Did anyone notice the mess with roaming on the newest mobile phone contracts?
For example on yallo:
Yallo Fat: 60 minutes to Europe, 200Mb/Month in Europe
UPC: Flex Europe: Unlimited minutes in CH and Europe 2Gb CH and Europe.
For Yallo, 60 minutes to europe, means that you can call your friends/relatives from CH to Europe, but once you are there, any call you make will cost you (a lot?)
For UPC you get unlimited minutes in Europe, which means you can call your friends/relatives once you are there, but you have to pay if you call them from CH!
It seems that Yallo (Fat) is just for expats that stay here, while UPC is for tourists, but you shouldn’t call your hotel before being there
From upc’s site: Flex Europe:
[…] Unlimited calls and texts within Switzerland. Unlimited calls within the EU country being visited plus outgoing to Switzerland and incoming in the EU country being visited. Unlimited texts from the EU country being visited to all Swiss networks. Calls from Switzerland to EU countries and outgoing calls between EU countries are not included.
To be honest I never had to call anywhere while abroad other than those 1-2 minutes answers to calls while in Italy/Germany for half a day. So if I have to pick a plan, I’d take one with data abroad (of course…) and 20min roaming with Switzerland per month. If it costs too much I’d simply stop answering calls for a day.
On longer holidays I suggest to buy SIM cards of the host country, especially where you might have to use Grab/Uber or dynamic map services (for simple maps I use OsmAnd)
I quit buying local SIMs after having discovered travel SIMs. I personally use DrimSim* because they ofer per-Mb billing (handy when visiting a country for just a day or two), but there are other companies, e.g., a Swiss company called Koko.
When I travel, I take my MiFi router with me and buy a local prepaid sim card already at the airport. This way we can use this internet for both people. For example in UAE and a few other places, you can get something like 4 GB internet for 40 CHF, so around 10 CHF per GB.
This DrimSim that you linked costs 300 EUR per GB in UAE, and 4000 EUR per GB in Seychelles. What good is a one-sim solution if it’s price is not at least acceptable for all countries?
Hi, I just want to point out that there are a lot of good (or let’s say “decent”, since mobile abos are terrible in CH) deals for mobile abos out there, you just need to have a little bit of patience and check constantly.
Last 4 years I paid 19 CHF/month with salt for 1gb internet (unlimited speed) and CH calls and sms unlimited, now I upgraded with yallo because I found their FAT abo (unlimited internet with unlimited speed, unlimited CH calls and sms + some roaming and data in europe) for 23 CHF instead of 59, FOREVER (it was a 60% off offer for black friday). They frequently run the same offer with 50% off.
In my opinion stay away of swisscom because it’s very expensive (for that you get better coverage and service), and their cheapest abos are bullshit because they say they give you “unlimited data” but cap your speed and it’s so slow it’s unberable. At least this was the case a couple of years ago when I checked, then I just stopped checking them because they are a rip-off in my opinion.
If you have family and/or an address in France, it might be worth looking at Sosh. I bought their 24.99 plan which includes 50 GB + unlimited everything (phone calls, SMS) in all Europe including Switzerland. I think they still offer 12 months at 9.99 before charging the full price, and if 50 GB is too much they also have 20 GB for 19.99.
I’m sure similar options exist in other neighbour countries, the only drawback of this method is that you don’t get a Swiss number, might be an issue sometimes but a cheap Swiss prepaid solves it easily.