Eberswalde/LEI– If you’ve moved to Germany and want to switch a german provider number. There are several steps you need to consider:
- Do you prefer a cheap mobile phone provider or would you prefer better internet connection? Depending on your plan
- Do you want a prepaid plan (Prepaid tarif ohne Vertrag) or a mobile contract (Mobil Vertrag)? If you don’t intend to stay longer than a few months in Germany, a prepaid plan is perfect. While it usually offers a German number but limited phone calls (telefonieren), texts and data (Mobil surfen),
- If you plan to be here for a year or longer then a contract is the way to go. But bear in mind, companies will want to sign you up for 12 or 24 months (die Vertragslaufzeit – the contract term).
- You could just sign up for a Sim-only plan. This is also a contract but apparently a bit easier to get out of if you need to cancel it early.
- German sims are sold separate to the phones. So if you’re not buying a new phone, just a SIM only, be sure to have your current phone unlocked before you come here so that you can use the German sim.
- You need to bring some form of identification and proof of address with you when signing up for a mobile contract
here are a lot of networks in Germany. Many of the smaller ones are subsidiaries of the bigger companies. The main thing to know is that there are four main providers in Germany:
- Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile)
Possibly the most expensive of all the networks, it has been rated Germany’s best provider of network coverage for several years. If you’re going to be living in a remote part of Germany or travelling a lot around the country, then Deutsche Telekom is worth paying that little bit extra for.
Not only has 1&1 been voted the best mobile provider in Germany for several years now, but it is known for its excellent customer service and its ability to offer different network options (die Netzwahl). It uses the same network as Deutsche Telekom, which is called D-Netz. While this is slightly more expensive than E-Netz. You can choose the E-Netz network as well. With plans starting from as little as €9.99 a month
This international network is often the most expensive to buy in the long run. With good offers up front, you need to read the fine print and see how much you’re charged outside of your allotted minutes. However, if you travel a lot in Europe, Vodafone is a good network to use as it has a presence in many European countries.
- O2 (Telefónica)
There are many benefits to having your plan with O2. Firstly, they provide flexible contracts between 1 to 24 months, so no signing up to a contract that you can’t get out of. They have cheap packages to start with and fast mobile internet speed with LTE.