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The Best Phone Plans in Switzerland in 2024

Baptiste Wicht | Updated: |

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Everybody wants to pay as little as possible for their phone bills. Even though you may think your current phone plan is the cheapest available, there could be new deals since you started using your plan. It is always essential to keep up to date with the latest offers.

The Swiss Phone plan market is quite diverse these days. Fifteen years ago, it was only Swisscom, and everybody was content with it. Now, many other providers are using one of the three major networks.

In this article, I compare the phone plans and prepaid cards for seven standard phone usages. For each of them, I will show the cheapest options available. Keep reading if you want to save money on your phone bill!

These options are up-to-date as of December 2021!

Prepaid vs Plan

You have two options to pay for your phone bills:

  1. A proper plan where you pay month after month based on what you used.
  2. A prepaid card where you have to charge your card in advance.

Most people prefer to use a plan because it is much easier. Having a plan means you will always be able to use your phone. On the contrary, if you use a prepaid card and forget to charge your card, you may not use your phone.

Using a prepaid card is a bit more work. But it may be cheaper. Over the years, I have used both systems, and they both work fine. There are some great prepaid and some great plans.

Which mobile phone network?

In Switzerland, there are three large mobile networks:

  1. Swisscom
  2. Salt
  3. Sunrise

They are all operating their own devices and antennas. Each prepaid or plan is working on some specific network.

In the beginning, the Swisscom network was by far the best in Switzerland. Today, Sunrise and Swisscom are probably in a draw. However, it is challenging to find an unbiased comparison of these networks today. Most of the comparisons available are made by network providers and, as such, are biased.

These days, non-Swisscom networks have become much better. For most people, any network should work just fine. If you live in a remote area, you may want to ask people around you to see if they have any coverage issues. But in a city, you should not have a major difference.

Your Phone Usage

Now, no single plan or prepaid card is the cheapest for each possible case. You need to know your usage of your phone:

  • How many SMS and MMS per month?
  • How many calls per month?
  • The length of these calls in minutes?
  • How many MB of data per month?

If you do not know this, you can look at your last three phone bills and average your usage. This average should be enough to give you an idea of how much you need on average. Generally, you should round minutes higher. A 1 minute and 30 seconds call should be counted as two minutes. This rounding is how operators count for the price.

For each of the cases, I will list the main cheapest options. For comparison, I will exclude youth and special offers from the pack. If the same provider has several options in the top three, I will generally take the best one. It would not make sense to take the other one anyway. Finally, I will compare the monthly price of the offers. I do not include activation fees since we talk about long-term usage here.

My Phone Usage

I checked my phone bills for the last four months, and I came up with this average usage:

  • 2 SMS per month
  • 0 MMS per month
  • 5 calls per month with about 25 minutes in total
  • 300 MB per month of mobile data

I am not a very common user. Indeed, most people use their phones a lot more than I do. For instance, most people use several gigabytes (GB) of data every month. I do not like using my phone.

Since I work at home most days, I usually have very good Wi-Fi. So, I rarely need to use the internet on the mobile network.

User 1: Mr. The Poor Swiss

We start with my case: 2 SMS per month, 5 calls per month, about 5 minutes per call, and 300 MB of mobile data.

Here are the cheapest options:

  1. Mucho Duo Nano (prepaid, Swisscom network): 4.90 CHF per month
  2. yallo (prepaid, Sunrise network): 6.25 CHF
  3. Coop Mobile Prepaid (prepaid, Swisscom network): 7.40 CHF
  4. Talk Talk (plan, Sunrise network): 7.55 CHF
  5. Lidl Connect Smart Prepaid (prepaid, Salt network): 8.20 CHF per month

For me, the best offer would be the Mucho Duo Nano. At only 4.90 CHF per month, it is very cheap.

As you can see, there are options at less than 5 CHF per month for my usage. It is really impressive. A lot of people spend much more than that. I used to spend more than four times that.

For very light phone users, prepaid plans are shining.

I currently do not have the best offer since I have the Coop Mobile Prepaid and not the Mucho offer. However, I will not change it because there is a significant advantage to Coop Mobile Prepaid. Indeed, the packs have no duration. So, if you buy a pack of 1GB of data, you can use it for a long time. So, if you use less data for one month, you can save data in the next month. Most packs have a 30-day duration. This advantage makes the Coop Mobile Prepaid offer excellent.

However, I could probably save money by switching to Mucho. But it is not worth the trouble to save 2.50 CHF per month.

Since most people use their phones much more than me, we should look at more realistic profiles.

User 2: Light Phone User

But most people use their phones more than me. Here is what happens with a more realistic small user:

  • 50 SMS per month
  • 60 minutes per month (12 times 5 minutes calls)
  • 1 GB of data

I think this is pretty much a basic user in Switzerland.

