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Getting a Sim as a Non-EU citizen

I have just moved to Switzerland from New Zealand for my tertiary education. I would like to get my phone sorted ASAP since I'll be living in Lausanne for the next 4 year. Our school has a retailer in school for the first week to help with setting up Sim cards etc. However, I was told that I need to pay a 1000CHF deposit to go into a monthly package, and the prepaid rates are insane. Any advice at how to go about this??
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Re: Getting a Sim as a Non-EU citizen

pre-paid rates are not insane, depends how you would be using your phone. Try Lyca mobile or sunrise pre-paid to start with
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Re: Getting a Sim as a Non-EU citizen

With a legitimate address and permit you shouldn't have a problem getting a SIM in the normal way, from the normal operators.

If you're here for 4 years, a contract isn't out of the question.
PAYG isn't as horrendous as you've been told, either - but will depend on your requirements and usage.

Look on the websites of the following (they should have attractive young person contracts):- Swisscom, Orange, Sunrise (main network operators).

Supermarkets also have good packages and use the three main networks: Migros M-Budget (Swisscom), Coop Prix Guarantee (Orange) and Aldi Suisse Mobile (Sunrise).

Another one is Lebara, which is a small independent, piggy-backing on the Swisscom network (IIRC), with good rates and can be bought (and topped up for PAYG) in kiosks (newsagents), as well as online.

All will offer contracts and pre-paid, with online options, with nearly all web sites in English.
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Re: Getting a Sim as a Non-EU citizen

Yes that is true, too many people before you have left without paying the bills.

However, if you look at the pre-pay rates at Lycamobile and Coop, Migros, Aldi supermarkets and Yallo, you will find something sensible

http://www.lycamobile.ch/en/nationalrates

http://www.coop.ch/pb/site/mobile/no...Lde/index.html

http://shop.m-budget.migros.ch/de/mobile-prepaid

https://www.aldi-mobile.ch/optionen/smart50.html

http://yall0.ch/tariffs/
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Re: Getting a Sim as a Non-EU citizen

You don't need to be a Swiss or EU citizen to get a SIM. All you need is an address here, which you'll have once you're a resident. As for prepaid or regular, it depends on what you need. I almost never use the phone, so I have an old flip phone and a Coop Mobile prepaid SIM that I load every so often with 10 Francs. I spend maybe 50 Francs in a year and there's no contract. Most folks I know like to have Internet, etc. so they pay for monthly plans - just be careful with contracts you sign (particularly those that include a "free" phone) as they can be a hassle to get out of when you leave.
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Re: Getting a Sim as a Non-EU citizen

Thank you for the feed back, I'll definitely go and check out the packages. The one that our school is currently offering is from Swisscom and its their under 26 programmes (Called Xtra start or something). I think I will look into it a bit more before getting a Sim.
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