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Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

Recently moved to Zurich from USA. I have 2 children back in States in college so will call daily. Looking for which company has best cell phone option to call US. A lady I met said Salt/ Orange - she has unlimited calling to US. My relocation expert- suggested Sunrise. Bundling with cable package for English speaking channels. I also anticipate high megabyte usage. Please help, my husband's co worker said Swisscom! Thank you!
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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

http://helvatel.ch/rates.php
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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

Sunrise gives unlimited to the US for CHF 15 - month (on top of whichever plan).

Call college age kids daily?

Mine would freak out if I did that.

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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

True. Struggling with leaving them behind right now. Will call friends/ family daily
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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

Does Sunrise have bundles with cable for home? I would expect high megabyte usages as well.
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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

look at their website, it's in English. Not to confuse you more, but check Cablecom as well, they have combo deals as well (their mobile uses the Salt network)
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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

Salt also has good deals. My wife is American and she calls her friends and family frequently. We got her a plan that includes unlimited cell minutes to the US for 85 CHF a month.
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Salt also has good deals. My wife is American and she calls her friends and family frequently. We got her a plan that includes unlimited cell minutes to the US for 85 CHF a month.
If you're going to use Salt, the "ABO" plan offers that for only 39 CHF a month if you keep your phone.

www.das-abo.ch/en
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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

Do you have to call from a mobile (cell phone)? If not, I would look at high speed internet of at least 50 mbps from any of the internet providers that you can then group with your TV service.

I would not bother trying to group your mobile phone. There are two many other issues like usage and coverage where you live. Do your research on the EF threads about the different options.

With high speed internet you can call the kids/family via Skype for less than CHF 9 per month flat fee. This covers both landlines and cell phones. You can also install Skype on your mobile phone so as long as you are some place with WiFi you can call from the phone (but in a coffee shop it might not be as good as from home given the speed).

The high speed internet with also help with services like Hulu and Netflix that you will probably want to use (a whole other discussion).
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Re: Calls to USA from cell phone? Which TV provider to get more U.S. channels?

Hello,

We went with Swisscom, which had a few options for making calls to the U.S. included in the package, one was unlimited and the other offered 2 hours/month.

If you want U.S. television and access to U.S. Netflix, you can go for a VPN subscription, which gives you access to a U.S. IP connection.

With Skype, if your kids know how to use, the calls are free between skype accounts. If you want to call the landline at home, you can get Skype minutes and place calls from Skype, using your phone, tablet, or PC. You can also get a Skype phone number using your family's local area code. With this, your family can call on your Skype line with no long distance charge. You pay a monthly subscription for this and can hold or cancel it anytime.

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