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Re: Mobile phone provider recommendations

>.is the reception/phone signal of all the providers high quality, or is there some difference?
In the cities, it's the same. Maybe in some remote countryside regions you'll find a difference, but it's nominal.

>What is the process
Go to the mobile phone shops and start asking questions about prices, etc. I think all of them will have pre-paid for national calls, international calls and sms. However, when it comes to roaming, you'll need to check carefully. I'm just about to throw out orangeclick.ch (a prepaid providers) because their roaming isn't good enough, for example, no roaming in New Zealand or Bosnia, can't send text messages in UK except when I was on the orange network, and other frustrations.

If you plan on phoning a lot, then it might be better to get a contract rather than prepaid.

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I hear you. I was thinking of signing a monthly mobile plan to get a discounted handset since my American one won't work, but I'm balking at the prices. For about CHF 50 a month, I can make domestic calls in Switzerland for CHF 20 or 40 per minute. In the US, that monthly fee could get me at least 200 free minutes.
I pay 25 Fr. per month for my Orange contract. That includes 30 minutes to all networks plus free calls to 3 numbers (Orange mobile or any fixed-line number) of my choosing. The numbers can be re-defined on a monthly basis if needed. As I mostly call my wife and my family on the phone, my usage costs are virtually down to zero. I'm aware that in the US you get more included minutes and therefore prices are lower. But the networks are a crapload worse, too. Unless you live in downtown NYC, dropped calls are very common. So are vast areas without any reception at all. Switzerland has excellent coverage - which isn't only convenient in terms of reachability but also improves your handset's battery life and reduces your exposure to EM radiation (because the handset will transmit at lower power-levels when reception is good).

So yes, we pay more - but we have drastically better networks, too.

To get back to the topic:
I'm an Orange customer and before that had a Sunrise contract. Both companies seem to have their difficulties with billing. I've had incorrect bills with both providers but both of them corrected their mistakes without a problem.

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Re: Mobile phone provider recommendations

Hi,

So I'm in a similar boat. Moving over from the US fairly soon and will need to get a new phone and a new contract (since I'm verizon over here and the tech is incompatible).

The above relies have already been helpful, but I'm looking for some specific recommendations on what the best options would likely be in Zurich for mixed personal/business use. I'm not anticipating a lot of roaming, at least initially, nor do I care much about making international calls since I'll do that via landline or perhaps VoIP.

Do I understand correctly that both Sunrise and Swisscom have rough equivalants to our "in-network" concept where there is a discounted rate for calling other people who use the same network, or is that just Sunrise?

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Re: Mobile phone provider recommendations

I apologize if the following information is actually redundant. (I did a quick search on the site and didn't find the same information offered below.)

My wife and I recently learned that our US cell phones (from Cinglular) can be used here in CH and around Europe. So, if you have a GSM phone, you can save some franks by going to a Migros Electronics store and purchasing an SIM-Card for your phone. Each card costs 19.80 CHF and comes with a credit of 15 CHF. (To be sure, these cards transform your phone into a prepaid phone. You can recharge your account either online or at most Migros stores.)

To learn more about this option, and to see a price/min. list, visit http://www.m-budget-mobile.ch/ . And you can use the Google translate function of Firefox to translate the site into English.
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Do I understand correctly that both Sunrise and Swisscom have rough equivalants to our "in-network" concept where there is a discounted rate for calling other people who use the same network, or is that just Sunrise?
Yes, they both have a kind-of-honest rate which applies to calling the same network or swiss landlines, and an armed-robbery rate which applies to calling other networks.

When I had swisscom for private use a few years ago, it used to be cheaper to call to Italy (!!!) than to call my friends in Switzerland on the sunrise network, that's why i switched to sunrise.
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Yeah its true, the voice quality is utter rubish with Orange unless your in a swiss city. Sunrise is not that bad, Cablecom mobile is also sunrise. I have all Providers Swisscom is the best cause the own the largest network. Sound quality good but Prices are more expensive. If you live in remote or mountains forget anyone else or ask your neighbors reception.
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Yeah its true, the voice quality is utter rubish with Orange unless your in a swiss city. Sunrise is not that bad, Cablecom mobile is also sunrise. I have all Providers Swisscom is the best cause the own the largest network. Sound quality good but Prices are more expensive. If you live in remote or mountains forget anyone else or ask your neighbors reception.
Nothing wrong with Orange in our experience.
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Re: Mobile phone provider recommendations

I have been with Orange for years and certainly in the last two contract cycles, I've had nothing but excellent service.

Sadly I am going to revert to OrangeClick for my phone as I have been forced to take a Swisscom contract with unlimited calls and data (domestically of course). Bummer....
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Re: Mobile phone provider recommendations

Are there any updates to this information. It's been a while since this thread was current and packages move on.
In the UK roaming charges are being disbanded, initially for the summer, but I think the idea is that they'll be gone for good. If that is the case, then is there any need to change to a Swiss company.

Is there such a package as a family deal in Switzerland? I know in other European countries the kids usage is for free on a parents contract.

Which network provider would you reccommend? Can you also tell me if there is a website that shows coverage network. Here in England we can only use 02 as the others don't cover our part of rural Buckinghamshire. I want to make sure I get the right provider in the rural part of Solothurn we intend to move to.

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Is there such a package as a family deal in Switzerland? I know in other European countries the kids usage is for free on a parents contract.
Talk Talk offers free calls between your home phone and mobiles with them and with other Talk Talk customers. Uses the Sunrise network. Contracts and customer service in English too.
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Re: Mobile phone provider recommendations

I've used Swisscom, Orange, Yallo, and Sunrise. So far I have received the best performance from Sunrise.

Yallo is a good price for inside Switzerland and international calling, however I have had issues trying to roam inside Europe with it. It's prepaid, so little commitment.

Sunrise is decent for both inside and outside. Sunrise Zero offers a decent combination of price and flexibility (Yallo is the cheapest that I am aware of when you are able to use it). But I have had long wait times to speak with customer service for Sunrise.

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Re: Mobile phone provider recommendations

Any thoughts on Sunrise 'surf4free for life' offer?
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Funny, thats what I used to think until I signed up for the hourly rate. Now most of my calls become "profitable"
might work for a girl, but men can usually make a couple of grunts in less than 2 minutes.

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