile number


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