Russia SMS Features and Restrictions


Vonage has a local direct connection for Russia. This covers all Russian networks (under MCC 250), but excludes Kazakhstan and Abkhazia.

Russia is an extremely large SMS market and filters are in place, in many cases even legitimate A2P traffic is blocked and so cheap signaling or roaming links do not deliver well and using a direct connection is imperative.

We are using Adaptive Routing throughout Russia which will ensure several routes are constantly being tested and the optimum one will be used for your traffic. Therefore occasionally your traffic will be sent over non-direct backup routes to ensure delivery at times when the direct routes are experiencing issues.

Sender ID

Since 1 November 2013, the Russian carriers have filtered traffic with numeric, short code, and unregistered Sender IDs. Due to this filtering by Russian carriers, Sender IDs will be overwritten to ensure delivery into these networks.

For Megafon, MTS, and Motiv, alpha senders can be preregistered if your traffic volumes are above 100K SMS per month. Contact your account manager or submit a support request to set this up.

Beeline and Tele2, dynamic alpha Sender IDs are supported except generic Sender IDs.

Other networks do not need to be registered. SMS may be overwritten to NXSMS to ensure delivery for all networks.

If there has been no traffic for 6 months, the Sender ID will be automatically deregistered.


Social Invites

Social invites are forbidden by the operators. Any traffic of this type is unlikely to be delivered.


Gambling traffic is forbidden by the operators. Any traffic of this type is unlikely to be delivered.

Spam Filters

Operators may block messages that contain a URL as those messages are frequently classified as spam and may send viruses.


Cyrillic and Latin symbols in combination not supported for all networks.

Other Features and Restrictions

Delivery Receipts

Handset delivery receipts are supported to all networks.

Kazakhstan and Abkhazia

Kazakhstan and Abkhazia are not covered by our Russian routes or this article.

Additional Information

For more information, see the following articles:

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