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Buy iPhone Before Arriving or Within a Contract?

I need a new iPhone as my old one is on its last legs. Which is generally the better approach:

- Buy a new 'unlocked' iPhone from an Apple Store before travelling then get a 'sim only' plan upon arrival.

- Wait until I arrive in Switzerland then get a 'phone and plan' deal from one of the Swiss providers.

Also, which tend to be the more recommended providers? I'll be in Zurich.

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Old 27.10.2015, 10:02
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Re: Buy iPhone Before Arriving or Within a Contract?

I would go SIM only, I switched from Swisscom to Aldi mobile a while back and the tariff difference covers two holiday per year. You can check for most options here https://en.comparis.ch/telecom/mobil...epaid-abo.aspx.
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Buy the iPhone SIM free when you arrive - there are often offers on Apple products here and with 8% sales tax it's cheaper in Switzerland than almost anywhere else.
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Re: Buy iPhone Before Arriving or Within a Contract?

I am looking at paying the equivilent of CHF 700 for an iPhone 6S (16gb) where I currently am, due to a combination of a discount and tax rebate. Is this still higher than what I would expect to pay upon arrival in Switzerland?

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I would go SIM only, I switched from Swisscom to Aldi mobile a while back and the tariff difference covers two holiday per year. You can check for most options here https://en.comparis.ch/telecom/mobil...epaid-abo.aspx.
Thanks for the link mate. That's really helpful. Turning up with my phone and getting in touch with Aldi Mobile seems like the way. Interesting that 'heavy user' allowances seem quite limited (150 texts and 750mb data). I'm sure I can work something out though.

Also, maybe a silly question, but do all these places have shops / retail outlets in the city where I can just walk in and buy the sim card (and therefore plan)?
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I am looking at paying the equivilent of CHF 700 for an iPhone 6S (16gb) where I currently am, due to a combination of a discount and tax rebate. Is this still higher than what I would expect to pay upon arrival in Switzerland?

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It's 759 here at the moment so if you need one now then buy it where you are.
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Re: Buy iPhone Before Arriving or Within a Contract?

Usually when you get a 2 year contract on an unlimited plan, the phones are discounted. Why don't you calculate it yourself? Here are the major networks in CH:

Swisscom.ch
Salt.ch
Sunrise.ch

Budget: Migros, Coop, Aldi, Lebara, etc.

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In Salt if you go for a sim-only contract, they deduct 10 CHF a month on your bill.
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I am looking at paying the equivilent of CHF 700 for an iPhone 6S (16gb) where I currently am, due to a combination of a discount and tax rebate. Is this still higher than what I would expect to pay upon arrival in Switzerland?

Thanks for the responses.
CHF 700 is exactly the same price as here:
http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_422786.html

So, if you need one buy it where it is most convenient.
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Re: Buy iPhone Before Arriving or Within a Contract?

Plus if you buy your iPhone here you'll have a 2-year warranty.
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