Here are the cheapest options for this light phone user:

  1. Much Duo Micro (Prepaid, Swisscom network): 9.90 CHF per month
  2. Yallo (Prepaid, Sunrise network): 10 CHF per month
  3. GoMo (Plan, Salt network): 12.95 CHF per month
  4. Galaxus Mobile Basic (Plan, Surinse network): 14 CHF per month
  5. Aldi Suisse Mobile Smart S (Prepaid, Sunrise network): 14.90 CHF per month

    Once again, the best option is from Mucho. But there are some attractive options here. And some of these options have much more monthly data than others. It is also interesting to note that plans are becoming more interesting there.

    User 3: Medium User

    Our third user is taking it up a notch:

    • 100 SMS per month
    • 240 minutes of calls (24 times 10 minutes of calls)
    • 2 GB of data

    Here are the three best options for this medium phone user:

    1. GoMo (Plan, Salt network): 12.95 CHF per month
    2. Galaxus Mobile Basic (Plan, Sunrise network): 14 CHF per month
    3. Aldi Suisse Mobile Smart S (Prepaid, Sunrise network): 14.90 CHF per month
    4. DasAbo (Plan, Salt network): 14.95 CHF per month
    5. Teleboy Eco (Plan, Sunrise Network): 15 CHF per month

    This time, GoMo is stealing the first place.

    User 4: Heavy Data user

    Our user 4 uses the same as user 3, but with more data:

    • 100 SMS per month
    • 240 minutes of calls (24 times 10 minutes of calls)
    • 5 GB of data

    Here are the options for this heavy data user:

    1. GoMo (Plan, Salt network): 12.95 CHF per month
    2. Teleboy Eco (Plan, Sunrise Network): 15 CHF per month
    3. Mucho Duo Mini (prepaid, Swisscom network): 17.90 CHF per month
    4. Galaxus Mobile Unlimited (Plan, Sunrise network): 19 CHF per month
    5. Aldi Suisse Mobile Basic (Plan, Sunrise network): 19.90 CHF per month

    Once again, GoMo is the cheapest plan. It makes sense since it costs less than 13 CHF per month and allows up to 100 GB.

    User 5: Heavier Data only user

    User 5 only uses mobile data, no calls, and no SMS. This usage is not uncommon since you can easily use internet apps for calls and messages. Our user 5 uses 10 GB of data per month. Such a user will want at least 100Mbps in speed as well.

    Here are the three cheapest options for this heavier data user:

    1. GoMo (Plan, Salt network): 12.95 CHF per month
    2. yallo Swype Surf (plan, Sunrise network): 15 CHF per month
    3. Galaxus Mobile Unlimited (Plan, Sunrise network): 19 CHF per month
    4. Lidl Connect Abo (Plan, Sunrise network): 19.95 CHF per month
    5. Sunrise We Connect Surf (Plan, Sunrise network): 20 CHF per month

    For such a user, it becomes essential to check the plan’s speed. If you use the internet often and watch videos, you will want between 50Mbps and 100Mbps speed.

    The Gomo plan remains great for this kind of user at 150Mbps.

    User 6: Unlimited Data only user

    Now, some people need even more data. Our user 5 needs 500 GB per month on its phone. Granted, this is not unlimited. But who uses more than that per month on the phone? And this user wants 200Mbps in speed.

    So, here are some good options for this unlimited data user:

    1. Galaxus Mobile Unlimited (Plan, Sunrise network): 19 CHF per month
    2. Lidl Connect Smart Abo Unlimited (Plan, Salt network): 24.95 CHF per month
    3. Swype + Speed (Plan, Sunrise network): 24 CHF per month
    4. Wingo Swiss 5G (Plan, Swisscom network): 27.95 CHF per month

    At this speed and unlimited, options are becoming more expensive. But less than 20 CHF per month on that user is a great choice. The Galaxus plan is great if you need more than 100GB from GoMo.

    User 7: Frequent User Roaming

    Roaming is costly in Switzerland. You have to be careful about that. Unfortunately, I do not know of a very good comparator for Roaming. Moreover, the roaming rates are different for every country. So, it is challenging to compare different plans without having an exact situation.

    When I travel to other countries, my strategy is straightforward: I let my phone be in airplane mode the whole time. If I find a Wi-Fi, I will use it, but otherwise, I will not allow myself to use any data. I think that most people can disconnect from their phones. It could do them some good.

