How to: iphone in Ukraine

In this article we try to give some advice for people who want to use their iphone in Ukraine.

Ukrianian and Russian layout

First thing you may want to do is to add the Ukrainian / Russian layout to your iphone. In this way you can send Cyrillic SMS.

Follow this steps:

1 Go inside “Settings” and select “General” then “Keyboard”
2 Inside “Keyboard” select “International Keyboards”
3 Here turn ON Russian and Ukrainian
4 Press the Home button and you are done.

Now you will be able to switch between all layouts when you type some text by clicking on the small “Sphere button” that you can find next to the one for to switch to numbers.

Phone and the net

The best thing you can do, as always, is to remove your national sim card and to use a local one, for our point of view life:) offers the best tariff, see post.

Of course you can switch if your national provider doesn’t give some restriction in the use of your iphone.

We tried life:) on our iphone and it works without any problem. Both phone and net.

Now lets see the ways for to connect to the net.

Wireless connection

With the wireless you can try to find some hot spot in the main public places such as main squares, bar – restaurants, airports, trade centers, etc
Many hotels and some flats for rent offer the same service.

Cellular connection, 3G, EDGE, GPRS

If you were able to use a life:) sim card try this:

life:) internet

You can surf for a max of 100, 350, 1000MB every month by paying these tariffs:

1GB at 90 Hryvnia
350MB at 60 Hryvnia
100MB at 30 Hryvnia

One fast way for to activate it:

Send a SMS with this text 1000 ON to the number 125
and then follow the instructions.

At the place of 1000 you can put 350 or 100 as you prefer.

For to deactivate it:
Send an identical SMS to the same number with OFF at the place of ON.

for to know more about this service visit:
http://www.life.com.ua/index.php?area=lifebox&lng=en&page=15-33

Important

For to use it with your Iphone you should write in the APN setting: INTERNET
And to check how many MB left, dial *111#

How to: Setup the Russian and Ukrainian layout under Apple Leopard

First of all i can confirm that, even if they are not available on the Apple web site, the Apple Keyboard with Cyrillic letters exist!
We found it in a normal Apple store in Ukraine, it was available in both versions: wired and wireless.
The price is almost identical to the “normal” English ones.

We didn’t find the keyboard with Ukrainian layout but this doesn’t mean that they just don’t exist.

If you need a mac book with Russian layout, you can find it as well!

Set up the Russian / Ukrainian layout on Apple Leopard

You can follow this procedure even if you don’t have a true Russian / Ukrainian keyboard. For to find the correct keys, you can print the layout published in this post.

1 Go to “System preferences”, select “International” and then “Input menu”

2 Now select: “Russian”, and “Ukrainian” in the list.

3 The click on “Keyboard shortcuts” and select (activate) “Input Menu”

4 Chose the keys combination you like best for to switch between the three different layouts (the default shortcut enter in conflict with the one of Spotlight, you can use a different shortcut or just deactivate the shortcut for Spotlight)

5 No you will be able to see the layout flag next to the battery indicator, when you want you can switch between all these layouts.

Advice

Under “International” –> “Input menu”, u can also select the option “Keyboard Viewer” which allow you to see the keyboard layout by clicking on the layout flag and then on “Show Keyboard Viewer”.

Russian layout

Russian layout mac

Ukrainian layout

Ukrainian layout mac

You can print and use them for to find the keys if you don’t have a true Cyrillic keyboard.

Notes

If you want to write in Ukrainian, but you don’t have a true Cyrillic keyboard you can use our free program (it also transliterate from Cyrillic to Latin)
UKR:)landia transliterators

For to configure a Russian / Ukrainian keyboard under Windows XP and Ubuntu:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/russian-ukrainian-layout-ubuntu-windows

UKR:)landia Transliterator with Russian virtual keyboard

Warning!

