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Basics[]

Switzerland has three network operators:

  • Swisscom
  • Sunrise
  • Salt Mobile (formerly Orange)

Coverage[]

Sunrise and Swisscom both offer a excellent mobile network coverage and performance. While Swisscom is generally more expensive, Sunrise often offers lower rates and Salt Mobile retains a very 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 bands. On Swisscom the 2100 MHz band is used additionally for LTE:

According to network tests and OpenSignal all three providers are on an excellent level. Swisscom is best in 2021 with 96% 4G availability and 56 Mbit/s download speeds, competing with Sunrise at 94% and 37 Mbit/s and Salt in 3rd place with 88% and 37 Mbit/s.

5G 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. Salt has started later on 3500 MHz (n78) at hotspots. Sunrise has made 5G available for prepaid customers in 2019 as first provider followed by Swisscom in 2021. Salt doesn't let its prepaid customes on its 5G network yet.

All three Swiss providers have shut down 2G/GSM or are in the process of doing so. Swisscom has already shut down 2G in 2021, Sunrise will do it by the end of 2022 and Salt by the end of 2023. This means that you will need to bring a phone working on 3G and 4G to Switzerland.

Regulations[]

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 may take some hours to be processed.

EU roaming[]

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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 []

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 was shut down in 2020. 5G has started on 1800 MHz (n4), 2100 MHz (n1) and 3500 MHz (n78). About 90% of the cities and major traffic lines are covered in 2021 already. 5G was made available in 2021 for prepaid customers so far only in their daily option.

As incumbent provider with the largest market share, they have the highest prices currently in the Swiss mobile market.

Swisscom[]

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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[]

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[]

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.

Alternatively, you can switch to inONE mobile GO base plan with unlimited domestic SMS and MMS included and a lowspeed unlimited data rate capped at 128 kbit/s for CHF 5.

Data feature packages[]

These data packages are offered:

Data Validity Price max. Speed
5 GB 24 hours CHF 5 LTE max. 5G
500 MB 30 days CHF 6.90 50 Mbit/s

on 4G/LTE

2 GB 30 days CHF 19.90
5 GB 30 days CHF 4
unlimited

data, voice

and text

7 days CHF 20
30 days CHF 65
90 days CHF 150

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

Roaming[]

For EU/EEA roaming incl. UK you need to activate one of these data packages valid for 30 days:

  • 500 MB: CHF 6.90
  • 1 GB: CHF 14.90
  • 3 GB: CHF 39.90
  • 10 GB: CHF 89.90

More info[]

Lycamobile Suisse[]

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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[]

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[]

Data outside these packages or when overused is billed at CHF 0.10 per MB.

They now offer a daily rate of CHF 2.50 per day with unlimited data and voice. Activation: *139*251#. The 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. Note, that there is no included data roaming in the EU with these data packages.

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

Data

Price Activation
S 3 GB 500 mins,

500 SMS

n/a CHF 5 *139*1001#
M 10 GB unlimited 1 GB CHF 9 *139*1002#
L 40 GB* unlimited 3 GB CHF 29 *139*1005#
UL unlimited unlimited 5 GB CHF 50* *139*1004#

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

(*) - L package is doubled in data as a promotion, UL package is promoted in price.

Roaming[]

Some all-in-one packages include roaming allowances.

For roaming in the EU/EEA countries incl. UK, you can also buy these special roaming packages valid for 30 days:

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

More infos[]

  • 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[]

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Mucho (previously called Mucho mobil) is another MVNO aimed at visitors and foreign workers offering discounted IDD calls. It operates on the network of Swisscom in 3G and 4G, with speeds up to 15 Mbits and made a relaunch.

Availability []

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. There are different starters sold too with one of the plans shon below included. When you have a Swiss postal address, you can order a free SIM card here.

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). Check balance by *130#.

Data feature packages[]

There is no data outside of packages. These monthly packages for 30 days are available now:

Plan CH Data EU Data CH Voice Price
Duo Nano 500 MB 100 MB 75 mins CHF 4.90
Duo Micro 1 GB 200 MB 180 mins CHF 9.90
Data Mini 2 GB - - CHF 9.90
Duo Mini 5 GB 500 MB 300 mins CHF 17.90
Ultra 19 10 GB 500 MB 75 mins CHF 19
Data EU Mini >>>>> 2 GB <<<<< - CHF 19.90
Data EU Max >>>>> 5 GB <<<<< - CHF 29.90
Duo Maxi 20 GB 2 GB unlimited CHF 39
Duo Mundo 40 GB 4 GB 1000 mins CHF 49

To check credit and data amounts, text 'STATUS' to 778. All packages auto-renew, to stop you need to go online to your account. For overuse data is throttled to 256 kbit/s.

Roaming[]

Roaming in the EU/EEA including UK is possible only with a roaming allowance from one of the packages specified above. Note that on Data EU packages, the given volume is a combined volume for Switzerland and Europe.

