As a stimulus for consumers during the Corona pandemic the German government has cut sales (or VAT) tax from 19% to 16% starting 1/JULY/2020. All Telekom brands have forwarded this reduction by lowering all advertised tariffs and plans by about 2.5% which leads to very odd numbers. In this wiki all rates remain unchanged as this is only a temporary tax reduction until 1/JAN/2021 when former prices and taxes will resume. From July to December 2020 apply a discount of 2.5% to get the final price.

Deutsche Telekom (formely T-Mobile)[edit | edit source]

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T-Mobile Ringtone

Deutsche Telekom is the previously state-owned, incumbent provider. It's still the biggest telecommunications company in Germany with the best network. For a time it was called T-Mobile like in the US, but has reverted to its old name in Germany. While it caters mostly for postpaid, it still offers prepaid that used to be called Xtra Cards. Note that their rates are the highest in the country and are sold often cheaper by its subsidiary Congstar and MVNOs, not to mention its competitors.

Telekom has won all network tests within the last decade in the country. It offers coverage where no other network does and speeds mostly faster than its competitors. It should be the first choice, if you go to remote or rural areas. It's also known to cover the major festivals with additional back-up. Most of its resellers recently opened up 4G/LTE for prepaid.

On the downside, it's indoor power on 4G/LTE is sometimes lower compared to Vodafone or o2. That's because Telekom mainly uses 1800 MHz B3 and 2600 MHz B7 in towns without any 800 MHz B20 fallback. To fix this problem, they now add 900 MHz B8 and 2100 MHz B1 where 800 MHz is not available. Note that Berlin's underground U-Bahn system is only partly covered so far.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The magenta-colored Xtra Cards used to be sold all over the country. In 2015 they changed name and portfolio. They can be ordered online and sent to a German postal address, in their stores called 'Telekom shop' (locator) and many other kiosks, service stations, electronic market chains, post offices and other outlets. Basically, they now offer two product lines for prepaid:

  • Magenta Mobil Prepaid for voice, text and data
  • Data Start for data-only

While new voice & data card is available all over, you may have to look for their data-only card either online or in Telekom shops. Both starter packs are for 9.95 € including 10 € credit and come in all three sizes. SIM cards should be activated in Telekom Shops at the point of purchase showing your ID. Some shops may be picky about the address. So think of one (hotel, B&B, etc.) before. All SIM cards sold elsewhere need to be activated online through video ID. For this you need to have a stable internet connection through a WiFi and your passport and address ready. Voice & data lines can't be switched with the data-only line.

Recharges called "Xtra Cash" are sold in most supermarkets, kiosks, service stations and even at ticket machines all over the country. Minimum amount for top-up is 15 €. SIM cards and their credit stay active for 2 years after the last top-up. To check credit, type *100# <call>

SIM card registration[edit | edit source]

Telekom is the most restrictive brand in Germany when it comes to registration of you SIM card. You can have it registered in one of their T-Punkt stores or by video ID. If you want to register a SIM on Telekom network bring along something official with your name and home address like a driving license or an utility bill.

Magenta Mobil Prepaid (for voice, SMS and data)[edit | edit source]

Their new voice and data SIM card has been opened for 4G/LTE and was previously called MagentaMobil Start. It comes in different varieties. For data you can choose among these plans below in up to 300 Mbit/s on 4G/LTE and possible 5G, all valid for 28 days:

Package Data Voice & SMS WiFi Price Add-ons
Basic (#) free ($) HandyDayFlat: 1.49 €

with 50 MB for 24 hours

S unlim. on-net 2.95 €
M 2 GB unlim. on-net

+ 200 mins

Flat 9.95 € unlimited for 24 hrs: 5.95 €

500 MB for 7 days: 4.95 €

500 MB for 28 days: 7.95 €

1.5 GB for 28 days: 14.95 €

2.5 GB for 28 days: 19.95 €

L 3 GB unlim. on-net

+ 300 mins

Flat 14.95 €
XL 5 GB unlim. all-net Flat 24.95 €
MAX unlim. unlimited Flat 99.95 €

(#) = the Basic plan without a monthly fee requires a special starter that is hard to find. The most common distributors are post offices and postal agencies. You can't downgrade another plan to this Basic plan.