For long texts the application may take several seconds.
If it takes more than 15 seconds, may appear a message from Flash where you will be asked if to stop the process or to go on.
It is a normal message which Flash ask for to avoid infinite loops (which are not in our application)

Advice: If you need to elaborate a very long text, divide it in several parts and process them one by one.

For the instructions:

http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/ukrlandia-transliterator

UKR:)landia Transliterator with Ukrainian Keyboard

Warning!

For long texts the application may take several seconds.
If it takes more than 15 seconds, may appear a message from Flash where you will be asked if to stop the process or to go on.
It is a normal message which Flash ask for to avoid infinite loops (which are not in our application)

Advice: If you need to elaborate a very long text, divide it in several parts and process them one by one.

For the instructions:

http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/ukrlandia-transliterator

How to: Setup the Ukrainian / Russian layout under Windows and Ubuntu

In this post we will discover how to configure an Ukrainian / Russian keyboard under Windows XP and Ubuntu.

If you are in Ukraine, you can find such keyboards in any computer shop, the price change according to the specifies.
A standard wired keyboard can cost around 50 Hrivnya (10 usd) or even less.

Notice that even with your old not Ukrainian keyboard you can type in Cyrillic, in fact the only difference between all these keyboards are the printed letters on the Keys.

Anyway for to use your new Ukrainian keyboard (or your old one) you need to complete the following procedures:

WINDOWS XP

1 Go to the “Control Panel” (start or my computer —> Control panel)

2 Inside “Regional Language Options” select “Languages” —> “Details…”

3 Now we are in “Text Services and Input Languages”

Here select “Add…” and chose inside “Input language” Ukrainian and then press “OK”.
Do the same for the Russian language.

As result you should see at least 3 languages under “Installed Services”.

4 Finally select your Default Input Language: for ex. English (United States).

5 Now miss only one more step:
We should set up the “Switch keys” (the keys that pressed together allow you to pass from one input language to another one.)

Select “Key Settings…” and then “Change key sequence”.
CTR + SHIFT is a good choice for to switch between languages
(u can ignore the other parameter about layout)

6 So now press “OK” to close all those windows and you are done.

Next to the clock you will see a small blue square with the input language in use.
Try to press CTR+SHIFT and it should switch between EN, UK, RU.

UBUNTU 8.04 Hardy Heron

1 Go to “Keyboard” (system —> preferences —> Keyboard)

2 Once inside “Keyboard” select “Layout”

3 Now we are inside “Keyboard Preferences – Layout”

Click on “Add…” will appear a window “Chose a Layout”.
Here select “Ukrainian” as Layout and and under “Variants” select “Winkeys” and finally press “Add”.
Do the same again for the Russian language.

As result you should have at least 3 languages under “Selected layout”.

4 In the end, select the Default language ex. USA (click on small button on the right under “Default”).

5 Now lets select the “switch keys” (the keys that pressed together allow you to pass from one input language to another one.)

Click on “Layout Options…”
Now in the new window click on layout switching and select “Ctr+Shift change layout”.

6 Press “close” in every window and you are done.

7 Now one extra trick for to see, as in window, the language switching box in the menu bar.

Right click on the bar where you would like it to appear.
Select on the menu that will appear “Add to panel…”
Finally select “Keyboard Indicator” and press “Add”.

Everything is done:)

If you have any question on this topic, don’t hesitate to write us.

Russia and Ukrainian layout

Russian and Ukrainian layout

If you wish you can print this image and use it as guide if you don’t have a true Russian / Ukrainian keyboard.

If you want just to type in Cyrillic but you don’t have a true keyboard you can use our free programs which have a virtual Russian and Ukrainian keyboard:

Russian transliterator with virtual keyboard
UKR:)landia transliterator 4.1 .beta Russian
Ukrainian transliterator with virtual keyboard
UKR:)landia transliterator 4.1 .beta Ukrainian

For to know how to setup the Russian and Ukrainian layout on a Macintosh:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/russian-ukrainian-layout-mac