More info[]

M-Budget []

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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 and 4G/LTe in up to 50 Mbit/s. Note that their offer looks very overpriced compared with others.

Availability []

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.

Data feature packages[]

Data outside packages or for 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:

Plan Data Voice SMS Price
Easy S 40 MB 40 mins 40 CHF 4
Easy M 200 MB 200 mins 200 CHF 9
Easy L 400 MB 400 mins 400 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.

Roaming[]

Data roaming outside Switzerland is blocked. You can only roam for voice and text abroad.

More info[]

CoopMobile[]

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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 has 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[]

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[]

For data they only offer these packages:

Data Price Activation
250 MB CHF 4.90 SURF250
750 MB CHF 9.90 SURF750
1.5 GB CHF 14.90 SURF1500

These packages don'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.

Roaming[]

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

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

More info[]

SUNRISE network []

Sunrise has moved to 2nd position in Switzerland with a very good performance even challeging Swisscom in some network tests. It gives excellent standard with high speeds and wide coverage at the lowest prices currently on the market. 2G is been shutting down. For 3G your device should be capable of the 900 MHz (B8) frequency, as Sunrise uses it a lot. Unlike the other two Swiss 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 and has opened 5G for prepaid in 2020.

Sunrise[]

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Availability[]

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 3G and 4G too and Mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF) are available.

You must register in person and have a valid passport or ID card with you. The SIM is not activated until the purchaser is lawfully registered. Sunrise reserves the right to decline the sale or registration of several SIM cards to the same person.

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 . It's sold on its own brand for prepaid, no other brand so far.

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 four plans with data:

  • Prepaid airbag
  • Prepaid unlimited
  • Young (for <30 year old customers)
  • Prepaid Take@away (for data and SMS only)

Existing customers can change by texting between voice & data SIMS 'AIRBAG' , 'YOUNGWS' or 'UNLIMITED' to 5522. Their data SIM needs a different starter, that you get in Sunrise stores.

Prepaid airbag[]

This is the plan for lower use. Data is charged by default at CHF 1.20 per day and includes 100 MB in 4G up to 300 Mbps and then throttled to 128 kbit/s. You can add one of these monthly packages called Surf 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[]

This youth-oriented plan is geared to users under 30 years old. New order or change to Young for over 30 year olds is no longer possible. Data is charged by default at CHF 0.75 per day includes like Airbag 100 MB in high speed before throttled to 128 kbit/s. Everytime you recharge CHF 10, you will get 30 days up to 100 MB free of charge. The same packages as on Airbag above can be added.

Prepaid Unlimited[]

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 and partly on 5G up to 2 Gbit/s called Sunrise Prepaid unlimited including unlimited domestic voice and texts:

Time max. Speed Price Activation
7 days 4G+, 5G NR CHF 19.90 7DAYS
30 days 4G+ CHF 50 UNLIMITED30
90 days 4G+ CHF 120 UNLIMITED

Activate by sending an SMS to 5522 with the code or online in My Sunrise. The option is activated immediately after registration. if the credit balance is sufficient. If the credit balance is not sufficient at the time of registration, activation will be suspended. until enough credit has been added to the account. Activation is confirmed by SMS. One day of use lasts 24 hours starting at the time of activation. The option automatically renews as long as sufficient credit is available or a new voucher is redeemed. Renewal of the option is confirmed by SMS.If the credit balance is not sufficient at the time the option is renewed, option renewal is suspended for 72 hours. If sufficient credit is added to the account balance during this time, the option automatically activates at the time the credit is added. Otherwise the option will be permanently deleted and will have to be activated again if needed. To stop auto-renewal send an SMS containing the code followed by STOP to 5522 or in My Sunrise. The option can be used until the duration of the option expires.

Prepaid Take@away[]

This plan is focused on data, but has text too, no voice:

  • CHF 3 per usage for unlimited data on 4G/LTE and 5G NR

A usage day counts for 24 hours after your first usage of data. The will be no charge, when you switch off data. Speed is up to 700 Mbit/s on 4G and 2 Gbit/s on 5G,

Roaming[]

Default EU and Liechtenstein roaming rate outside packages is CHF 1 per MB. Remember Liechtenstein is not included in domestic rates. It is treated as any other European country for roaming charges.

For roaming in the EU, EEA (incl. iechtenstein), UK, Canada, USA and Turkey to all plans these roaming packages valid for up to 12 months can be added:

  • 300 MB: CHF 9.90, activation: Sreg1
  • 1 GB: CHF 14.90, activation: Mreg2
  • 5 GB: CHF 39.90, activation: Lreg2

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.

For "unlimited" data use in the EU, EEA, UK and Turkey they have released "travel data unlimited Europe" with 40 GB 4G highspeed data before throttled to 256 kbit/s. valid for 30 days priced at CHF 49.90. Activation is by texting "unlimited europe" to 5522. No auto-renewal.

