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National Anthem

Basics[edit | edit source]

Switzerland has three network operators:

  • Swisscom
  • Sunrise
  • Salt Mobile (formerly Orange)

Coverage[edit | edit source]

Sunrise and Swisscom both offer a very good mobile network coverage and performance. While Swisscom is generally more expensive, Sunrise often offers lower rates and Salt Mobile retains a good level at 3rd position.

  • Swisscom: 96% in 3G and up to 98% in 4G/LTE
  • Sunrise: 99% of 3G and up to 98% in 4G/LTE
  • Salt: >90% of 3G and 94% in 4G/LTE

On Sunrise you should know, that most of its 3G antennas are based on the 900 MHz frequency. This is rather unusual in Europe as most providers in Europe use the 2100 MHz band like Swisscom and Salt, but 900 MHz is still supported by most mobile phones.

On 4G/LTE Swisscom and Salt offer LTE speeds up to 150 Mbit/s, while Sunrise offers up to 100 Mbit/s. LTE is on 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz frequency band. On Swisscom the 2100 MHz band is used additionaly for LTE. 4G/LTE is given out from all operators and most of their MVNOs on prepaid:

According to network tests and OpenSignal all three providers are on an excellent level. Swisscom is best in 2020 with 95% 4G availability and 52 Mbit/s download speeds, competing with Sunrise at 94% and 36 Mbit/s and Salt in 3rd place with 90% and 35 Mbit/s.

5G has started in 2019 by Swisscom and Sunrise on 700 MHz (n28), 2100 MHz (n1) and 3500 MHz (n78). It already covers some towns and rural areas. Sunrise has made 5G available for prepaid customers as of November 2019 as first provider.

All three provides have shut down 2G/GSM or are in the process of doing so. This means from 2020 you will need to bring a phone working on 3G and 4G to Switzerland.

Regulations[edit | edit source]

Before you can use Swiss prepaid services you will need to show some identification. So bring your passport or national photo ID and fill in forms at the point of sale for registration. The activation of the starter pack can take some hours to be processed.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

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Be aware that Switzerland is not part of the EU, nor the EEA, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced. So roaming rates are not capped or regulated in Switzerland and can be much higher.

European providers treat Switzerland very differently: a few charge the same as within the EU zone, some limit usage in Switzerland, but many add a substantial surcharge on consumptions while roaming in Switzerland. Better check your EU/EEA provider first before use, or buy a local SIM instead.

For the same reason, roaming rates on Swiss SIM cards in EU countries are still very high (only Lycamobile offers plans that include EU roaming, with limits). That's why in most cases, you should buy a separate SIM card for EU countries instead. EU roaming options of Swiss providers are given for every provider below. Beware of the excessive default roaming rate. However, both Swisscom and Salt offer roaming at domestic Swiss rates in the small country of Liechtenstein.

The offers below are sorted according to the networks, each beginning with the network operator first, followed by their resellers/MVNOs.


SWISSCOM network
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Swisscom is still the biggest provider in the country giving out 3G and 4G/LTE in up to 150 Mbit/s on prepaid. Note that the 2G network is being shut down by the end of 2020. 5G has started on 1800 MHz (n4), 2100 MHz (n1) and 3500 MHz (n78), but is generally not yet available for prepaid. As incumbent provider with the largest market share, they have the highest prices currently in the Swiss mobile market.

Swisscom[edit | edit source]

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Swisscom's prepaid SIM cards used to be called Natel Easy for decades. They are still known under this name, but have been rebranded to inONE mobile prepaid in 2017.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Their prepaid product is a SIM for calls, texts and data. Starter pack costs CHF 19.90 and has CHF 20 credit (plus 100 MB for first use) online or offline at Swisscom sales outlet (shop locator).  Mini-, micro- and nano-SIMs are all available or can be changed in a shop free of charge to a nano-SIM.

Top-ups are available at all major service stations, SBB ticket machines, Coop and Migros supermarkets, kiosks or using a credit card online.where you can buy additional credits from CHF 10. Check your balance by *130#.

If the SIM card is not used for 12 months, it becomes invalid, the remaining credit will expire and the number will be recycled to a new user.

Outgoing calls, sending text messages, sending and receiving MMS messages and any use of mobile data are considered as using the SIM card.

So using the card at least once in 12 months is recommended for keeping the sim alive.

Default data rate[edit | edit source]

They offer "unlimited" data for CHF 2 per day limited by a FUP shown below. A day is the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight on the next calendar day. On days when you don't use the phone for data (or for voice or SMS), there is no charge.

