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There are now only three network operators left in Germany:

* Deutsche Telekom (formerly known as T-Mobile)
* Vodafone
* o2 (owned by Telefónica) currently merging with E-Plus (acquired by Telefónica)

E-Plus was acquired by Telefónica, owner of o2, in 2014 to join and become one single network. So far Telefónica merged both networks either by national roaming between them or by network integration of E-Plus into o2. Both networks are planned to be fully merged and all of E-Plus switched off or over in 2017.

All other offers mentioned below are MVNOs of one of the three network operators above. MVNOs are particularly popular for prepaid in Germany and are mostly cheaper than the MNOs. They now have a market share of more than 40% for prepaid which is amongst the highest in the world.

The following operators are sorted according to network. In 2016 all three network operators are neck and neck: Telefónica/o2 is market leader by customer numbers, but Telekom is still ahead what sales figures are concerned. That's why this list follows the historical order of the networks usually used in the country: first Telekom, to be followed by Vodafone and concluded by o2 (Telefónica).

Coverage and speed

2G and 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.

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


The most convenient way to purchase a SIM card for a visitor is to go to one of the big supermarket, drugstore, service station, electronic market chains or an operator's store and look for the providers shown below. Remember that MVNOs tend to be generally cheaper than their MNOs:

* on Telekom: congstar, Lebara mobile, ja!mobil, Penny Mobil and others
* on Vodafone: Otelo, Fyve, EDEKA mobil, Lycamobile, LIDL Connect and others
* on o2 (and former E-Plus): ALDI Talk, Blauworld, NettoKOM, Ortel mobile, WhatsApp SIM, AyYildiz, FONIC, NetzClub and others
use our colour frames for guidance

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

Activation and registration

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 instead. But this may pose a problem: Remember, you don't have a working phone or internet access yet! 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.

As foreign addresses are usually not accepted, use any German address instead, as your personal data will mostly not be verified. But you need to give a valid German street address: name + street name + house number + postal code + city. If you don't have a German address, use your name with c/o name and address of someone else, e.g. the hotel where you are staying. 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.

Update 2016: Right now, only two operators Fonic and Lidl Connect verify your given address by sending you a letter by mail. If you want to use your SIM card for longer and intend to give an address, where you can't be verified for whatever reason, better choose a different provider instead.

The government plans to change this process as online registrations have led to many fake SIM accounts. A new registration scheme with showing an ID card or passport is intended, but not yet finally implemented. So be prepared to show your documents at the point of purchase from 2017.

Tethering is usually allowed with all the shown offers below, except on 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 o2 and some of its MVNOs. Other operators like Vodafone still officially ban them in their T&Cs without any real consequences. Only Telekom (and its MVNOs) has actively blocked and scrambled VoIP in the past, but opened some tariffs for it now.

Topping up

German SIM cards can be topped up in many ways, but only few of them are suitable for visitors as some of them require German payment systems.

  • when you are in Germany only:
    • Buy top-up vouchers called Ladebons in many stores with a PIN to enter. The vouchers of the 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 Connect; E-Plus vouchers for Aldi, Ortel, Whatsapp, ay yildiz, Blau(world), NettoKOM and Norma Mobil and o2 vouchers for Loop and Netzclub. For Fonic, Lycamobile and Lebara, you need special vouchers which are less widely distributed. Note that the billing systems of E-Plus and o2 haven't merged yet and you can't use one voucher for the other.
    • Go to one of the three major drugstore chains (Rossmann, Müller, dm) or to cash and carry markets like "real" to top-up most brands and pay at the cash register with internatl. MasterCard, VISA and sometimes even AmEx.
  • When you are in or out of Germany (trying to keep an existing SIM card alive, topping up before arrival from abroad or while on roaming abroad):
    • some SIM cards can be topped-up with international credit cards (VISA, MasterCard) and sometimes PayPal on the websites of the provider. But some foreign credit cards have been rejected in the past and a few providers may add a small surcharge.
    • other SIM cards still don't allow online top-up by credit cards or have disabled that. Here you will need to use 3rd party agencies instead.
    • The website or app does most recharges without fees. Again, it might be picky about some credit cards from out of the country, but accepts PayPal, if you have a positive balance on your account. An alternative for a small transaction fee is
    • As a last resort international top-up agencies can do the transaction for a variable surcharge of up to 10%.

EU roaming charges

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For roaming in other EU/EEA countries very different rates are charged. But some providers sell EU data already at domestic German prices:

* On Vodafone and most of its MVNOs you can use all your domestic allowances within packages without any surcharges in all EU/EEA countries.
* On some o2-Resellers like Aldi Talk, NettoKOM, Norma mobil you can buy weekly add-on packages at domestic prices for data use in the EU/EEA and even Switzerland.
* On Deutsche Telekom you can use your domestic data allowances in the EU/EEA too, but not voice or SMS. Data are "unlimited" and only throttled to 64 kbps when the package is used up.