More info[]

  • 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[]

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 among Aldi mobile numbers in Switzerland are offered for free.

Availability[]

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 or at SBB (Swiss Railways) ticket dispensers (which allow custom top-ups above CHF 10; cash or European credit/debit cards only). Check your balance by *147*#.

Data feature packs[]

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

Plan Data Price
Surf 1000 1 GB CHF 9.90
Surf 2000 2 GB CHF 14.90
Surf 8000 8 GB CHF 24.90

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.

Roaming[]

Default EU roaming rate outside packages is CHF 2 per MB.

For roaming these packages all valid for 30 days in the EU, EEA, UK (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands), Faroe Islands, Andorra, Monaco, Russia, Turkey, USA, and Canada are offered:

  • Roaming 500: CHF 9.90 for 500 MB
  • Roaming 1000: CHF 14.90 for 1 GB

To activate, text name to 4466. To check your balance, text 'STATUS' to 4466. Packages don't renew.

More info[]

ok.-[]

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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[]

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[]

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.

Roaming[]

Roaming is blocked. SIM card can only be used in Switzerland.

More info[]

TalkTalk[]

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TalkTalk is another MVNO on the Sunrise network on 3G and 4G/LTE geared to visitors and tourists.

Availability[]

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

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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[]

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.

Roaming[]

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

More info[]

Yallo[]

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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 []

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. If you have a Swiss postal address you can order it for free here.

Data feature packs[]

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

  • data-only packages:
    • 250 MB: CHF 5 - activation: SURF 250
    • 1 GB: CHF 15 - activation: SURF 1000
    • unlimited: CHF 40 - activation: SURFFLAT
  • combo all-in packages:
Data Voice SMS Price Activation
200 MB 20 mins 200 CHF 5 ALLIN5
400 MB 40 mins 400 CHF 7.50 ALLIN7.5
600 MB 60 mins 600 CHF 10 ALLIN10
1.5 GB 100 mins unlim. CHF 15 ALLIN15
2 GB 200 mins unlim. CHF 20 ALLIN20
2 GB unlimited unlim. CHF 30 ALLIN30
10 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[]

For roaming in the EU/EEA countries, UK, 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[]

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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 or you order your eSIM. It requires a credit card and their app to manage this SIM, where you can activate your eSIM and use even multiple eSIMs in the app. This offer is shown as an exception to this wiki banning online-only offers.

Registration is through their app and most passports seem to be accepted. As it's unpractical for travellers to order SIM cards to an address in a guest country, online-only operators are usually excluded and not listed here, so just order the eSIM if your phone does accept it. Nevertheless it might still be an option, if you can't use eSIM, stay for longer and have a verified Swiss address. The risk with Yallo Swype is minimal, as the starter is sent out free of charge if you need that piece of plastic 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 1.50 or a monthly basis for CHF 20. 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[]

Lebara mobile[]

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

Availability []

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 app. Check balance by *147#.

Data feature packs[]

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 40 GB unlim. in CH + EU CHF 29 EU
World Max Prepaid 5 GB unlim. to 81 countries CHF 39 WD

For activation text code to 255. Data is throttled to 256 kbps, if overused.

Roaming[]

Default EU/EEA roaming rate is at excessive CHF 10 per MB.

For data roaming in the EU, EEA, UK, USA and Turkey 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.

More info[]

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. Its 2G network was shut down in 2020. So bring a 3G and 4G/LTE device.

Salt Mobile (formerly: Orange)[]

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Availability[]

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, send a text or make a short call, if outside Switzerland using wifi calling in order to pay Swiss domestic rates instead of roaming rates. The 390 days are reset after each chargeable usage.

Default data rate[]

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 again. You can choose between three 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.

Roaming[]

Salt can be used without extra roaming fees in the country of Liechtenstein. EU/EEA roaming is on the excessive roaming rate of CHF 2.95 per MB.

These roaming packages can be activated for data use anywhere in the EU, EEA, UK, Canada, USA and Turkey for 30 days:

  • 1 GB: CHF 19.95
  • 2 GB: CHF 29.95
  • 5 GB: CHF 49.95

To activate go to http://costcontrol.salt.ch/status .

More info[]

  • tethering is allowed (according to Salt forum)
  • APN: click (valid only for PrePay)
  • Website in English: http://www.salt.ch/en

Lidl Connect[]

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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 among Lidl Connect and Salt numbers in Switzerland are offered for free.

Availability[]

Their starter package is for CHF 9.95 including the same prepaid credit. 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 the Salt website 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[]

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.

Roaming[]

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

  • 1 GB: CHF 19.95
  • 5 GB: CHF 49.95

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

More info[]

Travelers Wifi[]

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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[]

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[]

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

Roaming[]

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).

More info[]

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