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Basics Edit

There are now four coming down to three network operators in Germany:

  • Deutsche Telekom (formerly known as T-Mobile),
  • Vodafone
  • o2 (owned by Telefónica) now merging with
  • E-plus (acquired by Telefónica) - see below.

Update 2015: E-plus was acquired by Telefónica in 2014. In 2015 E-plus and O2 are joining forces to become one single network. Starting in April 2015 Telefónica opened free national roaming on 3G only between their two networks E-plus and O2. 2G and 4G/LTE of the operators remain seperate for a time.

All other offers mentioned below are MVNOs of one of the 3 or 4 network operators above. MVNOs are particulary popular for prepaid in Germany and are mostly cheaper than the MNOs and have a market share of more than 40% which is the highest in the world.

Coverage and speedEdit

2G / 3G: GSM up to EDGE speed is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G is on 2100 MHz like in most of Europe. Almost the entire country is covered by 2G. 3G/UMTS up to DC-HSDPA+ speed is available in most of the populated areas with some blank patches left in the countryside. Deutsche Telekom still has the best coverage nationwide, followed by Vodafone. Eplus and O2 are joining forces in 2015 to challenge the others.

4G/LTE: LTE has been rolled out on most common 4G frequencies in Europe: 800 MHz (band 20), 1800 MHz (band 3) and 2600 MHz (band 7).

  • Telekom: on 800 MHz band in the countryside and 1800/2600 MHz in cities, given out for prepaid on its own brand, not on its MVNOs.
  • Vodafone: on 800 and 2600 MHz, given out for prepaid on its own brand, not on its MVNOs.
  • O2: on 800 and 2600 MHz, not given out for prepaid at all.
  • E-plus: on 1800 MHz in cities only, given out for prepaid on all tariffs and its MVNOs.

Make a network scan, if you want to use it at one particular place and choose the network accordingly. O2 and Eplus LTE networks will stay seperate until 2016.


The most convenient way to purchase a SIM card for a tourist is to go to one of the big supermarket, drugstore, gas station or electronic market chains and look for the providers described below. MVNOs are generally cheaper than the MNOs:

  • on Telekom: congstar, Lebara mobile, ja!mobil, Penny Mobil and more
  • on Vodafone: Otelo, Fyve, klarmobil, EDEKA mobil, Lycamobile, LIDL connect and more
  • on e-plus/BASE: ALDI Talk (= Medion mobile), Blau, Ortel mobile, Whatsapp SIM and more
  • on O2: FONIC, NetzClub and more

Most SIM cards can be used for phone calls and text messages too and data-only SIMs are rare in Germany. The standard rate is around 9 ct per minute for a domestic call (to mobile or landline) and about 9 ct for a domestic SMS.

Survey of MVNOs Edit

To obtain a good deal, data packages must be booked on the SIM card after activation. As weekly rates are hard to find, there is basically the choice of:

  • daily packages for short-time heavy users (available from 500 MB to 1 GB per day)
  • monthly packages for other users (available from 100 MB to 10 GB per month)

Take care that the default rate is often charged very high at around 20-50ct/MB while data in packages are between 0.3 and 2ct/MB. So buy packages right from the start, shut off data before and enable only when the purchase has been confirmed (see here).

Activation and registrationEdit

By law, all SIM cards need to be registered first to be activated. Registration is often not done in shops but online or by phone.

But this may pose a problem: Remember, you don't have a working phone or internet access yet! Additionally, there are still few open WIFIs in the country. Phone activation can be tricky too, because of the language. Online registration is usually in German only, but possible with the help of an online translator. Look for the words registrieren or freischalten on their website and keep phone and SIM numbers ready.

Mostly foreign addresses are not accepted, so use any German address instead, as your personal data will not be verified. A few providers used to send a letter for verification, but this is rare. But you need to give a valid German street address: name + street name + house number + postal code + city. If you do not have a German address, use your name with c/o name and address of someone else, e.g. the hotel you'll stay. Registration can take some minutes up to a few hours, until your SIM card finally connects with the network. You may need to switch off and on your device to connect.

Tethering and VoIPEdit

Tethering is usually allowed with all the shown offers below, except the free ad-sponsored SIM of Netzclub and Lycamobile. Some providers don't supply a profile for the iPhone but don't block it otherwise. VoIP calls are officially allowed only by E-Plus and O2 and some of its MVNOs. Other operators like Vodafone still ban them in their T&Cs without consequences. Only Telekom (and thus its MVNOs) has actively blocked VoIP in the past.

Topping upEdit

German SIM cards can be topped up in many ways, but only few of them are suitable for visitors as the others require German bank accounts or German-issued credit cards.

When you are in Germany only:

  • You can buy top-up vouchers locally called Ladebons in many stores with a PIN to enter. The vouchers of the 4 network operators are most widely available. You can use Telekom vouchers for Congstar and ja!/Penny mobil, Vodafone vouchers for Otelo, Fyve, Edeka and new LIDL; Eplus vouchers for Aldi/Medion, Ortel and Whatsapp and O2 vouchers for Netzclub. Fonic vouchers are not interchangeable with O2. For Blau, Klarmobil, Lycamobile and Lebara, you need special vouchers which are less widely distributed.
  • You can go to one of the three drugstore chains (Rossmann, Müller, dm) or to a "real" cash and carry market to top up most brands and pay at the cash register with Mastercard, VISA and even AmEx.

When you are in or out of Germany (trying to keep an existing SIM card alive or topping up before arrival from abroad):

  • You can top up with most international credit cards on the websites of MVNOs Lebara, Lycamobile and Ortel mobile only. Ortel and Lyca accept PayPal and Paysafecards too.
  • All other providers can be topped up without any surcharge using PayPal only on the third-party website of e.g. which can be switched to English. This loophole is also the most convenient way to recharge from abroad to keep a SIM card alive of most brands. Be aware that they often don't accept non-German issued credit cards, but only PayPal. Even PayPal may only be accepted, if you have a positive balance on your account.

More informationEdit

The following list shows only the most important players on the German prepaid market. Many other providers compete for special segments and audiences. The German prepaid-WIKI has an updated extended survey (in German only, use Google Translate): The following operators are sorted according to network.