($) = For data you can activate their HandyDayFlat: this is their pre-enabled default rate. 1.49 € for only 50 MB within 24 hours. Having reached included volume, speed will be throttled to 64 Kbit/s or you can buy another package for the same price. You can't activate SpeedOns on the smaller plans.

All packages auto-renew after 28 days and can be activate online on http://pass.telekom.de or by calling customer service at 2202 (for free). Beyond the included data volume, your speed will be throttled to 64 kBits/s. Or you can add one of their SpeedOn packs. The SpeedOn add-ons don't auto-renew, but are once-off (for prices see table above).

In 2018 they introduced their XL Dayflat, now redubbed as unlimited Dayflat that can be added to any plan. It's truly unlimited data at max. speed for 24 hours and a good option for short-time heavy data users. It's for 5.95 € and can be activated through https://pass.telekom.de/.

From 2016 on you can use their Telekom WiFi Hotspots for free with unlimited data on most plans. Telekom and partner FON have the biggest "WLAN"-hotspot network in the country with more than 1.5 million hotspot points. To get access data, just text 'open' to 9526.

Data Start (data-only)[edit | edit source]

Their data-only product is aimed at modems, tablets and routers. It contains text or voice at a higher price and can't be switched from a voice SIM card. It has been opened to 4G/LTE with up to 300 Mbit/s. When you insert the SIM in your device, http://pass.telekom.de appears and you can choose one of their 4 data options:

  • Pass S: 500 MB for 24 hours: 2.95 €
  • Pass M: 1 GB for 7 days: 7.95 €
  • Pass L: 2 GB for 30 days: 14.95 €
  • Pass XL: 5 GB for 30 days: 24.95 €

Packages don't auto-renew. Data will be throttled to 64 kbps, when having used all volume. But you can buy a new package on their website anytime. That's where you can check your data consumption too.

EU roaming (data only in Switzerland)[edit | edit source]

All allowances can be used at domestic rates for roaming in the EU and EEA. In Switzerland data in domestic German packages is included, but not for voice or SMS; even incoming calls are charged extra.

Technical info[edit | edit source]

  • Tethering is allowed and supported
  • VoIP used to be banned and blocked, but on their new SIM cards and plans it's now open

More info[edit | edit source]

Edeka smart[edit | edit source]

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In 2018 the retail chain Edeka changed networks from Edeka mobil on Vodafone network to Edeka smart on Telekom network. They copied the products of Magenta Mobile Prepaid and sell them as clones under their own label.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Edeka smart is exclusively sold by Edeka supermarkets (locator). SIM cards are on display at the check-out cash register. They sell these starters for 28 days:

  • Basic with 10 € credit: 9.95 €
  • kombi M with 2 GB and 200 mins: 9.95 €
  • kombi L with 3 GB and 300 mins: 14.95 €
  • kombi XL with 5 GB and unlimited mins: 24.95 €

Top-up vouchers can be found in every Edeka store or just use any Telekom voucher like their 'cash&carry' cards available everywhere or top-up online by credit card on https://www.edeka-smart.de/aufladen. To check balance dial *100#.

SIM card registration[edit | edit source]

Starter packs need be registered online by a video ID before connecting to the network here: https://freischalten.edeka-smart.de/edeka-csc/activate. You have the choice of a webchat through a video link with an employee and show your ID or go to a post office and do the PostIdent.

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

For plans refer to the Magenta Mobil Prepaid chart above. They offer the very same options in up to 300 Mbit/s on 4G/LTE for 28 days. Basic is called Smart and M, L and XL, kombi M, kombi L and kombi XL. The same add-ons are offered and even the unlimited day flat can be added for 5.95 €. For all plans check Magenta Mobil Prepaid above.

More info[edit | edit source]

congstar[edit | edit source]

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Congstar is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and a less expensive alternative to access the Telekom network. They are on 2G and 3G and since 2019 with many plans on a 4G/LTE option.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The new starters are labeled with "prepaid wie ich will" = prepaid the way I want. Try to get a starter pack without any plan pre-enabled. The ones with a plan require a Germany bank account and are called Surf Mix or Smart Mix. Mini, micro and nano SIMs are available.

