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Old 06.05.2009, 12:01
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Hello Guys

I am coming to Zurich on 10th May to start a new job. I would need a SIM card as soon as I land in Zurich (sunday evening). I dont know what options are available, if I am looking for say pre-paid SIM just to call swiss landline and mobile numbers, could you pl suggest which provider is better? and how much I should topup intially (considering I would calling quite a few letting agencies to sort out my flat)


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Old 06.05.2009, 12:03
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Re: SIM Card

You can get one at any mobile shop, but they will want proof of address.
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Old 06.05.2009, 12:21
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^ Don't know about that, but a permit to be here is a must.
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Old 06.05.2009, 12:23
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^ Don't know about that, but a permit to be here is a must.
No it's not. I got my Orange PAYG SIM with only a passport and a rental agreement.
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Old 06.05.2009, 12:31
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No it's not. I got my Orange PAYG SIM with only a passport and a rental agreement.
That's right. All you need to get a prepaid sim is a passport. I would suggest swisscom as it will probably be the cheapest for most local calls. CHF 30 should be good enough for a start until you get a better idea of the rates and your usage.
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No it's not. I got my Orange PAYG SIM with only a passport and a rental agreement.
Perhaps the rules have changed? It looks like for about 21 European nationalites it's easier now (Sunrise).
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Old 06.05.2009, 12:33
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Perhaps the rules have changed? It looks like for about 21 European nationalites it's easier now (Sunrise).
You definitely need to have a permit for a postpaid connection, but getting a prepaid sim is relatively easier.
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Re: SIM Card

I am EU citizen, my B-Permit will arrive after 2-3 weeks only. I only want pre-paid SIM. So can I get swisscom pre-paid SIM with just my passport as proof and top it up with CHF 30
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Re: SIM Card

Also will any shops be open on sunday? During my swiss visits (as tourist) most of the shops seems to be closed on sunday.
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Old 06.05.2009, 13:46
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Also will any shops be open on sunday? During my swiss visits (as tourist) most of the shops seems to be closed on sunday.
I'm afraid you will have to wait until Monday morning.
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I'm afraid you will have to wait until Monday morning.
Actually as the OP says he will be "landing", if he isn't too late there is a Swisscom shop and an Orange shop in the shopping plaza at the airport in Zurich (I assume he is flying in by plane and not by broomstick or parachute . I think they are open until 8pm daily.

Ifit really is that important that the OP stays in touch, I think it is also possible to rent a sim-card in the arrivals hall. Maybe someone can confirm that?
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Re: SIM Card

IF there is a Migros there, they sell an M-Budget sim card. After lots of price comparing when I first came, I found their prepaid to be the cheapest. Plus, it's one flat rate to all of Europe, US, and Canada.
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Old 06.05.2009, 14:35
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Re: SIM Card

When I arrived here I got a swisscom pre-paid without permit but with address. Another employee of same branch refused denied that it was possible without permit. So shop around if you don't get one straight away.
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Re: SIM Card

since we are at it, can you help me decipher this page?
https://eshop.sunrise.ch/es/dyn/mes/rateplan?eslang=de

it seems sunrise doesn't have any normal prepaid offer, is it true? because they claim they have one, but it says 1 CHF per day , and that's the only offer i found

do they have just normal option to buy simcard, have some credit on it and only be charged per minute? (not per day!)
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Re: SIM Card

Migros (M-Budget) is the cheapest pre paid mobile service provider in switzerland. Their outgoing calls are a flat 28 rp/min to any other service provider or land line in Swiss or EU. SMS is a flat 10 rp. Incoming of course is free from any service provider worldwide.

In case you travel within the EU, incoming is 40 rp/min, outgoing is 85 rp/min and sms is 70 rp.

I would buy the M-Budget prepaid and top it up to 30 CHF. Lasts for a long time.
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Re: SIM Card

Thanks for replies guys. very helpful. My flight is landing at 16:00 hrs, so I will get the SIM at swisscom shop in the arrivals.
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Re: SIM Card

pk01, here is the link to the airport page with a list of shops and maps how to get there. There is a shopping plaza opposite the terminal buildings, the Swisscom shop is not in the main terminal building, but if you are taking the train into Zurich (or anywhere else) you will be walking in this direction anyway. Good luck!

http://www.zurich-airport.com/deskto...spx/tabid-204/
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Re: SIM Card

If you miss the shops in the airport, you will find open shops on Sunday also in the main station in Zurich.

I'd suggest to get a Migros card, Swisscom is the most expensive option on the market.

For a prepaid you don't need a swiss address or B permit, just a proof of identity.
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Re: SIM Card

Thanks. Then I would go for Migros card. I have seen the shopping plaza in zurich airport, I remember seeing coop there as well. I wouldnt think they would sell M-Budget card!, I will try at Zurich Station
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Always talk to the sales guy at the phone shop. Most of them speak english and will find you the best deal/SIM
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