The Federal Court considers the billing of third-party goods and services (such as value-added services) to pose a risk of possible money laundering or terrorist financing. This means that from 1 July 2020, the billing of third-party purchases will be subject to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA). As part of this court ruling, Swisscom will ensure that from 1 July 2020, no contractual partner may exceed the revenue limit of CHF 5,000.– per year with value-added services such as 090x numbers, SMS/MMS Business Numbers, Easypay and NATEL® Pay.
In order to implement compliance with the law by 1 July 2020, Swisscom is planning to take the following measures:
In recent years, Swisscom has taken legal action to defend this issue in the interests of its customers and the providers of value-added services, but unfortunately without success. We very much regret the measures that must now be implemented and therefore ask for your understanding.
We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions here:
No, the Federal Court has taken a decision in principle and considers the debt collection exemption and telecommunications legislation to be inapplicable. The judgement establishes that the billing of third-party services via the telephone bill is subject to the AMLA. This also applies for Swisscom’s competitors. Depending on the business model, the judgement may also affect other sectors.
For large customers, the use of value-added services will be blocked from June 29, 2020, since most customers exceed this threshold.
For the majority of private and SME customers, the new AMLA measures will have no noticeable impact. Only a small proportion of clients use more than CHF 5,000 per year for third-party services.
Before reaching the limit, and upon reaching approx. CHF 4,200.–, the customer will be informed that they will be blocked from consuming any further such value-added services. Upon reaching the threshold of CHF 5,000.–, the customer’s value-added services will be blocked. This blocking will remain in place for at least 12 months.
By SMS as a general rule. Customers that do not have a mobile phone contract with Swisscom will be contacted by e-mail or letter.
For large customers, the block on value-added services cannot be lifted either by the customer himself or via the customer service representative or other customer contact channels. For private and SME customers, the block can be lifted again after 12 months at the earliest. The customer must proactively contact Swisscom after 12 months to unblock their value-added services access.
The limitation of services (blocking value-added services) does not lead to a significant change in the basic telephony service and this shall not give the customer any entitlement to early termination of their contract. We refer to the General Terms and Conditions for Services of Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd, which are an integral part of the contract