Overview: Best Prepaid Plans for Mobile Phone Users in Germany

There is a whole bunch of discount providers offering prepaid SIM cards in the German mobile phone market. While most of them sell their prepaid starter packages at their own web stores, which makes it necessary that the customer indicates a residence and a banking account in Germany, some prepaid SIM cards and prepaid vouchers are available at supermarkets, kiosks and gas stations. This is a selection easy-to-get prepaid price plans in Germany.

Using a mobile phone in Germany

Source: Vodafone

Buying a prepaid SIM card at one of these locations is easy. Customers just pay the purchase price, insert the SIM card into the cell phone’s SIM card slot and activate the SIM card. Sometimes the customer has to show his or her ID when buying a prepaid SIM card – this can also be an ID from another country. For activating the new prepaid SIM card the mobile phone user has to indicate his or her name, date of birth and address. Because these price plans come without a monthly fee they are suited for people, who are not making so many mobile phone calls themselves but want to be available for others all the time.

Such prepaid price plans are also suited for people traveling or staying in Germany for just some weeks or months such as exchange students, business men or tourists, because there is no long minimum term commitment. Calling credit can be topped up by buying vouchers at supermarkets, kiosks or gas stations, by SMS or phone call or sometimes by direct debit or by credit card.

Usually, there is no new cell phone in the starter package included so that the user who doesn’t have a device yet must buy a mobile phone separately. A new cell phone included in a prepaid starter package could have a SIM lock so that it cannot be used with another SIM card. Calling credit can be topped up by buying vouchers at supermarkets, kiosks or gas stations or sometimes by direct debit or by credit card.

Best Easy-to-Get Cell Phone Price Plans

 Provider,
 Price Plan
 (Network)
Purchase Price
(Credit)
Rates Tariff Options Stores
Blau 9-Cent
(E-Plus)
9.90
(10.00)
calls: 0.09/min.
voicemail: 0.00
SMS: 0.09/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
Flat for on-net calls: 3.90/mth.
Flat for calls to home phones: 9.90/mth
50 min. roaming calls in EU: 4.99/week
SMS flat: 9.90/mth
Mobile data flat (100 MB): 4.90/mth
Mobile data flat (1 GB): 9.90/mth
50 MB mobile data roaming in EU: 4.99/week
Aral, Media Markt, Netto, Real, Rossmann, Saturn
o.tel.o Handy-Karte
(Vodafone)
4.95
(5.00)
calls: 0.09/min.
voicemail: 0.00
SMS: 0.09/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
Flat rate for calls to home phones: 9.99/mth
SMS flat rate: 9.95/mth
3,000 SMS + mobile data flat rate (200 MB): 9.99
Mobile data flat rate (500 MB): 9.99/mth
Flat rate for calls to home phones and mobile phones: 19.99/mth
Lower rates for international calls from Germany: 1.99/mth
Euronics, Electronic Partner, Expert, Media Markt, Saturn
Lidl Mobile Classic
(O2)
9.95
(10.00)
calls: 0.09/min.
voicemail: 0.00
SMS: 0.09/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
(cost limit of 40.00/mth for calls, SMS and mobile data)
Flat rate for on-net calls and on-net SMS: 3.95/mth
Mobile data flat rate (500 MB): 6.95/mth
Mobile data roaming day flat in EU (10 MB): 3.00/day
400 units (calling minutes or text messages) and mobile data flat rate with 300 MB high-speed traffic per month with a 1-month minimum term: 9.95/mth
Lidl
Aldi Talk
(E-Plus)
12.99
(10.00)
on-net calls: 0.03/min.
other calls: 0.11/min.
voicemail: 0.00
on-net SMS: 0.03/SMS
other SMS: 0.11/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
Flat rate for on-net calls and on-net SMS: 2.99/mth
Flat rate for on-net calls and on-net SMS + flat for calls to home phones: 12.99/mth
300 units (calling minutes or SMS) for calls or SMS to home phones or mobiles phones + flat rate for on-net calls and on-net SMS + mobile data flat rate with 300 MB high speed traffic (up to 7.2 mbps): 7.99/mth
2000 units (calling minutes or SMS) for calls or SMS to home phones or mobiles phones + flat rate for on-net calls and on-net SMS + mobile data flat rate with 500 MB high speed traffic (up to 7.2 mbps): 19.99/mth
60 min. roaming calls in EU: 4.99/week
Aldi
Congstar Prepaid
(Telekom)
9.99
(10.00)
calls: 0.09/min.
voicemail: 0.00
SMS: 0.09/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
Flat for on-net calls: 2.90/mth.
Flat for on-net calls and on-net SMS: 3.90/mth.
100 min. for calls: 7.90/mth
Flat for calls to home phones: 9.90/mth
3,000 SMS: 9.90/mth
Mobile data day flat (200 MB/mth): 0.99/day
Mobile data flat (200 MB): 7.90/mth
Mobile data flat (500 MB): 9.90/mth
Mobile data flat (1 GB): 12.90/mth
50 MB mobile data roaming in EU: 4.99/week
Kaufland, Netto, Real, Rossmann, Telekom
Tchibo Mobil
(O2)
9.95
(5.00)
calls: 0.09/min.
voicemail: 0.00
SMS: 0.09/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
50 min. for calls: 2.95/mth
100 min. for calls: 5.95/mth
Flat for on-net calls: 2.95/mth
Flat for calls to home phones: 9.95/mth
Flat for all calls: 24.95/mth
50 SMS: 2.95/mth
100 SMS: 5.95/mth
SMS flat: 9.95/mth
Mobile data day flat (1 GB/mth): 2.95/day
Mobile data flat (300 MB): 6.95/mth
Mobile data flat (500 MB): 9.95/mth
100 calling minutes, 100 text messages (SMS) and a mobile data flat rate with 300 MB high-speed traffic: 9.95/mth
Tchibo
Edeka Mobil
(Vodafone)
9.99
(10.00)
calls: 0.09/min.
voicemail: 0.00
SMS: 0.09/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
Flat rate for calls to home phones: 9.99/mth
Flat rate for on-net calls and on-net SMS: 2.99/mth
SMS flat rate: 9.95/mth
Mobile data flat rate (500 MB): 9.95/mth
Edeka
Penny Mobil
(Telekom)
9.95
(5.00)
calls: 0.09/min.
voicemail: 0.00
SMS: 0.09/SMS
Data: 0.24/MB
Flat rate for calls to home phones: 9.99/mth
3,000 SMS: 9.95/mth
Mobile data flat rate (200 MB): 6.99/mth
Mobile data flat rate (500 MB): 9.99/mth
Penny