Beware that without these options some providers still charge excessive roaming rates of up to 0.23 € per MB.

SUMMARY - Which network (and operator) to choose:

Deutsche Telekom (formerly T-Mobile): The former market leader has still the best network, what coverage and speed is concerned. This comes at the highest prices of all 3 operators, but includes hotspot use of Germany biggest WiFi network. While 4G/LTE is only available on Telekom's own offers, its resellers only give speeds up to 3G so far and in some of their tariffs VoIP is still blocked.

Vodafone: They have a good coverage throughout the country, almost on par with Telekom given out at slightly lower prices. Like its competitor 4G/LTE is only on its own brand. All resellers stay on speeds up to 3G for now. It has the cheapest roaming offer for all EU/EEA countries (excluding Switzerland) right now selling EU voice, text and data allowances at domestic rates in packages.

o2 (with E-Plus): The newly consolidated o2 network has a good coverage and 3G speeds in towns and cities, but can't match overall coverage in the countryside for now. 4G/LTE is open on o2's own brand and on most of its resellers too like Aldi Talk. This makes it the cheapest offer with LTE in the country right now. It's the only network that covers the Berliner U-Bahn (metro, underground, subway) in full length by both 3G and 4G/LTE.

UPDATE 2016: The old E-Plus LTE network on 1800 MHz has been switched off in June 2016 and all LTE traffic is now routed through o2's own LTE network mainly on 800 and 2600 MHz. This has led to some congestion and slow speeds even below 3G rates in certain city centers. If you experience slow 4G speeds, it may be better to switch to one of their two 3G network instead to get faster access.

So choose:

  • Telekom for the best coverage and speeds at the highest prices
  • Vodafone for the cheapest roaming, if you want to use it elsewhere in the EU
  • o2 (+ E-Plus) for the cheapest domestic rates on LTE and for using Berlin public transport
You have the choice between the network operator and one of its many resellers (MVNOs). The operator gives better support and offers LTE at higher prices, while many resellers give better rates, but stay on 3G (except o2-MVNOs) with a minimal customer support.

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 - 30 ct per MB while data in packages are between 0.2 - 2 ct/MB. So buy packages right from the start, shut off data before the purchase and enable only when this has been confirmed (see here).

More information

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):

Deutsche Telekom (formely T-Mobile)


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. In 2015 they opened all prepaid products for 4G/LTE.


The magenta-coloured Xtra Cards used to be sold all over the country. In September 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:

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

While the 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 can be activated in Telekom Shops or online on their website and can't be switched between the lines.

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.

MagentaMobil Start (voice, SMS and data)

Their new voice and data SIM card has been opened for 4G/LTE. It comes with a base rate and includes all calls within the Telekom network and to one specified domestic landline number. For data you can choose among these tariffs below in up to 300 Mbit/s on 4G/LTE:

  • XS: without data for 28 days: 2.95 €. For data you can book their Handy DayFlat: this is their pre-enabled default rate. 0.99 € for only 25 MB within 24 hours. Then speed will be throttled to 64 Kbit/s or you can buy another package for the same price.
  • S: 100 MB for 28 days: 4.95 €
  • M: 500 MB for 28 days: 9.95 €
  • L: 1 GB for 28 days: 14.95 €

Packages renew themselves and can be booked online on 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 for extra spreed for 31 days: Add-on XS with 100 MB at 1.95 € only for S plans, Add-on S with 250 MB at 4.95 €, M with 500 MB at 7.95 € and L with 750 MB at 9.95 € only for M and L plans.

In October 2016 Telekom added two new features to its prepaid SIM for the S, M and L plans and to all Data Start plans for hotspot use and EU data roaming:

  • you can now use their Telekom WiFi Hotspots for free with unlimited data. 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.
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    data roaming in all countries of the EU/EEA mostly in 4G/LTE is now included at German rates and taken from your domestic package allowances. For overuse, you will be throttled to 64/16 Kbps on roaming too. Note, that most calls and SMS within the roaming area are not included as they are with Vodafone (see below).

Data Start (data-only)

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

  • Flat S: 500 MB in 24 hours: 2.95 €
  • Flat M: 750 MB in 7 days: 9.95 €
  • Flat L: 1 GB in 30 days: 14.95 €

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. Free Telekom hotspot use and EU data roaming without surcharges (see above) is now added too.

Technical info

  • 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



Congstar is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and a cheaper alternative to access the Telekom network, but remains still more expensive than most of its competitors. They stay on 2G and 3G only so far, no 4G/LTE yet.


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. To check your balance dial *100#.

Default Data Rate

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:

  • messaging option for free: Max. 32 Kbit/s (both downstream and 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

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

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 €


APN: internet.t-mobile

VoIP (Skype, WhatsApp calls...)

