I am looking for a prepaid SIM (without handset) probably Orange or Swisscom, to call within Switzerland and receive international calls on. The gotcha is there could be periods upto 6 months when I don't use it. Can someone suggest a provider and call plan for prepaid where it does not get terminated because I've not made a call in 6 months?
During my first months of stay in CH, I used prepaid from http://www.lebara-mobile.ch/en/index.php and my bh still finds it cheaper to phone overseas than Swisscom rates. I guess like with every prepaid you have to charge your SIM card balance so it will not be deactivated after ceratin period of time.
my wife uses a swiss liberty subscription with swisscom and jan 2007 we asked them to downgrade it to a pre-paid account (i think this is natel-easy) because the phone will only be used for emergency purposes and the sim card was already in Manila. The longest period it was not used was 5months.
You can then reload it via their website using your cc.
Thanks for the feed back I found http://www.mobilezone.ch/de/private/shops gives a list of where their shops are. They needed my passport as ID. Having discussed Swisscom and Sunrise I eventually went with www.lebara-mobile.ch. The service I chose requires a topup within a year to prevent the sim being cancelled. There is a small call setup charge and a low-cost max of 30 mins per call. What I really liked was the free calls between lebara sim users. Not sure if the call setup charge applies to this? They like you to top up within any 6 month period. I am not sure this is the best supplier/service, but I could get my head around the T&Cs!