(This is a selection of real prepaid plans in Germany that are available at stores, kiosks and gas stations and that come without any monthly or minimum charges. Prices for calls, SMS and mobile Internet within Germany in euro. In brackets: highspeed volume per month. Last Update: March 10, 2013)

Network Coverage in Germany

GSM networks in Germany operate in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands, 3G networks in the 1900 and 2100 MHz frequency band. With a prepaid SIM card for the networks of Telekom (T-Mobile), Vodafone, E-Plus (Base) and Telefónica Germany (O2) customers usually have access to 3G services with up to 7.2 mbps (download) – depending on network coverage and capacity. Please check the network coverage maps of the German operators:

Overview: Best Prepaid Plans for Mobile Phone Users in Germany
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142 thoughts on “Overview: Best Prepaid Plans for Mobile Phone Users in Germany

  1. Jennifer

    Thank you for this service – I think it is super helpful.

    I will be in Germany for 2 months beginning in early May. I will likely be bringing my own unlocked BlackBerry Tour 9630 from the US, and buying a German SIM card to put in it.

    I was looking at the website for the O2-o plan after reading some of your writings here. I do read German so I got the basic idea of what it is – 25-Euro start up cost, decent rates for calls and texts within Germany, no monthly fee, 50-Euro maximum charge for calls within Germany per month, and no minimum contract length. Plus you can sign up for their Global Friends plan and call to foreign numbers relatively inexpensively. Did I understand the tarif plan correctly?

    If I wanted to do this, would I just need to go to an O2 store when I arrive over there? I am flying into Frankfurt, and I will be living in Augsburg, so this shouldn’t be too hard. If I got this plan, would they just give me a German SIM card to put in my phone? Would it give me a German phone number?

    Also, I assume the O2-o plan I described above does not include data, so I won’t be able to access email or the internet from my phone (and probably also not send any BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) texts). Right? That might be okay actually – I mainly just want to call and text within Germany, and call back home if necessary.

    I’m sorry this message is so long. Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer. I will check back in a few days. :-)

    Jennifer

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    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Jennifer -

      you can buy a pay as you go SIM card with O2-o tariff for € 14.99 at O2 Germany stores. You have to show your ID when doing this. Charges are the same as with O2-o postpaid, there is also a monthly cost limit of € 50.00 for calls and SMS within Germany and the Global Friends tariff option.

      http://www.o2online.de/nw/tarife/prepaid/o2-prepaid.html

      Alternatives are: Lidl Mobile SIM cards at Lidl supermarkets or Fonic at O2 Germany stores. Fonic and Lidl Mobile offer a monthly cost limit of € 40.00 for calls and SMS and prices per minute of € 0.09 to home phones in 50 countries or of € 0.29 to mobiles in 50 countries:

      http://www.fonic.de/html/prepaid-handy-tarif-9-cent-billig-telefonieren.html

      Unfortunately, there is no prepaid Blackberry offer in Germany. Maybe you can talk the guys at the O2 Germany store about it and share the information they are giving you with us.

      Bjoern

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  2. Dan

    Bjoen,

    I’m a little confused about the data plan options. I’m planning on spending only 3 days in Frankfurt/Garmisch and onto Lucerne and Italy. I would like to use my ipad2 for data access only (as well as a skype backup with my office in Palo Alto, CA). I assume I would get a prepaid SIM card for my ipad2 (since the iphone 4 is not able yet to be unlocked), so one chart has multiple carriers offering flat rate plans (about 9.95/month for 200 mb) and the other charts talk about charges of .24 to .35/MB. Which charge applies to the type of SIM card I would need for this very short trip? Also, will the card work in Switzerland without huge data-roaming charges, or is it primarily limited to using while I’m in Southern Germany? Thanks. Dan

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  3. Bjoern Post author

    Hi Dan -

    - € 0.24 or € 0.35 per megabyte is the regular price for mobile Internet access when you do have booked a tariff option. But in most pay as you go tariffs in Germany you can also book a mobile data tariff option such as a flat rate for something around € 10.00 for a 30-day period (ususally with 200 MB to 500 MB for faster downloads and uploads). Just ask the guys in the mobile phone shop you are buying your SIM card at (or you can do it on-line later on).

    - There will be mobile data roaming charges for sure when you use a German SIM card in Switzerland. I would rather buy a Swiss prepaid SIM card in Lucerne if I were you. Or look for free WiFi hotspots.

    Hope that helps.

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  4. Hubert

    Hi Bjoern,
    How often do I need to recharge my SIM in o2 prepaid offer before it expires? What’s the way to check the expiry date abroad?
    Regards
    Hubert

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Hubert -

      O2 Germany says it is possible to check the expiration date of the prepaid account balance by dialing *102# and then the green speaking key. After a prepaid contract has been canceled, you can always ask your provider to pay you the money back when there is a positive balance.

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    2. Bjoern Post author

      Sorry, I didn’t really answer your question. When you have the O2 o or the O2 Loop prepaid tariff of O2 Germany, you have to recharge your prepaid account every six months. At least that’s what the general terms and conditions of O2 Germany say.

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  5. Vikrant

    Hi,

    I’m a traveller to Munich and just bought data flat coupon for EUR 15 in addition to a EUR 5 prepaid SIM. What do I do to activate the data flat plan? Can I send a text message to 5667? If so what should the message contain? Since I do not understand German it is difficult to comprehend or even find out the answer to my questions on O2 Germany’s website. Any help is would be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Vikrant

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  6. o2

    Hi Vikrant,
    You can activate the Internet Pack with Smartphone-Option (15 EUR per month) by sending a SMS with the text “Start INETMOPT” to 5667.
    For more information pls call our customer service under 0179 55 282

    Best Regards
    o2

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  7. Andreas

    I will be travelling through Germany soon and am also interested in the best (and fastest performing) deals for USB modems using pre-paid sim cards.
    Can you recommend any particular network(s)?
    Andreas

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      It depends on where you go. In bigger cities you get fast transmissions over all four networks, on the countryside it might be completely different. Telekom, Vodafone and O2 Germany probably have the best 3G network coverage at the moment and Vodafone and O2 Germany offer 3G web sticks with pay as you tariffs in their shops. Take a look at the offers (Vodafone Websessions and O2 Prepaid Surfstick) here:

      http://www.phone-guide-germany.com/overview-prepaid-umts-surf-stick/3613/

      Reply
  8. Sergei

    I bought edeka starter kit last weekend in the Edeka shop however it didn’t started to work. I assume thats because SIM card need to be activated somehow. Kit included some registration form (which don’t have country option). I found the same form online. Does that mean that foreigners are not supposed to use that SIM ?

