Mobile data and WiFi in Switzerland

Mobile data and WiFi in Switzerland

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tour2018
tour2018
9 posts
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Feb 26, 2018 - 8:50 AM

I will be catching a train to Luzern , staying half a day , then going to Wengen to stay fo one week and traveling around Interlaken area I want to use mobile data on a iPad mini 4 , Is it easy for a tourist to purchase a sim card in ( Luzern ) to use the local system? , or do you have to be a resident . Where can you purchase a sim cards in Luzern ? And are you able to tell me , What is the coverage ( WiFi , and Mobile ) Is like up in Wengen and other towns up in the Alps . And around the Interlaken area .

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Feb 26, 2018 - 9:48 AM in reply to tour2018

I can recommend the Salt PrePay SIM. CHF 10 for 10 days unlimited 4G data. Google it.

Arno
Arno
11174 posts
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Feb 26, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Hi Tour2018,

This page is interesting: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/practical/internet. And this one: www.myswissalps.com/si mcard.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Feb 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM in reply to tour2018

Details of the Salt SIM are here www.salt.ch/en/prepay/. You need to cancel the popup box that hides the real deal. Only question is whether this works with a data-only device. You could email them. I found their support excellent. The nearest Salt store to the station is just over the river at Weinmarkt 9, 6004 Luzern

billthegreat
billthegreat
16 posts
new member
Feb 26, 2018 - 9:52 PM

Hello,

Does the Salt Sim have a good signal in cities and up in the mountains?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Feb 26, 2018 - 11:20 PM in reply to billthegreat

I found it excellent. Worked at Mürren. Not sure about top of Jungfraujoch. Bit more about it in this thread www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/around-switzerland-via-stp-flex-and-sbb-mobile-app and under the heading communications at www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/the-reluctant-travellers-swiss-adventure.

The Travellers WiFi is probably the gold standard but more expensive and another piece of equipment to carry around.

billthegreat
billthegreat
16 posts
new member
Feb 26, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Thank you!

Did you use it also in Schilthorn / Titlis / Pilatus?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Feb 27, 2018 - 2:16 AM in reply to billthegreat

Never been to Titlis. Too busy looking at the views at the other places to be worried about the internet! 🤓

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Feb 27, 2018 - 10:01 PM in reply to billthegreat
billthegreat
billthegreat
16 posts
new member
Feb 27, 2018 - 11:44 PM in reply to rockoyster

Many thanks Rockoyster

tour2018
tour2018
9 posts
new member
Feb 28, 2018 - 12:42 AM

Thank You everyone for the information . seems I have I lot of options. I have also found out Apple also have a data SIM card (for some iPads) you can purchase data from differential telco companies, in different countries, around the world ., on the one SIM card . Would be good if traveling to several countries .With all these options I don’t think I will have any problems Once again thank you for your time

billthegreat
billthegreat
16 posts
new member
Mar 7, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Hello again,

I know it's a common question, but i'm a bit confused about that.

Can you please advise me for exchange shops from Euro to CHF in Luzern with good rate?

I understand that it's better not to change money in airports and hotels. Is it correct?

My first plan is to change half money in my country before arrival in Switzerland, and the other half in Luzern.

Is it better for me to directly use my debit card (VISA) for payments there (hotel, trains, food) or I will be charged with commissions?

cam223
cam223
72 posts
active member
Mar 7, 2018 - 9:31 PM

I would talk to your debit card company VISA to see what their charges will be since each company has their own charges--sometimes they have different fees for different cards that they issue and for different types of customers. For instance, credit card companies have different rates for different cards and customers . I always carry some currency from the country that I am visiting in Europe but just 2 months ago, I got charged a significant fee when they got me Swiss francs. Also notify them what dates you are traveling so that they don't deny any charges from an unfamiliar location for you.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Mar 7, 2018 - 9:37 PM in reply to billthegreat

You should start a new thread with a suitable topic Bill. Exchange rate experts might not follow questions about mobile data. 🤓

Last modified on Mar 7, 2018 - 9:38 PM by rockoyster
billthegreat
billthegreat
16 posts
new member
Mar 16, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Hello,

Good news! I got the SALT Prepay SIM as per your advice and it worked excellent! Thank you so much!

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Mar 16, 2018 - 7:21 PM in reply to billthegreat

Glad to hear. So that was for your iPad is that right Bill?

billthegreat
billthegreat
16 posts
new member
Mar 16, 2018 - 8:11 PM

I used this sim card for my Android mobile

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Mar 16, 2018 - 8:40 PM in reply to billthegreat

Got it.

Simmy2018
Simmy2018
32 posts
active member
Mar 17, 2018 - 3:19 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi rockoyster

"I can recommend the Salt PrePay SIM. CHF 10 for 10 days unlimited 4G data".

I read in the Salt website where it states "20/- initial credit with a 10- SIM card without new phone" and it also states "unlimited surf for 1.99/day".

As you have used it before, appreciate if you can clarify the following:

1. Is the initial payment CHF30 and if the CHF 10 SIM Card cost a sunk cost?

2. How did u get CHF10 for 10 days unlimited data? Is this a special plan?

3. Does the prepaid SIM includes international calls and SMS?

TQ

Sim

rockoyster
rockoyster
3928 posts
expert
Mar 17, 2018 - 5:08 AM in reply to Simmy2018

Hello Simmy (very appropriate name for subject 🤓)

The SIM costs CHF10. That's a one time purchase.

With initial purchase you get the SIM loaded with CHF 20 credits to use.

If you use only for data you get 10 days @ 1.99/day. So for CH10 outlay you get 10 days unlimited data. It is a ridiculous bargain.

Now, if you start using it for phone calls and SMS that eats into your CHF20 credit so you get less than 10 days data. I only ever used it for data. After 10 days I bought another CHF20 credit as I was in Switzerland for over 3 weeks.

Hope that makes sense.

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