[Data] Getting sim card for Switzerland and Austria

We were contemplating if we should get the sim card before our trip to Switzerland and Austria, or to buy at the airport as we had bad experience in Germany. After doing our research, we decided to purchase the sim card prior the trip.


Switzerland Simcard and travelling around the European Union

All prepaid sim card purchased in Switzerland have no free roaming in Europe.  If you need to use the Swiss sim card while travelling around Europe you will need to pay a lot more than you expect.

Switzerland Mobile internet operators

There are 3 Mobile company: Sunrise, Swisscom and Salt.

Unfortunately, these 3 mobile companies are not available at the airport. You can only find them at the city central or main train station. At Zurich International Airport there is only Lebara counter.

What to bring when buying a prepaid sim card Switzerland?

Tourists are required to show your passport.


Austria Simcard and travelling around the European Union

All prepaid sim card in Austria allow EU Roaming except for T-Mobile. So if you are travelling to more than 1 Europe country, getting Drei (3) Prepaid sim card will be a better option as the package seem better and cost lesser than A1.

Austria Mobile internet operators

There are 3 Mobile company: A1, T-Mobile and Drei (3)

Unfortunately, these 3 mobile companies are not available at the airport. You can only find them at the city central or main train station. There is one prepaid sim card sell counter called “wowww”, you are able to find it at the Vienna International Airport.

What to bring when buying a prepaid sim card Austria?

Tourists are required to show your passport.


Travelling around Europe

Get one sim card and you are able to travel around Europe without hassle.

We bought the Smart Comfort S because of the 3GB+5GB promotion. I was told that the promotion will end in Nov 2019.

Cost?

29.90 USD+ Shipping cost

Shipping term and conditions:

Full Tracking will provide you with a tracking code with details from shipping to delivery point and has guaranteed delivery on time.

Partial Tracking will provide you with a tracking code with which you can check when the parcel has been shipped and delivered.

* Please note that shipping prices are subject to changes

** Please note that for orders of more than 10 SIM Cards, delivery costs differ.

Note: Custom Fees may be imposed. Please be aware that SimOptions is not responsible for customs fees.

For all other countries in Asia, please contact simoptions directly by email (contact@simoptions.com) or live chat.

Get your sim card here.

Coverage:

Andorra, Azores, Aland islands, Germany, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Corfu (island), Crete, the Cyclades, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France (mainland), Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Isle of Man, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Rhodes (Island), Romania, San Marino, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Vatican City

Delivery:

We received our sim card 5 days after purchased, this is the same as what they guaranteed on their website.

Activation:

Easy to use as we just insert the sim card before arriving at the destination, turn on roaming and we are able to connect to the internet immediately.

Tips: If you are unable to connect, switch off your mobile phone and restart again.

Speedtest:

Switzerland, Wilderswil

Switzerland, Zermatt

Austria, Vienna

Little tips:

Get a 5GB data plan, the reason why we choose the 3GB is because of the promotion,  we had 8GB in total for our 12 days trip.

Overall:

We are happy with our purchase as the set up process was easy. Once we insert the sim card we were able to use it immediately. The connection was quite stable throughout our 12 days trip to Switzerland and Austria. In Austria, the connection can seen to be slower than Switzerland, however, it does not affect us that much. During the 12 days, there are two occasion we are unable to connect to the internet, after restarting our phone it works fine.

My 2 cents opinion:

Will not recommend anyone to get your sim card at the Zurich airport, the same goes for any EU countries, as the cost will be higher.

I will get this sim card again if I am going to Europe and more than 2 countries. Buying a sim card at each country upon arrival is troublesome, and also note that on top of the sim card purchase the mobile companies at the airport or town will charge a service or activation fee, which is up to 10 EUR or they will simply reject you.

Other option:

1) Buy online and collect at the airport

2) Purchase at the airport

Zurich International Airport

You can purchase your sim card inside the airport at the baggage collection area. I do not recommend you to do so, as getting sim card in town will be cheaper. The price charge in the airport is ridiculous.

Vienna International Airport Terminal 3

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