Deutsche Telekom network (formerly T-Mobile)Edit

According to tests, Deutsche Telekom has still the best coverage and speeds in the country. It used to be market leader until Telefónica bought E-plus. Telekom is still the most expensive provider and the most restrictive network what 4G/LTE and VoIP calls are concerned: 4G/LTE is available for prepaid on few tariffs and VoIP used to be actively blocked.

Deutsche Telekom (formely T-Mobile) Edit


Deutsche Telekom is the previously state-owned, incumbent provider. It's still the biggest telecommunication company in Germany with the best network. In the meantime 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 called Xtra Cards. Note that their rates are the highest in the country and are sold cheaper by its subsidiary Congstar and MVNOs, not to mention its competitors. In September 2015 they opened their first prepaid product to 4G/LTE.

Availability Edit

The magenta-colored Xtra Cards used to be sold all over the country. In September 2015 they changed 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 chains, post offices and other outlets.

Basically, they now offer two product lines for prepaid

  • the new MagentaMobil Start for voice, text and data
  • Xtra Data for data-only

While the new voice & data card is available all over from September 2015, you may have to look for their data-only card either online or at Telekom shops. Both starter packs are for 9.95 € including 10 € credit and come in all three sizes. SIM cards can be activated in Telekom Shops or online on their website.

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 which gives them the longest validity in the market.

MagentaMobil Start Edit

Their new voice and data SIM card has been opened for 4G/LTE. It comes with a monthly base rate of 2.95 € and includes free unlimited voice and text within the same network and to one domestic landline number. For data you can change amongst these tariffs below, but you can't change to the Xtra Data card.

  • Xtra Handy DayFlat: this is their pre-enabled default rate. 0.99 € for only 25 MB within 24 hours in up to 8 Mbit/s on 4G/LTE. Then speed will be throttled to 64 Kbit/s or you can buy another package for the same price.
  • Data Start S: 100 MB for 30 days: 2 € - speeds on 4G/LTE up to 16 MBit/s
  • Data Start M: 500 MB for 30 days: 7 € - speeds on 4G/LTE up to 16 MBit/s

Packages renew themselves and can be booked online on or by calling customer service at 2202 (for free). They can be booked several times within a month, but only when used up. Beyond the included data volume, your speed will be throttled to 64 kBits/s.

Xtra Data Edit

Their data-only product is aimed at modems, tablets and routers. It doesn't contain text or voice and can't be switched from a voice SIM card. When you insert the SIM in your device, appears and you can choose one of their three data options:

  • 500 MB in 24 hours: 2.95 €
  • 500 MB in 7 days: 9.95 €
  • 500 MB in 30 days: 14.95 €

Speed is up to 8 MBit/s on up to 3G only. Beyond 500 MB, speed will be throttled to 64 KBit/s, but you can book a new package anytime. Packages don't auto-renew.

Technical info Edit

  • Tethering is allowed and supported
  • VoIP used to be banned and actively blocked - we have first reports, that this is now possible
  • EU roaming needs to be enabled by calling customer support

More info

congstar Edit


Congstar is a subsidary of Deutsche Telekom and a cheaper alternative for an access to the Telekom network, but still more expensive than its competitors. In summer 2015 they changed their portfolio, but stay on 2G and 3G only so far.

Availability Edit

The new starters are labeled with "prepaid wie ich will" = prepaid the way I want it. Try to get a starter pack with no 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. Offline, starters are available at the shops of Deutsche Telekom, some outlets of the drugstore chains of Rossmann, dm and Müller, the supermarkets of extra, real, Kaufland, Netto, Penny and many service stations and kiosks. Be aware that some of these stores may not have Congstar products in stock.

The starter pack costs 9.99 € with mini/micro or nano SIM and 10 € preloaded (= 5 € from the start, another 5 € after activation). For registration, you need to go online and use Google Translate.

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.

Default Data Rate Edit

There is no data from the start. The first time you connect to the net, you will be directed to, where you can set your plan. Two default rates are offered:

  • messenging option for free: Max. 32 Kbit/s (both downstream und upstream), up to 1 GB per month, then further throttled to 2 Kbit/s.
  • Surf Tagesflat = day "flat" for 0.99 €: for 24 hrs at 7.2/1.4 Mbit/s, throttled beyond already 25 MB to 64/16 Kbit/s, but no charge if you don't use data on any given day.

Data Feature Packs Edit

Online on your personal account or the site, you can customize with a monthly data package:

  • 100 MB: 2 €
  • 300 MB: 4 €
  • 500 MB: 8 €

These bundles have a max speed of 7.2 Mbit/s. All three bundles can be doubled in volume to 200, 600 or 1000 MB and in speed from to 14.2 Mbit/s by adding a Datenturbo add-on for 5 € per month.

After depleting the data quota, speeds are reduced to 64 Kbit/s downlink and 16 Kbits/s uplink. But you can upsize even several times per month: the 100/200 MB bundle with another 100 MB, the 300/600 MB bundle with another 200 MB and the 500/1000 MB bundle with another 300 MB for 4.90 € each with the Speed on add-on.

All regular packages auto-renew if not cancelled or changed before in your personal account.

Internet Stick / Surf Card Edit

Alternatively, congstar sells USB dongles (= internet sticks) with an own tariff line and the same tariff without hardware as Surf Card. It can be used in phones too and also has voice. It's sold online or at the stores named above, but is often hard to find, especially without a modem.

The USB stick is a SIM-locked ZTE MF190 and sold with the SIM for 29.90 € including 10 € credit. The SIM-only "Surf Card" for 9.90 € with 5 € included. This tariff can not be changed to a regular line.

Default rate is a 24 hour daily rate for 2.49 € and 500 MB included. Beyond this quota, speed will be throttled form 7.2 Mbit/s to 16 kbit/s. You can add two monthly packages:

  • 1 GB: 12.90 €
  • 3 GB: 19.90 €

VoIP, Blackberry use and Peer to peer are not allowed, Tethering is allowed.

Settings Edit

APN: internet.t-mobile

Restrictions (VoIP, Messaging) Edit

Congstar actively blocks communications with Facetime / Facetime voice or Skype. If you plan to use VoIP services, stay away from Congstar.