Their FUP reduces speed to 256 kbit/s after 10 GB have been consumed within a month. This official policy is enforced strictly. After this you have to wait for a new month or buy one of their data packages shown below. Network speeds are capped at 2 Mbit/s, unless you buy a data package.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

These packages are offered:

Data Voice Validity Price max. Speed
5 GB 24 hours CHF 5 50 Mbit/s
250 MB unlimited 30 days CHF 4.90 10 Mbit/s
500 MB 30 days CHF 8.90 10 Mbit/s
500 MB unlimited 30 days CHF 14.90 10 Mbit/s
1 GB unlimited 30 days CHF 24.90 10 Mbit/s
1.5 GB 30 days CHF 19.90 10 Mbit/s

To activate packages go to your personal account. Check data balance by texting "STATUS" to 444 free of charge.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

The default rate is CHF 4.50 for 10 MB. You can activate for the EU, Andorra, and Monaco these data packages valid for 30 days:

  • 200 MB: CHF 4.90
  • 1 GB: CHF 14.90
  • 3 GB: CHF 39.90

More info[edit | edit source]

Lycamobile[edit | edit source]

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Lycamobile from the UK is the main competitor of Lebara on the ethno market. As a MVNO it changed in 2011 from Orange now Salt to the Swisscom network on 3G and 4G/LTE. It's has become one of the most reasonably priced (considering) in Switzerland.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The starter pack is sold in a lot of stores in the country (locator) or online for free. Make sure your date of birth is written correctly in the application form: you'll need it to register online. Sim cards stay valid for 5 months after your last call/text message.

Reloads can be made in their stores or using an international credit card online. When topping up online: the larger the topup amount, the bigger the credit => see their offer. Check your balance by *131#, you number by *132#.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Data outside these packages or when overused is billed at CHF 0.10 per MB. Following monthly packages are offered:

CH Data Price Activation
500 MB CHF 3.25 *139*95490#
1 GB CHF 5.90 *139*91490#
2 GB CHF 9.90 *139*92490#
5 GB CHF 13.90 *139*94490#
10 GB CHF 21.90 *139*93490#
unlimited* CHF 39 *139*96490#

(*) = First 100 GB at 4G speeds, then speed throttled to 256 kbps. Data packs renew automatically after one month and must be cancelled. You can only buy each package once in a 30-day period. Note, that there is no included data roaming in the EU with these data packages.

For more data, you can add-ons, valid for the rest of the running time of the base package:

  • 1 GB: CHF 5.90, activation: *139*602#
  • 3 GB: CHF 12.90, activation: *139*603#

To check your data allowances dial *136#, to cancel your packages *190#

Lycamobile offers these all in one packages called Hello Swiss:

Pack

Hello Swiss

CH

Data

CH Voice

& SMS

EU

Roaming

Price Online price

for renewals

Activation
S 3 GB 500 mins,

500 SMS

n/a CHF 19 CHF 19 *139*1001#
M 10 GB unlimited 1 GB CHF 39 (#) CHF 19 *139*1002#
L 20 GB unlimited 3 GB CHF 59 (#) CHF 39 *139*1005#
XL 30 GB unlimited 4 GB CHF 69 (#) CHF 45 *139*1003#
UL unlimited unlimited 5 GB CHF 50 CHF 50 *139*1004#

If you overuse data, speed will be throttled to 256 kbps. 

(#) - These packages are discounted by 50% when you purchase them for the first time with a new SIM card. Voice is to Switzerland and EU countries. 

Online price is valid to existing customers that buy a package through your Lycamobile online account. 

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

Some all-in-one packages includes roaming allowances. For roaming in the EU/EEA countries you can also buy these special roaming packages valid for 30 days:

  • EU Data S with 1 GB: CHF 10 - activation: *139*7501#
  • Home Data M with 2 GB: CHF 20 - activation: *139*7502#
  • Home Data L with 10 GB: CHF 40 - activation: *139*7503#

More infos[edit | edit source]

  • Tethering is not possible unless you have rooted Android or jailbroken iPhone. VoIP is possible.
  • Like most prepaid cards, you cannot send SMS to premium providers (like to pay by phone for your public transport ticket)
  • APN: data.lycamobile.ch
  • Username: lmch (that's lowercase L, not capital i — as in lycamobile ch)
  • Password: plus
  • Website in English: http://www.lycamobile.ch/en

Mucho mobile [edit | edit source]

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Mucho mobile is another MVNO aimed at visitors and foreign workers offering discounted IDD calls. It operates on the network of Swisscom in 3G and 4G, only with speeds up to 15 Mbits.

