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Switzerland: 3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2022)

Switzerland – known for its neutrality, direct democracy & its mountains.

The country is also famous for its chocolate, fondue & watches.

A friend of mine would have been upset if I did not mention watches, as he is genuinely into them⌚.

Anyway, what can you do in Switzerland? A lot.

There are many castles to adore, such as Chillon Castle.

The Rhine Falls is Europe's largest plains waterfall, so you better head there too.

And if you get the chance, travel through Switzerland by train for some remarkable landscapes.

But you can also do that by car – but trains are cooler 🚆😎.

What is not cool are expensive international roaming rates.

Roaming can be expensive, which is why I always recommend getting local SIM cards, allowing you to enjoy local rates.

SIM cards are far from cheap in Switzerland – but the whole country is known for being expensive.

You can get a Swiss SIM card for 10 CHF (11 USD) from Salt Mobile and 19.90 CHF (21.70 USD) from Swisscom or Sunrise Mobile in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Zurich Airport (ZRH).

Special note for those from Ukraine: be sure to ask about special benefits for Ukrainians. Many mobile operators around Europe have waived fees for you or introduced exclusive plans, including free calls back to Ukraine. Слава Україні! 🇺🇦

Normally, I would recommend getting a SIM card from a neighboring country because of free European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) roaming.

Unfortunately, Switzerland is not part of the EU/EEA, and many EU/EEA mobile operators will charge you top dollar for Switzerland roaming.

But that is the thing… roaming is also (crazy) expensive in Switzerland, making it better to shill out 22 USD for a Swiss SIM card.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Switzerland. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Switzerland Guide (logos of Salt, Swisscom & Sunrise)

Original publication: 4th of February 2022. Last updated: 20th of September 2022.


Table of Contents

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Switzerland?

Anyone living in or visiting Switzerland can buy a (Swiss) SIM card from Swisscom, Sunrise, Salt Mobile & many MVNO with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Switzerland).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Switzerland?

You can get a Swiss SIM card in Swisscom, Sunrise & Salt Mobile stores. They are also available at Zurich Airport (ZRH).

You can expect to pay the following for Swiss SIM cards:

  • Swisscom: 19.90 CHF
  • Sunrise Switzerland: 19.90 CHF
  • Salt Mobile Switzerland: 10 CHF
  • MVNOs (like Lycamobile Switzerland): being added later

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Can You Use Your Phone in Switzerland?

Switzerland uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Switzerland. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Switzerland, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
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If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Switzerland.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Switzerland or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Switzerland (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Switzerland

Switzerland has three mobile operators and various Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs – being added later) offering prepaid services:

  • Swisscom
  • Sunrise Switzerland (Schweiz)
  • Salt Mobile Switzerland (Schweiz)

The following frequencies are used in Switzerland:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz (Swisscom has no 2G network anymore)
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28), 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Switzerland, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Switzerland

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are available in Switzerland. All Swiss mobile operators offer both services.

5G NR in Switzerland

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Switzerland since March 2019. It is available on the Swisscom and Salt Mobile networks. Swisscom prepaid customers can use 5G NR if they buy a booster for 5 CHF). Sunrise and Salt Mobile does not offer 5G NR to prepaid customers yet – the same counts for the MVNOs.

Best SIM Card in Switzerland

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Switzerland, I recommend going with Swisscom or Sunrise. Swisscom is, overall, the best mobile operator in Switzerland with the best coverage and speeds for literal years. Sunrise has attractive plans with unlimited data.

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Best eSIM in Switzerland

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIM to prepaid customers in Switzerland (yet).

However, you can get travel eSIMs from Airalo, Holafly & Nomad.

Airalo has the Pilatus Mobile eSIMs:

Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these four options:

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Airalo Pilatus Mobile eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Switzerland eSIMs Compared guide.

Or you can get Switzerland eSIMs from Nomad.

Switzerland eSIMs Nomad
Switzerland Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps).

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Switzerland eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Switzerland eSIMs Compared guide.

Finally, you can get Switzerland eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage:

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Switzerland eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Switzerland eSIMs Compared guide.

With these eSIMs, you can skip Switzerland's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Switzerland!

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TIP: check out my Best Switzerland eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Switzerland.

If you plan on visiting other neighboring European nations, consider the Eurolink eSIM (six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days) in Albania and these other countries:

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Eurolink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 6 USD/country in Europe!