More Information Edit

  • Website (in German only):
  • for online purchase, payment must be made by direct debit to a German bank account. Credit cards and non-EU accounts are not accepted; not having one of these, buy in stores by cash
  • Telekom actively blocks VoIP, but tethering is allowed

ja! mobil and Penny Mobil Edit

Ja! penny

The REWE group, one of the biggest retailers in the country, sells ja! mobil and Penny Mobil with a very similar portfolio. Both are operating on the good Telekom network in 2G and 3G only and are managed by Congstar which is their official MVNO provider.

Availability Edit

ja! mobil is exclusively sold by Rewe supermarkets and Toom hardware stores while Penny Mobil can be only found in the discounter store chain of Rewe called Penny. Like in other discounter markets, the SIM cards are not on display but have to be asked for at the check out cash register. Both starter packs are for 10 EUR with 5 EUR credit preloaded in the tariff line shown below.

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

Registration Edit

Starter packs can be registered online or by phone:

Both sites are only in German, so you may use Google Translate. Phone lines for activation are only open Mon-Sat 7-21h and cost 0.20 - 0.60 € per call.

During activation you have to choose a tariff line. For data choose "ja! mobil data" or "Penny Mobil data". All the options below are only for this line. It can't be changed later anymore but it has voice and text too.

Data Feature Packs Edit

Default rate is the daily rate: 1.95 € for 500 MB on a calendar day (0-24 hrs). Speed is up to 7.2/1.4 Mbps, using more data, speed will be reduced to 64/16 kbps. There is no charge when you don't connect to the web. This is the cheapest daily "flatrate" on the Telekom network available in Germany right now.

Furthermore, these monthly rates are available:

  • Surf Flat 500: 500 MB, 9.95 €, (officially only allowed for smartphones)
  • Monats Daten Flat: 3 GB, 14.95 €
  • Speed-on: 500 MB add-on for Monats Daten Flat, 4.90 €, can be booked several times

Speed is up to 7.2 Mbps, then throttled to 64/16 kbps. Packages and add-ons can be booked online in your "service world" (= personal account) or by calling customer support at 6250. Monthly packages will renew if there is enough credit and not deactivated as shown above.

Tethering Edit

is allowed, but VoIP, peer to peer and Blackberry use are officially banned

SIM sizes Edit

mini, micro and nano SIM are available

Settings Edit

APN: internet.t-mobile

More information Edit

  • Telekom actively blocks VoIP

Lebara mobile Edit

Lebara logo

Lebara mobile from Britain is the main competitor of Lycamobile on the ethno market. In Germany it is operating a MVNO on the good Telekom network in 2G and 3G.

Their SIM card is sold online to be sent to a German postal address or offline at many outlets (store locator) for free. Registration can be made online switch to English or by calling 5588 from Lebara.

Data feature packs Edit

Internet use is only possible by subscribing to a data bundle. These monthly data bundles are available:




500 MB 7.99 EUR text DATA500 to 55255
1 GB 9.99 EUR text DATA1000 to 55255
3 GB 14.99 EUR text DATA3000 to 55255

After sending the activating code, confirm by sending JA to 55255.

Speed is up to 7.2 Mbit/s, throttled after the quota to 64 kbit/s. Package will renew itself after one month if there is credit. To unsubscribe text HALTDATA500, HALTDATA1000 or HALTDATA3000 to 55255 at least 24 hours before expiration. Packages can only be booked once per month.

Settings Edit

  • APN: (on iOS it can be set only via installing an app which sets up a profile)

More information Edit

on their website in English

Tethering Edit

Allowed according to but VoIP is blocked (see Telekom above).

Vodafone network Edit

Vodafone used to be the no.2 network in Germany competing with Telekom before Telefónica merged E-Plus and O2. It still has a good coverage and speed throughout the country at slightly lower rates than Telekom. Coverage and speeds don't match Telekom, but are still better than the combined Telefónica networks in the countryside. Vodafone gives out 4G/LTE only for its own brand so far and not for its MVNOs.


Vodafone has now opened LTE on its first own prepaid offers (not MVNOs). Though it comes with a surcharge and at a limited speed of up to 21.6 Mbps. They now cover 80% by 4G/LTE in 2015.

As with all MNOs in Germany, their offers are higher priced than their MVNOs, but they may give you a better service, 4G/LTE and have more service and top-up points.


Their prepaid card is called "CallYa" and is available at their stores (store locator) and many more outlets for free without credit, 9.95 € with 10 € credit pr 14.95 € with 15 € credit. Some stores try to sell the CallYa cards for 50 €. Stay away, startup price should be equal to the credit preloaded.

Recharge vouchers are for sale all over the country in supermarkets, service stations and kiosks amongst others starting at 15 €. To check balance, dial *100#.

Data feature packsEdit

Voice plans with data for 4 weeks (= 28 days):

  • Talk & SMS: no included volumes, data must be added (see below) - free
  • Special: 500 MB LTE data, 200 mins or SMS in all domestic networks - 9.99 EUR
  • Allnet-Flat: 500 MB LTE data, unlimited flatrate for texts and voice in all domestic networks - 22.50 EUR

Speed is a max. of 21.6 Mbps on LTE, when volume is used up, it will be reduced to 32 kbps. To all plans these data add-ons for 4 weeks can be booked:

  • 250 MB: 3G only - 4.99 EUR, auto-renews every 28 days. For activation text '250 MB' to 70888
  • 750 MB: 4G/LTE - 9.99 EUR, auto-renews every 28 days. For activation text '750 MB' to 70888
  • 2 GB: 4G/LTE - 19.99 EURauto-renews every 28 days. For activation text '2 GB' to 70888 

To cancel any of the data packages, visit before the renewal date.

Every plan can be booked once and combined with other plans. If you run out of data within a period, you can activate another plan as long as it has not been booked in that period. Another solution is to book additional 250 MB for one-time usage, valid 7 days. You can book this option multiple times, it's non-repeating and it can be added at any time, even if you still have enough data volume:

Data-only SIM - WebSessions Edit

Aimed at tablets, routers and modems, Vodafone sells data-only SIM cards called WebSessions without voice. You need to buy a special SIM card "WebSessions Freikarte" either online for free. Or get it in an Vodafone store (locator see above). They may be harder to find than regular Call ya SIM cards. These data SIM cards can be topped up online by credit card or using regular Vodafone top up vouchers available everywhere. The vouchers can be redeemed through a link on the WebSessions start page.