Availability [edit | edit source]

Their SIM card is sold for CHF 10 including CHF 5 balance. They are available at post offices, k-kiosks, Naville and Relay outlets. K-kiosks take 24-48 hours to activate the SIM, while post offices activate immediately.

Refills are available from various kiosks. It's also available from SBB (train) ticket vending machines. You have to press "Further services" -> "Prepaid refill" -> "further options" -> "Mucho" to get a refill code. Also available in online account management. Default password is your PUK (written on SIM card holder).

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Data outside the package or overuse is charged at CHF 0.08 per MB. To activate this default rate send "START DATA" to 444. Beware that it also gets activated in case of expired or used up packages. More packages are available now:

  • 2 GB for 30 days: CHF 9.90, send "Start DATAMINI" to 778
  • 5 GB for 30 days: CHF 19.90, send "Start DATAMAXI" to 778
  • 10 GB for 30 days: CHF 29.90, send "Start DATAMEGA" to 778

To check credit and data amounts, text 'STATUS' to 444. To stop auto-renewal text 'STOP DATAPACK' to 444.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

Roaming in the EU stays at high CHF 4.50 per MB, but the following packages are available:

  • 1 GB for 180 days: CHF 14, send "Start DATAMINIROAM" to 778
  • 3 GB for 180 days: CHF 29 send "Start DATAMEDIOROAM" to 778
  • 5 GB for 180 days: CHF 49, send "Start DATAMAXIROAM" to 778

This is right now the cheapest roaming option in Switzerland for the EU on prepaid. Better buy an EU SIM card for EU countries.

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M-Budget [edit | edit source]

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M-Budget is the MVNO of one of the major retail chains in the country called Migros. It operates on the network of Swisscom on 3G only, but not 4G/LTE for prepaid. Their offer is quite outdated now.

Availability [edit | edit source]

The SIM Card is sold at CHF 19.80, including CHF 15 balance and 100 MB of data. It comes in triple format. Available only in Migros supermarkets and M-Electronics stores. Store Locator. Be sure to be on the new tariff line called M-Budget Mobile Plus. To change, send free text containg "MBUDGET PLUS" to 444.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Data outside the package or overuse is charged at CHF 0.28 per MB. Billing interval per 100 KB. 10 MB per month are included for free. These combo packages are offered for 30 days:

  • Prepaid Easy S: 40 MB, 40 mins, 40 SMS: CHF 4
  • Prepaid Easy M: 200 MB, 200 mins, 200 SMS: CHF 9
  • Prepaid Easy L: 400 MB, 400 mins, 400 SMS: CHF 14

To check data amounts, send STATUS by SMS to 444. You will be warned by SMS when you have used 80 % of the data. Package will not auto-renew. Additional data can be purchased at 5 CHF per 500 MB for 30 days validity by sending "START DATAPACK" to 444.

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CoopMobile[edit | edit source]

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CoopMobile of the retail group Coop is a MVNO in 3G and 4G/LTE. It used to operate on the Salt network, but switched to Swisscom in 2019.

Existing Coop Mobile customers remain with Salt by default under the new name of Salt Swiss Flat or can change to Swisscom network. For this they need a new SIM card with a new number, but can port their old one. All new CoopMobile SIM cards are from now on the Swisscom network. All information below is for the new SIM cards on Swisscom. It special feature is packages that don't expire.

Availability[edit | edit source]

CoopMobile starter sets are sold in all Coop supermarkets with kiosks, at the customer services desks in the Coop City departments stores und Coop Bau & Hobby hardware stores, in Fust and Interdiscount electronic stores (list here). Their starter pack is sold for CHF 19.80 with CHF 15 credit and 100 MB pre-loaded. 3-in-1 SIM sizes are available in stores. When buying in a Coop store, your activation may take up to 24 hours.

The SIM card will be blocked after 12 months without use. Then you have another 6 months to call their hotline to re-instate your SIM before it will be lost along with the loaded balance.

