I am going to Switzerland on vacation at the end of the month with my wife for our anniversary. When I traveled in Europe as a student I could not afford a cellphone so this is my first time looking for such a solution. Since Europe is standardized on GSM I thought it would be pretty easy to just find a Swiss or other European SIM card on eBay or at some other shop and take it with me. Turns out things are not as simple as I imagined.
The 5 carriers that I have found in Switzerland (&Phone, Orange, Sunrise, Swisscom, & Tele2) all run on GSM 900MHz or 1800MHz but I cannot find SIM cards available online except for Orange. The whole situation gets even more confusing since I have been reading online that it may be difficult to purchase a pay as you go SIM card in Switzerland as a tourist due to terrorist & drug trafficking fears.
From what I understand most SIM cards from other European countries will work in Switzerland but I will not be able to recharge them while in Switzerland. I also hear that they will cost me more to make calls than a Swiss SIM card.
So I am wondering. Any experts on traveling Europe with a unlocked US quad-band GSM BlackBerry? I don’t need data services since data roaming is relatively cheap but voice roaming at $2 a pop is insanity!
I will be bringing along a [email protected] compatible BlackBerry to test out if I can use it to make calls using my hotel’s Wi-Fi… Be interesting to see how it plays out.
The best guide I have found to prepaid especially in Switzerland is at www.prepaidgsm.net
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