Congstar has a strange dual policy about VoIP. On its voice tariffs with data packages it still actively blocks communications with OTT apps like Skype. If you plan to use VoIP services, you can only make it work using a VPN app like Cyberghost.

In contrast to that, on all data-only plans like the surf card packages VoIP is now officially supported and proved to be working.

More Information

  • 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
  • Blackberry use and P2P are not allwowed
  • Tethering is allowed

ja! mobil and Penny Mobil

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 operate on the good Telekom network in 2G and 3G only and are managed by Congstar which is their official MVNO provider.


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 get the Prepaid Start package, not Prepaid Smart package.

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


Starter packs can be registered online or by phone:

Both websites are only in German, so you may use Google Translate. Phone lines for activation are only open Mon-Sat 7am-9pm 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

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, a monthly rate is available:

  • 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.


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

SIM sizes

mini, micro and nano SIM are available


APN: internet.t-mobile

More information

  • Telekom actively blocks VoIP

Lebara mobile


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 and 3G only, no 4G/LTE yet.


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.

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#.

Data feature packs

Data by default is 0.19 € per MB. Better add one of these monthly data bundles:




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
5 GB 19.99 EUR text DATA5000 to 55255

After sending the activation 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 'HALTDATA<size in MB>' to 55255 at least 24 hours before expiration. All packages can only be booked once per month.


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

More information

  • website in English
  • nactivity period is only about 6 months, e.g. if you don't use the card for 6 months or longer, it will be deactivated.
  • Tethering is allowed according to this site, but VoIP remains blocked (see Telekom above).


Vodafone has opened 4G/LTE on its own prepaid offers (but not its MVNOs) with speeds up to 250 Mbit/s. They cover 90% by 4G/LTE in 2016. 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.

EU roaming offer

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In May 2016 Vodafone opened most of its prepaid plans for EU roaming without surcharges. This means that you can take any Vodafone plan or those of its MVNOs and use the included or added allowances for roaming at domestic German rates. This is by far the cheapest roaming solution for Europe in Germany right now. Note that Vodafone's Websessions, otelo's surf plans and all offers of Lycamobile are not included.


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 or 14.95 € with 15 € credit. If you have a German mail address (or know someone who has), you can order online and have a "Freikarte" (= free SIM without credit) sent to you by mail for free that is already activated. Thus, you can skip registration process.

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 packs

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

  • CallYa Talk&SMS: no included volumes, data must be added (see below) - free
  • CallYa Smartphone Special: 750 MB (+100 MB)  LTE data, 200 mins or SMS in all domestic networks: 9.99 EUR
  • CallYa Allnet-Flat: 1 GB (+100 MB) LTE data, unlimited texts and voice in all domestic networks: 22.50 EUR

()= If you are able to circumvent the German geo-restriction of the Mein Vodafone or Mein CallYA apps in the Play or iStore, another 100 MB per month are given out for free for app use on the Special and Allnet-Flat plans. Android users can download the last version of Mein CallYa app here and install it allowing apps from a different source.

Speed is a max. of 250 Mbit/s on LTE, when volume is used up, it will be reduced to 32 kbps. To all plans these LTE data add-ons valid for 4 weeks (28 days with auto-renewal) can be booked:

  • 150 MB: 2.99 EUR
  • 500 MB: 5.99 EUR
  • 1 GB: 9.99 EUR
  • 2 GB: 19.99 EUR 
  • 4 GB: 29.99 EUR 

To activate go online or text the data size of the pack (e.g. '1 GB') to 70888 or use the Tarifmanager by callling 22044. 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/600MB for one-time usage, valid for 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:

Again, the included allowances of all CallYa plans and top-ups can be used without surcharges in all over the EU/EEA for roaming, mostly on 4G/LTE Vodafone and partner networks.

Data-only SIM - WebSessions

Aimed at tablets, routers and modems, Vodafone sells data-only SIM cards called WebSessions without voice. In March 2016 4G/LTE was opened with speeds up to 50 Mbps. 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 redirected 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.

SIM sizes

  • mini, micro, nano SIM

Restrictions (VoIP, Messaging)

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

Settings and more info

  • APN for CallYa talk & data SIM:
  • APN for WebSessions data-only SIM:



Otelo is a subsidiary of Vodafone and uses its network on 2G and 3G only up to 21 Mbit/s, no 4G/LTE so far. The included allowances of talk&data SIMs, not the Surf SIM, can be used for roaming in the EU/EEA without surcharges (see Vodafone above).


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-ups can be made with cash cards sold at the shops mentioned above or Vodafone CallNow vouchers, even more widely available.

Handy Karte

Handy Karte is their tariff for phones including voice, text and data. For data you need to book a package. They offer these bundles:

  • Internet Flat 750 for 9.99 € per month including 750 MB
  • Internet Flat 150 for 3.99 € per month including 150 MB

Data is up to 21 Mbit/s and will be throttled for overuse 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 "Flat" 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)

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. Again, this product line is not available for free EU roaming.