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    1. Bjoern Post author

      That’s right, you have to activate the SIM card first. You can either do it on-line at https://www.edeka-mobil.de/freischalten.html or by calling the customers service at 01805 – 655 611 61 or by sending the registration card that you find in the starter package by mail to EDEKA mobil, Kundenbetreuung, Postfach 100 954, 76263 Ettlingen or by fax to 01805 – 655 611 71. If the on-line registration form doesn’t work you should maybe try the hotline.

      Reply
  9. Cecilia

    Hi,

    I have a Fonic prepaid sim, but I haven’t subscribed to the mobile internet plan yet. I wonder if the 500mb data limit for surfing includes the volume of data uploads? Also, any idea to how much 500mb amounts to if I would mainly use that for VOIP and google maps?

    Thanks!

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    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Cecilia -

      it includes data volume of downloads and uploads. I cannot say how much data traffic you should expect for using Google Maps and for VoIP, I think, it is something around 80 mbps in each direction. I guess it is possible that you check in your smart-phone menu how much data traffic these services are responsible for when actually using them – and then post guideline figures here in this forum so that we all know ;)

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  10. Cesar

    I had a question about the edeka mobile service. I was on their website and saw that they had a flat rate for mobile Internet surfing for 9.99. I could not find if there was a monthly max like alot of other discount services have. Most have a 500mb/month limit and I was wondering if that was thr same with edeka. Also are things like instant messaging restricted like how o.tel.o restricts VoIP and instant messaging? Thanks!

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    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Ceasar -

      there is a 500 MB data volume limit per month for transfers with 3G speed of up to 3.6 mbps (download). I haven’t found anything at the Edeka Mobil website that concerns possible restrictions on instant messaging.

      Bjoern

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  11. Cecilia

    Thanks for the prompt reply!

    After searching for awhile, maybe this could be useful for people to grasp how much their data plans equate to in actual usage.
    http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/2273/63/

    I wonder if Fonic prepaid would be the best choice, if I will mainly use my iPhone for its internet function (VoIP, chat and maps)?? I only make around 10 calls and SMS per month respectively. Or would you suggest something else? Cheers!

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  12. Bjoern Post author

    Thanks for posting the link, Cecilia!

    It is hard to tell which is the “best choice”. This also depends on network coverage and stuff like that. But I think, Fonic is not the wrong choice because there is no monthly fee, so you only pay when you use certain mobile services. And around € 10.00 is a common price for a 30-day flat rate tariff for mobile Internet access in Germany.

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  13. Brian

    I am living in Germany for a few years and have a Blackberry provided for work. Since I travel widely through Europe on a weekly basis, I need to have a data plan and a netbook or tablet for personal use. The question is, which provider gives the best roaming rates? It’s really not practical for me to have 15 different SIM cards! :) Thanks for your input. Aloha.

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  14. Michal Shai

    Hello
    I read your pre-paid phones and data article very carefully (thanks a million), and got stuck in the coverage maps, where not all information can be translated to English, and terms like “Anzeigepflightiger standort nach” are not clear to me even when translated.
    So I will appreciate some help:
    I will be staying in Germany for 3.5 weeks, starting July 28th, in Bad Fuessing (near Passau).
    I am interested in having 2 SIMs for talking, but most important – internet access for 1 month, working 3-4 hours/day.
    I saw O2 has : Data flat (1 GB for 7.2 mbps) for 15.00/mth that can be purchased from O2 stores.
    Also: E-PLus – Data Flat (5 GB for 7.2 mbps): 19.90/mth provided by Igge & Ko in Plaza & Sky shops.
    Questions:
    Is Bad Fuessing decently covered by any of these? in the same transfer rates ?
    I am landing in Munich airport. Can I purchase the SIMs and the Internet SIM there? Where Exactly ?
    If not – are there shops in Pocking or in Bad Fuessing ?
    I already have an old “stick” by another German provider (3 years old).
    Can I use it or do I have to buy a stick too ?
    How do I activate the internet and the SIMs after I buy them ?
    I will appreciate a quick response.

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Michal – I do not have any information about specific shops in Munich or Bad Fuessing. Please check while you are there. There should be a possibility to find a shop of a mobile phone provider or you can even buy SIM cards and web sticks at Aldi and Lidl supermarkets. The O2 offer with 1 GB data volume for € 15.00 per month seems like a good choice. Other prepaid plans you will find here:

      http://www.phone-guide-germany.com/overview-prepaid-plans-germany/4299/

      You can also use your older web stick of a German provider unless it is unlocked. It might allow only slower data transfer rates though. And network coverage: As long as you stay in cities you should be doing fine with any network.

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  15. damien

    hello im in the army gonna be stationed at baumholder and was wondering a bout cell phone plans and the rates for calling to the states

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  16. Oded

    Hi,
    First thanks for this great project, very useful!
    I’ll be traveling to south Germany for ten days this August, and neither of my three accommodations have wifi, so I thought of using my iphone 4′s “mini router” feature (think they call it tethering), with a local 3g sim card + a fat data plan.
    From the maps you provided (thanks again!) I realized that only Vodafone and Tmobile offer 3G coverage at the areas I’ll be staying.
    So here are my questions:
    Will Tmobile/Vodaphone allow me (if I add a data plan) to use skype (over 3G) and tether other devices to my iphone? or it’s strickly for web browsing with my phone?
    I’ll need at least 3GB, for that period, what do you think is my best option?
    Thanks
    Oded

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  17. Umesh

    Hi!
    We are in Germany for 4 months and would like to have cellphones primarily to be reachable while we are traveling. We already have SIM-unlocked phones from US.
    Someone suggested Simyo and Lebara. Any opinion on those?
    Also, how do these things work when we travel in Europe, outside of Germany? Are there any cards particularly suitable for that purpose?
    Thank you very much.