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Holafly and Nomad also have eSIMs covering all of the European Union (and more).

But honestly, the Eurolink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly Europe eSIM if you want unlimited data in 30+ countries – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with Holafly).

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Switzerland and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Switzerland eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Switzerland.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Switzerland

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Switzerland, I recommend going with SimCorner's Europe SIM cards that covers Europe (mainly the European Union) and parts Asia, Central America & South America – all in one SIM card.

Switzerland Travel SIM Card SimCorner
© SimCorner
SimCorner UK and Europe Travel SIM Card (100 GB for 30 days)
© SimCorner

You have these four options:

  1. Europe Travel SIM card with 7 GB for 30 days (includes calls)
  2. Europe & UK Travel SIM card with 12 GB for 30 days (includes calls, SMS & data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
  3. UK and Europe Travel SIM card with 100 GB for 30 days (includes calls and SMS)
  4. Europe Data SIM card with 12 GB for 60 days (includes data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
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The SimCorner Europe SIM cards can be used in Switzerland and the following other countries:

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Switzerland

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in Switzerland. It will be done at the point of sale.

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EU Roaming in Switzerland

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Note that Switzerland is not part of the European Union (EU) nor European Economic Area (EEA), meaning that EU roaming regulations do not apply in Switzerland.

As a result, you should not expect to roam for free if you have an EU/EEA SIM card while traveling in Switzerland.

While a handful of mobile operators do allow for free roaming in Switzerland, you usually need to have one of their expensive (postpaid) plans.

Liechtenstein is in the EEA, so why not buy a SIM card in Liechtenstein so that you can roam for free in the EU/EEA Liechtenstein?

That is because Liechtenstein barely sells SIM cards (most are sold in Switzerland).

Moreover, the ones sold in Liechtenstein are considered Swiss and do not have to adhere to EU roaming regulations.

Lycamobile Switzerland is, from what I know so far, the only Swiss Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) offering free data roaming in the EU/EEA – even if you buy its SIM card in Liechtenstein.

If you want to roam for free in the EU/EEA, go with Lycamobile Switzerland.

Else, depending on where you are, you may want to cross the border and get an EU/EEA SIM card.

  • If you are in or near Basel, cross the Basel – Saint-Louis Border and get a French SIM card in the Orange store. Or cross the Reihen – Lörrach border and get a German SIM card in Telekom Germany, O2 Germany, or Vodafone Germany stores
    • If you do not mind going further into France, head to Mullhouse to get a French SIM card in Orange France, SFR France, Bouygues Telecom & Free Mobile France stores
  • If you are in or near Geneva, head to Lyon to get a French SIM card from Orange France, SFR France, Bouygues Telecom & Free Mobile France
  • If you are in or near Liechtenstein, go to Feldkirch to get an Austrian SIM card from A1 Austria, Magenta Telekom (formerly T-Mobile), or Drei (3)
  • If you are in or near Lugano, go to Como (or Milan) to get an Italian SIM card from TIM Italy, Vodafone Italy, Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), or Iliad
  • If you are in or near Schaffhausen/Zurich, go to Singen or Konstanz to get a German SIM card in Telekom Germany, O2 Germany, or Vodafone Germany stores

If crossing the border is worth the effort – you tell me. But it is an option.

In short – no free EU/EEA roaming with SIM cards bought in (Liechtenstein or) Switzerland, except for Lycamobile Switzerland.

Switzerland Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Switzerland

The cost of mobile data has gone down significantly over the past few years.

The network quality has improved, you get faster speeds & the data allowances are more generous.

Are mobile data rates low in Switzerland?

Not quite, but it has been much worse in the past.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Switzerland is 5.24 USD, above the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Currently, Andorra, Belgium, the Czech Republic & Norway have much higher mobile data rates than Switzerland.

And before you call me blind for not mentioning Greece, Greece's numbers are wrong. The average cost of 1 GB of data is much lower than cable.co.uk reports.

While Switzerland's mobile data costs are on the higher end in Europe, the average cost of 1 GB of data has decreased by 74.1% within two years.

That is quite impressive, but it is sad the cost had to be that high in the first place!

Cable.co.uk split Europe into three territories: Western Europe, Eastern Europe & the Baltics.

The Western European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk's definition, is 2.66 USD, which is just slightly more than the overall European average.

So, you pay close to the top dollar for mobile data in Switzerland.

Will you at least get fast mobile download speeds?

Yes, they are blazing fast.

