Local SIM Card

In mobile communications, the term local SIM card is used to refers to a SIM card which is serviced by a local mobile service provider which operates in a foreign country in which a person is traveling. Inserting a local SIM card into a mobile phone or other mobile device allows travelers to make phone calls or use mobile data at the same prices as locals living in their destination country.

Using a local SIM card typically works out much cheaper than roaming in a foreign country using a Swiss SIM card because you do not pay additional roaming fees.

Accessing the Internet via a local SIM card normally requires the purchase of data bundles. For a fixed amount of money, you receive a fixed data allowance. Data bundles typically expire after a limited period of time, resulting in the loss of unused data allowances.

Some countries place restrictions on the purchase of SIM cards by non-residents, which can limit access to local SIM cards by tourists and other travelers. In some countries, only individuals with local social security numbers or local residential addresses can purchase SIM cards.

Switzerland does not place such restrictions on foreigners, and any person visiting Switzerland is free to purchase a Swiss SIM card. All individuals – both resident and non-resident – are required to show a passport or ID card when purchasing a Swiss SIM card.

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