They can be ordered online to be sent to a German postal address, but for online purchase, payment must be made by direct debit to a German bank account. So better buy it offline at the shops of Deutsche Telekom (called T-Point), or other sales outlets. The purchase at a T-Punkt stores has the advantage to have it (theoretically) registered there.

The starter pack costs 9.99 € with mini/micro or nano SIM and 10 € pre-loaded (= 5 € from the start, another 5 € after activation). Credit cards and non-EU accounts are not accepted; not having one of these, buy in stores by cash.

Congstar prepaid cards can be topped up with their own vouchers bought in the shops named above or any prepaid voucher of Deutsche Telekom for Xtra Cards even more widely available. To check your balance dial *100#.

SIM card registration[edit | edit source]

Congstar as a subsidiary of Telekom is the most restrictive brand in Germany when it comes to registration of you SIM card in their T-Punkt-Stores (see Telekom above). Unlike Telekom it also offers video verification through both WebID and PostID and in postal agencies through Post Ident. They register nationals of about 150 countries (for details see Vodafone for WebID and O2 for PostID).

Data feature packages[edit | edit source]

Their default rate without a plan or package is expensive 0.99 € per 24-hour-day for 25 MB, then speed will be throttled to 64/16 kbit/s. Max. speed of all SIM cards is 25 Mbit/s regardless, if they are on 3G or 4G. But 4G-enabled SIM cards give you a much better coverage throughout the country.

Congstar offers different packages with data in 2G and 3G up to 25 Mbit/s, but no 4G/LTE. You can choose between these plans valid for 30 days:

  • Congstar wie ich will (congstar they way I want): fully customizable plans of minutes, SMS or 0-5 GB data. For data you can choose one of these packages valid for 28 day in a 3G or 4G/LTE option:
Data Price

3G

Price

4G/LTE

Voice/SMS Add-ons (3G or 4G)
500 MB 3 € 4 € 100 mins/SMS:

+ 2 €

unlimited:

+ 4 €

250 MB: 5 €
1 GB 5 € 6 € 500 MB: 5 € or 1 GB: 9 €
3 GB 8 € 9 € 1 GB: 9 €
5 GB 15 € 16 € 1 GB: 9 €

The 3G version includes 2G, the 4G version includes 2G and 3G. Both are capped at 25 Mbit/s. But their 4G network is much more widespread on the countryside than their 3G.

They also sell these three pre-configured combo packages with a 9.99 € start-up fee from which 5-10 € is refunded. These packages also got optional 4G/LTE access in 2019. All packages are valid for 28 days:

  • Prepaid Basic S: 100 mins, 500 MB 3G for 5 €, in 4G/LTE 6 €, add-on: 200 MB: 4.90 €
  • Prepaid Allnet M: unlimited mins, 3 GB 3G for 10 €, in 4G/LTE 11 €, add-ons: 500 MB 4.90 €, 1 GB 8.90 €
  • Prepaid Allnet L: unlimited mins, 5 GB 3G for 15 €, in 4G/LTE 16 € per month, add-ons: 500 MB 4.90 €, 1 GB 8.90 €

All regular (not the add-on) packages auto-renew, if not cancelled or changed before in your personal account. The speed of the add-on packages is according to the base plan activated.

EU roaming (data only in Switzerland)[edit | edit source]

All allowances can be used at domestic rates for roaming in the EU and EEA. In Switzerland data in domestic German packages is included, but not voice or SMS. 4G/LTE option is according to domestic plan.

More information[edit | edit source]

  • Tethering is allowed
  • APN: internet.t-mobile

ja! mobil and Penny Mobil [edit | edit source]

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The REWE group, one of the biggest retailers in the country, sells ja! mobil and Penny Mobil with a very similar portfolio. Both operate on the Telekom network in 2G and 3G only and finally 4G/LTE on most of its tariffs in 2019, managed by Congstar which is their official MVNO provider.