Switzerland's median mobile download speed is around 77 Mbps.

Those are some incredible speeds.

In Europe, only Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Portugal, the Netherlands & Norway have a (much) higher median download speed than Switzerland.

And there are around 180 countries with (much) slower speeds than Switzerland, so the country is doing fine.

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Switzerland.

That would be Swisscom, with a median download speed of 91.78 Mbps. Followed by Sunrise Switzerland (61.96 Mbps) and Salt Mobile Switzerland (60.66 Mbps).

Okay, those numbers were related to 4G/LTE. Who is winning the 5G NR race (for now)?

The Swiss mobile operator with the best 5G NR speeds is Sunrise, with an average download speed of 213.8 Mbps. Followed by Swisscom (171.1 Mbps) and Salt Mobile (154.4 Mbps).

The same ranking applies to 5G NR upload speeds.

Sunrise also has the best overall 5G NR network performance, winning all categories.

In terms of 5G NR reach, Swisscom and Sunrise are leading the pack.

But Sunrise still has the best 5G NR availability.

So, all this 5G NR talk is fun… but what if you do not have a 5G NR compatible device?

Which Swiss mobile operator has the best overall 4G/LTE network?

That would be Swisscom – no doubt. Winning in all categories.

Switzerland Opensignal Mobile Experience Awards

With reasonable to high SIM card prices, extensive nationwide coverage, incredible mobile download speeds, and high mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Switzerland.

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Currency in Switzerland

10 Swiss Franc Bank Note
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Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc with the symbol CHF (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as Fr. For example, 25 CHF = Fr. 25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between CHF and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 CHF = 1.20 USD
  • 10 CHF = 12.15 USD
  • 100 CHF = 121.55 USD

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Swiss Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Swisscom, Sunruse Switzerland, Salt Mobile Switzerland & many MVNOs that will be added later, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Switzerland has to offer to us.


Swisscom

Swisscom Liechtenstein & Switzerland Logo
© Swisscom

Swisscom is the largest mobile operator in Switzerland.

It is a mostly state-owned company (51%) with the best overall performance.

And who says state-owned companies always have to be bad 🤪.

Swisscom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down for 4G/LTE and 5G NR refarming
  • 3G: 900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28), 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Swisscom:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Swisscom SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Swisscom

Swisscom has the best coverage in Switzerland.

It also won the Switzerland Fastest Mobile Network Speedtest Award of 2021.

Below is Swisscom's 3G coverage map:

Then we have a Swisscom 4G/LTE coverage map:

Now we have Swisscom's 4G/LTE+ (LTE-A) coverage map:

Let's not forget about the Swisscom 5G NR coverage map:

And you also have the Swisscom 5G NR+ coverage map:

Finally, here we have a map of Swisscom's 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR networks combined:

At last, we have a combined Swisscom coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Swisscom

You can get a Swisscom SIM card for 19.90 CHF with 20 CHF credit and 100 MB in Swisscom stores. Swisscom SIM cards are also sold at Zurich Airport (ZRH).

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While Swisscom does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

If you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Switzerland (Pilatus Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Be aware that, unlike Swisscom SIM cards, which can be used in Liechtenstein and Switzerland, the Pilatus Mobile eSIMs can only be used in Switzerland. For Liechtenstein, get Lie Mobile eSIMs.

You can also get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Liechtenstein (but not Switzerland) and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Note that Swisscom offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFI (Voice over WiFi).

Swisscom SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 12 months (no top-up for 12 months or no activity for 12 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Swisscom

Swisscom top-up vouchers are sold in Swisscom stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Switzerland (and Liechtenstein).

To top up your Swisscom SIM card, dial *123*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *123*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *130# to check your Swisscom balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Swisscom app (Android/iOS).

Swisscom Liechtenstein & Switzerland My Swisscom App
© Swisscom

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Swisscom

Swisscom has three data-featured plans:

All Swisscom plans can be activated on the My Swisscom app.

Moreover, you can add 5G NR access add-on to any Swisscom plan on the My Swisscom app.

For 5 CHF, you get 5 GB of 5G NR data for 24 hours.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Prepaid Flatrate – Swisscom

The Prepaid Flatrate is a combo plan with unlimited data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Prepaid Flatrate can be activated on the My Swisscom app.