If you use a non-Vodafone USB dongle, you need to download Vodafone's Mobile Broadband Software to your computer and choose WebSessions as tariff. The first time you connect to the internet, you will be circumvented to the WebSession start-up page where you can choose a package:

  • WebSessions Basic: 200 MB: 4.99 €
  • WebSessions S: 1 GB: 14.99 €
  • WebSessions M: 3 GB: 24.99 €
  • WebSessions L: 5 GB: 34.99 €

All packages are valid for up to 30 days or until used up. Then you can book another bundle. There are no data outside of these bundles. Note that you can't access Vodafone's 4G/LTE on Websessions up to now. Max. speed is 7.2 Mbps on 3G only.

SIM sizesEdit

  • mini, micro, nano SIM

Restrictions (VoIP, Messaging) Edit

There are no restrictions using VoIP services like Facetime or Skype (Effective Aug 2015). Vodafone does not officially allow them, but they do not block them either (like Deutsche Telekom/Congstar)

Settings and more infoEdit

  • APN for Call Ya talk & data SIM:
  • APN for WebSessions data-only SIM:

otelo Edit


Otelo is a subsidiary of Vodafone and uses its network on 2G and 3G only so far (see Vodafone for coverage).

Availability Edit

Their starter packs are available online on their website to be sent to a German postal adress or offline in the electronic stores of EP: Electronic Parter, Euronics, Saturn, Media Markt. Furthermore at the check out of some supermarkets, Rossmann and some service stations. They sell three different prepaid starter packages:

  • Handy-Karte: 4.95 € with 5 € credit and another 5 € bonus for the first top-up.
  • Surf SIM: 4.95 € with 3 € credit for data-only
  • Surf Stick: 29.90 € including the Surf SIM and a USB 3G dongle, currently a locked Huawei E303

Registration is made online here (in German only, use Google Translate). Top-up can be made with cash cards sold at the shops mentioned above or Vodafone Call Now vouchers, even more widely available.

Handy Karte Edit

Handy Karte is their tariff for phones including voice, text and data. Otelo has an expensive default rate by time: 0.09 € per minute. As only package you can book their Internet Flatrate for 9.99 € per month including 750 MB at 7.2 Mbit/s, beyond throttled to 64 kbit/s. You can upsize this bundle by weekly add-ons called Extra Data: 150 MB: 1.99 €, 500 MB: 5.99 €, 1 GB: 9.99 €. Take care: add-ons are for a week only and don't renew, while the base monthly "Flatrate" auto-renews. To purchase or cancel call 12430 from Otelo for free or do it online on your personal account called Mein Otelo.

Surf SIM (and stick) Edit

This tariff line can't be switched to a Handy Karte and is data-only without voice nor text. A bundle needs to be booked for connection. At the first data connection, you will be redirected to their main page to choose a bundle:

  • 500 MB in 9 minutes: 0.19 €
  • 500 MB in 99 minutes: 1.99 €
  • 1 GB in 30 days: 9.99 €
  • 3 GB in 30 days: 19.99 €

Data is a max. 7.2 Mbit/s and will be cut off after having reached the quota. You will be then redirected to the selection page again.

Settings and more info Edit

  • APN for Handy Karte talk & data SIM:
  • APN for Surf SIM data-only SIM:

EDEKA mobil Edit

EDEKA mobil is the MVNO of a big supermarket chain in Germany on the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G only (no LTE yet, frequencies and coverage see Vodafone).

Default data rateEdit

  • 0.24 EUR per MB outside of packages

Data feature packsEdit

They have three monthly packages on offer:

  • 150 MB for 30 days: 4.99 €
  • 500 MB for 30 days: 9.95 €
  • 3 GB for 30 days: 19.95 €

All packages auto-renew after 30 days. Packages can be booked online on their website in the member's area or by calling 22922. Same ways to cancel packs. When included volume is used up, speed will be throttled to 64 kbps. Or you can buy data add-ons: 150 MB for 1.95 €, 500 MB for 5.95 € or 1 GB for 9.95 €. Add-on packs are all valid for 7 days after activation, will not renew and can only be booked on the 500 MB or 3 GB monthly rate.


Their starter packs are available online on their website to be delivered to a German postal adress or offline in all branded Edeka supermarkets, Marktkauf megastores and Reichelt markets in Berlin (Edeka store locator). They are often not on display, but have to be asked for at the checkout desk. They are free, meaning for 9.95 EUR startup price containing a 10 EUR credit. The online purchased cards come already activated, offline packs need to be registered online here: "freischalten" (in German only).

SIM sizesEdit

  • Combined mini/microSIM and nano-SIM available.

Settings and more infoEdit

  • APN:

Fyve Edit


Fyve is using the Vodafone network on 2G and 3G only which is quite good in terms of coverage.

Maximum Transfer SpeedEdit

  • depends on data package:
    • Surf-Flatrates L, XL and XXL - up to HSDPA (7,2 MBit/s),
    • Surf-Flatrate M - up to UMTS (384 KBit/s)

Data Feature PacksEdit

Data can only be booked on packages. All packs automatically renew if there is a sufficient balance on the account. The flatrates can be cancelled or changed every month online or by calling 22922.

  • Surf-Flatrate M: 150 MB in 30 days for 5 €
  • Surf-Flatrate L:  500 MB in 30 days for 10 €
  • Surf-Flatrate XL: 1 GB in 30 days for 15 €
  • Surf-Flatrate XXL: 3 GB in 30 days for 20 €

After using the high speed data volume, speed is reduced to GPRS. The Flatrate M can be upsized by the add-on "SurfON Paket" for another 150 MB and 5 € only by calling 01805 543012. The calling costs are refunded on the Fyve account.


  • Online orders ( are only delivered to German addresses for a 5 € fee.
  • Starter packs are offline available at service stations (Shell, Esso, Agip, Jet) and at the shops of The Phone House (
  • Starter pack costs 9.95 € whether for miniSIM or microSIM, this includes 1 month of the "Surf-Flatrate M" (150 MB) plus 5 € credit
  • Reload: Any Vodafone refill voucher ("Call Ya") can be used. They are widely available in kiosks, supermarkets or service stations.