Availability[edit | edit source]

ja! mobil is exclusively sold by Rewe supermarkets and Toom hardware stores while Penny Mobil can be only found in all branches of their discounter store chain called Penny. Like in other discounter markets, SIM cards are not on display but have to be asked for at the check-out cash register. Starter packs are for 10 EUR with 5 EUR credit preloaded in the tariff lines shown below. As as a starter better get the Prepaid Start package, not Prepaid Smart package, if you don't like a smart plan (see below). Mini, micro and nano SIM are available.

Top-up vouchers can be found in every Penny, Rewe or Toom store or just use any Telekom voucher like their 'cash&carry' cards available everywhere.

SIM card registration[edit | edit source]

Starter packs need be registered online by a video ID before connecting to the network:

Both operators are managed by Congstar and offer PostID through video or PostIdent in an postal office for about 120 countries. So buy them only, if you are sure that you will be able to register them as there a no other ways.

Data feature packages:[edit | edit source]

During activation you have to choose a tariff line. They have the following options, either dubbed as Penny mobil oder ja! mobil, all valid for 28 days:

Plan Data Voice Network Price Add-ons
Easy* SpeedOn* 9 ct/min 4G/LTE free see remarks below
Basic 750 MB 100 mins 4G/LTE 4.99 € 200 MB: 4.90 €
Smart 2 GB unlimited 4G/LTE 7.99 € S: 500 MB: 4.90 €
Smart Plus 4 GB unlimited 4G/LTE 12.99 € M: 1 GB: 8.90 €
Smart Max 6 GB unlimited 4G/LTE 19.99 € L: 1 GB: 9 €
Data 5.5 GB no voice 3G 32 Mbit/s 14.99 € L: 1 GB: 9 €

As plans can hardly be changed, select the right plan by choosing the relevant starter pack. Speed is capped at 25 Mbit/s and will be throttled to 64 kbit/s when quota is used up.

(*) For the Easy Plan you need to add data for 4 weeks: 500 MB: 2.99 €, 1 GB: 3.99 €, 3 GB: 6.99 €, 5 GB: 12.99 €. For extra data you can add to 500 MB a SpeedOn S, 1 GB SpeedOn M and 3 or 5 GB SpeedON L Pack (see table right column).

To all options a short-time Datenpass can be added:

  • 10 GB for 24 hours: 5 €
  • 15 GB for 48 hours: 8 €
  • 20 GB for 7 days: 20 €

These Datenpässe need to be activated on their website: www.datapass.de

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

You can use all included data all over the EU/EEA plus Switzerland at domestic German rates without surcharges. Swiss roaming is only for data, not voice or SMS.

More information[edit | edit source]

  • APN: internet.t-mobile
  • tethering is allowed

Lebara[edit | edit source]

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Lebara (formerly Lebara mobile) from the UK is the main competitor of Lycamobile on the ethno market. In Germany they operate a MVNO on the good Telekom network in 2G, 3G and new on 4G/LTE up to 18 Mbit/s.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Their SIM card is sold online to be sent to a German postal address or offline at many outlets (store locator) for free.

To top-up you can buy one of their special vouchers or add 10€, 20€, 30€ or 50€ by credit card online. Check balance by *141#.

Activity period is only for about 6 months. So if you don't use the card for 6 months or longer, it will be deactivated.

SIM card registration[edit | edit source]

Lebara mobile remains the most accessible brand on the Telekom network when it comes to SIM registration. You can get it registered by showing you ID card or passport and ANY address in many (but not all) of their resellers stores. These special stores are called 'Lebara Registration Partner' and can be found through this locator.

Otherwise, you can register it showing your ID document to a webcam over the internet what Lebara calls Web ID and is shown here. Note, that they are only able to register citizens of about 60 countries by their passport and 30 countries by the national ID document which are specified on this list. For other countries you need to go to a Registration Partner (see above).