PriceDataSpeed (Down/Up)Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
20 CHFUnlimited50 Mbps/10 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
65 CHFUnlimited50 Mbps/10 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
150 CHFUnlimited50 Mbps/10 MbpsUnlimitedUnlimited90 days
Swisscom Liechtenstein & Switzerland Prepaid Flatrate Plans
inOne mobile Prepaid Basic – Swisscom

The inOne mobile Prepaid Basic plan is an “unlimited” data (without 5G access and 10 GB high-speed data) until midnight, costing 2 CFH.

inOne mobile Prepaid Basic can be activated on the My Swisscom app.

PriceDataValidity
2 CHF“Unlimited”, 10 GB high-speed (30 days)Until midnight 
Swisscom Liechtenstein & Switzerland inOne mobile Prepaid Basic Plan
Prepaid Data Plan – Swisscom

The Prepaid Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles.

Prepaid can be activated on the My Swisscom app:

PriceDataSpeed (Down/Up)Validity
6.90 CHF500 MB50 Mbps/10 Mbps30 days
19.90 CHF2 GB50 Mbps/10 Mbps30 days
45 CHF5 GB50 Mbps/10 Mbps30 days
Swisscom Liechtenstein & Switzerland Data Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Swisscom

  • Name: Swisscom Services
  • APN: gprs.swisscom.ch

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Sunrise Switzerland (Schweiz)

Sunrise Switzerland Logo
© Sunrise Switzerland

Sunrise Switzerland (Schweiz), just Sunrise, is the second-largest mobile operator in Switzerland.

It is also the only mobile operator of the Big Three that is not active in Liechtenstein.

Thus, you cannot roam for free with Sunrise (or any MVNO using its network) in Liechtenstein.

Sunrise uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Sunrise:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Sunrise SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Sunrise Switzerland

Sunrise Liechtenstein & Switzerland Coverage Map

SIM Card Price – Sunrise Switzerland

You can get a Sunrise SIM card for 19.90 CHF with 19.90 CHF credit in Sunrise stores. Sunrise SIM cards are also sold at Zurich Airport (ZRH).

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While Sunrise does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

If you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Switzerland (Pilatus Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You can also get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Liechtenstein (but not Switzerland) and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Note that Sunrise offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFI (Voice over WiFi).

Sunrise SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 18 months (no top-up for 18 months or no activity for 18 months).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Sunrise Switzerland

Sunrise top-up vouchers are sold in Sunrise stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Switzerland.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

  • 20 CHF
  • 30 CHF
  • 50 CHF
  • 100 CHF

To top up your Sunrise SIM card, dial *131*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *131*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *121# to check your Sunrise balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Sunrise UPC app (Android/iOS).

Sunrise Switzerland My Sunrise UPC App
© Sunrise Switzerland

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Sunrise Switzerland

Sunrise has seven data-featured plans:

All Sunrise plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 5522 or on the My Sunrise UPC app.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Prepaid Unlimited Plan – Sunrise Switzerland

The Prepaid Unlimited Plan is a combo bundle with unlimited data (without 5G NR), minutes & SMS for 24 hours, costing 2.50 CHF.

Prepaid Unlimited can be activated on the My Sunrise UPC app.

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
2.50 CHFUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited24 hours
Prepaid Budget Plans – Sunrise Switzerland

The Prepaid Budget Plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Prepaid Budget can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 5522:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
10 CHFBudget 10300 MB30 calls (max. 2 hours/call)30 SMS1 monthBUDGET10BUDGET10 STOP
15 CHFBudget 15600 MB60 calls (max. 2 hours/call)60 SMS1 monthBUDGET15BUDGET15 STOP

Prepaid Budget plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 5522.

Sunrise Switzerland Prepaid Budget Plans
Young Prepaid Start Plan – Sunrise Switzerland

The Young Prepaid Start Plan is a combo bundle with 500 MB of data, unlimited on-net minutes & unlimited local SMS for 1 month, costing 15 CHF.

Young Prepaid Start can be activated on the My Sunrise UPC app.

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidity
15 CHF500 MBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
Sunrise Switzerland Young Prepaid Plan
Unlimited Options – Sunrise Switzerland

The Unlimited Options are combo plans with unlimited data (with 5G NR access for one bundle), unlimited minutes & unlimited SMS.

Unlimited Options can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 5522:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
19.90 CHFUnlimited 1UnlimitedUnlimited7 days7DAYS7DAYS STOP
50 CHFUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysUNLIMITED30UNLIMITED30 STOP
120 CHFUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited90 daysUNLIMITED90UNLIMITED90 STOP

Unlimited Options auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 5522.

