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Old 07.08.2008, 23:33
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Re: question re: cell phones in CH *mobiles- i know-wink

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However I have another phone which I used when I was in Malta.
Heyyy im Maltese too... This is the second Maltese i have seen on this website.. its amazing, its so small yet they are everywhere!!

When i came here, i brought the mobile that i used in Oz. Went to sunrise...got a new sim, and i use pre paid. I find Sunrise great, and its meant to be alot cheaper than Swisscom. but also keep in mind what ur partner/friends have... if u are with different companies then you will pay more too call each other....i feel sorry for my Bfd... hes with Swisscom and gets some nice bills, thnks to me

I had no problems with my phone working here.
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Old 08.08.2008, 10:47
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

I have a Sony 810 which I had unlocked in the UK before I started my travels. Then when I'm out and about I buy a PAYG sim for that country (Tesco-UK, Orange-Fr, Mobile Zone CH). I store all my contacts on the phone not the sim, so when I swap sims I text the people with the relevant number I'm on and have had no problems. I use the same handset so my music & photos' are there all the time, no messing with languages, nice and easy.
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

Here has been my experience with using cell phones from the US in Europe.

1) Most carriers in the US DO NOT use SIM cards. Forget trying to transfer a phone that does not use SIM cards to a European carrier. T-mobile uses SIM cards and I believe Cingular does.
2) With T-mobile you can request an unlock code 3 months into the contract.
3) Once a SIM phone is unlocked (and assuming its a tri- or quad- band phone), you simply put in a European carrier SIM and instantly you have a working phone.

I have used (and still use) a prepaid t-mobile germany SIM, a swisscom SIM, and a few different t-mobile USA SIMs.

My little secret. I used to have one phone and swap SIMs. I now have a phone for each. Phones are so cheap and always upgrade.

This works on US smartphones (HTC dash) also. So, tomorrow I go through this once again. Need a new crackberry.

-Dana
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Old 09.08.2008, 18:56
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

I hear you about the price of phones Dana, but a phone for each sim seems excessive.

You've only got 2 ears and 1 mouth, so you can only use 1 at once. If they are all turned on that's a bag full of stuff to carry around, if they are not on it's dead weight so why have it? Then there's all the different chargers to mess with, and if you've got bluetooth in your car or sat nav it will only hook up with one paired phone at a time, so again the non paired are dead weight....not to sure about handfree driving laws here?

So I think spending the money on one good phone that does everything you want, get it unlocked and sim swap is way easier, but that's just me.
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Old 09.08.2008, 19:11
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

Or by a good one that can handle two SIMs at once like this one:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_d780...p-news-477.php
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

I used MagicSIM for a while (dual SIM chips).

Here is why I use multiple phones instead of a single phone. If someone is calling, I must know what number they will call. People in the US, call on the US number. My german friends call on German number. Swiss on Swiss number. With swapping sims (which is what a dual SIM phone does) you loose all SMS when swapping SIMs. You only have the active phone line available.

If a person is cleaver, they buy phones that use USB so three phones dont take any more chargers than one phone.

Yes, it is true that with bluetooth, that only one device is active at a time. However, how the bluetooth works in my car is each device is given a priorty number 1-7). If a call comes in on device 1, then it overides devices 2 through 6. So the car can have 7 active blue tooth devices, it just priortizes which one to connect with.

Basically, with US phones, they are close to free. The phone companies all give upgrades. I actually have phones laying around I dont use anymore. Due to pricing, I will be buying a blackberry tomorrow to replace my smart phone. The smart phone is unlocked and will be swapped to the swiss SIM (which is on a Razr).

When international roaming (I am keeping my US number since my job invloves significant travel to the US) for $20 a month, there is unlimited blackberry email in Europe. A smart phone pays data roaming fees (expensive).

And, the blackberries use normal headphones instead of USB headphones. This is a big plus when listening to music on an airplane.

So, I like have the three phones because they are all active.

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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

Cool, looks like you've got that covered....and a bloody big handbag Just having pockets means I phone...that keeps it nice and simple....just like me
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Old 10.08.2008, 00:36
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

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With swapping sims (which is what a dual SIM phone does) you loose all SMS when swapping SIMs. You only have the active phone line available.
Nope, that is exactly what the new Dual Sim phones are all about: You have two SIMs ACTIVE in parallel... no more loosing SMS or contacts!
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Old 10.08.2008, 09:39
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

Agreed with sim swapping you only recieve sms on the one that's in use, but if you text the important people the number you're on they just text that one. My phone gives me an optioin of where to store sms, so if all contacts are stored on the phone memory, or memory card not the sim, and media files likewise, then they are all there regardless of which sim is in which phone. I travel between CH, UK & France (excluding holidays destinations) and can't say I ever had any problems with the single phone option.
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Re: Using foreign mobile phone in Switzerland?

Well I am really proud of myself. Just managed to get my pre-paid swisscom to display menus in English and believe me my phone is really old. It was a leader in its time and still does mostly everything, just not great at making tea. For anyone interested I logged on to vodafone web site yesterday and there was a new option - unlock - it worked. Well it was new to me.
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