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Leaving Switzerland - How to pay the bills of Billag, phone and IWB

Hi All,

I have questions related to Billag and IWB during our departure from the country. Our last day here would be most probably 30th April 2010.

1. Billag send us bill for every 3 months, in advance, for using Television. For example, we got a bill in Dec mid for the months of Jan, Feb and March. So, we expect that the next bill may come in Mid of March asking to pay CHF 75 for the months of April, May and June.

But we wish to pay only for April as we leave in the end of April. So, whom should we contact to make this point and pay only CHF 25 for one month?

2. IWB generally sends us bill for every 2 months or 3 months once (and sometimes 6 months once). So, how to make sure we paid all our bills related to IWB before we leave?

3. We are having cablecom phone and internet connection. We gave the 3 months notice (register post) today saying we will leave the country on 30th April and hence need to disconnect the phone and internet connection on the same day. So, hope they will make sure to collect all the bills before we leave. But wondering how they will charge for the calls we made on the last minutes. Any clarifications?

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Re: Leaving Switzerland - How to pay the bills of Billag, phone and IWB

You need to tell these parties you're going and leave a forwarding address.

Billag are pretty good, email them.

LOL at your 3 months notice, I just quit Cablecom as I did a change of address to a place they clearly don't serve.

The key thing you need to pay to get out of jail is your tax. I think they don't care about domestic bills when you de-register.
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The key thing you need to pay to get out of jail is your tax. I think they don't care about domestic bills when you de-register.
Thanks Boxman.

Regarding Tax, it is always deducted from his salary every month by the company itself. So we need to get returns from government and nothing to pay extra from our side.
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You need to tell these parties you're going and leave a forwarding address.

Billag are pretty good, email them.

LOL at your 3 months notice, I just quit Cablecom as I did a change of address to a place they clearly don't serve.

The key thing you need to pay to get out of jail is your tax. I think they don't care about domestic bills when you de-register.
That's my plan as well. Send them the quit letter with our deregistration papers and a forwarding address in another country.

Except for the taxes. Sigh.
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That's my plan as well. Send them the quit letter with our deregistration papers and a forwarding address in another country.

Except for the taxes. Sigh.
We would be deregistering at the end of April only. So sent the termination letters without that. But said, "Let us know if you need any other details". So, let us see whether they ask for further informations
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You need to tell these parties you're going and leave a forwarding address.

Billag are pretty good, email them.

LOL at your 3 months notice, I just quit Cablecom as I did a change of address to a place they clearly don't serve.

The key thing you need to pay to get out of jail is your tax. I think they don't care about domestic bills when you de-register.

Hi Boxman, I too have had Cablecom at my previous address for the past 2 years. However as of today I am shifting to a different adress where they dont have Cablecom service. Will I have to pay for next 3 months if I cancel the contract now?

I did contact the Cablecom service last week and told them about my new address. They told me that they dont have Cablecom there and are going to contact the technical support and will let me know. I havent heard anything back from them and I am moving to the new address tonite and no way can I live without internet!! So I might just order Swisscom but will I have to pay Cablecom for next 3 months even if they dont provide their service at the new address? Thanks.
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We would be deregistering at the end of April only. So sent the termination letters without that. But said, "Let us know if you need any other details". So, let us see whether they ask for further informations
If your plan of leaving is certain than please deregister wef April ?? as soon as possible. It is possible to get de-register certificate in advance from commune with exact date of departure and thereafter send de-registering certificate to all the billing parties. You will certainly get the bills in advance.
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