Top-ups of CHF 10, 30, 50 and 100 are available at the stores mentioned above or at Swiss Rail (SBB) ticket machines. To add by voucher, type *123*<voucher code>#. Balance check: *130#.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

For data they only offer these packages:

  • 250 MB for CHF 4.90, activation: SURF250
  • 750 MB for CHF 9.90, activation: SURF750
  • 1.5 GB for CHF 14.90, activation: SURF1500

This package doesn't expire and can be used as long as the SIM is active. Activation is by texting code to 506. If you don't choose a package or have depleted one, data will be shut off.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

International roaming is blocked unless you buy an EU pass in your personal profile before:

  • 250 MB in the EU, EEA and Eastern Europe at CHF 10

Simply Mobile[edit | edit source]

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Simply Mobile was a subsidiary of Swisscom with an own SIM card and portfolio. It started in 2017 for subscribers and from summer 2018 a prepaid option was offered too. In 2019 all its customers were migrated to the Coop Mobile and the Simply Mobile brand was closed. Coop adopted the scheme of packages that don't expire.

More info[edit | edit source]

  • international roaming is blocked
  • APN (for new Swisscom SIM cards): gprs.swisscom.ch
  • Website in German, French and Italian: http://www.coopmobile.ch


SUNRISE network [edit | edit source]

Sunrise has moved to 2nd position in Switzerland with a very good performance even topping Swisscom in some network tests in 2016. It gives a good standard with high speeds and wide coverage at the lowest prices currently on the market. 2G has been shut down mostly. For 3G your device should be capable of the 900 MHz frequency, as Sunrise uses it a lot. Be aware that unlike the other operators the country of Liechtenstein is treated as a foreign country by Sunrise as it doesn't have own coverage there. Sunrise offers currently the cheapest roaming options for the EU on prepaid.

Sunrise[edit | edit source]

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Availability[edit | edit source]

Their prepaid SIM card called Sunrise prepaid is sold for CHF 19.90 with the same credit included. Available at www.sunrise.ch to be sent to a Swiss address or offline at their shops (store locator). All rates are on 2G, 3G and 4G too and Mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF) are available.

In 2018 Sunrise switched on its first 5G antenna. As of 2019, 5G is available in 309 Swiss towns and available for prepaid as well in the 7 days unlimited tariff. It's broadcast on 700 MHz (n28) and 3500 MHz (n78) bands: 5G coverage map .

You can top-up by credit card online, in any Swiss post office, at ticket machines of Swiss Railways, in Sunrise stores and many supermarkets, service stations and kiosks. To check your balance, dial *121#.

Sunrise SIM cards stay valid for 12 months without any activity. In the following 6 months the SIM will be suspended, but you can regain number and credit when you contact them. After 18 months number and credit will be lost terminally.

They offer only thre plans with data:

  • Prepaid airbag
  • Prepaid unlimited
  • Young WhatsApp

Existing customers can change by texting 'AIRBAG' or 'UNLIMITED' to 5522.

Prepaid Airbag[edit | edit source]

This is the plan for lower use. Data is charged by default at CHF 1.20 per day and includes 20 MB in high speed of max. 100 Mbps and then throttled to 256 kbit/s. You can add one of these monthly packages for more high speed data:

Package Data Price Activation Deactivation
Surf 250 MB CHF 7.50 SURF SURF STOP
Surf XL 1 GB CHF 15 SURF XL SURFXL STOP
Surf 3XL 3 GB CHF 30 SURF3XL SURF3XL STOP
Surf 5XL 5 GB CHF 45 SURF5XL SURF5XL STOP

To subscribe and unsubscribe text code to 5522. Bundle is renewed automatically when data volume is used up or after one month (whatever occurs first). To find out how much data of the surf option remains, dial *136# on your phone. All packages are on 4G/LTE too in up to 100 Mbit/s.

Young WhatsApp[edit | edit source]

This youth-oriented plan is geared to WhatsApp users. Data is charged by default at CHF 0.75 per day includes like Airbag 20 Mb in high speed before throttled to 256 kbit/s. Everytime you recharge CHF 10, you will get 30 days up to 100 MB of WhatsApp Messaging, no VoIP, free of charge. The same packages as on Airbag above can be added.

Prepaid Unlimited[edit | edit source]

The new Sunrise Prepaid Unlimited can be bought at more than 4,000 points of sale across Switzerland as well as vouchers developed with epay. Sales will start in October at Sunrise centres, Swiss Post branches, k kiosk, Press & Books, Mobilezone and various gas stations in partnership with Lekkerland.