SIM sizesEdit

  • Starter packs contain a combined mini- and micro-SIM. Nano SIMs are only available online.


  • allowed (at least you are allowed to use an 3G stick)

APN and more infoEdit

  • APN: Edit logo

Klarmobil is a reseller of different German networks. But every SIM is on one network only and cannot be changed. They have now discontinued all other offers for prepaid on other networks but Vodafone.

Their only prepaid offers "Handy-Spar-Tarif" and "Internet Dayflat" with numbers beginning 0152, 0162 and 0174 are on Vodafone network. Actually, the "Internet flat" is the only tariff worth mentioning for prepaid. The other prepaid tariffs are overpriced, but the "Internet flat" gives the cheapest day rate on a Vodafone network for data right now.

Default data rate Edit

Mindblowing €0.49 per MB (in 100 KB units). So don't use data before booking a package.

Data feature packs Edit

  • "Internet-Flat 500": 500 MB in 30 days, then throttled to GPRS Speed for 9.95 €. No upsize possible.

Alternatively, a starter pack on Vodafone network can be activated as "Internet dayflat". This can not be changed to or from the "Handy-Spar-Tarif". Activation online, by phone or fax only. The "Internet dayflat" is for tablets and modems, but has voice and text too.The "dayflat" has (in contrast to its name) 3 available rates which are only on the Vodafone network:

  • 500 MB in 60 mins for 0.95 €
  • 1 GB in 24 hrs for 2.45 €
  • 3 GB in 30 days for 24.95 €

Take care: Booked packages do not renew and will end after the period or when the included volume is exhausted. Then you will be on their expensive default rate (see above).

Availability Edit

Online on: to be sent to a German address only. They have more options online, but only postpaid for contract. Klarmobil on prepaid is sold offline in "real" supermarkets, "Müller" drugstores and the two electronic market chains "Saturn", "Media Markt", "Euronics" and in the the shops of "mobilcom-debitel". If you want to be sure to get the right package, try to go to an electronics market and let them configure it there. In other stores you are left to yourself. Take care, that you will need special Klarmobil vouchers to top up sold for €15, €30 and €50 here: click on "Aufladepunkt suchen" and put in a location below "Standort" . The vouchers of other network operators won't work.

SIM sizes Edit

You have either the choice of a regular SIM card, a micro-SIM or a nano-SIM when ordering online, in shops hybrid SIM cards are available

APN and more information Edit

  • APN for Vodafone network on "Handy-Spar-Tarif":
  • APN for Vodafone network on "Internet dayflat":

Lycamobile Edit


Lycamobile from Britain is the main competitor of Lebara mobile on the ethno market. In Germany it is operating a MVNO on the good Vodafone network in 2G and 3G only.

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

There and at service stations, supermarkets and kiosks, you can find Lyca's reload vouchers. You can try online on your account by credit card, because some (but not all) international cards are accepted. As a last resort you can also use Paysafecards or swap credit from other Lycamobile SIM cards even of a different country for a surcharge.

Registration can be made online in English or by calling 323.

Default Data Rate Edit

0.19 EUR per MB charged if no data bundle is booked or used up.

Data feature packs Edit

These monthly data bundles are available:

Name Data Standard Price Online Price Activation
Data Flat 500 500 MB 7.99 EUR 7.99 EUR 11500
Data Flat 1 GB 1 GB 9.99 EUR 9.99 EUR 11000
Data Flat 2 GB 2 GB 14.99 EUR 12.99 EUR 12000
Data Flat 3 GB 3 GB 19.99 EUR 14.99 EUR 13000
Data Flat 5 GB 5 GB 33.99 EUR 26.99 EUR 15000

Online prices are only valid, if you book the packages through your online account. Instead regular activation is by sending code to 3535 for the standard price.

Lycamobile will automatically renew your bundle once it expires. Charge for the bundle will be deducted from your main balance at the time of auto renewal of the bundle. To cancel the auto renewal dial *190# before the expiry date and follow the instructions or call Customer Services for free on 322 before the expiry date.

Speed is up to 7.2 Mbps and throttled after having reached the quota to 56 kbit/s. For more data, they have now add-on packages which can be booked to the running packages above. Note that extra volume is only valid for the running time of the base package and will not roll over:

  • 1 GB: 9 EUR, activation: text 110002 to 3535
  • 3 GB: 14.99 EUR, activation: text 130002 to 3535
  • 5 GB: 24.99 EUR, activation: text 150002 to 3535

Roaming bundles Edit

Lycamobile offers cheap roaming bundles to be used in certain countries only. All packages are valid for 30 days and can't be renewed ahead of time. For more info see Euro5.

Settings Edit

  • APN:
  • Username: lmde (lowercase L, not capital i)
  • Password: plus

Tethering Edit

Seems to be not allowed and blocked. They sniff and kill tethering connections.

More information Edit

on their website in English


O2 network Edit

O2, managed by Telefónica, is now growing from Germany's smallest network to the biggest after the merger with E-plus, what number of subscribers is concerned. The shops of E-plus/Base are rebranded and O2 customers can use the E-plus 3G network nationwide. This gives customers a reasonable coverage on 2G and improved 3G in the countryside. But they are still not as widespread as Telekom or Vodafone on the countryside and 4G/LTE is not yet given out for prepaid customers at all.

FONIC (with LIDL mobile) Edit

Maximum Transfer SpeedEdit


2G up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G up to HSDPA (7,2 Mbit/s), now roaming on E-plus. FONIC uses the network of O2 Germany, which has a good coverage and gives still good performance in the cities.

Default data rateEdit

€ 0.24 / MB (in 100 kb units).

Data feature packsEdit

  • Day Flat = Tagesflat (per calendar day = 0:00h - 23:59h) = 1.99 € (after 500 MB per day, speed drops to 56 Kbit/s). There is a price cap of 25 € per month, so if you use it for 13 days, the remaining days are free. For subscription text START TAGESFLAT to 36 642 (free). The fine print is that after 5GB/mo, the speed also drops to 56 K.
  • Month Flat = FONIC Classic Internet with 500 MB = 9.95 € - lasts 30 days (after 500 MB, speed drops to 56 Kbit/s). For subscription text START HANDYINTERNET to 36 642 (free).