More infomation

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

LIDL Connect

Lidl connect

In October 2015 LIDL changed partners: Now LIDL exclusively sells their starter packs under the new label LIDL Connect as a MVNO on the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G (up to 21.6 Mbit/s, see coverage above). Rates are pretty similar to the old Lidl Mobile tariff. For SIM cards purchased before October 2015 at Lidl's, see FONIC Mobile in the FONIC section below.

The included allowances of new Lidl Connect SIMs can be used on roaming in the EU/EEA without surcharges. This doesn't apply to their Data-only SIM (see below).


Since October 2015 their new starter packs are available exclusively in all Lidl discounter stores (store locator). They are not on display, but have to be asked for at the checkout desk. They are sold at 9.95 € starter price containing a 10 € credit. A triple-size SIM card is given out. Try to get the "Classic" line that is their default rate that can later be switched to any other line (but the "Internet stick" tariff). You need to register you SIM card online here to have it activated within an hour.

Recently, Lidl Connect started to verify given postal adresses by sending a letter. Better choose another provider, if you can't be verified there and want to use your SIM card for longer. It might get suspended.

Top-up by credit card online (but some foreign cards may not be accepted) or vouchers sold at Lidl discounter stores starting from 5 € or any Vodafone cash card called 'Call now' (for min. 15 €). To top-up by voucher, type *100*<voucher PIN>#. To check credit of your account, type *100#.

Data feature packages

There is no data use outside of packages. So get one of their monthly bundles, either as combo pack or a data-only bundle, all valid for 30 days:

Package Price Data Dom. Calls / SMS

Combo packs: Data & Calls & SMS bundles

Smart XS 4.99 € 100 MB 100 mins/SMS
Smart S 7.99 € 750 MB 300 mins/SMS
Smart L 12.99 € 1.5 GB 600 mins/SMS
All-Net Flat 19.99 € 2 GB unlimited
Data-only packages
3.99 € 150 MB -
6.99 € 500 MB -

For more data after combo or data pack is used up, so-called "Speed Buckets" data add-ons can be booked on every running pack. These are valid for 14 days only:

  • 150 MB: 1.49 €
  • 300 MB: 3.49 €
  • 500 MB: 4.99 €

To activate a package, go to your personal account called "Mein Kundenkonto", use their app or call customer service at 0172 22220 (at 0.49 € per call). The combo and data-only packages auto-renew after 30 days, if you have enough credit. Add-ons stop when depleted or their base pack has run out and won't auto-renew. When having reached the included data volume, speed will be throttled to 64 kbit/s otherwise.

Data-only SIM

Lidl offers two more good data-only packages on a special SIM. It's available:

  • as SIM-only: Surf-Karte for 9.99 € with 10 € credit preloaded
  • with a 3G USB dongle (unlocked Huawei E3531): Internet-Stick for 29.99 € with 10 € credit

These two data-only plans are offered for this SIM:

  • daily rate: 24 hours, 1 GB - 1.99 €
  • monthly rate: 30 days: 5 GB - 14.99 €

The daily rate is not charged, on days when no data are used, the monthly rate will not auto-renew. Note, that the data-only SIM is not available for roaming.

More information

  • APN:
  • Tethering is banned, but works anyway
  • VoIP is banned, but works anyway on all devices
  • Website:

EDEKA mobil

EDEKA mobil is the MVNO of the big supermarket chain in Germany on the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G only with speeds up to 21 Mbit/s (no 4G/LTE yet, see Vodafone). The included domestic allowances of all their packages can be used all over the EU/EEA for roaming without surcharges.

Data feature packs

There is no data outside of packages. They offer these combo or data-only packages valid for 30 days:

Package Price Data Dom. Calls / SMS

Combo packs: Data & Calls & SMS bundles

Smart S 6.95 € 250 MB 200 mins/SMS
Smart M 8.95 € 750 MB 300 mins/SMS
Smart L 14.95 € 1.7 GB 300 mins/SMS
Data-only packages
Internet-Flat S 4.95 € 150 MB -
Internet-Flat M 9.95 € 1 GB -
Internet-Flat L 19.95 € 3 GB -

Calls between Edeka mobile customers are free and not debited for the combo allowances. All packages auto-renew after 30 days. Packages can be booked online on your personal account 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 €
  • 1 GB for 9.95 €

Add-on packs are all valid for 14 days after activation and will not renew.

SIM sizes

  • Combo mini/microSIM and nano-SIM available.

Settings and more info

  • APN:
  • Tethering or hotspot use is not possible through, use instead
  • Hotspot use = tethering is not possible through all Apple devices (running on iOS)



Fyve use the Vodafone network on 2G and 3G only (max. 21 Mbps), no 4G/LTE, which is pretty good in terms of coverage. The included domestic allowances of all packages can be used on roaming in the EU/EEA without surcharges.


