Most recently, Economic Truth published an article on the nuances of wartime mobile service providers.
Representatives of the lifecell operator, for example, forecast an increase in the cost of services at the end of the year. Exactly how much depends on the cost of rebuilding the infrastructure destroyed and damaged during the fighting. The second factor in favor of rising prices is the devaluation of the national currency and, as a result, an increase in payments to foreign partners for transnational roaming. It is unrealistic to buy euros / dollars at the official NBU exchange rate now, you have to buy at a commercial exchange rate (+ 10% to the NBU exchange rate), the publication notes.
Other factors include higher energy prices and rental costs, a multiple increase in operating costs and a reduction in the subscriber base due to the outflow of population abroad, lifecell representatives explained.
Lifecell also announced that it will continue preferential promotions for Ukrainians abroad in June. Gigabytes Without Borders and incoming calls will be available at no extra charge. To use these services, you only need to pay for your package in June.
Thanks to the Gigabytes Without Borders campaign, lifecell roamers used mobile Internet abroad in May under the same conditions as in Ukraine, so the operator decided to continue it in June. Under the terms of the promotion, subscribers can use tariff gigabytes abroad without additional payment during the period of validity of the paid package of services at the tariff until 30.06.2022 (inclusive). This way, you don’t need to order extra gigabytes to use high-speed mobile Internet while roaming. In June, this service will be available to Ukrainians in 25 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, France, Croatia, Sweden and Switzerland.
You do not need to activate this promotion: Gigabytes without Borders is automatically provided free of charge to individual and corporate lifecell subscribers if the account is topped up. You can check the balance of gigabytes using the USSD code * 108 * 5 #.
In addition, lifecell continues to provide incoming calls at no extra charge to its roaming subscribers in 16 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, France and Croatia. Sweden. Subscribers who top up their account according to the tariff plan can receive incoming calls from any number without additional roaming charges.