You will receive a confirmation SMS and you need to reply JA to that to confirm. This will be confirmed again, then another SMS that your request is being processed, finally a confirmation that the option is active along with the end date or a message that you don't have enough credit. The whole process can take some hours on the o2 net. Warning: If you use the internet before getting final confirmation, it will be charged at the standard rate per MB (see above). Staying active, the monthly flat renews automatically if you have sufficient credit and the daily flat will remain your default rate. Text STOP TAGESFLAT or STOP HANDYINTERNET to 36 642 to prevent them from renewing.

When you have exceeded the data quota in the running time of the package, you get a SMS info and speed will be reduced to approx. 64 kbit/s. Unlike with Lidl mobile, there is no upsize possibility for the package.


FONIC SIMs are available online for 9.95 € but for registration you need to have a German bank account. Bought offline this is not required. Starterpacks are sold at the drugstore chains of Müller and dm, the cash'n'carry stores of 'real' and the petrol stations of Jet amongst others. Top-up vouchers can be found there at LIDL (see below) and Rossmann. Be aware that the vouchers of FONIC and LIDL are interchangeable, but O2 vouchers called Loop or Tchibo vouchers can't be used. FONIC and LIDL cards can be reloaded by bank transfer from abroad too. This may take a few days and is described here (in German):


The SIM needs to be activated and unlocked before use. First of all you need to register, either over the phone or on the website (look for the "Freischalten" link in top right corner). iPhone users should disenable FaceTime to prevent it from sending SMS. It then may take up to a couple of hours for the activation to take effect. You will receive a welcome SMS from FONIC when this has happened. Then you can use the PIN on the back of the FONIC credit-sized card to unlock the SIM. The unlock wont work until the phone number has been activated. If you activate under the Fonic Smart S plan, for example, you will be stuck with that plan for a month before you can change it!

SIM sizesEdit

SIMs in a starter packs are normally standard size but with perforations to break out the micro-SIM if required. If you want a nano SIMs, you need to buy and register a standard/micro SIM first, then order a new nano-SIM card from here. You will be sent a nano card (to a German address only) with mini and standard adaptors for a charge of 10 € which is inconvenient if you need a nano SIM.


Allowed (free)

APN and more infoEdit

  • APN:
  • more information (in German):

LIDL mobile (to be rebranded in Fonic Mobile [old] and Lidl Connect [new]) Edit


Effective 1/OCT/2015 LIDL changes partners: old LIDL mobile SIM Cards, sold until Sept/2015 will be rebranded to FONIC mobile. The old tariffs have grandfathering and are similar to regular FONIC rates (see above). Top-up vouchers are still sold, but no old Fonic starter packs at Lidl's. And from now on you'll have to choose a FONIC, not a LIDL voucher for topping up their old SIM cards.

Starting October 2015 LIDL will exclusively sell their new starter packs under the new label LIDL Connect as a MVNO on the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G. Rates are pretty similar to the old Lidl mobile tariff and will be updated as soon as verified in detail.

More informationEdit

NetzClub Edit


NetzClub is a free ad-sponsored SIM card with a 100 MB high speed volume per month without charge. As a subsidiary of O2, Netzclub uses O2 Germany's network, which has not the best coverage but is still good in performance mainly in the big cities,

Speed: Edit

up to 7,2 Mbit/s. After reaching 100 MB a throttle is activated at 32 kbit/s (half GPRS speed).

Availiability: Edit

Order and registration are only possible online. The SIM is not sold offline in any stores. The SIM card will be sent to a German address free of any charge within 5 - 7 days. So you must have a German postal address to enjoy the offer. They will only send out one SIM per person and a maximum of 3 SIMs per household (same last name and address). Change the option from bank transfer to top up using vouchers (Aufladung mit O2 Guthabenkarte) during the registration process to order the card without a bank account and without a mandatory first payment.

You have to be willing to accept some ad mails to the given email account and some advertisement SMS will be sent to your number as well. This can amount to 30 SMS or mails per month but is normally much less. You can influence this a bit through the type and number of interests you select in your ad preferences. This is how this service is paid for after all. If you don't want junk ads, consider other offers instead.

SIM sizes: Edit

The SIM sent out by mail is a hybrid mini-, micro-, and nano-SIM.

Recharge and upsize: Edit

There is no need to have credit to use the free 100 MB data per month. To top up use O2 vouchers called "Loop" from 15 € or Tchibo cashcards from 10 €. To use bank transfer (from 0,01 €), see this site (in German): [[1]]

When the 100 MB free data quota is used up you can continue to use the flatrate at a slower speed (32 kBit/s) for free or choose one of these options:

overview: additional data volume options
Data Price Validity Renewal Send code to 22233
200 MB 2.95 € until end of billing cycle (when your free 100 MB are renewed) manually START SPEEDTICKET200
500 MB 4.95 € until end of billing cycle (when your free 100 MB are renewed) manually START SPEEDTICKET500
500 MB 6.95 € 1 month manually START SURFPACK500
500 MB 6.95 € 1 month auto-renewal START SURFPACK
1 GB 9.95 € 1 month auto-renewal START SURFPACK1000
2 GB 14.95€ 1 month auto-renewal START SURFPACK2000

Take care, if you choose Surfpacks with auto-renewal. This may be a bad deal in the long term: the monthly Surfpack renews every month as long you have enough credit and overrides the free data allowance in the next month. To discontinue you have to call customer service 0176 888 93939 (9c/min) or simply be low on credit to prevent auto-renewal.

EU Roaming package Edit

For data roaming in all EU countries outside of Germany plus Switzerland Netzclub offers two new packages. You don't need to have booked a domestic package before:

  • 50 MB in 24 hours: 1.95 €. For activation text "START EUSURF 50" to 22233
  • 100 MB in 7 days: 4.95 €. For activation text "START EUSURF 100" to 22233

All roaming packages don't auto-renew and can be renewed anytime as often as you like. Max. speed is officially 1 MBit/s, but in reality often higher on 3G.

Validity and refund: Edit

As long as you receive advertisement mails and SMS' your unused credit has an unlimited validity, which is unique for German pay as you go prepaid cards. If you choose not to use the card anymore you can have the left credit transferred to a German bank account.