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Sorry guys, I too busy right now to check comments every day. I’ll be back for good next week. Just a short reply: If you are looking for a SIM card so that others can reach you in Germany, you can take any of these in this overview:

      http://www.phone-guide-germany.com/overview-prepaid-plans-germany/4299/

      Simyo is a good choice, too, but you cannot buy a Simyo SIM card on the street. Blau offers the same price plan and is available at certain electronic retails stores or drug stores like Media Markt, Saturn, Real or Rossmann. Both Simyo and Blau use the E-Plus network.

      If you want to use your cell phonewhile traveling in other countries than Germany, I recommend you get a prepaid card of a home provider of each country you travel to (because of roaming charges) or – if you travel in EU member states – you try to avoid long calls on a regular basis. For more information on the so-called Eurotariff please read:

      http://www.phone-guide-germany.com/roaming-prices-calls-sms-eu/6021/

      Please consider that you also pay a certain amount per minute for incoming calls when roaming.

      For mobile Internet in other EU memeber states with a German prepaid SIM card such as Blau please check rates here:

      http://www.phone-guide-germany.com/traveling-german-sim-card-smart-phone/5950/

      For low-rate calls from Germany to other countries please check:

      http://www.phone-guide-germany.com/prepaid-tariffs-international-calls-germany-technology/2306/

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  18. Padme

    Hi, thank you very much for the many great info you have provided on your website.

    I am sorry to ask but I’m in Germany, I dont speak German (yet) and have no one else to ask.

    When I arrived 2 weeks ago, I bought an O2 SIMcard (15E) + topup card (15E) + internet card 1G/month (15E). My question is:
    When my cards are up and need top-up, what kind of cards can I buy? I suppose I can use Tchibo, Fonic or O2, NOT cards from Vodafone and Telekom. Is that right? Are there any differences in qualities? Because otherwise for internet data, I would opt for Fonic or Tchibo (cheaper) :)

    When my 1G is gone, can I still surf the internet with lower speed or no internet at all?
    Many many thanks.

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      I don’t think that Fonic or Tchibo top-up cards will work for a regular O2 SIM card. Ask in a kiosk or at an O2 shop for an O2 top-up card.

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  19. cindy

    hello, i’m traveling to europe once a year, arriving in germany, and it would be great to keep the same phone number. which sim cards can i refill online, using a (U.S.) credit card? i see cards that require a bank transfer (too costly from north america), or are easy to refill if you can buy a top-up from a local store, but i have the impression that online top-up is uncommon.

    i’m happy to buy a sim card on arrival in germany, and i’ll have access to a computer & local address (my friend’s) to activate it. i don’t need data and won’t call north america – primarily i want to be able to text, to german and other european phone numbers, both from germany and from other locations in europe.

    thank you for any help!!

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  20. Johan

    My 15yr old daughter is going from SouthAfrica to northern Germany just below Denmark for ten weeks. She has Blackberry ‘s BBM over here and will have Internet and Skype access at the school she’s staying at. Mainly want her to have ability :
    1. Emergency calls there and back to SouthAfrica.
    2. Blackberry Internet and messaging for email and text with friends and family.
    3. Be able to receive our voice calls from SA, whether landline, cell or Skype.

    Q1 do Germans pay for incoming calls?
    Q2 is there really and still no way to have BB Internet and messaging without a mobile contract? Even not if buy €xyz data prepaid of a few Gb????

    Thank you very much!

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  21. Bob Holliday

    Hello//
    We expect to travel in Germany in October (from US). Just a few weeks. I’m interested in mobile-to-mobile in Germany, SMS, and unlimited data for internet and Skype. Will be using an Android phone. Several Internet sites in the US offer prepaid SIM cards for ORTEL. Purchase here and install there. You do not mention ORTEL in your evaluations — is there a reason for this? Perhaps they are part of someone else’s network.

    Also, is free WiFi generally available in Germany? Libraries, coffee houses, etc?

    thanks,

    Bob Holliday

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  22. Ryan

    Hi
    I am looking at the o2 o prepaid sim, what do you mean by this , “free flat-rates for 30 days for topping up more than € 15.00″
    Does it mean if i top up more than 15 euros for that month i enjoy free calls and SMSes for the month?

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  23. dinesh

    i am traving to germany for one week to attend anuga.
    which company sim should i buy and what are the charges for calling india from germany.

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  24. David

    Hello I will be visiting Munich for 3 days in November and I wanted to have data on my Android phone so I can use Google maps to get around and find places to visit. I don’t need minutes since I can use data for messages and calls. Is there any carrier where I can get a sim card with 1gb of data for those 3 days and how much will it cost me to buy the card, activate it and pay for the data. Also hows the weather in November. Thank you

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi David -

      there are several providers offering prepaid plans with tariff options with 1 GB data volume per month for mobile Internet access, for example Blau, Simyo, Tchibo. Please check the table overview. Regarding the wheather: I don’t really know about Munich, because I am living up north and east, but I would expect some rain :)

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  25. Gerry

    Hi Bjoern,

    I will be traveling to Germany at the end of the month for business for 10 days. I will be taking my Iphone 4 and wanted to know if any sim card (would be great if I can get a mini sim, but learned that I can actually cut it to fit) with good data plan would work. I probably won’t be calling much so the data plan is the most important.

    Thanks for all your help and great info. Viel Spass.

    Gerry

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    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Gerry – as long as your iPhone is unlocked, any micro SIM card will work. And yes, you can trim a regular SIm card to fit into the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, but be careful when doing so. You might want to use a stencil or mask or whatever this thing helping you to cut it is called.

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  26. Mobfyman

    Hello Bjoern.

    I’ve lived in germany for 2 weeks. Sorry,my englich is not good. I have a question about internet packages.

    1. Tscibo(E.g.) buys internet from O2 or Tscibo is the sub Unit of O2 ?

    2. If Tscibo(E.g.) buy it from O2. Why Tschibo’s Tariff is cheaper than O2′s Tarif ? How is the diferrent of quallity of internet between Tscibo and O2?

    3.Please sorting the quallity of internet signal from 4 big companys, Vodafone T-mobile O2 E-plus.
    Please give me an advice.

