From February 12, 2019, Salt is offering a new version of the Plus Europe mobile plan. The most important change to the plan affects roaming allowances. Users now benefit from unlimited data roaming in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Formerly, the plan only included a 4-gigabyte data roaming allowance.
The plan now costs 89.95 Swiss francs per month – 95 centimes per month more than the pre-update price. However, Salt currently has a promotional offer by which new customers can get the plan for 69.95 francs per month instead of the standard 89.95 francs per month, with no minimum required term. Existing customers who are willing and able to extend their contract can migrate to the new mobile plan.
Salt explained to moneyland.ch that the plan includes unlimited data roaming. However, the mobile operator maintains a fair use policy. Mobile users must agree to limit their usage of the plan to a somewhat vague “normal use” when they sign up for the Salt plan.
As before, the plan includes unlimited calls within all Swiss networks and unlimited mobile data use within Switzerland in its flat fee. The plan also includes unlimited international calls from Switzerland to Europe, Canada and the U.S. in the flat fee.
Verdict by moneyland.ch telecom expert Ralf Beyeler
Salt is responding to Swisscom’s announcement of its new mobile plans two weeks ago. From February 25, 2019, Swisscom is offering a new inOne mobile go plan. With a flat fee of 80 francs per month, this new Swisscom plan includes 40 gigabytes of data roaming in Europe.
At the standard price (not the promotional offer), the Salt plan costs around 10 francs more per month than the Swisscom plan. But Salt’s plan does not limit data speed, offer unlimited data roaming (Swisscom has a 40-gigabyte allowance), and includes unlimited international calls in its flat fee.
Another difference is that the Plus Europe plan from Salt includes roaming in the U.S. and Canada in addition to Europe, whereas Swisscom’s inOne mobile go plan only includes roaming in Europe. Swisscom’s plan, for its part, includes 100 megabytes per month of data roaming outside of Europe. Though small, this allowance is valid for most countries around the world.
Like other plans which include data roaming allowances, the Plus Europe plan is a niche product designed for mobile users who frequently travel abroad. If you only occasionally go abroad on vacations or for long weekends, the Plus Europe plan will not give you the best value for money. Getting a plan which has a low base fee and does not include roaming allowances is a better financial move. You can then simply purchase a data roaming bundle or a roaming option ahead of traveling abroad.
What is surprising is the fact that Salt has not updated its Plus World plan in response to Swisscom’s launching of the inOne mobile premium plan. This Swisscom plan includes: 100 gigabytes of data roaming in Europe, the U.S. and Canada; 10 gigabytes of data roaming in some other countries (including Australia and Thailand); and 1 gigabyte of data roaming in certain other countries (including Costa Rica and Vietnam). By contrast, the Salt Plus World plan includes 5 gigabytes of data roaming in Europe and the U.S. and 1 gigabyte of data roaming in 170 other countries.
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