Tethering: Edit

Tethering and VoIP are not allowed in the T&Cs, but not actively blocked.

APN and more information Edit

E-plus network Edit

E-plus (often called BASE) used to be the price breaker and most innovative network in the country until it was bought by rival Telefónica (with its own brand O2) in 2014. It is being merged to one common network from 2015 on. National roaming with O2 on 3G has started, but 2G and 4G/LTE networks remain still seperate. The brands E-plus and Base as well as some MVNOs will eventually be dropped. Coverage is good on 2G and now improved on 3G roaming on O2. 4G/LTE is only available in cities so far on 1800 MHz, but open to all MVNOs without a surcharge and without speed restrictions: (old 4G coverage map to give you an impression, coverage should be improved by now.)

WhatsApp SIM Edit


WhatsApp SIM used to be an innovative joint venture between E-plus and the popular social messenger app WhatsApp. It is targeted at WhatsApp users for social messaging and VoIP calls through this app.

Maximum Transfer Speed
2G up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G up to HSPA+ (42,2 Mbit/s) and roaming with O2, 4G LTE (70 Mbit/s). WhatsApp uses the network of German carrier E-plus, which has a fair coverage and very good speeds in the cities.

Default rateEdit

In September 2015 they have changed the rules, but old customers have grandfathering. The free allowance is now only 10 MB per month and not specific to Whatsapp anymore. Take care that the 10 € plan is set by default and you have to reset it to the free basic allowance before use.

All other data is charged at € 0.24 per MB. This also applies to Whatsapp. So better buy a package, if you going to use more.

Data feature packsEdit

They sell two packages in which flexible "units" can be used for 1 MB data, 1 domestic minute or 1 domestic text or any mixture of it.

  • € 5: 240 units in MB, minutes and/or SMS plus 60 MB data
  • € 10: 600 units in MB, minutes and/or SMS plus 180 MB data

All packages last for 30 days. There is no way to upsize this package. For overuse, speed will be throttled to 56 kbps. Whatsapp use is still possible, but no VoIP calls and video messaging.

Packages can be booked on your personal account or by calling 1155. It will auto-renew if there is credit and not stopped on your account or by calling 1155.

Availability Edit

The starter pack is available online to be sent to German postal address or offline at many service stations like Shell or post offices for 10 €. The starter packs include a first data package of 10 € which can be discontinued before start and 5 € bonus credit, giving a total of 15 € credit.

It needs to be registered online here before use. For topping up, any E-plus voucher widely available can be used.

SIM sizesEdit

Combined mini and micro SIMs as well as nano SIMs are available.

Technical Settings Edit

  • APN:
  • Username: eplus
  • Password: gprs

More information Edit

ALDI TALK (a.k.a. MEDION mobile) Edit

Aldi talk

Maximum Transfer SpeedEdit

2G up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G up to HSPA+ (42 Mbit/s) roaming with O2, 4G LTE (70 Mbit/s). It uses the network of Eplus/BASE giving a fair coverage and very good speeds in the cities.

Default data rateEdit

€ 0.24 / MB (without package).

Data feature packsEdit

  • Daily package: 24 hours data plan (after 1 GB throttled to GPRS speed): € 1.99. For activation see below. Daily and monthly packs can be mixed.
  • Monthly packages (for 30 days)
    • Unlimited Data Plan S (after 150 MB: GPRS speed): € 3.99
    • Unlimited Data Plan M (after 500 MB: GPRS speed): € 6.99
    • Unlimited Data Plan L (after 1.5 GB: GPRS speed): € 9.99
    • Unlimited Data Plan XL (after 5 GB: GPRS speed): € 14.99
Activation: online, by ALDI Talk app or dial *121*004# to activate, *123# to check status of activation, *122# to cancel data pack after the present plan expires. If you do not dial this code, ALDI will automatically try to activate a new data plan after expiration of the present one.
Upsize: The plans S, M and L can be doubled in high speed volume for 3 € for the running time of the package by calling 1155, online or using the ALDI Talk app.

The daily bundle is activated by using a different APN (see below). Thus, monthly and daily flats can be used simultaneously by switching to the appropriate APN.


Starter packs are exclusively available in any Aldi Store, Germany's leading discount supermarket chain. They are not on display in the shops. You have to ask at the cash register (checkout) for it. SIM cards are available for € 12.99 with € 10 balance preloaded. Recently ALDI has started an online distribution by mail to German postal addresses for the same price. Unlike in stores, you can order a nano SIM online rightaway.

Reloads can be made with ALDI Talk vouchers from ALDI stores or any Eplus vouchers widely available by typing *104*<voucher PIN>#. While Eplus vouchers start at 15 €, you can find 5 € denominations at Aldi stores.

SIM sizesEdit

ALDI Talk starter packages (including those purchased at ALDI stores) come with combination standard and micro SIM card sizes. For nano SIMs you need to order online a starter pack, change SIM cards by calling customer service or cut it to size.


ALDI talk charges slightly different call rates than the other providers shown. A domestic call to landlines or mobiles and a domestic SMS is billed with € 0.11/min (instead of 9ct elsewhere). This doesn't need to be a disadvantage: "Community calls" (meaning Aldi to other Aldi numbers) are charged with 3 Cents per min only and all calls are charged from the 2nd minute by the second (60/1) instead of by the minute (60/60) like most other providers do.

Tethering and VoIPEdit

Tethering is allowed (free), VoIP possible

EU-Roaming PackageEdit

ALDI offers this add-on for cheap data roaming outside of Germany in all EU countries, Norway and Switzerland. For 150 MB in 1 week 4.99 € are charged. This package can be booked online or by ALDI Talk app. When expired (by volume or time) it does not automatically renew, but can be booked again. This is one of the cheapest prepaid roaming options in Germany on the market quite below the EU price cap on data (compare to Lidl offer below). For small data volume out of Germany, it can be a valid option. For bigger packages, buy a local SIM card in the respective country instead (see WIKI).

