Do I really need a SIM card in Switzerland?

Do I really need a SIM card in Switzerland?

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kenlee6
kenlee6
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Mar 3, 2016 - 5:06 AM

Do I really need a SIM card when I'm in Switzerland?? I'm thinking of SIM card for restaurant bookings. It it easy to get a place in restaurants at low season April/May??

I'm traveling solo btw.

Arno
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Mar 3, 2016 - 6:19 AM

Hi kenlee6,

Whether you need a SIM card depends on how much you prefer to do online. If it's really just for booking restaurants I would not buy a card. You can call them or use the (probably more expensive) data package of your own provider for a minute. Restaurants won't be busy, apart from very popular places or if there are events nearby.

If you want to receive e-mails, check train schedules, the weather, etc., a SIM card might be convenient and save money. Please see myswissalps.com/ simcard for some good options.

kenlee6
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Mar 3, 2016 - 6:41 AM in reply to Arno

Since I'm coming from Austria, can a SIM card be used in both countries ?? I saw that the Swiss card can be used in Austria. How about vice versa??

Arno
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Mar 3, 2016 - 8:20 AM in reply to kenlee6

Yes, the suggested card for Switzerland works in Austria too, so it's all you need for both countries. Please see www.simlystore.com/ en/buy-prepaid-sim-card/switzerland-prepaid-data-sim-card.html and click to Product Summary. I tried this card myself and it worked great.

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andrew
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Mar 5, 2016 - 8:12 PM

I use a Natel SIM-CARD from Swisscom for my twice a year visits to Switzerland. When I first bought it (2014) it cost CHF20 but came with almost that amount of preload. Any day you use it for data your credit is deducted just once per day by CHF2. On days when you don't connect for data there is no deduction but make sure your data connection is switched off. You can still use phone and texts which are charged per use. You are warned when your credit is getting low and top up is easy. Andrew

kenlee6
kenlee6
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Mar 6, 2016 - 1:30 AM in reply to andrew

Hi Andrew

Can this SIM card be used in Austria?? I'm coming from Austria

andrew
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Mar 6, 2016 - 9:51 AM in reply to kenlee6

Hi,

The best thing you can do is look at www.swisscom.ch/en/res idential/mobile/subscr iption-tariffs/natel-easy-smart.html which gives all the answers.

Andrew

kenlee6
kenlee6
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Mar 6, 2016 - 11:50 AM in reply to andrew

Can I this SIM card in all the train station??

Arno
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Mar 6, 2016 - 11:59 AM in reply to kenlee6

I'm not sure what you mean by that, but perhaps this page is helpful: myswissalps.com/ train/practical/ internet.

kenlee6
kenlee6
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Mar 6, 2016 - 1:25 PM in reply to andrew

Sorry Arno

It was a typo. I meant can I buy this SIM card in call train station??

Arno
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Mar 6, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Hi kenlee6,

The Swisscom card suggested by Andrew can be purchased in Swisscom stores and you need to bring an ID (see the link he provided). Some larger stations have Swisscom shops. The card I mentioned earlier can simply be purchased online without an ID and works immediately upon arrival.

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