Their their new flat rate for high users with real unlimited and unthrottled data in 4G up to 300 Mbit/s,domestic calls and texts in three formats:

  • per day: CHF 2.50 for 24 hours, only on days you use data, voice or SMS. To activate text 'UNLIMITED' to 5522
  • per week: CHF 19.90 for 7 days with unlimited data in 5G with speed up to 2 Gbit/s. To activate text '7DAYS' to 5522. This plan is open to 5G too.
  • per month: CHF 50 for 30 days, with auto-renew. To activate text 'UNLIMITED30' to 5522
  • per quarter: CHF 120 for 90 days, with auto-renew. To activate text 'UNLIMITED90' to 5522

To stop packages text 'UNLIMITED STOP' to 5522.

Roaming packages[edit | edit source]

Be careful: Liechtenstein is not included in domestic rates. It is treated as any other European country for roaming charges.

For roaming in the EU, Canada, USA and Turkey to both plans these roaming packages valid for one month can be added:

  • 100 MB: CHF 9.90, activation: 100 reg1
  • 2 GB: CHF 29, activation: 2GB reg1

Other TravelData options can be consulted here

For activation, text code to 5522. Roaming bundles won't auto-renew, but can be renewed anytime when used up. You can manage these allowances and block overuse fees in your Sunrise Roaming Cockpit online or by app.

More info[edit | edit source]

  • to change language, dial *141# on your phone
  • Tethering/WiFi hotspot use is allowed
  • APN: internet
  • Website in English: http://www.sunrise.ch/en

Aldi mobile[edit | edit source]

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Aldi mobile is the MVNO of the Aldi Suisse supermarket discounter chain on Sunrise network in 3G and 4G/LTE. It boasts a great on-net rate: all calls amongst Aldi mobile numbers in Switzerland are offered for free.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Their starter package costs CHF 9.99 including a prepaid credit of CHF 20. Starter packs are available only in Aldi Suisse supermarkets (shop locator). They are not on display, but you have to ask at the checkout. Mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM and nano-SIM are sold. Clerk will have you fill out a paper form, which they fax or email to HQ. The initial activation can take up to 72 hours but activations have been reported in as little as 3 hours.

Top-ups can be found in all ALDI-SUISSE stores (at CHF 20, 30, 50), online through the Aldi account manager ([1]) or at SBB (Swiss Railways) ticket dispensers (which allow custom top-ups above CHF 10; cash or European bank cards only). Check your balance by *147*#.

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Default rate is CHF 0.09 per MB. These monthly data packages, valid for 30 days, are offered:

  • Surf 1000: CHF 9.90 for 1 GB.
  • Surf 2000: CHF 14.90 for 2 GB.
  • Surf 8000: CHF 24.90 for 8 GB.

To activate text name of package to 4466.

They also offer "smart" packages with all-in data, voice and SMS for 30 days:

  • Smart S: CHF 14.90 with 2 GB and unlimited domestic calls and SMS. Activation: text START SMART S to 4466
  • Smart M: CHF 24.90 with 7 GB, unlimited domestic calls and SMS, unlimited calls to neighbouring countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein) and 1 GB roaming in the EU/EEA. Activation: text START SMART M to 4466.
  • Smart L: CHF 29.90 for 20 GB, unlimited domestic calls and SMS, unlimited calls to neighbouring countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein) and 2 GB roaming in the EU/EEA. Activation: text START SMART L to 4466.

All SMS to 4466 are free of charge. All options are valid for one month only and will not be automatically prolonged. You will receive a notification SMS after 30 days. If you want to continue to use the option you will have to send again a free text with the activation code to the number 4466, so that the option will be activated for another month.

You will receive a notification as soon as the data limit is reached or when the 30 day-period is going to finish. Alternatively you can call *147*# to find out your credit. When exceeding a limit before the end of the 30 day-period, you can buy again an option for another 30 days. If you exceed the included amount of data (or voice or text), internet speed will be throttled to 400 kbps. However, it is possible to buy an additional 1 GB of high speed data for CHF 4.90 if the monthly allowance gets finished.

EU roaming option[edit | edit source]

For roaming these packages all valid for 30 days in the EU and EEA are offered:

  • Smart Roaming: CHF 29.90 for 100 mins, 100 SMS, 2 GB
  • Roaming 500 MB: CHF 9.90 for 500 MB
  • Roaming 2 GB: CHF 19.90 for 2 GB

To activate, text code to 4466. To check your balance, text 'STATUS' to 4466. Packages don't renew. Default EU roaming rate outside packages is CHF 2 per MB.