Technical details and more infoEdit

  • APN for monthly packages:
  • APN for daily package:
  • Username: eplus
  • Password: gprs
  • more information (in German):

Blau, Blauworld, NettoKOM Edit

New blau

Blau used to be a MVNO of Eplus and made a relaunch in September 2015. It's now a subsidiary of Telefónica. As Telefónica (= O2) tariffs are more expensive and you can find this SIM in many O2 shops, Blau is listed here instead of O2.

Blau uses the network of Eplus which has a fair coverage nationwide and a very good performance in the cities. Their 2G is up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G is up to HSPA+ (42 Mbit/s) roaming with O2, 4G/LTE up to (70 Mbit/s).

Availability Edit

Blau starter packs can be ordered online and will be mailed to a German address only. These packs are also available from a large number of retailers for 9.95 € with 10 € preloaded: at many service stations, some supermarkets, the big electronic market chains and at most O2-branded (and the few still remaining Base) shops too.

By mail a combination mini/micro SIM is sent out; an option to select a nano SIM (at no extra cost) is shown when ordering online. At these places mentioned above reload vouchers can be bought too. Only Blau-branded or Eplus vouchers can be used; while Aldi and O2 vouchers will not work. Check credit by *100#, to top up type *104*<voucher code>#.

Their only real prepaid tariff line is called "9 Cent" or "Blau 9" and Blauworld. Some users were able to link their SIM card to a foreign credit card and got access to the other tariff lines too. This does not give you better data rates and makes the SIM card more vulnerable. You also need to understand German to know how to terminate the monthly fee online.

NettoKOM, Blauworld Edit

The same Blau product can be bought in Netto discounter stores rebranded as "NettoKOM" offering the same 9ct tariff line.

Blauworld is a different brand of Blau aimed mostly at foreign workers. These SIM cards are often sold side by side with Blau and are easy to mix up. But their tariffs can't be changed to Blau (see above). While generally Blauworld has the same packages for data, it offers better rates for voice calls abroad instead.

Data feature packsEdit

On Blau 9 or Blauworld data by default outside of packages is for € 0.24 per MB in 10 KB units

  • day flat = "Tagesflat" = 24 hours data use € 2.40, max. 1 GB UMTS/HSDPA then reduced to GPRS/EDGE. To activate switch to the special APN (see Technical details below). This tariff is not offered on Blauworld or NettoKOM, only Blau.
  • "Internet-Flat"  = lasts for 30 days, UMTS/HSDPA will be used up to a specified data-limit, after reaching that limit, there will be a downgrade to GPRS/EDGE. All packages can be subscribed and unsubscribed by calling 1155 or by visiting web site.
    • Internet-Flat 100 MB: € 4.90 (only offered for Blau)
    • Internet-Flat 250 MB: € 5.90 (only offered for NettoKOM)
    • Internet-Flat 1 GB: € 9.90
    • Internet-Flat 3 GB: € 14.90
    • Internet-Flat 5 GB: € 19.90 (not offered for NettoKOM)
  • monthly flats can be reset in volume as often as you like within the running time of the package. When the initial traffic is used up, a SMS is sent out which needs to be confirmed with "JA" to double the initial volume: another 100 MB or 1 GB for 3 € and 3 GB or 5 GB for 9 €.

Tethering and VoIPEdit

Tethering is allowed and VoIP is not blocked

Technical detailsEdit

Starter Pack with SIM card can be activated by website or by calling 1155 (German only). After visiting website, there are 3 steps for activation, after these steps SIM card is activated within an hour.

  • APN Settings for monthly flats:
    • APN:
    • Username: eplus (also working: blau)
    • Password: gprs (also working: blau)
  • APN Settings for the dayflat / Tagesflat (not offered for Blauworld or NettoKOM):
    • APN:
    • Username: eplus
    • Password: gprs

Thus daily and monthly flats can be used simultaneously by switching APNs.

More informationEdit

Website in German:

Ortel Mobile Edit


2G up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G up to HSPA+ (42 Mbit/s) roaming with O2, 4G up to LTE (70 Mbit/s). Ortel mobil uses the network of Eplus which has a fair coverage nationwide and a good performance in the cites.

Ortel Mobile is a product of the defunct Eplus Group aimed at the ethno market against Lebara and Lycamobile. It is one of the very few MVNOs in Germany which can be topped up by international credit cards, PayPal and even Paysafecard directly on their website. The website is available mostly in English.

Default data rate Edit

The usual overpriced 0.25 € / MB (in 10 KB units).

Data feature packs Edit

  • 1 GB: 30 days, € 9.90. Activation: text "DATA1000" to 77300
  • 3 GB: 30 days, € 14.90. Activation text "DATA3000" to 77300
  • 5 GB: 30 days, € 19.90. Activation: text "DATA5000" to 77300

VoIP is officially only allowed with the 5 GB pack, but possible on other packs too. When included volume is used up, speed will be throttled to 56 kbps. The data pack can be upsized online on your account: For the 1 GB pack, you get another 1 GB for 3 €, for the 3 or 5 GB pack a reset for 9 €.

All monthly packages auto-renew if there is credit and not stopped. This can be done online on your account.

Availability Edit

  • Online from Ortel to be sent to a German postal address only (normally takes 2-3 working days)
    • for free: without credit
    • for 9.95 €: with 10 € credit and another 10 € bonus on the first top-up
  • at their vending partners in Germany like Shell service stations or "real" supermarkets, O2-branded stores and generally in inner cities at small shops targeting immigrants and migrant workers for 9.95 € with 7.50 € credit. Take care, there are two starter packs: one with a smartphone option prebooked and the other without. Take the one without.

Top ups with Eplus vouchers sold everywhere or online on your account by international credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Some non-European and UK-issued credit cards may not be accepted. Use PayPal or a Paysafecard vouchers instead.

Registration / Activation Edit

This is made online, see here: Euro4. For management (booking and cancellation of packages) an Ortel online account should be opened too.

SIM sizes Edit

A hybrid Standard/Micro/Nano SIM is sent out

EU Roaming Option Edit

Ortel mobile offers one of the cheapest EU roaming packages called Cross. It gives out 750 MB data, 300 minutes outgoing calls and unlimited incoming calls for €20 per month in all of the EU/EEA countries plus Switzerland. More info here: Euro4.

Technical details Edit

  • APN:
  • Username: Eplus
  • Password: Internet

More info Edit

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