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Swisscom PAYG SIM cards

When I visit the Vaud my UK Nokia Orange mobile frequently switches to Orange France, presumably as the strongest signal. The call rates charged are then those of Roaming.

If I purchased a Swisscom PAYG SIM would that also put me on Roaming rates if I call near the French border? Any way of getting round that - other than staying well away!!!

I wish to use the SIM card on a Blackberry 8820. I stay in Switzerland 2-3 months at a time. I have an active Swisscom landline/broadband account.

No techy language in replies please; I'm 71 years old!!! Apologies if this is a frequently asked question - I searched in vain.
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Old 23.11.2009, 18:16
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Re: Swisscom PAYG SIM cards

You should have in the menu of your phone under *phone configuration* menu something called *operator selection*, put it on *manual* so you will keep the same operator even if there's a stronger signal from others.
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Old 23.11.2009, 18:19
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Re: Swisscom PAYG SIM cards

Roaming when your close to the boarder is a common issue / complaint, easy to stop

it roams to orange as thats what orange have set it up to do

mobile companies have there prefered roaming partners, and thats who'll you'll switch to.

You should be able to turn off auto roam and select which network you connect to, somewhere in your phone setup.

You can make your phone stay on 1 network only as well, again you'll need to read your phone manual to see where the option is, it should be somthing like network select - usually set to auto, if you select this it should ask you which network you want to use and then you won't roam, you'll just lose your connection.
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Re: Swisscom PAYG SIM cards

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...If I purchased a Swisscom PAYG SIM would that also put me on Roaming rates if I call near the French border? ...
I don't really think so. I see it from the other side: With my French Orange PAYG SIM card, along the Swiss border, I can't connect to the Swisscom network, as soon as I am entering Switzerland, I even lose the French signal. So, I think you don't have to fear roaming charges. Otherwise, follow the advice of Bertrand and Bigblue, set your Blackberry to manual search so that you can decide yourself which provider you want to connect to. This wasn't too techy speak, was it?
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