How to Dial from Kazakhstan Phones

Any phone

To

Mobile in Kazakhstan or Russia

Dial

8 + mobile number or 7 + mobile number

Landline

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Other countries except Russia

Dial

8 + 10 + country code + area code + local number

Landline

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Landline in other Kazakh city or Russia

Dial

8 + area code + local number

Landline

To

Landline in same city

Dial

local number only

Mobile

To

Landline in Kazakhstan or Russia

Dial

8 + area code + local number or 7 + area code + local number

Mobile

To

Other countries except Russia

Dial

country code + area code + local number

Mobile Phones

Almost everyone in Kazakhstan has a mobile (cell) phone and it’s easy to get a local SIM card for your phone if you have an unlocked GSM-900 frequency phone (this includes most European mobiles and North American smartphones). Shops and kiosks selling SIM cards with call credit and plenty of data for a few hundred tenge are everywhere. Take your passport when you go to buy. The same outlets often sell inexpensive phones too, and will top up your credit for cash or with PIN cards.

  • KCell and Beeline are the best networks for nationwide coverage; Beeline works better in the countryside around Almaty.
  • Typically 1000T credit gives you at least two hours of talking to a combination of mobile and landline numbers.

International Calls

You can cut costs for international calls from landlines or mobile phones by using prepaid cards such as the Nursat i-Card+, sold at mobile-phone shops, petrol stations, kiosks and some supermarkets in units from 5 to 50. You scratch off a PIN then dial a local access number given on the card. Calling instructions are then available in English. Calls cost around 10T per minute to the USA, Canada or China; 15T per minute to Uzbekistan or Russia; 30T to 80T per minute to other Central Asian countries, Britain, Germany, Italy and France.

Alternatively, get a local SIM card with data and use Skype or another VoIP service to call home for free.

Telephone Numbers

  • Mobile numbers have 10 digits.
  • Landlines have a three-, four- or five-digit area code followed by a local number: the area code plus the local number always totals 10 digits.
  • The Kazakhstan country code is 7.