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ok.-[edit | edit source]

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ok.- is spoken "OK, Punkt, Strich" (= OK, dot, dash). It's a MVNO and changed 2014 from Salt/Orange to the Sunrise network on 3G and 4G/LTE.

Availability[edit | edit source]

SIM cards are sold for CHF 10, with same balance in avec convenience shops, k kiosks and Presse&Books shops, often located in train stations (list). A hybrid SIM card in mini, micro and nano size is given out. Activation is done within 24 hours.

Reload cards of CHF 10, 20, 30, 50 or 100 are available there too.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Default rate outside of packages is CHF 0.15 per MB.

  • CHF 8.50 per month for 500 MB, activation: text "Bundle Data500" to 3131
  • CHF 14 per month for 1 GB, activation: text "Bundle Data1000" to 3131

To check data balance text "Balance" to 3131.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

Roaming in the EU is at the excessive rate of CHF 0.45 per 20 KB (= CHF 22.50 per MB).

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TalkTalk[edit | edit source]

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TalkTalk is another MVNO on the Sunrise network on 3G and 4G/LTE.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Their prepaid product is called GO. It's available online or offline exclusively in Mobilezone stores: store locator. They sell three different start packs:

  • Prepaid Go: data at CHF 0.20 per 10 MB, CHF 20 credit: CHF 19.90
  • Tourist 10 GB; 10 GB data, unlimited domestic calls, CHF 5 credit: CHF 29.95
  • Tourist 100 GB: 100 GB data, unlimited domestic calls, CHF 5 credit: CHF 49.95

Refill cards are available in Mobilezone stores or tobacco/press kiosks (topups list) and can be activated via dialing a special number or online. For balance check text "BALANCE" to 361.

To create an online account for adding credit to your account you need a postal address in Switzerland and a valid zip code. Addresses and zip codes from other countries are not allowed / possible.

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Default data outside of packages is CHF 0.20 per 10 MB.

These monthly packages are available and can be added for extra data:

Data Price Activation
500 MB CHF 10 START 500MB
1 GB CHF 15 START 1GB
2 GB CHF 25 START 2GB
3 GB CHF 35 START 3GB
5 GB CHF 50 START 5GB
10 GB CHF 85 START 10GB
100 GB CHF 100 START 100GB

To activate, text code to 361. All packages are valid for 30 days. Volume can be upsized anytime by buying a new package. All packages auto-renew after 30 days. To stop replace START by STOP in the command code.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

The standard rate is CHF 0.10 per 100 KB without any packages offered.

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Yallo[edit | edit source]

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Yallo is a subsidiary of Sunrise and operates on their network on 3G and 4G/LTE where available with speeds up to 100 Mbit/s.

Availability [edit | edit source]

Their starter package costs CHF 20 and includes prepaid credit of CHF 20. It's sold in every Sunrise store (see above) or at Swiss postal offices available in both micro SIM and standard size, nano SIMs are sold seperately.

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Standard rate outside packages is CHF 0.25 per 10 MB. These monthly packages are sold:

  • data-only packages:
    • 250 MB: CHF 4 - activation: SURF 250
    • 1 GB: CHF 15 - activation: SURF 1000
    • unlimited: CHF 40 - activation: SURFFLAT
  • combo all-in packages:
Data Voice SMS Price Activation
100 MB 10 mins 100 CHF 5 ALLIN5
200 MB 20 mins 200 CHF 7.50 ALLIN7.5
300 MB 30 mins 300 CHF 10 ALLIN10
750 MB 100 mins unlim. CHF 15 ALLIN15
1 GB 200 mins unlim. CHF 20 ALLIN20
2 GB unlimited unlim. CHF 30 ALLIN30
3 GB* unlimited unlim. CHF 40* ALLIN40

(*) = The All-in 40 combo package is on promotion giving 10 GB data at a cost of only CHF 30

Calls are domestic and to Europe. Roaming is excluded. For activation text code to 5511, for deactivation text code followed by the word "STOP" to 5511. Packages will be renewed automatically after one month or when the data volume limit is reached, if there is enough credit. To check package status type *142#.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

For roaming in the EU/EEA countries, Greenland, Monaco, Andorra, Russia, USA, Canada and Turkey these packages can be added:

  • 200 MB for 7 days: CHF 10, activation: text 'TSURF100' to 5511
  • 2 GB for 30 days: CHF 30, activation: text 'TSURF1GB' to 5511
  • 6 GB for 30 days: CHF 60, activation: text 'TSURF3GB' to 5511
  • 20 GB for 30 days: CHF 80, activation: text 'TSURF10GB' to 5511

To check status, text 'STATUS' to 255. Note that the default EU roaming rate without having activated a package is at excessive CHF 2 per MB. Yallo offers the lowest cost per GB of prepaid roaming in the EU with a Swiss SIM so far.

