SWISS launches its own ‘SWISS Mobile’ roaming SIM card
SWISS connects Switzerland with the world. And it now does so not only through its extensive network of attractive air connections but in telecommunications terms, too. With ‘SWISS Mobile’, SWISS’s new international prepaid SIM card, travelers can now avoid the high roaming fees that can be incurred during their stays abroad.
Attractive roaming rates worldwide
‘SWISS Mobile’ enables users to phone and surf in over 180 countries at rates that are up to 80% lower than the usual roaming fees. Calls can be made within the European Union, South Africa or Australia, for instance, for as little as CHF 0.14 per minute, while surfing costs as little as CHF 0.10 per megabyte. Within Switzerland calls cost CHF 0.19 per minute and surfing CHF 0.10 per megabyte, while incoming calls from over 50 countries are entirely free of charge. Users can also purchase additional data packages allowing them to surf the Internet at even more attractive rates.
The ‘SWISS Mobile’ roaming SIM card is available in all sizes, enabling it to be used with any of various generations of mobile phone. The new card should prove particularly attractive for frequent flyers; but it should also be a useful addition as a back-up card – for surfing on a tablet at home, for example.
Available now online
The ‘SWISS Mobile’ roaming SIM card costs CHF 29.90, with CHF 20.00 of this serving as the user’s starting credit. The card can be obtained online at swiss.com/swiss-mobile, and will also be available in SWISS’s inflight duty-free sales range from 1 November. As such, it can also be pre-ordered for duty-free purchase on the customer’s next SWISS flight, under the new Duty-Free Pre-Order Service which is a further SWISS Choice option.
9 new destinations from Geneva
From the start of the 2015 summer schedule, SWISS will offer 9 new direct routes from Geneva, with year-round service to Florence (4 times weekly), Sarajevo (twice weekly), Valencia (twice weekly), Skopje (twice weekly) and Lugano (16 times weekly). The cities of Palermo, Calvi and Thessaloniki, as well of Zakynthos Island, will be served on a seasonal basis during the summer.
Now customers travelling from Geneva have no fewer than 39 non-stop destinations to choose from.
US ESTA Application
On November 3, 2004, Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a release (http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/11/03/statement-secretary-johnson-security-enhancements-visa-waiver-program ) announcing new requirements under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). As a consequence, additional information must be provided by travelers wishing to enter the US using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). These new requirements should not impact on airlines operations, nor should they generate additional delays/disruptions, but passengers may require additional information in particular if they were used to the previous ESTA format. Note that travelers who have already applied for an ESTA do NOT need to submit another application.