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As of August 2009 Swisscom offers the cheapest data tariffs in Switzerland and provides the best network coverage with widespread HSPA-availability and nationwide EDGE-support. Swisscom runs GSM at 900 and 1800 MHz and 3G/UMTS at 2100 MHz, while the launch of UMTS 900 is imminent (August 2009).

Natel easy
"Natel Easy" is Swisscom's brand under which prepaid SIMs are sold. There are different tariffs for prepaid SIMs, from which one has to be chosen upon purchase (ask the shop employee explicitly for the desired tariff!):

Natel easy BeFree
Natel easy BeFree has the cheapest daily data flatrate (CHF 4 per day) for Switzerland. Beyond data, there are also daily flatrates for national calls (CHF 3 per day) and for SMS/MMS (CHF 2 per day). The Natel easy liberty uno SIM card (starter pack) costs CHF 19.90 and includes CHF 20 of initial credit. Existing Natel easy customers with other tariffs can switch to BeFree by texting "EASYBEFREE" to 444.

Data tariff
Data will be billed with CHF 4 per day, regardless of how much data volume is generated.

Voice calls
As for data, as soon as you make a phone call, CHF 3 will be billed on your SIM. All other phone calls until 23:59 of the same day will be included in the flat tarif.

Tariff guide

Natel easy liberty uno
The Natel easy liberty uno SIM card (starter pack) costs CHF 19.90 and includes CHF 20 in credit. This tariff is only of interest if you generate less than 4MB of data per day. Otherwise Natel easy BeFree is cheaper.

Data tariff
Data tariff is CHF 1 per MB while the maximum cost charged for data is CHF 5 per day.

Voice calls
Each call will have 0.8 CHF connection setup fee every 60 minutes. Phone calls will be billed 0.8 CHF/min.

Tariff guide

Natel easy SIMs are sold in Swisscom shops (shop search) throughout Switzerland. Due to Swiss legislation registration with an ID-card or passport is obligatory. Allthough you may encounter shop employees, who refuse it, SIM cards can definitely be registered also for non-residents (neither Swiss nationality nor a Swiss address is required). In case you're being rejected ask the employee to check back with their 2nd level support.

topping up credit
Credit can be topped up...
  • at gasstations, kiosks, post offices, electronics retailers and many supermarkets (Coop, Coop Bau & Hobby, Coop Pronto, Interdiscount, Migros, Denner)
  • online by credit card (Mastercard, VISA, AmEx)
  • in Swisscom shops
  • with a Maestro card on ATMs
  • with a Swiss "Postcard" at "Postomaten"
  • at SBB-ticket vending machines (SBB is the national railroad company; vending machines accept coins, bills, Maestro and credit cards)
To redeem a top up voucher enter *123*(top up code)# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access into your phone (not necessary if topped up by Maestro or credit card).

USSD service codes
check balance *130# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access
top up credit *123*(top up code)# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access

customer portal
balance can be checked and topped up on the customer portal available at https://sam.sso.bluewin.ch/my/data/MyData?lang=en
You can either create a username and password to access the customer portal or select the "NATEL login" tab which allows logging in by a single-use code that will be sent by SMS.
Remainaing balance can be found as depicted below:
Switzerland - Swisscom - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access

SIM cards will be deactivated 12 months after the last action, which was subject to a charge (outgoing call or SMS, data session). Credit will never expire as long as SIM is kept active.

Swisscom stores and partner stores:
http://gis2.begasoft.ch/gis/pages/ch.bgs.googlegis.gwt.GMapSwisscom/swisscomGIS.jsf?lang=DE&show=shops,hotspots,buildings,verkehr (alternatively use Google Maps and search for "Swisscom shop, <your city>", e.g. "Swisscom shop, Zürich")

There is a Swisscom shop in the public area at Zürich airport.

HSPA coverage even in rural areas, EDGE almost everywhere in Switzerland:

internet experience
  • Instant Messaging: worked flawlessly as of December 2009
  • Skype: worked flawlessly as of December 2009
  • VoIP: worked flawlessly as of December 2009
  • VPN: ?

Settings: http://www.bless.li/articles/bluetooth-gprs/swisscom-datasheet.pdf
  • APN: gprs.swisscom.ch, no username, no password (for 2G and 3G access)

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Anonymous topping up data sim ? 1 Jan 13 2013, 12:48 AM EST by inquisitor
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how can i check how much credit i have on my ipad with the swisscom data card ?
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Anonymous Is the Sim card a micro sim? 1 Jul 14 2012, 1:09 PM EDT by inquisitor
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Hi I am travelling to Zurich in 2 weeks time for 2 weeks. Like to know if the Natel Easy Befree can be bought in Microsim to fit into the iphone. Thanks
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Anonymous How much does the sim cost? 0 Dec 12 2010, 8:19 AM EST by Anonymous
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How much does the sim cost?
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