Yallo Swype[edit | edit source]

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Yallo has introduced in 2019 a new SIM card and plan called Yallo Swype, that is only available online and sent to a Swiss postal address. It requires a credit card and their app to manage this SIM. Registration is through their app and most passports seem to be accepted. As it's unpractical for travelers to order SIM cards to an address in a guest country, online-only operators are normally banned and not mentioned here. Nevertheless it might still be an option, if you stay for longer and have a verified Swiss address. The risk with Yallo Swype is minimal, as the starter sent out free of charge and you need to add credit after you have received it in the mail and done registration.

Yallo Swype gives unlimited data, domestic voice and SMS at quite low rates on a daily basis for CHF 2 or monthly basis for CHF 39. There is one deprioritisation tier that may be applied beyond 40 GB per month and another deprioritisation tier applied beyond 500 GB per month and they offer optional international roaming at CHF 3 per day (max. 10 GB/day at full speed, then speed throttled). The international roaming option is valid in EU/EEA (except Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Slovenia) as well as the US and Canada.

More info[edit | edit source]

Lebara mobile[edit | edit source]

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Lebara mobile Suisse was acquired by Sunrise in 2013. It uses their network in 3G and 4G.

Availability [edit | edit source]

Their SIM card is free either online to be sent to a Swiss address or offline at their vending partners like Swiss post offices, Migros and Coop supermarkets, k and relay kiosks, MediaMarkt and lot of small stores. You have to do a top up right away.

They offer data bonuses for top-ups, especially when made online or by appNote, that bonus data is only valid for one month.

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Default rate is 1.50 CHF per 24-hours day with 30 MB in highspeed 4G, then throttled to 256 kbit/s. These packages for more data can be added:

Data Price Activation
120 MB CHF 4.90 SURF
1 GB CHF 14.90 DATA1
3 GB CHF 29.90 SURF3
unlimited CHF 39 SURFMAX

For activation text code to 255, package renews automatically after 30 days, for deactivation: text STOP to 255. You can activate another bundle ahead of time. All overuse within the validity period will be charged at CHF 0.10 per MB otherwise.

They also offer these combo plans;

Plan CH Data Voice & SMS Price

Activation

Swiss Max Prepaid 5 GB unlimited in CH CHF 29 CH
Europe Max Prepaid 10 GB unlim. in CH + EU CHF 39 (#) EU
World Max Prepaid 5 GB unlim. to 81 countries CHF 49 (#) WD

(#) both plans are discounted by CHF 10.

For activation text code to 255. Data is throttled to 256 kbps if overused. WhatsApp is zero-rated.

Roaming packs[edit | edit source]

For data roaming in the EU including Turkey and the US Lebara offers these roaming data packages:

  • 200 MB for 7 days: CHF 10, activation: 'DATAR100'
  • 2 GB for 30 days: CHF 30, activation: 'DATAR1GB'
  • 6 GB for 30 days: CHF 60, activation: 'DATAR3GB'
  • 20 GB for 30 days: CHF 80, actiation: 'DATAR10GB'

Text code for activation to 255. Packages don't auto-renew. High standard roaming rates apply for overuse and outside the mentioned countries. Voice mins include all calls within the roaming countries and to Switzerland. Default EU roaming rate is excessive CHF 10 per MB.

Ortel mobile[edit | edit source]

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Ortel mobile was a MVNO on the Sunrise network. Don't mix it up with German product with the same logo and name. In 2018 Sunrise discontinued this brand and migrated all its customers to its own Lebara mobile brand.

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SALT network

In 2014 France Telecom sold Orange CH to Xavier Niehl of Iliad. The brand Orange was dropped and the network rebranded to Salt during summer 2015. It's now the 3rd network in the country still giving good coverage and high speeds, but lagging slightly behind Swisscom and Sunrise. Users have reported that its 2G network was shut down in 2020. So bring a 3G and 4G/LTE device.

Salt Mobile (formerly: Orange)[edit | edit source]

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Availability[edit | edit source]

In a Salt Store (formerly called Orange Center) (store locator) you will get a PrePay SIM Pack. Their new PrePay Suisse voice and data is sold for CHF 10, including CHF 20 of initial credit. Mini SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM are available.

