There are several telephone communication options available in the Ukraine, and each individual should look into which service works best for their particular needs. Here is a summary of the different options.
Use your regular cellphone
The first option is to use your regular mobile device from the country that you live in. This option is quite expensive, and it would be better to agree an overseas mobile package in advance with your cellphone provider.
When you land in Ukraine, your mobile phone will be out of range of your country’s cellphone network. It will search in the Ukraine for a local network from your cellphone provider. You will be connected via cellphone network roaming, which is twice as expensive as your local network connection. You will be charged high call-per-minute rates.
Buy a local SIM card
A second and cheaper option is to buy a local SIM card and recharge it as needed. These cards can be purchased at the airport or in stores all over the Ukraine. If you choose this option, check before you travel that your handset is GSM-compatible.
There are a few local cellular companies in Ukraine (Kiev Star, Life, Jeans, etc) that offer very cheap calling plans for calls to and from the Ukraine. It is worth checking the different rates and packages on offer from different local cellphone companies.
A SIM card from Kiev Star
The price of the SIM card is $11. This card has the cheapest mobile call rate from Ukraine to the United States or Israel. The company charges one “Grivna” (local currency) for each day of use. The call-per-minute cost is 10 agurot to the US or Israel. The call quality and reception of Kiev Star is one of the best in the Ukraine and covers most of the country.
A SIM card from Life
The price of the SIM card is $5. The advantage of this company is that, for an additional cost of $6 a month, you can call anyone free in the Ukraine who is also on the Life mobile network. However the call-per-minute costs to the US and Israel are higher.