Here is a summary of the apps I think are most useful as an Expat in Moscow. I had to find some new ones when I moved here because for example “Yelp” is not really used here. So here they are!
Foursquare – I don’t use the location service of this app but I found it is the best for restaurant reviews in Moscow. I love that I can save places I’ve found that look cute and then go back to them when I’m looking for a place in a specific neighborhood.
Viber / What’s App – I prefer Viber but What’s App is good as well. It’s a free messaging service so I can text and talk to my friends back home. Since I have an iPhone I can use iMessage as well but I have quite a few friends that have Android phones so this allows free communication with them as well. It is so nice to be able to keep up casual conversations!
Tiny Fax – One thing that has been frustrating is having the file paperwork for bank transactions for example and being overseas. Tiny Fax allows you to send a fax from your phone!! How cool is that? It’s a paid application but has been such a convenience when companies can only accept original signature faxed documents.
iHerb – I LOVE iHERB! It’s a US site that allows for free shipments on orders over $50 to a locker in Moscow. You can find Method cleaning products, spices, granola and protein bars, chocolate chips, and so many other missed items from the US. The shipments take like 2-3 weeks but it’s totally worth it. My Boxberry locker location is in the basement of a small eyeglass store…this is so Russia. I really thought I was in the wrong location the first time I went in to get my shipment. I went up to the check out counter and sure enough she had my package!
Uber – Probably the most used App for me. Of course we have this in the states as well but it is a life saver here. You don’t have to be able to communicate the address, it’s a set price, and nicer cars that taxis usually.