    Thank you very much for your answers. ^^

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  27. Rina

    Dear Bjoern,
    I intend to visit Berlin in Germany in December for 10 days.
    I own a Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000T.
    I am interested in using my mobile mainly for travelling using the Internet the whole day.
    Which deal would you suggest me?
    Thanks for your advise.
    Best regards. Rina

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  28. Krystal

    I have an unlocked 8520 BB I bought the callya sim card packet for 19.94euros but it doesn’t work I can’t use my BBM

    Help

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  29. Matthew

    Hi, I will be travelling to Germany in 2 weeks also going to Austria, Italy, Switzerland and france. I have an unlocked iPhone 4. If I buy a prepaid SIM In Germany, is there data roaming charges when in other countries? Is there a good option for all these countries, I am more interested in data for my smartphone rather than call rates as I will not be making many calls, just using the phone for geocaching.
    Thanks
    Matthew

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  30. peter skene

    What a great website,thank you for your imput…My question has been asked and no doubt answered already,but i am going to be in Munich for 1 week and want a sim for data only for google maps,facebook uploading photos etc.
    I know where the O2 shop is so can i just go in and ask for a sim card and ask them to load it up with the correct tarrif in the shop so i dont need to call anyone or use the internet to do it?

    Reply
  31. badri

    HI bJEORN.
    IAM BADRI FROM INDIA….IAM COMING TO GERMANY FOR MY POST GRADUATION….MY PARENTS DO STAY IN INDIA ITSELF SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHICH IS THE BEST OPERATOR WHICH PROVIDES CHEAP CALLING RATES TO INDIA AND ALSO I’LL BE MOSTLY USING SKYPE(24/7) AND SURFING INTERNET(24/7) SO PLEASE SUGGEST ME THE BEST OPERATOR WITH CHEAP CALL& DATA RATES
    THANK YOU

    Reply
  32. brook

    i will only be visiting Germany for 2 weeks, so the prepaid option over a month one is what i’m looking for. your tables have helped so much!! i have a blackberry and i will be calling/texting german cell phones not home lines and possibly texting american numbers. i will also need internet service to receive emails (i assume) i am finding it difficult to get a SIM card with all of these options….is this possible??

    Reply
  33. Abdul

    Hi,

    Just arrived in Germany couple days ago, I already bought O2 prepaid sim kit, they check my ID at the store and activated the sim and gave me a number and, but I just paid for the sim, does anyone have an idea on how to get the 5GB internet and couple of hundreds of minutes and how much is going to cost.

    In the US, I have a $70.00 unlimited text, voice and 5GB of data at 4G speed. I there something similar here in Germany?

    Reply
  34. Umer

    Hi All !! Can anyone advice me about buying an HTC Sensation smartphone? I am new here and wanna buy one. The only confusion is, should I buy the phone independently with full price or should I go for Contract with Operator. I am here for next 3 or 4 years. If I go in contract, I want cheaper monthly flat internet/sms (or may be On-Net flat) rate. Can pay more for mobile, but monthly least rate. Please guide me. Which operator is best for me.

    Reply
  35. shauna

    hi i have a blackberry bold 9900 and i am now liviing in germany .. in uk you pay 15 a month and get you bbm can you do this is germany with 02?? thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Shauna -

      at O2 you have to book a Blackberry tariff option which is available for all O2 Blue price plans and which costs € 5.00 extra.

      Reply
  36. Sunny

    My granddaughter is going to be a exchange student at the University of Heidelburg starting in February thru July. What type of cell phone service, phone etc. should she invest in. What’s best for the 5 months she’s in Germany. Will she be able to contact family in America?
    Thank you for your help.

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Sunny -

      I suggest she decides on a prepaid plan of providers such as Fonic, Lidl, Aldi, Blau or Edeka. They offer cheap rates for calls within Germany and to the US.For calls to the US she could also use Skype on her PC when she has access to broadband Internet – that is even cheaper.

      Reply
  37. Chiara

    Hi guys,

    I am lost and cannot find what I need. Maybe you could advise?

    I am in Germany and would need:

    - Many SMS to Italy
    - A few calls to Italy
    - Many SMS within Germany
    - A few calls within Germany
    - Internet (High-speed, large data volume) in Germany but also abroad

    I am not really keen on contracts…would you have any suggestion, please?

    Thanks a mill,
    Chiara

    Reply
  38. Brady

    the comments and suggestions are great, many thanks.
    I have been traveling to southern Germany for several years now, being self employed I quite often work while traveling. I researched the sim cards and plans and found that Tchibo was basically O2 mobile and offered inexpensive prepaid plans (compared to Canadian providers) 19.95€ 1gb of data for 30 days at a time. I basically jump off the plane in Frankfurt, go directly to the local O2 shop in the airport and buy a 20€ topup card. Voila in 30 seconds i have my german sim card working in my unlocked BlackBerry. Internet and phone is good everywhere but why does BIS emails and BBM not work? Deutscheland has BB’s it just doesnt make sense, i was at an O2 shop and they said that BB is just not allowed access on prepaid? Is there any way around this? I am in germany at my inlaws for a month every summer.

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  39. Patrick Higgins

    Hi Guys,

    I am visiting Germany several times this year. first trip for the year next week for 12 days. Then 5 week later in the year. I have an unlocked iPhone 4 and would like to know the best place with mainly data down load so I can use skype etc. Looked at several plans but still not sure if I need to sign up for an exstended period. I will be travelling mainly in Germany but it would be handy to be able to go across the boarder into Holand or other near countries and still have the phone working.

    Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

    Thanks, Patrick

    Reply
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  41. Savitree

    Hi,
    I will traval in germany in this summer about 2 weeks.and I need to use mobile phone during im there.My friends they let me use they mobile phone but not includ sim-card.
    so i want to know how much i need to pay for sim-card.and where i can buy it.I’m not need to use for international call,jast only from friends to friends.

    Thank you

    p.s sorry for my english

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  42. Bill

    Hi
    What is the easiest way to use mobile in Germany and Switzerland?
    I am in Sydney and have an iphone 4s and a palm trio phone.
    I have unlocked them
    I was planning to order online, a prepaid sim with 1000mb and 19 euro phone credits for 3 weeks.
    Other option is to buy a sim in Germany and activate it.
    Any other options?
    I like it simply and easy!
    Do you know any websites i can look at re the above.
    Cheers

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Bill -

      I don’t really know the rates of international roaming SIM cards. I guess that is what you are talking about? The other option is to buy a prepaid SIM card in Germany as well as in Switzerland once you are there.

