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Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

Hi EFers

I need to get a mobile phone package/contract which will allow me to make calls and send messages to family and friends in Africa and UK without totally breaking the bank! I've looked at the 'standard' packages offered by Swisscom etc, but nothing quite seems to 'fit' my needs. I'd really appreciate any advice you can offer, before I go schlepping around the mobile operators using my very dodgy Franglish. n.b. I already have a work mobile which I can use for all CH calls at no cost.

My regular calls will include:

- 2-3 text messages per day to Kenya or UK
- 3-4 calls per week to UK, each call 30-60 minutes, evenings/weekends
- 1-2 calls per week to Kenya, each call 30-60 minutes, evenings/weekends
- 1-2 calls per month to US and Canada, each call 30-60 minutes, evenings/weekends

Merci pour votre aide!

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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

With that reqular and long calls think your best choice can be to use skype monthly deals. Their packkages for europe and especially to north america (even for mobile phones) are actually quite cheap.
Those calls for UK and Usa/Kanada will not be more than 20chf per month, but Kenya calls will add something like 80chf more. Still would be supriced if any mobile operator is here would beat that. And yes, skype can also be used to send text messages.
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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

if you are under 30 look at sunrise MTV package.
i pay 45CHF per month, and its free calls to UK and free SMS all over the world.
the only thing is that kenya is gonna cost you 60cents/min
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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

Maybe a Lebara PAYG SIM, with their Super Saver package

Rates here: http://www.lebara.ch/is-bin/intersho...17-06-2015.pdf

UK is 0.01/0.29 and Kenya 0.09/0.29 (landline/mobile) per minute. You need to further investigate their SMS rates, and I think there is an additional 0.29 connection charge per call.


http://www.lebara.ch/en_CH/-cbpffAqF...e-Best-for-You


It looks that for SMS, you can pay an additional 2.90 per month for 50 SMS (CH and International).

Scroll to bottom of this link: http://www.lebara.ch/en_CH/Sparoptio...CDWUTieSK.html
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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

Lebara is a good choice. SMS cost CHF 0.15 / 160 Character.

Other option would be Lycamobile. It use Swisscom network, while Lebara use Sunrise Network.

With Lyca (You get this by activating the save promo by sending text SAVE to 2525):
UK: 0.01/0.29 (0.19 if the number you called also a Lyca UK Number), SMS 0.15
Kenya: 0.09/0.19, SMS 0:15

Lyca Pro: Cheap, lots of bonus, cheap data package, swisscom netz.
Lyca Con: It says you're always in roaming, even when you are in Switzerland!
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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

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if you are under 30 look at sunrise MTV package.
i pay 45CHF per month, and its free calls to UK and free SMS all over the world.
the only thing is that kenya is gonna cost you 60cents/min
Meh. 30 passed me by a few years ago. I'm now, somewhat tragically in my mind, closer to the next 'milestone'.
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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

I installed Skype on my android cellphone and bought Skype credit.
Costs me around 2 chf for a 30 minute call to a cellphone in South Africa.
I also find it much cheaper than SALT prepay for local calls. You need a wireless
connection to the internet though.
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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

www.freecall.com

You call their Swiss access number and it routes you to the destination on their network, so you only pay their rates, which are generally very low.

They also have a 30 day free period per topup for a lot of countries.

I pay about 10 EUR per quarter for something like six hours of calls to the UK per week, i.e. about 0.2 cents per minute.
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Re: Which mobile phone package for Africa & UK?

Try this one. They have competitive rates and good quality network.
https://www.actionvoip.com
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