The Swiss pay hundreds of francs too much for their mobile phone subscription every year

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Many Swiss people pay hundreds of francs too much for their mobile phone subscription every year

Prepaid offers are often more worthwhile, but not for frequent users.

Many cell phone users could save money by using a prepaid card instead of a subscription. This is the conclusion of a study published on Tuesday by the Swiss online comparison service Moneyland.

After all, consumers mostly only considered subscriptions when choosing a mobile phone offer. According to the study, this is a mistake: prepaid offers are often clearly cheaper.

Using the four user profiles “infrequent users”, “normal users”, “data normal users” and “frequent users”, Moneyland determined which offers are the cheapest. According to telecom expert Ralf Beyeler, there were massive differences.

“Infrequent users”

Specifically, prepaid is the clear winner, especially when it comes to the profile of “infrequent users”, who only have a few short calls a month and use little mobile data. The cheapest prepaid offer costs just 51 francs in the first year and comes from Coop Mobile. Swisscom is behind the offer in cooperation with Coop.

For comparison: the cheapest mobile phone subscription without special offers costs 85.35 francs a year.

“Normal user”

For the “normal users” who use 2000 MB of data per month and make calls about 30 times for about three minutes each, the prepaid offers would also have the edge. The cheapest offer here is Aldi Suisse mobile, which is offered in cooperation with Sunrise.

The best offers for “normal users”

For comparison: the cheapest mobile phone subscription without special offers costs CHF 287.80 per year.

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“Normal data user”

In the case of the “normal data user”, who uses 2000 MB of data but only makes a single, roughly three-minute phone call per month, the prepaid provider Mucho wins the comparison with annual costs of 135 francs.

The best offers for “normal data users”

For comparison: the cheapest mobile phone subscription without special offers costs 167.20 francs a year.

“Frequent users”

A subscription only comes first for “frequent users” who want to surf and make unlimited calls. Without special offers, a contract with Lidl Connect (in cooperation with Salt) is the cheapest for a good 408 francs. However, there are also some prepaid offers that are only marginally more expensive.

The cheapest prepaid offers for frequent users

For comparison: the cheapest mobile phone subscription without special offers costs 408.40 francs a year.

Swiss mobile phone subscriptions and prepaid offers can be compared using Moneyland’s online tool.

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