Russian mobile operator Vimpelcom, working under its Beeline brand, has introduced special discount roaming rates on the Beeline networks in Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. The new rates also apply to the networks of Vimpelcom’s other overseas subsidiaries: Kyivstar in the Ukraine and Velcom in Belarus. All incoming and outgoing calls are now priced at RUB34 (USD1.1) per minute, whilst an SMS will cost RUB9.5. Vimpelcom suggested that call prices have been cut by roughly 30%, whilst the rate for SMSs has dropped by 50%. Mobile internet usage will now be charged at RUB6 per 20kb, a decrease of almost 60%.