By the end of November, ten SIM card vending machines will have been installed in various stations of the Moscow Metro. Foreign tourists are expected to find the machines particularly useful, Moscow Mayor’s official website repoprts. Vending machines are being installed in the entrance halls next to the Live Help desks.
To get a SIM card, people will need to scan their passport, be photographed by the camera on the machine and accept the service terms. Only people carrying their own valid passports will be able to use the vending machines. The entire process will take only a few minutes. Service plans and terms of the services of specific mobile companies will be available. The newly acquired SIM cards will be immediately ready for use.
“We are launching this unique scheme in cooperation with two mobile networks. We are open for cooperation with other companies if they wish to get involved in the pilot project. Convenient vending machines will save passengers a lot of time. They will be able to buy SIM cards during their commute without leaving the station. SIM card vending machines are common in cities around the world, including at Tokyo Airport and at London Heathrow Airport, and foreign tourists are expected to find them particularly useful,” said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure.
Vending machines will be installed at the busiest stations. If the pilot project proves successful, the machines will be put at masses of other stations.