Russian mobile operators have begun to charge for SIM cards when concluding a contract for services. Previously, they took the cost of SIM cards on themselves, but with the introduction of sanctions, this became unprofitable, Kommersant writes.
MegaFon and its subsidiary Yota have already introduced a fee of 50 rubles for a SIM card. Vimpelcom (Beeline) plans to introduce the same fee from June 21, MTS – from June 24, and Tele2 – from August 1. Another source of the publication on the market said that MTS has already introduced a fee for SIM cards in a number of regions.
The cost of SIM cards has increased significantly in recent months: due to sanctions, operators have to refuse to purchase from Western manufacturers. In June, the cost of SIM cards rose by 250% compared to last year. By September, an increase of up to 450% is predicted.
In Russia, SIM cards are not mass-produced, operators purchased them from European companies, but after February 24 they were forced to switch to Chinese-made SIM cards. This may negatively affect the growth rate of subscriber bases of operators, as well as the development of the Internet of things market, analysts say. Russia.Postsen