Aug 23, 2016 - 2:13 PM
We were in the Netherlands for a week before going to Switzerland. We already own a 3G ZTE mifi hotspot that we bought in Germany several years ago and have used on trips to various European countries by purchasing a local sim card and having the vendor activate it for us in a local cell phone and then put it into our device. These could be topped up if you had a local phone number, but most travelers would not have that.
We did this via two different Vodaphone shops in the Netherlands a couple of weeks ago on the suggestion of a Vodaphone clerk and got a good deal for several gigabytes for $15 Euros, good for 2 weeks. They told us that the Vodaphone sim card would work in Switzerland too, but this turned out not to be the case. I don't know if they were misinformed, or if it was "operator error" on our part.
I tried without success to find a similar store in Switzerland to buy a local sim card for our unit. We were not staying long in one place, so we ended up going without connectivity outside of our hotels for the week we were there.
If there was a simple way to buy a sim card for an existing hotspot unit in Switzerland, we did not figure it out, nor whether our Vodaphone sim card actually should have worked in Switzerland.
Has anyone in this forum been able to purchase a Swiss sim card and get it to work in a personal hotspot unit?