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Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

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Anyone use Orange in Basel and Basel Land? Any comments on reception and 3G reception?

I have Swisscom, but it is so expensive, thinking of getting Orange instead.

Any comments +ve/-ve?

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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

Hi I got a Blackberry from Orange about a month ago, can't complain at all.

Have had no problem with coverage in BS (where we lived until recently) and now in Aargau (near BL border).

They seem fairly ok to deal with as well but I guess it is early days
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

Sunrise as an alternative should have really good cover considering it's a purely Swiss Company.

http://www1.sunrise.ch/

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Sunrise should have really good cover considering it's a purely Swiss Company.
Oh, orange and sunrise use the same network? Is that good or bad? i.e. lots of use of same towers etc.?
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Oh, orange and sunrise use the same network? Is that good or bad? i.e. lots of use of same towers etc.?

Not the same company yet.I was proposing an alternative option.
I have an Orange prepay and somehow it works out quite expensive.
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

I've been with Orange for over a year and always had good reception. No issues at all.
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

I have an orange monthly tarif on an iphone. To be honest, it's not particularly good - slow to download, sometimes no service/patchy internet access. This also happens in the center of town at times (I'm in the burbs). Travelling the reception can be very poor in the countryside, with very slow downloads or nothing at all. It's also super expensive abroad, and here in Basel that's not very far - I have often got stung for a missed call/answerphone message when shopping in Weil am Rhein (12chf). The phone's OK though abd I have foreign calks included in my tarif which is great. When my contract expires I'll probably change though.
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All,

Anyone use Orange in Basel and Basel Land? Any comments on reception and 3G reception?

I have Swisscom, but it is so expensive, thinking of getting Orange instead.

Any comments +ve/-ve?

Thanks
Orange doesn't have very good coverage in the greater Basel area (or anywhere else, for that matter). They're currently upgrading their network, but it'll be another year before they finally introduce EDGE on their network.

If you want to save money and at the same time want decent coverage, you'll have to look at Sunrise. Beware that they don't allow tethering and voice over IP on their network (that's what it says in their legal terms, however, they aren't actively blocking those sevices. So it's up to you whether you ignore the terms or not...). Also, Sunrise has the highest tariffs (by far) for data usage abroad. If you're planning on using your phone abroad a lot, you'll have to stick with Swisscom. In Switzerland, Sunrise offers the best deal.

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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

I use Orange in BS/BL and have no complaints. The coverage in other urban areas is ok too. Once I get outside an urban area - on occasion - my Swisscom colleagues routinely get 3 bars while I have to stand on chair and wave my arm to get any reception.
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

We have Orange and I find that service is ok in Basel-Stadt, but rather patchy outside it. My husband commutes to Zurich everyday, and it does have issues between the two cities.
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

Thank you everyone.

Will prob stick with Swisscom as someone else said you get cheaper land line too.

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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

Have you considered a French provider?
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

I have orange and find its generally ok in Basel Stadt but drops out a lot on the way to zurich. However - you can get a fair way into France without losing the Orange CH connection
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

How far into France, do you know? I can get the Swisscom network to about the centre of Saint Louis, but if I go as far as Leclerc in Saint Louis La Chaussée (about 5 km from the Swiss border), I'm in the French network...
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Re: Thoughts on Orange mobile reception in Basel (BS/BL)?

is sunrise reception any good in basel?
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How far into France, do you know? I can get the Swisscom network to about the centre of Saint Louis, but if I go as far as Leclerc in Saint Louis La Chaussée (about 5 km from the Swiss border), I'm in the French network...
I would say you can get reasonable reception for at least 3km over the border if you head in the Ville Neuf and Huningue direction. I assume it must depend on where the mast is and how it is configured to reach across Basel - as if you so much as go across the German border it seems to switch.
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