      Reply
  43. Gaby

    Hi Bjoern,

    What is the best plan to use my Iphone in GER? I’d like:

    -Internet 3G or so (YT videos,etc)
    -Few calls, SMS
    -SKYPE

    As far as I know only O2 allows VOIP, right? The plans all inclusive for Iphone with O2 are expensive and allow little monthly traffic on the Internet.

    Can I still use SKYPE x calls and video on an O2 dataplan?

    Appreciate any suggestions.

    Thank you for your time,
    Gaby

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Gaby -

      O2 does allow VoIP only in its O2 Blue L price plan which costs € 59.99 per month. If you are looking for low-rate plan on the O2 network, I suggest the Fonic or Lidl Mobil prepaid plans. Here you pay what you actually use – 9 cents per call or SMS within Germany. And you can book a Handy Internet Flat for mobile Internet for € 9.95 per month. It is a flat rate tariff but your data transfer speeds might be reduced to GPRS level for the remaining days of a month once you have used more than 500 MB data volume in a month. You get the Fonic SIM card at kiosks, the Lidl Mobil SIM card at Lidl supermarkets.

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  44. Gaby

    Hi Bjoern,

    The Fonic Handy-Internet-Flatrate looks pretty good.

    -Can I use SKYPE with this plan?

    -It says: Keine autom. Verlängerung. Is this only for the trial month?

    -For the “Guthaben aufladen” in Mein Fonic, do I use a German back account?

    Thanks a lot!
    Gaby

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    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Gaby -

      - Fonic does not prohibit Voice over IP so you may use Skype with the Handy Internet Flat
      - on the web site it says: “automatische Verlängerung” so the mobile data flat rate tariff option will always be extended until the customer cancels it; it could be though that this does not apply for the trial month
      - you can top up automatically via banking account or you buy a prepaid voucher

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  45. Joe

    Hi!

    I’ll be traveling to Germany in a couple of weeks. My friend is joining me there a few days later and I wanted to know about the requirements for registering pre-paid sim cards. I had planned to purchase one for myself to use in my unlocked phone but can I purchase one for her without registering it? Can I register it in her name? I’d like to have one ready for her to use when she gets there but not sure what’s involved in purchasing/registering. Any advise you have would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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  46. Shraddha

    I am student of University of Konstanz and will stay in Konstanz for 2yrs.I have unlocked GSM cellphone bought in India(Samsung Galaxy) Which prepaid plan shall I buy to call in germany or may be occasionally Switzerland to mobile/home phones. I will call India back on SKYPE through internet.Is it advisable to buy internet service on cell phone when flat rate connection is available in student accommodation
    Thanks for guidance

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      That depends on your usage. As long as you need on-line services only for Skype calls, I would say it does not make sense to get and pay for an extra mobile data plan.

      Reply
  47. Norman Hirsch

    I’ll be going to Europe with my wife, landing in Germany and going from Germany to Czech Republic for a couple days, Austria for a couple days, Switzerland for one day, then back to Germany and then a day in Belgium, 2 days Amsterdam and then back to Germany for a few days, total 19 days in Europe. I’d like to have a GSM card with reasonable rates in Germany and roaming in other places plus I want a data plan so I can walk around the cities using Google Maps and know where I am. Unlimited data would be great and won’t need more than month obviously. What would you suggest for unlocked GSM Android phone? The car I will have also has a GSM phone module I can stick a GSM SIM inside.

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  48. John Dean

    Hallo Bjoern,
    I will be traveling and living in Germany soon for 5 months.

    I have a friend in Germany who has E Plus as a provider for her mobile, I have Vodafone here in New Zealand.
    She can call and SMS my mobile here and other countries in Europe, I can also receive her SMS.
    I can call her on my phone but when I SMS her she never receives, my phone however tells me that the SMS message has gone.

    Can you inform me of the problem ?

    When I arrive in Germany I will be getting a German SIM card for my iPhone 4

    Thanks for your advice.

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi John – I cannot explain or even guess why your SMS don’t reach your friend. But I have noticed it myself in the past that sometimes international SMS don’t get through or take days.

      Reply
  49. Lu

    Hello! Thanks for your comparison, it’s great! Anyway, I’m gonna stay in Germany for only 6 months with my husband and I’m looking for a plan where I can call and reveive calls to/from his mobile with the lowest possible tarif. Is there such thing here? I’m not interested in any other types of calls, I use the home phone for those.

    Thanks a lot for your help!

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Lu -

      if both of you get the Edeka Mobil prepaid SIM card you can book a flat rate tariff option for so-called community calls (€ 2.95 per month). You get the Edeka Mobil SIM card at Edeka grocery stores. You will be using the Codafone network then.

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  50. Hari

    Hello,
    I will be travelling with my family to Europe later this month. We will be spending 3 days in Germany, 6 days in Austria and 1 day in Italy. Is there any prepaid SIM which gives me free (or reasonably priced) incoming calls in all these places? If so, will it be available at Munich airport?

    Thank you very much for your help.
    -Hari

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      Hi Hari – I cannot really recommend any international roaming SIM cards because I don’t know the offers available good enough. Sorry!

      Reply
  51. James

    There is a typo in the Aldi listing — Aldi Talk says their smartphone package is “5GB” for 7.99 — it’s actually *500MB*. That would be far and away the best data plan, otherwise….

    Reply
  52. Lisa

    We are going to a trade show in Dusseldorf. We need a mobile phone for the month to call back to USA. Which service has the best rates for Germany to USA calls and what are the prices.

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      You could get a prepaid SIM card of Fonic or Lidl Mobile which will charge you 9 cents per minute for calls to home phones in the US or 29 cents per minute for calls to mobile phones in the US.

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  53. Sam

    what a wonderful service bjoern.

    i am using my friend’s SIM on O2 while I am here in Germany for 6 months. hers is pay as you go and tied to her bank account. i think her bill gets paid automatically from her bank account. but i have no idea what the calls are costing. she does not remember what type of plan she has. is it possible to go to O2 store and figure out from the number what her plan is?

    second question,

    I should get my own SIM now and return hers. i would like to use my phone for a) calls to US — many calls to US actually, b) calls to landline and other mobiles in DE, and c) SMS occasionally. I will never use data on my phone (not possible…old phone). What should I get? Since it is my only phone, I would like to have good coverage. The O2 seems fine for coverage actually.

    Reply
    1. Bjoern Post author

      You could get a prepaid SIM card of Fonic or Lidl Mobile which will charge you 9 cents per minute for calls to home phones and mobile phones in Germany, 9 cents per minute for calls to home phones in the US or 29 cents per minute for calls to mobile phones in the US.

