Communications in Switzerland
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Communications in Switzerland
Priority post is delivered within one day to Swiss addresses. Airmail within Europe takes three days.
Post office hours are Monday to Friday 0730-1200 and 1345-1830. Saturday closing is at 1100 except in major cities.
The country dialling code is 41.
On registering for a fixed telephone line, you will need to show your passport or residence permit and will have to pay a deposit, as well as installation charges if a new line is being installed. Switzerland has an extensive and excellent telephone network. Peak hours are between 0800 and 1700 when calls are 8p a minute. During the off-peak period, between 1700 and 0800, and on weekends and holidays, the charge is 4p a minute.
Switzerland has a very high rate of mobile phone users. Swisscom, Orange and Sunrise are the main providers in this market. Swisscom has the best network coverage, but Orange and Sunrise offer less expensive rates. The mobile phone system operates on a GSM network, and mobile phones from many other European countries will work there.
Voice over Internet Protocol
VoIP is a new technology which allows users to verbally communicate through their computer. Essentially a telephone call made using the internet, VoIP is becoming increasingly more common in the business world due to its low costs, and easy set-up and maintenance.
Forget installation engineers and phone number changes, as long as you have a broadband connection, you can use VoIP any time, any where.
For businesses, this software is sure to eventually phase out the traditional phonecall. For as low as 4p for local and national calls, the economical potential is vast. With international calls often even less than that, VoIP is perfect if you are prone to long-distance telecommunication, or have offices, clients, partners, etc, overseas. What's more, calls made between VoIP users are typically free all you pay for is the standard internet service.
E-commerce is booming in Switzerland, which continues to spend more per capita than any other country on telecommunications and information technology. A higher percentage of the population in Switzerland own PCs than in the UK, Germany, France or the US.