  • Online orders ( are only delivered to German addresses for a 5 € fee.
  • Starter-packs are offline available at service stations (like Shell, Esso, Agip, Jet) and at the shops of The Phone House (
  • Starter-pack costs 9.95 € whether for miniSIM or microSIM, this includes one month of the "Surf-Flatrate M" (150 MB) plus 5 € credit
  • Reload: Any Vodafone refill voucher (so-called "CallNow cash card") can be used. They are widely available in kiosks, supermarkets or service stations.
  • Starter packs contain a combo mini- and micro-SIM. Nano SIMs are only available online.

Data Feature Packs

These options are valid for 30 days:

Package Price Data Dom. Calls / SMS

Combo packs: Data & Calls & SMS bundles

Smart S 8.95 € 400 MB 300 mins/SMS
Smart M 10.90 € 550 MB 300 mins/SMS
Smart L 14.90 € 900 MB 300 mins/SMS
Smart XL 18.90 € 1.4 GB 300 mins/SMS
Data-only packages
Surf-Flatrate M 5.00 € 150 MB -
Surf-Flatrate L 10.00 € 500 MB -
Surf-Flatrate XL 15.00 € 1 GB -
Surf-Flatrate XXL 20.00 € 3 GB -

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

After using up all 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.

APN and more info

  • APN:
  • Website (in German only):
  • Tethering is allowed (at least you are allowed to use a 3G stick)



Lycamobile from Britain is the main competitor of Lebara mobile on the ethno market. In Germany it is operating a MVNO on the Vodafone network in 2G and 3G only, no 4G/LTE yet. Lycamobile doesn't offer Vodafone's included roaming, but its own roaming bundles instead (see below).


Their SIM card is sold online to be sent to a German postal address or offline at many outlets (store locator) for free without credit.

There and at service stations, supermarkets and kiosks, you can find Lyca's reload vouchers. You can try to top-up online on your account by credit card, because some (but not all) international cards are accepted. As a last resort you can also use PayPal or PaySafeCards or swap credit from other Lycamobile SIM cards even of a different country for a surcharge. Balance check is by *131#.

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

Data feature packs

0.19 € per MB is charged, if no data bundle is booked or all data used up. These monthly data bundles are available:

  • 500 MB: 7.99 €, activation: *139*11500#
  • 1 GB: 9.99 €, activation: *139*11000#
  • 2 GB: 12.99 €, activation: *139*12000#
  • 3 GB: 14.99 €, activation: *139*13000#
  • 5 GB: 19.99 €, activation: *139*15000#
  • 10 GB: 39.99 €, activation: *139*15100#

Lycamobile will automatically renew your bundle once it expires. To cancel the auto-renewal dial *190# before the expiry date and follow the instructions or call Customer Service 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. Only one of the bundles above can be booked per month. For more data, they offer add-on packages, which can be added to the running packages above. Note that extra volume is only valid for the running time of the base package and won't roll over:

  • 500 MB: 6 EUR, activation: text 115002 to 3535
  • 1 GB: 9 EUR, activation: text 110002 to 3535
  • 3 GB: 14.99 EUR, activation: text 130002 to 3535
  • 5 GB: 19.99 EUR, activation: text 150002 to 3535

Roaming bundles

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. Note, that the free roaming offer of other Vodafone MVNOs doesn't apply to Lycamobile, as it uses a different billing system.


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

More information

  • Website in English
  • Lycamobile's website claims they will keep a number active 180 days, since it was last used and credit stays valid for 90 days.
  • VoIP is allowed except using the Lebara Talk app
  • Tethering seems not to be allowed and effectively blocked. They are known to sniff and kill tethering connections.

o2 (Loop, and former E-Plus)

O2 logo

o2, owned by Telefónica, has now grown from Germany's smallest network to its biggest after the merger with E-Plus, what number of subscribers is concerned. The shops of E-Plus/Base have been rebranded and each customers can use also the both 2G and 3G networks nationwide and 4G/LTE. This gives a better coverage in the countryside, but still not as widespread as Telekom or Vodafone. 4G/LTE has been opened for prepaid in 2016 on its own brand and some of their MVNOs.

Like all network providers in Germany o2 charges higher rates than its resellers. The reason to add the MNO is the opening of their 4G/LTE network to new prepaid customers in February 2016. o2's own prepaid product is called Loop, but you can get their 4G/LTE now on some resellers much cheaper.