    For this comparison, I used the Frequent User profile from moneyland (later on) with France as a destination. For Switzerland, this user has the same national usage as user 3. The Frequent Profile is as follows:

    • 38 calls from Switzerland while abroad
    • 1.4 GB of mobile data while abroad
    • 38 calls to Switzerland while abroad, 2.5 minutes per call
    • 38 calls to France, while in France, 2.5 minutes per call

    I think it is already pretty heavy usage of Roaming. Here are the three cheapest options for this usage:

    1. GoMo (Plan, Salt network): 241.68 per year
    2. Aldi Suisse Mobile (prepaid, Sunrise network): 263.20 CHF per year
    3. Yallo Swype Swiss (Plan, Sunrise network): 282 CHF per year

    We can see that this makes it significantly more expensive than User 3.

    Again, the GoMo plan seems very interesting overall.

    Of course, the best course of action is not to use Roaming!

    Best Overall Plan: GoMo

    The cheapest plan I could find for this comparison was the GoMo plan. This plan allows for up to 100 GB per month of data. This is sufficient for the immense majority of people.

    Its price is very fair, and even roaming is quite fair

    It is important to note that there is no hotline or in-person assistance with GoMo. All the service is done online through chat.

    Best prepaid for light users: Coop Mobile

    For very light phone users like me, a prepaid plan is likely the best option. My favorite prepaid offer is the Coop Mobile Prepaid. The base prices are fair:

    • 0.29 CHF per minute on call
    • 0.15 CHF per SMS

    But the great thing about this offer is the packages Coop Mobile Prepaid has!

    • The 15 Cents offer that gives 100 units of calls and SMS (1 SMS = 1 unit and 1 minute of call = 1 unit) at 15 CHF
    • Surf 250: 250MB at 4.90 CHF
    • Surf 750: 750MB at 9.90 CHF
    • Surf 1500: 1500MB at 14.90 CHF

    The best thing about these offers is that they do not have an expiration date. So, you can buy a pack and use it for a year. So, this is the best prepaid offer for light users like me.

    I currently have the Coop Mobile Prepaid offer, and I am pleased with it. Since I started using it, I have used an average of 5 CHF monthly!

    If you are using your phone more than me (very likely), you should look at the prepaid offers from Mucho and Aldi.

    Having a cheap phone plan is one of the ways I use to save a lot of money in Switzerland. But there are others!

    Grouping may be advantageous

    Some of these providers offer advantages if you group accounts together.

    For instance, Galaxus Mobile offers a reduction for its Family And Friends plan. For each person in the group, each person will get a 1 CHF reduction per month, up to 4 CHF reduction. So, if you are a group of five, you will each get a plan at 15 CHF per month. This can make Galaxus Mobile one of the best unlimited plans.

    So, if you know you can group people together, you may want to look for group offers.

    Mobile Plans Comparators

    There are plenty of comparators in Switzerland for mobile prepaid and plans. However, many of them are limited.

    For this article, I have used two comparators, moneyland and dschungelkompass.

    The first one is the mobile comparator from moneyland. You can configure all the numbers precisely, and the results are detailed. The problem is that they consider many offers only valid for some time. And the way they compare it is by using the activation costs and one-time costs. I much prefer to see the long-term costs. However, they do not always offer the cheapest option available.

    The second is the comparator from dschungelkompass. Unfortunately, it is only available in German. But it offers several plans and prepaid that moneyland does not consider, like GoMo, our best plans.

    So, if you want to find the best plan for your profile, you will likely to need use

    If you want something simpler and more user-friendly, you can use the mobile comparator from besteabos. They do not have prepaid cards, but they have an excellent offer on mobile plans and present the information in a great way with a lot of information on how to choose. But they do not always advertise the cheapest plan.

    Conclusion

    I have to say that I am surprised by the comparison results. Over the last decade, phone plans and prepaid offers have become more affordable.

    When I was young, I remember that a good Swisscom plan cost 69 CHF per month, and it was not considered that bad. Fortunately, we have many more options now.

    We can see that there is a lot of competition in this field. There are many actors. And even German discounters, Lidl and Aldi, offer excellent mobile plans. And Mucho has extremely cheap prepaid offers, while GoMo offers very cheap plans.

    If you have never considered prepaid, I strongly encourage you to do so now. There are many great options, and they can be much cheaper than phone plans.

    And you should not forget to rethink your plans every few years. For instance, the GoMo was not in the first version of this article. But it is now an excellent plan. But you should not change yearly since you would then pay heavy activation fees.

    If you are in the best value for money, you may also be interested in the best internet plans in Switzerland.

    What about you? Which phone plan or prepaid card do you use?

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    128 thoughts on “The Best Phone Plans in Switzerland in 2024”

    1. This post was extremely helpful for me last Fall when I moved to Switzerland and needed to figure out which mobile plan to use. Because of this review I chose Coop Mobile (purchased at Fust store) for only a base rate of 15 CHF per month, which was amazing. Thank you so much for this!

    2. Hi, Thank you so much for the effort you’re putting into this. Please consider Lebara too, for only Switzerlan use only I find it very efficient. Even in roaming great cost/performance.

