Which VoIP app to use in Switzerland?

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jackdebear
jackdebear
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Aug 31, 2019 - 12:46 PM

~ On previous trips to Switzerland I have invested in a prepaid sim from Swisscom. Natel EasySmart. Those stays have always been in the range of 6 weeks or more and it made sense. The card was economical and useful. This time I expect to be less than 3 weeks in the coverage area so I'm not going to bother. Also they have changed the terms so it's not such a good deal anymore.

~ I'm Canadian and at home I use a voip app. With it I can make a local, free, call to anywhere in Canada from any wifi connexion anywhere in the world. However, if I want to call a hotel in the next valley in Switzerland it's like I'm calling long distance from Canada.

~ My question is: is there an voip app that will let me make local calls within Switzerland? Skype sorta works but they made a mess of the app in the latest version and I prefer to stay away from it.

Snowman
Snowman
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Aug 31, 2019 - 7:05 PM in reply to jackdebear

There is Viber. My past and limited experience with it was not good. It still exists, and might be what you are looking for.

jackdebear
jackdebear
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Aug 31, 2019 - 7:14 PM in reply to Snowman

I tried Viber once. Actually I didn't try it because it asked for and incredble list of permissions. Way over the top.

Snowman
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Aug 31, 2019 - 8:18 PM in reply to jackdebear

If it's free you are the product.

< if I want to call a hotel in the next valley in Switzerland it's like I'm calling long distance from Canada.. >

True, but in the end, considering everything, it may be the best solution.

I have also used an old mobile phone, not simlocked, with a OneSimCard. You get a number actually based in one of the Baltic countries. Cheap when you call, not so nice for callers when you are called. For your three-week stay, we are talking maybe of 12 local calls altogether, you are not even sure you are saving any money compared to long-distance calls from Canada.

You surely know that WhatsApp works in Switzerland, but that might not be what you are looking for.

jackdebear
jackdebear
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Aug 31, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Never used Whatsap. If you are ever traveling in Canada check out Fongo. Free unlimited and an incoming number.

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