Maximum Transfer Speed

2G up to EDGE, 3G up to HSDPA and 4G/LTE up to 21.6 Mbps. You should have 800 MHz (band 20) for LTE as o2 uses it mostly.


o2 likes to call its starter packs Freikarte (= free card) because they are mathematically sold for free:

  • for free ('Freikarte'): without credit, only sold online and sent to a German postal address. If you have a German mail address (or know someone who has), you can get the SIM for free, that is already activated. Thus, you can skip registration process.
  • 6.99 €: with Loop Smart S (see below) pre-booked
  • 9.99 €: with Loop Smart M (see below) pre-booked
  • 14.99 €: with Loop Smart L (see below) pre-booked

Loop starter packs are sold online (to be sent to a German postal address), in o2-branded shops (locator), in many service stations, postal offices, supermarkets, electronic chain stores and kiosks. A triple size SIM card in mini, micro and nano is given out.

Top-up vouchers can be found there and many other places too for 15, 20 or 30 €. To add value, type *103*<voucher code>#. Alternatively, you can use a bank transfer, their app or a top-up agency like prelado. SIM card and credit stays valid for 6 months after the last recharge. Check balance by *101# and validity by *102#.


Their SIM needs to be registered and activated before use. This is done online on their website or by calling 0800 800 2002 (for free from another phone) and takes some minutes or hours to take effect.

Default data rate

Default rate outside packages on all tariffs is the "day flat" of 0.99 € per calendar day with up to 30 MB high speed data (up to 21.6 Mbps and 4G/LTE), beyond throttled to 32 kbps.

Data feature packages

These monthly bundles are offered for data in up to 21.6 Mbps and 4G/LTE:

  • Smart S: 50 MB and 50 mins or SMS: 6.99 €
  • Smart M: 750 MB and 200 mins or SMS: 9.99 €
  • Smart L: 1 GB and 200 mins or SMS: 14.99 €
  • Smart XL: 1 GB 1.5 GB and 200 mins or SMS: 19.99 €
  • Smart All-In: 500 MB: 29.99 €; 2 GB: 39.99 €; 5 GB: 49.99 €

While Smart S-L contains unlimited calls to o2, the Smart All-In has unlimited calls and texts in all domestic networks. On all bundles unused data rolls over to the next month. From 29/3/2016 all newly activated SIM cards include the very disputed "Datenautomatik": Having used up all data volume in M or L tariffs o2 automatically adds up to 3 "Datensnacks" ("data snacks") of 100 MB for 2 € each, in XL 250 MB for 3 € each. Only after the 3 added "snacks" (or all balance) are used up too, speed will be throttled to 32 kbps.

Data-only SIM - o2 go

This SIM has only data, no voice and is aimed at tablets and modems. It is sold in a seperate starter pack called o2 go prepaid for 9.99 € with 500 MB valid for 6 months after activation. These packages can be booked for more data on up to 4G/LTE:

Validity Data max. Speed Price
1 calendar day 500 MB 14.4 Mbps 2.99 €
10 calendar days 10 x 500 MB 19.99 €
1 month 200 MB 7.2 Mbps 4.99 €
1 GB 14.4 Mpbs 14.99 €
5 GB 21.1 Mbps 24.99 €
7.5 GB 34.99 €

Activation is online through your o2 account. Having used up data quota, speed will be throttled to 64 Kbps.

More infomation

  • APN:
  • Tethering and VoIP are allowed or remain at least unblocked
  • Enable data roaming as better coverage is still made through free national roaming
  • More info (in German): and for prepaid:

FONIC (with FONIC mobile, formerly known as LIDL mobile)


FONIC uses the network of combined network of E-Plus/o2, which has a fair coverage and gives good performance in the cities. 2G up to EDGE, 3G up to HSDPA and 4G/LTE up to 21.6 Mbps.


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 supermarkets (see below) and Rossmann. Be aware that o2 vouchers called Loop or Tchibo vouchers can't be used. FONIC SIM cards can be reloaded by bank transfer from abroad too. This may take a few days and is described here (in German).

SIMs in a starter packs are normally standard size, but with perforations to break out micro-SIM if required. If you want a nano SIM, 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 surcharge of 10 €, which is inconvenient if you need a nano SIM.


The SIM needs to be activated and unlocked before use. First of all you need to register, either over the phone or online (in German). 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 won't work until the phone number has been activated. If you activate the Fonic Smart S plan for example, you will be stuck with that plan for a month before you can change it!

Fonic is one of the few providers so far to verify given postal adresses by sending a letter there. Better choose another provider, if you can't verified at the given address and want to use your SIM card for longer. It might get suspended.

