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Pay as you go phones - options?

Hi,

Thanks to O2 here in the UK delivering the sort of customer service one might expect from the 14th century BC, I'm going to have to get a phone and PAYG SIM in Switzerland. I'll only be using it for calls and mostly texts.

Does anyone have any recommendations for the best network/package to go with? Am happy to wing it and just go with what I see in Zurich city centre, but that might end up in me getting stung.

Any help is much appreciated,

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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

I use a yallo prepaid sim it you can pick it up from a Sunrise store and there's one in Zurich main station.

Texts are 10rp each
Calls to landlines in UK 3rp per min
Calls to mobiles in the UK 25rp per min
Calls to Swiss phones 35rp per min
Calls to yallo phones 3rp per min

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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

I also went for yallo. it is great as the rates are good as mensioned before but you can also pick the last 4 digits of your number so can get something easy to remember
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

We have Migros M-Budget. No idea how it compares to anyone else, but it was the cheapest option 4 years ago, and extremely easy to sign up and purchase. I have a widget loaded on my laptop that lets me send 5 free texts per day to my husband's M-Budget phone, which is handy when I get to work and find that my phone is flat or has been forgotten...
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Lt me know if you want to go for yallo, if I recommend you we both get an extra 10f credit ;-)
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

I forgot to add you can send 30 free sms when you log into you account and they do 2 data packages:
6CHF for 150mb
12CHF for 500mb

Useful if you use messenging apps like Whatsapp etc
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Yallo is the way to go. Been with them since 2009. I once lost my SIM and they even replaced it for free!

Btw, Yallo to Yallo is 5 rappen/min, not 3
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Have been looking into this a bit, and couldn't find a "Yallo" shop in the HBF. A bit of online research (should probably have done this BEFORE leaving the house, but hey ho) makes it look like "Yallo" is a subsidiary of "Sunrise", not a separate network.

So if I go into a Sunrise shop and ask them about "Yallo", are they likely to know what I'm talking about?

On the Yallo website you can just order a "pack" and get it sent to you with phone etc included so I might just do that for simplicity's sake.
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Yes, Yallo is actually a brand of sunrise. sunrise shop will know what you are talking about. Remember if you send me your name and email address to 00t008@gmail.com we will both get an extra 10f credit.
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Yep they'll know what you're talking about, I had to go to one to get a micro SIM for my other phone and they did it with no problem at all. Technically they're the same company.
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

I would definitely recommend Migros M-Budget. I've used them on several occasions such as when friends come to visit. They really are very cheap (relative to the competition such as from swisscom or orange for example), have good reception and its easy to get refills for them.
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Excuse me for being a bit slow on the uptake, but having shopped around and taking in the comments made on this thread.

I believe Orange is the cheapest for calls back to the UK!

0.05c/min for landlines
0.25c/min for mobiles
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Actually Yallo is cheaper. 0.03 to UK landlines
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

I have a pay-as-you-go cell phone through Swisscom, and it is ridiculously expensive -- even just for calls within CH. I rarely use it, but I am still constantly having to top up my phone, and what's worse is that often the Swisscom website is being "funky" and I can't top up when I need or want to.

In short, I strongly advise against getting one through Swisscom.
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Re: Pay as you go phones - options?

Another vote for Migros M-Budget from me, I have it and I'm satisfied with the experience. On of the good things is it uses the Swisscom network which IMHO has the best coverage in CH.
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