Data feature packs[edit | edit source]

Data by default is 0.19 € per MB. Better add one of these data bundles each valid for 28 days with speeds up to 18 Mbit/s on 2G/3G and new on 4G/LTE networks :

Data

Price

Activation

1 GB 9.99 € DATA1GB
3 GB 14.99 € DATA3GB
5 GB 19.99 € DATA5GB
10 GB 29.99 € DATA10GB
25 GB 49.99 € 25GB
50 GB 79.99 € 50GB

After texting the activation code to 55255, confirm by sending JA to 55255. Speed is up to 18 Mbit/s, throttled after the quota to 64 kbit/s. Package will renew itself after 28 days, if there is credit. To unsubscribe text 'HALTDATA<size in MB>' to 55255 at least 24 hours before expiration. All packages can only be booked once per month, but these add-ons are can be added to all packages:

  • 1 GB: 4.99 €, activation: PLUS1GB
  • 3 GB: 9.99 €, activation: PLUS3GB
  • 5 GB: 14.99 €, activation: PLUS5GB
  • 10 GB: 19.99 €, activation: PLUS10GB

Add-on data is valid for the rest of the running time of the base plan. To activate text code to 55255.

EU roaming (except Switzerland)[edit | edit source]

Roam like at home is applied to all allowances in the EU/EEA without surcharges. Unlike other Telekom brands, Switzerland is excluded.

More information[edit | edit source]

  • APN: internet.t-d1.de

Kaufland mobil[edit | edit source]

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In 2020 the retail chain Kaufland switched partners and changed from the o2 to the Telekom network. Their new brand is now called Kaufland mobil and can't be mixed with the old K-Classic mobil.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Kaufland mobil is exclusively sold by Kaufland supermarkets found all over the country (Check Filialsuche on https://www.kaufland.de/#). SIM cards are on display at the check-out cash register. Starter packs are for 9.99 EUR with 10 EUR credit pre-loaded in the tariff lines shown below.

Top-up vouchers can be found in every Kaufland store or just use any Telekom voucher like their 'cash&carry' cards available everywhere. Online by credit card or PayPal on https://www.kaufland-mobil.de/aufladen. Check your balance by *144#.

SIM card registration[edit | edit source]

Starter packs need to be registered before connecting to the network https://aktivieren.kaufland-mobil.de/kaufland-csc/activate. You need to enter SIM card serial no. and PUK indicated on the package.

You can choose between video ID online for which you need a stable internet connection, cam and mic and have to present your ID document through a video connection. This option may not be available for all passports. Then you need to go to a post office for PostIdent by showing your ID to the post employee.

Data feature packages:[edit | edit source]

During activation you have to choose a tariff line. They offer the following combo plans in up to 25 Mbit/s for 28 days:

Plan Data Voice Price Add-ons
Basic add-on 9c/min free see (*)
Smart XS 1 GB 100 mins 4.99 € 200 MB: 5 €
Smart S 3 GB unlimited 7.99 € 500 MB: 5 €

1 GB: 9 €

Smart M 5 GB unlimited 12.99 €
Smart L 7 GB unlimited 19.99 €

Speed is capped at 25 Mbit/s and will be throttled to 64 kbit/s when quota is used up. For add-ons text "Speed-on XS", M or L to 77733. To deactivate your option and check data balance, go online on your account.

(*) = The Basic plan can be added by one of these 4 data-only plans for 28 days;

  • Surf-Flat S: 500 MB - 3 €
  • Surf-Flat M: 1 GB - 5 €
  • Surf-Flat L: 3 GB - 8 €
  • Surf-Flat XL: 5 GB - 15 €

To activate text "Surf-Flat #" to 77733 whereas # stands for size. Data speed is at max. 25 Mbit/s. Overuse throttled at 64 kbit/s.

By their "Messaging-Option" to 77733 you can add 1 GB for free at 32 kbit/s to use for messengers.

EU roaming[edit | edit source]

You can use all included data all over the EU/EEA plus Switzerland at domestic German rates without surcharges. Swiss roaming is only for data, not voice or SMS.

More information[edit | edit source]

  • APN: internet.t-mobile
  • tethering is allowed

Lifecell (formerly: Turkcell Europe)[edit | edit source]

Lifecell was a Turkey-based provider offering a SIM card issued in Germany mainly catering for the Turkish migrants market. In 2018 they made a relaunch and changed their brand from Turkcell to Lifecell to attract a wider audience. It operates on Deutsche Telekom's 2G and 3G and 4G/LTE, with speeds up to 18 Mbit/s.

In early 2020 Telekom and Turkcell ceased its cooperation and discontinued the brand for new customers. Existing customers are grandfathered and keep on using the plans as before.

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