Data feature packs

They have a high default rate of 0.24 € per MB,

  • Daily Flat = Tagesflat (per calendar day = 0:00h - 23:59h) = 1.99 € (after 500 MB per day, speed drops to 32 kbit/s). There is a price cap of 20 € per month, so if you use it for 10 days, the remaining days are free. For subscription text START TAGESFLAT to 36 642 (free). The FUP says that after 5 GB per month, the speed also drops to 32 kbps.
  • monthly rates for 30 days:
Package Price Data Dom. Calls / SMS Activation
Classic Internet 9.95 € 500 MB ---- START HANDYINTERNET
Smart S 9.95 € 700 MB 400 mins/SMS START SMART S
Smart 16.95 € 1.5 GB 500 mins/SMS START SMART
ALLNET-FLAT 24.95 € 2 GB unlimited START ALLNET

To activate, text code to 36642 for 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 monthly flat renews automatically, if you have sufficient credit and the daily flat will remain your default rate. Text activation code and replace START by STOP to 36642 to prevent them from renewing.

When you have exceeded the data quota in the running time of the package, you'll get a SMS info and speed will be reduced to approx. 32 kbit/s. Then, you will be offered to buy a 'reload code' with 300 MB at 2.49 € or 500 MB at 4.99 € depending on base pack.

FONIC Mobile (formerly known as LIDL Mobile)

Fonic mobile

In 2015 LIDL changed partners. All old LIDL mobile SIM cards sold in their stores until Sept. 2015 are rebranded into FONIC mobile. The old tariffs have grandfathering and remain similar to regular Fonic rates. Top-up vouchers are still sold, but no Fonic starter packs at Lidl's anymore. From now on you'll have to choose a FONIC top-up voucher, not a LIDL-branded voucher for topping up their old SIM cards. We don't list FONIC Mobile anymore as SIM cards are only available online to be sent to a German postal address. To see their rates, check their updated pricelist. The new Lidl offer is now called LIDL Connect (see above) operating on the Vodafone network instead.

APN and more info

  • APN:
  • Tethering is allowed
  • Website (in German):



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 the combined E-PLus/o2 network, which is still good in performance mainly in the big cities.

Speed is up to 7.2 Mbit/s on 2G and 3G, but no 4G/LTE so far. After reaching 100 MB a throttle is activated at 32 kbit/s (= half GPRS speed).


Order and registration are only done online, because this SIM isn't sold offline in any stores. The SIM card will be sent to a German address free of charge within 5 - 7 days. So you need to have a German postal address to get the offer. They will only send out one SIM per person and a maximum of 3 SIMs per household (same last name and address). The SIM sent out by mail is a hybrid mini-, micro-, and nano-SIM. 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'll 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.

Recharge and upsize

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).

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 add one of these options:

Data Price Validity Renewal Activation to 22233
200 MB 2.95 € until end of free

100 MB cycle

500 MB 4.95 € until end of free

100 MB cycle

500 MB 6.95 € 1 month manually START SURFPACK500
500 MB 6.95 € 1 month auto-renew START SURFPACK
1 GB 9.95 € 1 month auto-renew START SURFPACK1000
2 GB 14.95€ 1 month auto-renew 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 (for 9c per min) or simply be low on credit to prevent auto-renewal.

EU Roaming package

For data roaming in all EU countries outside of Germany including Switzerland they offer two packages. You don't need to have booked a domestic package before:

  • 50 MB for 24 hours: 1.95 €. For activation text "START EUSURF 50" to 22233
  • 100 MB for 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

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 transfered to a German bank account.

APN and more information

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

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

Aldi talk
2G up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G up to HSPA+ and 4G/LTE at max. 21 Mbit/s. As an former E-Plus reseller, it now uses the combined E-Plus/o2 network on 4G/LTE too, making it one of the most popular MVNOs and one of the best deals in the country right now. For free roaming on o2 network you may need to enable data roaming on some devices.


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 (check-out) for it. SIM cards are available for 12.99 € with 10 € balance preloaded. Or order them online to be sent to a German postal address for the same price.

ALDI Talk starter packages (including those purchased at ALDI stores) come with a triple-combination SIM card in mini, micro and nano size cut-outs.

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

Data feature packs

Default data rate is a high 0.24 € per MB. So add packages from the start.

  • 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. 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.
  • Monthly packages (all valid for 30 days):
Price Data Dom. Calls / SMS Refill

Combo packs: Data & Calls & SMS bundles

7.99 € 750 MB 300 mins / SMS 4 €
12.99 € 1.5 GB 600 mins / SMS 6 €
19.99 € 2 GB unlimited mins / SMS 8 €
Data-only packages:
3.99 € 150 MB  - 2 €
6.99 € 500 MB  - 3 €
9.99 € 1.5 GB  - 6 €
14.99 € 5 GB  - n./a.
Activation is done 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 don't dial this code, ALDI will automatically try to activate a new data plan after expiration of the present one.
Refill in the table means that you can refill the same data allowance again for the running time of the package by calling 1155, online or using the ALDI Talk app at the given price.

Billing for voice and text

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 9 ct elsewhere). This doesn't need to be a disadvantage: "Community calls" (meaning Aldi to other Aldi numbers) are charged with 3 cents/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.