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  54. Chance

    Hi im traveling to germany in about two months and want a prepaid plan that includes internet. I have looked at Telecom and from what I can get u can pay 99 cants on the Euro for unlimited data for the day. Is this right???

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  55. Paul

    Hi Bjoern, thanks for providing such excellent information.

    I will be in Germany for a month and will bring my nokia mobile. I can connect this to my laptop and then the internet.

    My usage will be different from day to day perhaps some days not at all, perhaps on other days up to 100 Mb. I would envisage a total usage of between 500 and 1000 Mb over the whole month.
    Best value for flexibility of use is what I’m after.

    Can you explain how the data rates on the Vodafone CallYa 5/15 work?

    What exactly does
    “mobile data flat (200 MB/mth for 7.2 mbps): 0.99/day, 2.99/week or 9.99/mt” mean?

    If I take the daily option, how much Mb do I get? And do I have to pay that every day even if I don’t use it?

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  56. Cheryl

    Hi Bjoern…and thank you for your assistance in advance. I will be spending 11 weeks near Sonthofen in Southern Germany. My blackberry is unlocked and I just purchased the Ipad 2 to Skype with friends and family. Both will need a sim card, I have read about activating the card, using the right company, tariffs, what company to use, etc. I find it all rather confusing, I thought it was as simple as putting in the card and good to go? Do I get a new phone number with that sim card, how does that work? I have been told there is not a lot of wireless available where I will be traveling.

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    1. Steven

      Cheryl,
      I use a prepaid Vodafone.de sim for my BlackBerry Bold 9000. I think there were 3 or 4 plans available and I chose the most economical which is 9.99 Euro a month. I’m pretty frugal on my Internet surfing and texting so it works for me. I went to France recently and even with roaming charges I didn’t exceed my monthly limits. Whenever possible though, I’d use wifi to suppliment my Internet access.

      See article posted by Bjoern:
      http://phone-guide-germany.com/blackberry-prepaid-vodafone-germany/5937/

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  57. Usha

    Hello,

    I have just moved to Herborn,Germany.I need help with SIM for my samsung Ace with android. I am looking at prepaid connection. Can you please help me which one to buy?Also i am looking at internet connection. I bought this T mobile where i got cheated, when i purchased the shopkeeper said it is for a month where hardware costed me Euro 40 and surfing Euro 15 which supposed to be for a month. But when i saw the balance on the first day there was less Euro 5 and again next day another Euro 5 which was very shocking for me. When i went to the same shop, another person said that is only for 3 days. It is Euro 5 perday. That is just too expensive. I dont know how they explained and cheated. Now, i want to buy a plan which can last for a month and i refill month on month basis. Please suggest something good.

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  58. Jared

    lived in Germany for a few years (active duty US Army) and this will help some of the people:

    iPads: go into MediaMarkt or O2 and get a microsim card (they charged me 10euro came with 10euro credit) then add some euro to your account, put into a phone and send an SMS (text message) saying “Start Internet L” to 5667, you will get a response email that says something to the effect of “Ja Start Internet L?” to which you reply “JA START INTERNET L” and it will activate 30 days of prepaid internet without issue for what I believe cost me 19.99euro

    Cell Phones: I went to mediamarkt, you can spend 20euro and get a cell phone with 10euro credit on the sim card, texts are 5cents/each and calls are 5cents/min, if you have an unlocked blackberry or other smartphone thats cool, put the simcard in and turn off your data package or it will drain your account, if you need internet a lot of cities are like cities in the states with a starbucks on every other corner and wifi is everywhere…

    International Use: I have been through about 12 countries in the past 6 months, roaming has been free from Belgium to Romania and Amsterdam to France, the only time it costs is when i do something like call/text and even then within europe its not THAT expensive.

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  59. Ahmed

    Hi Bjoern,

    I’ll be coming to Germany with a plan of 2 weeks staying over there. I’d like to have a GSM card with unlimited internet data service so I can use Google Maps smoothly because last time i was there had a hard time to get a line with a smooth internet connection. What would you suggest for me?

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  60. alanna

    Hi

    I am moving to Germany for 1 year,I am brining with me an unlocked iphone, What would be the best pay as you go tarriff for me to purchase as I will be mainly using the iphone for internet use

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  61. BellAfrica

    Hi Bjoern,

    I live in Italy and just purchased 2 German sim cards from amazon.de, one is o2 and the other is vodafone, they both have 15 euros in them already. However when I inserted the sim card onto my phones, neither worked, it says no network found – emergency calls only. How do I get them to work, what is the registration procedure?

    Thank you very much for all your help.

    Sincerely,

    BellAfrica

    Reply
  62. Satwik Krishna

    I am moving to Germany for 1 year,I am brining with me an android phone, What would be the best prepaid plan for me >I would need the phone to call back to India as well

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  63. Harold Tiller

    Hi Bjoern, thanks for the information. I will shortly be bringing an Apple 4S unlocked phone to Germany for 3 months. Can I buy a prepaid SIMM card that I can use the “Personal Hotspot” feature that I use with AT&T in the US as a data connection for my laptop? Thanks in advance. Harold

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  64. Donatas

    Hi, i and my girlfriend moving to Germany for a several years. i have a android phone and i need calls,sms and about 500-1000mb or more data. what’s the best plan for me? And my girlfriend need calls, sms without data, what’s the best plan for she? Both would need to call to Lithuania as well. Thanks for the answers.

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  65. tim

    Very good information but not being able to print it makes it useless. I need it when I get there before I have Internet access, meaning on paper. Comments in the page source (in German) imply the average user is too stupid to know when it is appropriate to print something and the author has to save the planet from us. I’m a grown-up and can decide when to use and when to save paper!

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  67. seph

    Hi,
    I used to be a DHL Packstation user, but I’m in trouble with their new mTan system : I’m French, living in France (but near Germany) and I now need a German number.

    I’ve bought a simcard at Lidl last month, but it hasn’t been activated.

    Is there a way to get a prepaid plan as a foreigner ?

    Regards

    Reply
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  69. Munib Aziz

    I am coming to Germany for living forever.. I will come to Frankfurt,I think O2 is best for me… What you say??? Tell me what is the procedure to buy O2 sim card???
    Thanks..

