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Old 17.09.2010, 21:26
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Hi, I'm moving from LA to take up a post at EPFL. I'm trying to work out potential budgets and I;m wondering if anyone has advice on cellphone providers. I would like an iphone (but would be happy with a droid). What kind of monthly payment am I looking at for unlimited calling and possibly international calling? Any advice? Also, how possible will it be to get a phone plan with no credit history in Switzerland.

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Hi, I'm moving from LA to take up a post at EPFL. I'm trying to work out potential budgets and I;m wondering if anyone has advice on cellphone providers. I would like an iphone (but would be happy with a droid). What kind of monthly payment am I looking at for unlimited calling and possibly international calling? Any advice? Also, how possible will it be to get a phone plan with no credit history in Switzerland.

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Hi and welcome to EF

The three main providers are Orange, Swisscom and Sunrise.
I've been with all 3 over the years and eventually settled for Orange.
Their prices (calling the U.S. and plenty of European countries) are hard to beat. 133 $ a month will get you unlimited data, text, phonecalls and 80-90% discount rates when travelling.

I recommend you to check their website:
http://www1.orange.ch/residential_su...mer_expat.html

Getting a plan with no history is not a problem as long as you have a valid residence permit for CH. If you don't happen to have one yet (since you're in LA), you can resort to getting a pre-paid sim card and converting it to a normal contract with all the benefits as soon you've got your Swiss documents.

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Many thanks for the helpful advice. There seems to be so much to do at this point!
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Hi, I'm moving from LA to take up a post at EPFL. I'm trying to work out potential budgets and I;m wondering if anyone has advice on cellphone providers. I would like an iphone (but would be happy with a droid). What kind of monthly payment am I looking at for unlimited calling and possibly international calling? Any advice? Also, how possible will it be to get a phone plan with no credit history in Switzerland.

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It won't be easy to get an iPhone without a credit history here. I'd personally buy the phone unlocked directly from Apple (or, if it doesn't have to be an iPhone, go for the new HTC Desire HD that's going to be released in October - definitely the much better phone).
Waiting time for the iPhone is about 3-9 weeks in Switzerland at the moment.

As for the provider: in my opinion, Orange is the worst of the three Swiss providers. They have (by far) the worst coverage, they don't have EDGE (which sucks big time if you have a smartphone - once you leave their measly 3G coverage area, you'll be looking at 9.6-56k download speeds. An average website takes about 2-4 minutes to load at that speed) and their customer service is sub-par. There's only one factor that makes a lot of people here choose Orange: they offer calls abroad at local rates. So if you will be calling overseas all the time from your cell-phone, you could consider them.

Otherwise, go for Sunrise - they're way cheaper and have a vastly better network - much better 3G network and EDGE where there's no 3G. Unlimited calling to Swiss networks and unlimited data (speed reduced after reaching 2gb / month) costs 105 Fr. Unlimited texts cost an additional 19 Fr. - but who needs texts if you have push e-mail on your phone.

The most expensive of the providers is Swisscom. They used to have the best network. Nowadays, they are suffering from network-congestion a lot because they have the most customers. Their network is generally slower than Sunrise's. They have the best customer service, though.
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Dear experts,

I need advice. I have been with Sunrise for forever (years). I presently have the plan that bundles cell, landline, and internet for CHF 80. My cellphone contract is now due for renewal and I'm way overdue for a new phone.

I really, really want a smartphone, preferably one that lets me call at reasonable prices from other countries (US, England, Israel, for example). I want the apps, GPS, internet access, etc., and a battery that will last for awhile. I have one other constraint. I may be leaving Switzerland in a year or 1 1/2 years tops. So it doesn't make sense to take a 2-yr contract at this point. I don't have the money to just buy the phone at full retail. I could handle maybe CHF 200. Of course I prefer iPhone, at least iPhone 4.

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