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Deciding on a SIM-card

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German mobile phone plan: Prepaid or Contract?[1][edit]

If you are to stay for only a few months here or if you are not a heavy user, it might be wise to choose a prepaid one. It surely brings less perks but after all, all you really need is a mobile phone plan for Germany with which you can be reached. Prepaid brings the basics like a phone number, calls and texts billed per min or per text. Moreover, if you are spending most of your days at home or at university, you can make use of the WiFi network. On your arrival you should be easily able to get a prepaid SIM card from any supermarket like Aldi, Lidl or EDEKA. Some SIMs like WhatsApp SIM(available online) give you a certain number of units with every recharge (1 unit = 1 minute call, 1 text message or 1 MB data usage) which give you flexibility of usage.

On the other hand, if you are staying longer in Germany or if you need mobile internet as well, it is better to choose a regular contract. In this case you can choose from 1-month, 12-month or 24-month contracts. Make sure to also read Signing a contract - Do's and Don'ts.

Comparison of budget SIM card providers[edit]

Provider Tariff Minutes/SMS Network Number portability Internet (MB) Datenautomatik Monthly cost (€) One-time cost (€) Effective monthly cost (€) Minimum term (months) URL
NettoKOM SMART S 260 E+ Possible 880 MB No 6.99 6.99 6.99 1 https://www.nettokom.de/tarife/9cent/smart-optionen/smart-s
WEB.DE All-Net & Surf 200 Vodafone Bonus 10€ 2048 Nein 6.99 9.9 7.4 24 https://shop.web.de/allnet/dnetz2gb/?execution=e2s1
Klarmobil Flat 500 100 Vodafone Bonus 50€ 500 Nein 2.95 9.95 3.4 24 https://www.freemobile24.de/Vertraege/Mobilfunktarife_ohne_Handys-7660?s_id=43793093
Klarmobil Flat 1GB 100 Vodafone Bonus 50€ 1024 Nein 4.95 9.95 5.4 24 https://www.freemobile24.de/Vertraege/Mobilfunktarife_ohne_Handys-7660?s_id=43793093
Klarmobil Flat 500 100 Vodafone Bonus 50€ 500 Nein 6.95 19.95 7.8 1 https://www.klarmobil.de/tarife/smartphone-flat?pn=1#d-netz1
Freenetmobile FreeSmart 500 100 Vodafone Bonus 50€ 500 Nein 3.95 19.95 4.8 24 https://www.freenetmobile.de/freesmart.php#l1
Freenetmobile FreeSmart 1000 100 Vodafone Bonus 50€ 1024 Nein 5.95 19.95 6.8 24 https://www.freenetmobile.de/freesmart.php#l1
Freenetmobile FreeSmart 500 100 D-Netz Bonus 50€ 500 Nein 5.95 29.95 7.2 1 https://www.freenetmobile.de/freesmart.php#l1
Freenetmobile FreeSmart 1000 100 D-Netz Bonus 50€ 1024 Nein 7.95 29.95 9.2 1 https://www.freenetmobile.de/freesmart.php#l1
Simply LTE 500 Flat O2 Bonus 15€ 500 Ja, abschaltbar 6.49 14.99 7.1 1 https://www.simplytel.de/tarifuebersicht#allnet_flats_lte_tab
Telefonica SmartSurf 50 O2 Möglich 1024 Nein 3.99 0 3.99 24 https://www.freemobile24.de/Vertraege/Mobilfunktarife_ohne_Handys-4322
Mobilcom Debitel Allnet Comfort Flat Vodafone Möglich 1024 Nein 7.99 24 https://www.freemobile24.de/Vertraege/Mobilfunktarife_ohne_Handys-7465
PremiumSIM LTE 2000 Flat O2 Möglich 3072 Ja 9.99 14.99 10.6 1 https://www.premiumsim.de/tarife
Congstar Wunsch 100 D-Netz Bonus 25€ 1024 Nein 10 30 11.3 1 https://www.congstar.de/handytarife/congstar-wie-ich-will/normalnutzer-wunschtarif/
WinSIM LTE Mini 400 O2 Möglich 1024 Ja 6.49 9.99 6.9 24 https://www.winsim.de/tariffs/lte-minis
AldiTalk Paket 300 300 E+ Bonus 25€ 1024 Nein 7.99 2.99 8.1 1 https://www.alditalk.de/paket-300
Otelo Smart 800 300 Vodafone Möglich 800 Nein 7.99 1.95 8.1 1 https://www.otelo.de/handytarife/einsteiger-tarife/smartphone-800/tarifoptionen
Mobilcom Debitel Allnet Comfort Flat D-Netz Möglich 1024 Nein 5.99 39.99 7.7 24 https://www.modeo.de/deal?extref=215450&utm_campaign=networks&utm_medium=Affiliate+networks&utm_source=215450
Penny Smart 300 D-Netz Bonus 25€ 1024 Nein 7.99 9.95 7.99 1 https://www.pennymobil.de/tarifuebersicht.html?tarif=pennymobil-smart
Discotel Clever M 100 O2 Möglich 500 Nein 7.95 9.95 7.99 1 https://www.discotel.de/tariffs?refid=16502&ref=496810-jpietsch-233-tarifrechner-0&affmt=2&affmn=17
Netzclub Allnet Clever 150 O2 Möglich 500 Nein 7.95 0 7.95 1 https://www.netzclub.net/allnet-clever/
Tchibo Smart S 100 O2 Möglich 500 Nein 7.99 7.99 7.99 1 https://www.tchibo.de/sim-karten-smartphone-tarife-allnet-flatrates-bei-tchibo-mobil-c400035510.html
EDEKA Smart Paket M 300 Vodafone Möglich 1024 Nein 8.95 9.99 8.95 1 https://www.edeka-mobil.de/tarife.html
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