Top-ups are widely available at kiosks (Naville, Relay, k kiosk), supermarkets (Coop, Migros), SBB-ticket machines, post offices and most service stations.

The PrePay account is automatically suspended after 390 days without being used. It is definitively cancelled after another 45 days (435 days in total). To avoid this, recharge your account. The limit is also reset to 390 days after each call you make and after each SMS you send.

Default data rate[edit | edit source]

They offer a daily rate with unlimited data on up to 4G/LTE for CHF 1.99 by default. This rate is not throttled or otherwise limited.

In 2018 they cancelled all data packages, a year later they are back. You can choose between three pricey monthly packs for Swiss data:

  • 100 MB: CHF 3
  • 500 MB: CHF 9
  • 1 GB: CHF 15

Activation of data packages is through https://costcontrol.salt.ch/status which is only possible on the Salt network not through a WiFi connection.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

These EU data packages can be activated for data use anywhere in the EU for 30 days:

  • 1 GB: CHF 19.95
  • 5 GB: CHF 69.95

To activate go to http://costcontrol.salt.ch/status .Otherwise, EU roaming will be on the excessive roaming rate of CHF 19 per MB.

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  • tethering is allowed (according to Salt forum)

Lidl Connect[edit | edit source]

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Lidl Connect is the MVNO of the Lidl supermarket discounter chain on Salt network in 3G and 4G/LTE up to 375 Mbit/s. It boasts a great on-net feature: all calls amongst Lidl Connect and Salt numbers in Switzerland are offered for free.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Their starter package is for CHF 9.95 including a prepaid credit of CHF 19.90 until July 2020, later CHF 9.95. Starter packs are available only in Lidl supermarkets (shop locator) in Switzerland. They are not on display, but you have to ask at the checkout. Mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM and nano-SIM are sold. Clerk will have you fill out a paper form, which they fax or email to HQ. This initial activation may take up to 72 hours or three days. That's why it's not a swift option.

Top-ups can be found in all Lidl stores (at CHF 20, 30, 50), online through Salt website ([2]) or at SBB (Swiss Railways) ticket dispensers (which allow custom top-ups above CHF 10; cash or European bank cards only).

Check your balance by *121#. The SIM card will be deactivated after 435 days of inactivity.

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Data connection is deactivated as long as no data package is activated. Overuse rate is CHF 0.19 per MB. These monthly data packages, valid for 30 days, are offered:

  • 500 MB: CHF 4.90
  • 3 GB: CHF 19.90
  • 5 GB: CHF 29.90

Activation of data packages is through https://costcontrol.salt.ch/status which is only possible on the Salt network, not through a WiFi connection.

EU roaming option[edit | edit source]

For international roaming these packages all valid for 30 days in the EU and EEA are offered:

  • 1 GB: CHF 19.95
  • 5 GB: CHF 69.95

Activation of data packages is through https://costcontrol.salt.ch/status which is only possible on the Salt network, not through a WiFi connection.

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Travelers Wifi[edit | edit source]

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Travelers Wifi rents 4G Pocket Wifi Routers (Portable Wifi Hotspots) together with a data SIM card for unlimited high speed data to go online. Up to 10 mobile devices can be connected simultaneously. The re-chargeable battery is said to last for about 10-12 hours.

It comes with a data-only SIM, but VoIP calls can be made through apps like Skype, WhatsApp or Viber.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Travelers Wifi has a large partner network and their product is available in many Tourist Information Offices, at airports and major railway stations throughout the country. The most popular pickup location is certainly at the Zurich Airport info desks.

They also offer delivery, either to your accommodation or to any of their 1500 pickup locations. Payment is per PayPal or credit card.

You need to upload a copy of your passport or ID card for registration. You will get a charged Pocket Wifi Router, USB-wall-charger and separate micro-USB cable, user guide with access to a 24/7 hotline and a prepaid return envelope.

Rental fees[edit | edit source]

The device can be rented from 2 to 365 days with unlimited data in Switzerland and Liechtenstein:

  • for 2 days: CHF 39.90
  • for 5 days: CHF 59.90
  • for 7 days: CHF 69.90
  • for 2 weeks: CHF 125.90
  • for 4 weeks: CHF 195.30
  • for other dates check here

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

Travelers Wifi offers also a global wifi router, based on a different plan which covers more than 140 countries and offers up to 2 GB high-speed data per day within the EU. (Exceeding data is included and unlimited at a slower speed).

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