|Communications In Switzerland|
|Telephone, mobile phone, fax, email, Internet,...even normal post!|
Internet & Email
With a few exceptions (such as the entirely-rebuilt Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains), St Moritz's hotel rooms have not been wired for the Internet. You may not find an Ethernet (RJ-14) port in your room.
At most St Moritz hotels there should be wireless (wi-fi) hotspots, which may or may not extend to your guest room. You may have to take your laptop to a certain area of the hotel to use it.
Many hotels have business centers in which you can use a computer connected to the Internet, for a fee. Smaller hotels may allow you to use the hotel computer, for a fee or for free.
Major airports and railway stations usually have Swisscom hotspots.
As in the rest of Europe, Switzerland uses the 900/1800 Mhz GSM mobile phone technology. If you are coming from the USA or Canada, you can use your mobile phone in Switzerland if it is a tri-band 900/1800/1900 Mhz phone. If it is not GSM (that is, if it is only CDMA or TDMA), it will not work in Europe.
If you plan to do a lot of calling in Switzerland, and you have an "unlocked" GSM mobile phone, you may want to buy a Swiss SIM card so you can call at local (Swiss) rates.
The telephone network is operated by Swiss Post, the Swiss postal service. Switzerland's country code is 41. St Moritz's city code is 81. To calll from city to city in Switzerland, first press 0. To call to another country, press 00. Further details for calling are available at any post office.
Most hotels will send and receive faxes for you, for a fee, as will the Swiss post office.
Visit the post office for stamps and information.
—by Tom Brosnahan