        1. I pay 13 CHF monthly, illimited data and has an activation fee around 50CHF. But you can choose the number (at least in Q2 2023). I do also videocalls with this sim. Can’t complain at all!!!

        2. Just go on NEON -> Benefits -> Digital -> search for DIGITAL REPUBLIC (Internet Mobile) with 50% discount.
          That being said, C’est cool tout ce que tu fais sur ce blog, moi, je viens du Tessin et si jamais, je peux toi contacter via Telegram ou WhatsApp ? Ça va plus vite ! Je cherche tout le jour à économiser. Si jamais, (je sais que tu aimes pas utiliser ton téléphone, mais…) cherche @Onibla sur Telegram.

    3. Hello
      Thank you for trying to provide an overview of the plans. I find the article overly complicated and not sure whether in the end it’s unbiased as you already state. Rather than claiming Swisscom has the best net, I would recommend to eliminate your bias, because you are psychologically framing the reader. It makes you are more an influencer than a reviewer. The prices are not all updated it would seem. May I also propose to use a translator if the sites are not French and English. For your German articles you use a translator without post-editing and it seems to be good enough.

      1. Hi Eon,

        Regarding the updates, I generally update this article only once a year, that’s as much as I can.
        I will reduce the Swisscom bias from the article on my next update.
        Regarding translations, I can definitely use Google Translate in the browser, but since there are more services than I can review, I feel like it’s good enough to focus on those that offer a least a French or English translation. I would personally not use a service that is not available in one of the languages I speak.

      2. It’s a fact though. Yet again, in 2023, Swisscom has been tested to have the best out of the three in terms of network coverage, consistency, download and upload speeds. Price alone does not justify which provider is best.

      1. It’s true that for unlimited data, it’s great value, especially if you are willing to compromise on speed. But when put together with unlimited calls and SMS, is it really that cheap?

        Since I am working from home and my hobbies are around computes, hotspots is not good for me.

    4. Better to chose dschungelkompass.ch over Moneyland. There are fare more plans and sometimes even special tarifs listed on Dschungelkompass

      1. Thanks for sharing!

        Unfortunately, it’s not available in English and their French translation is more than incomplete. But I’ll take a look the next time I update this article.

    5. Great review! However, IMO, it lacks the fact that there are significant discounts if you take the whole package for one household (2 or more mobile subs, internet, TV). In that case, costly mobile aubs become more affordable than when they are bought as mobile sub only. Of course, this is relevant only for households where whole package is needed.

      Cheers!

      1. hi Dejan,

        Yes, there are many possible discounts. However, I simply cannot take them all into account :) It’s great if you can deal a good deal as a family, but not everybody has the same needs.

    6. if you’re looking for a Switzerland only plan, no one probably beats Go-Mo.
      At 9.95CH/month with unlimited data, calls and SMS.

        1. I am using Lebara (Sunrise network) with EVERYTHING unlimited in CH and abroad, calls and messages from and to CH, internet and roaming within CH and as well EU countries & the US. 39 chf monthly discounted from 100 chf.

      1. It’s indeed impossible to keep track of all the offers, so I am using a comparator and some offers are indeed missing. I will try to add Lyca Mobile and Galaxy Mobile on my next update of this article! Thanks for sharing!

        1. Galaxus mobile offer discounts for some companies. I got the unlimited offer which costs originally 19 CHF for only 15 CHF.

      2. Hey mr. Poor Swiss,

        The chart for me doesn’t take into account the very best mobile phone sub available.

        GoMo for 9.95 CHF/month unlimited calls, sms and internet.
        Network: Salt

    7. Great article.
      There is one more option for everyone with an eSIM capable phone. You can get quite cheep data plans via an eSIM which are additionally not much more expensive with enabled Roaming in Europe. For one year now I am using Ubigi’s 12 months EU+CH+UK with 2GB per month for 58$ which currently (using Revolut) is under 51CHF or 4.25CHF/month. If using my referral code 4ELPDBKS you can get an extra 20% on this bringing the price down to 3.40CHF/month/2GB. These eSIM plans are marketed as traveler plans but really can be used by everyone. In combination I am using Aldi mobile Prepaid for calls and SMS (max 0.24CHF per minute in CH and neighboring countries and 0.10CHF per SMS)

        1. Yes exactly, that works without issues. When you enable a second SIM your phone will ask you which to use for what (data, calls, and SMS). For the ones who don’t need roaming there is then an even cheaper option with 32$ you get 2GB per month for one year only in Switzerland. With the 20% voucher 4ELPDBKS and converted to CHF this is below 1CHF per GB. The Network is Salt which I am using for 5 years now without an issue. And 5G connection speeds are included as well (if your phone supports it).

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