Sunrise Switzerland Prepaid Unlimited Plans
Prepaid Flat Plan – Sunrise Switzerland

The Prepaid Flat plan is a combo bundle with “unlimited” data (500 MB high-speed data), unlimited on-net minutes & unlimited on-net SMS for 1 month, costing 20 CHF.

Prepaid Flat can be activated by texting FLATSTART to 5522:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
20 CHF“Unlimited”, 500 MB high-speedUnlimitedUnlimited1 monthFLATSTART
Sunrise Switzerland Prepaid Flat Plan
Prepaid Surf Plans – Sunrise Switzerland

Prepaid Surf plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Prepaid Surf can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 5522:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
7.50 CHFPrepaid Surf250 MB1 monthSURFSURF STOP
15 CHFPrepaid Surf XL1 GB1 monthSURFXLSURFXL STOP
30 CHFPrepaid Surf 3 XL3 GB1 monthSURF3XLSURF3XL STOP
45 CHFPrepaid Surf 5 XL5 GB1 monthSURF5XLSURF5XL STOP

Prepaid Surf plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 5522.

Prepaid Budget Add-On – Sunrise Switzerland

The Prepaid Budget Add-On is a data add-on with 500 MB of data until midnight, costing 5 CHF for the Prepaid Budget plans. It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

The Prepaid Budget add-on can be activated on the My Sunrise UPC app.

PriceDataValidity
5 CHF500 MBUntil plan expires

APN/Internet Settings – Sunrise Switzerland

  • Name: Sunrise internet
  • APN: internet

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Salt Mobile Switzerland (Schweiz – formerly Orange)

Salt Mobile Liechtenstein & Switzerland Logo
© Salt Mobile

Salt Mobile Switzerland (Schweiz), just Salt Mobile, is the smallest mobile operator in Switzerland.

It used to be called Orange Switzerland until 2015.

Salt Mobile uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Salt Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Salt Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Salt Mobile Switzerland (formerly Orange)

Salt Mobile has the worst coverage in Switzerland.

However, you will have 4G/LTE reception almost anywhere.

Below is Salt Mobile's 2G and 3G coverage map:

Then we have a Salt Mobile 4G/LTE coverage map:

Now we have Salt Mobile's 4G/LTE+ (LTE-A) coverage map:

Let's not forget about the Salt Mobile 5G NR coverage map:

And you also have the Salt Mobile 5G NR+ coverage map:

At last, we have a combined Salt Mobile coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Salt Mobile Switzerland (formerly Orange)

You can get a Salt Mobile SIM card for 10 CHF with 10 CHF credit in Salt Mobile stores. Salt Mobile SIM cards are also sold at Zurich Airport (ZRH).

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While Salt Mobile does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

If you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Switzerland (Pilatus Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Be aware that, unlike Salt Mobile SIM cards, that can be used in Liechtenstein and Switzerland, the Pilatus Mobile eSIMs can only be used in Switzerland. For Liechtenstein, get Lie Mobile eSIMs.

You can also get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Liechtenstein (but not Switzerland) and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Note that Salt Mobile offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFI (Voice over WiFi).

Salt Mobile SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 435 days (no top-up for 435 days or no activity for 435 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Salt Mobile Switzerland (formerly Orange)

Salt Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in Salt Mobile stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Switzerland (and Liechtenstein).

To top up your Salt Mobile SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *121# to check your Salt Mobile balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Salt Mobile Switzerland (formerly Orange)

Salt has two data-featured plans: Peace of Mind Surfing & Data Packs.

All Salt Mobile plans can be activated online. However, you need to be using cellular data – not WiFi to access this page.

Peace of Mind Surfing Plan – Salt Mobile Switzerland (formerly Orange)

The Peace of Mind Surfing plan is an unlimited data bundle until midnight, costing 1.99 CHF.

Peace of Mind Surfing can be activated online.

PriceDataValidity
1.99 CHFUnlimitedUntil midnight 
Data Packs – Salt Mobile Switzerland (formerly Orange)

The Data Packs are, as the name suggests, data plans.

Data Packs can be activated online.

PriceDataValidity
3 CHF100 MB30 days
9 CHF500 MB30 days
15 CHF1 GB30 days

APN/Internet Settings – Salt Mobile Switzerland (formerly Orange)

  • Name: Salt World
  • APN: internet

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