    Reply
  70. Nurnberger

    Hallo Bjoern,

    Many thanks for this and the good work.
    I have one question which revives previous question wasn’t answered.
    Do you or have any idea of Data Tethering -using phone as portable hotspot- usage limit on Edeka Mobil with the unlimited internet tarrif or what is limit for this tarrif in general?

    Best rgards,
    Nurnberger Questions

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  71. Or

    Hello Bjoern,
    could you be so kind and inform me if there is any unlimited mobile plan in germany – that is: unlimited internet, calls and sms at a fixed monthly rate.
    thank you very much,
    Or

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  72. Hemanth

    Hi guys, I have a fonic prepaid card and i would like to move to a new plan and I need this number. Can you tell me how do I port this number. Thanks

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  73. Cindy

    Hi Bjoern

    I will be travelling to Germany in May for 12 days. I am carrying a Samsung Note 1. Which data plan and provider you would recommend? I just need a plan for What’s app, facebook and internet to access my email. Also to make local call in Germany and minimal overseas call.

    Thanks for your assistance.

    Regards
    Cindy

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  74. Sergio

    Hi Bjoern,
    I wanted to know which of the above companies allow for VOIP.
    Thanks so much for the webpage and all your answers.

    Reply
  75. Sab

    Hi, I am interested on buying prepaid sim card for my iphone but ill be calling around europe ex swizerland, france and of course mostly in germany. Which one would you recommend?

    thanks

    Reply
  76. Neil

    My sister has to travel to Bad Berka from 8-19 Feb 2013 for Medical Reasons. Could you please recommend a plan which will be best suited for this? We are from Kathmandu, Nepal.

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  77. Jacopo

    Hi Bjoern

    I’m going to stay in Germany for six months, and I was thinking of buying and activating a German SIM card for my Nokia 5230 on which activating a suitable plan for me; specifically, I was looking for something allowing to send SMS quite often and to keep up with the data roaming caused by Whatsapp, which cannot be turned off on this phone model (usually 20-25Mb per month, using it really intensively as I do). Could you please recommend a plan suitable for this? Furthermore, is there any chance that can I add to this the possibility to call at a cheap cost in Italy?

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  78. patricia

    hello,
    I will be in koln for one week; i have an iphone 4 and i would like to purchase a prepaid sim for international calls and use of 3G. Can you advise me what are the best solutions?
    Thanks for a prompt reply as i am travelling very soon.
    Patricia

    Reply
  79. Richard

    Congstar 3G Internet does not allow Skype and VOIP services . are blocked, chops up Skype so it becomes unusable.

    Reply
  80. Martin

    Hello Björn,
    I come from the Czech Republic and come to Germany for a few days a year. I usually transit Germany to Austria or spend like 1 week on holidays there. Though I would like to have data SIM to be able to check traffic information in Germany. In Austria I have bouht Yesss! SIM card data credit is valid for 1 year which suits me perfectly. (1GB costs 10E)

    So far I have not found such data SIM card in Germany. Just cards with 1 month validity. I’m not able to use all these credit megabytes in one month. Is there any company selling cards with credit valid for 1 year at cost like 10E -> 500MB to 1GB? Regarding the 1 months plans, what happens when I do not pay another e.g. 10 Euros next month after purchase because I do not need it? Do I have to pay even if I do not need it at the corresponding months?

    What plan would you recommend me for these occasional visits to Germany?

    Thank you, BR Martin

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    1. Björn

      Usually, the prepaid mobile data plan will be suspended when there is not enough credit on your account until you top up more money. Thus, you can use it again later but don’t have to pay in the meantime. You might have to top up new credit every six or 12 months, depending on your provider. But your money won’t be lost. According to German law, providers must pay you back prepaid money eventually even when your prepaid plan has be cancelled. For prepaid mobile data plans for Germany, please check my overview:

      http://phone-guide-germany.com/overview-prepaid-plans-germany/4299/

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  81. shuwen

    Hi, I would be travelling to Germany for a month and during this period i would be travelling out of Germany for a couple of days. I would need mostly data, not so much on sms/call and i intend to get the simcard in Stuttgart. Could you suggest which provider/simcard is the best option?

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  82. Steve

    Hi

    Need some info in o2 mobile. Looking at the loop smartphone prepaid plan, it comes with 200 mb and 3000 SMS but I need more data like 1 gb. I did see The loop smartphone plus but it only includes 500 mb ( also is that on top of the 200mb you get) what other data packages are avaliable. I need it for talk and data not just data plans. Plus the only way to avoid playing 9 cents a minute to other o2 customers is to buy their 5 euro talk pack to other o2 mobiles. Lastly how long does credit last before it expires or you lose it and what increments can you buy in.

    Thanks

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    1. Björn

      Hi Steve -

      go to an O2 shop and ask for one of the Internet Packs M Plus or Spezial with 1 GB high speed traffic per month. There is also another Internet Pack with 5 GB that can be booked with any O2 prepaid plan. Check page 5 and 6 of this O2 document:

      http://static2.o2.de/blob/10317106/Binary/preisliste-prepaid.pdf

      On page 6 they describe how to book these Internet Packs yourself. I couldn’t find a reliable answer on how long prepaid credit is valid. You probably have to top up at least a small amount every six or 12 months. I a support forum an O2 agent wrote that 1 Cent should be enough …

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  83. dean

    hi there,

    im going to be in berlin for 2months and want to use my phone for the internet so i can use my apps and keeo in contact with friends and family in uk,

    what is the best payg sim card for me and i will have a i phone

    many thanks

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  84. G.C

    Hello,

    I’m going to be in Germany for a year under a work permit. I currently have a contract back in Canada that is good for another 11 months. Ideally, I’d like to have international texting and about 500 MB- 1 GB of data while here for keeping in contact with everyone back home. Do you have any suggestions??

    Thanks!

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  85. QBeing

    Hi Bjorn,
    I will be traveling to Germany for a month from the US. I would like to make the occasional call home to US for a few minutes. I might also travel to some nearby countries for a few days.
    My calls will be short, and I might also want to send a few text messages.
    I have two phones available: Blackberry Torch, and Pantech P6020.
    Can you recommend some plan for me?
    Thank you.

    Reply
  86. David meir

    Hi,
    I am looking for a data prepaid SIM card to be used in Germany, Austria and north Italy as I will be moving between these countries for about 2-3 weeks.
    What is my best alternative.
    I will arrive to Germany to Munich airport.
    Thanks,
    David

    Reply

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