I am trying to call a friend who is living in St. Petersburg but I can't establish any connection.
I type the number in this way: 007(904)xxxxxxx.
I know that 7 is the Russia's code.
1 also know that 904 is a federal code.
The problem is that I don't hear a tone (phone ringing) neither a welcome voice-mail message. What I hear is the following message: "The phone is turned off".
I have read this article:
Types of Cellphone Numbers in Russia
Historically, there are two types of mobile numbers in Russia: a "city" one and a "federal" one.
The "city" one is a normal phone number of the city where you are based (for example, 555-5555 in Moscow). It is as if you have a normal city phone and it is almost not recognizable from a standard fixed line number.
The "federal" cannot be accessed directly: you should dial it as if you are calling to another city: 8 wait for a tone, then a code of the network (i.e. 902, 903), and then the 7-digit number. Even if you are in Moscow and you are calling to a "federal" number in Moscow, you should dial the number through "8 tone code" routine.
It is obvious that the "city" numbers are much easier to remember and to access, however, they are more expensive. With a "federal" number you can generally "pay as you go", there are no monthly fees, while with a "city" number you have to pay a certain fixed fee every month on top of your calls (from $20 per month).
Does this mean that I should type the following number:
0078 (wait for the tone)
I hope that my problem is clear for you guys and some of you will be able to tell me should I do.
Otherwise, can one of you tell me to which operator does the number 904xxxxxxx belong please?
Thanks in advance!