EU-Roaming Package

EU flag
ALDI offers this only add-on for data roaming outside of Germany in all EU countries, Norway and Switzerland. For 500 MB in 7 days 4.99 € are charged. This package can be booked online or by ALDI Talk app. When expired (by volume or time) it doesn't automatically renew, but can be booked again. This can be a good deal for a light roaming data volume or if you need Switzerland included. For more data better check Vodafone (see above) or buy a local SIM in the destination country.

Technical Settings

  • APN for monthly packages:
  • APN for daily package:
  • Username: eplus
  • Password: gprs
  • Enable data roaming for coverage of both o2 and Eplus networks

More info

  • Both tethering and VoIP are allowed

NettoKOM and Norma Mobil

Both Norma Mobil and NettoKOM are on the combined network of E-Plus/o2 that has a fair coverage nationwide and a good performance in the cities. Their 2G is up to EDGE, 3G is up to HSPA+ and 4G/LTE up to 21 Mbit/s. For free roaming on o2 network you may need to enable data roaming.


NettoKOM starters are exclusively sold at Netto discounter markets (locator). Norma Mobil starters are only sold at Norma discounter stores (locator). At both chains you need to ask for the packs at the check-out.

Both chains sell their SIM card for 10 € with the same credit included. Default tariff line on NettoKOM is the "9 Cent Tarif" without any package attached. Don't take any other plan as you need a German bank account otherwise. On Norma Mobil a Smart M package (see below) is prebooked on their only starter and can't be stopped.

Their SIM card can be activated for NettoKOM online (in German only) for Norma Mobil online (go to "Freischalten" in German only). After visiting their website, there are 3 steps for activation, after these steps SIM card is activated within an hour.
Norma mobil
At many places reload vouchers can be bought. Any E-Plus voucher can be used; while Aldi and o2 vouchers won't work. Check credit by *100#, to top-up type *104*<voucher code>#.

Data feature packs

On NettoKOM or Norma Mobil data by default outside of packages is for € 0.24 per MB in 10 KB units.

Their packages last for 30 days. High-speed data will be used up to the specified limit, after reaching it, there will be a downgrade to GPRS/EDGE speed:

Package Price Data Calls/SMS Activation Data Refill

Smart packs: Data, Call & SMS bundles (for both NettoKOM and Norma Mobile)

Smart S 6.99 € 660 MB 260 mins/SMS 1155 -> 8-1-1-1 4 €
Smart M 9.99 € 1 GB 450 mins/SMS 1155 -> 8-1-1-2 5 €
Smart L 14.99 € 1.7 GB 750 mins/SMS 1155 -> 8-1-1-3 7 €
Data-only packages (only for NettoKOM, not for Norma Mobile)
3.99 € 150 MB - 1155 -> 8-1-2-1 2 €
7.99 € 700 MB - 1155 -> 8-1-2-2 5 €
13.99 € 3 GB - 1155 -> 8-1-2-3 9 €

All packages are auto-renewed at the end of the month. To stop call 1155 and dial 83.

Monthly bundles can be refilled 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.

EU-Roaming Package

They offer an add-on for data roaming outside of Germany in all EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. For 500 MB in 7 days 4.99 € are charged. This package can be booked online or by entering 1155 -> 8-1-5-2. When expired (by volume or time) it doesn't automatically renew, but can be booked again. This can be a good deal for a light roaming data volume or if you need Switzerland included. For more data better check Vodafone (see above) or buy a local SIM in the destination country.

Technical settings

  • APN:
  • Username: eplus
  • Password: gprs

More information

  • Tethering is allowed and VoIP is not blocked

Blau and Blauworld

New blau

Blau used to be a MVNO of E-Plus and made a relaunch in 2015. It's now a subsidiary of Telefónica. Furthermore, they sell the very similar looking brand of Blauworld. It's a different sub-brand of Blau aimed mostly at foreign workers. These SIM cards are often sold side by side and are easy to be mixed up.

Blau and Blauworld use the combined network of E-Plus/o2 which has a reasonable coverage nationwide and a good performance in the cities. Their 2G is up to EDGE, 3G is up to HSPA+ and 4G/LTE up to 21 Mbit/s. For free roaming on o2 network you may need to enable data roaming.


Blau and Blauworld starter packs can be found at a large number of retailers like branded o2 stores. But their tariffs can't be changed between brands. Blauworld is sold for 9.95 € with 10 € preloaded: at many service stations, some supermarkets, the big electronic market chains and at most o2-branded shops too. Blau sells a variety of starter packs. The regular 9c Tarif for 9.99 € with 10 € credit like Blauworld, but also starters with Blau M, L, Allnet-L or Surf M pre-configured. Starter price is the first month included for free.


Starter Pack with SIM card can be registered online with Blauworld (online available in English) and with Blau (online available in German only). When you buy it in an O2 store, let them do the activation.

At many places mentioned reload vouchers can be bought. Blau-branded or or any E-Plus voucher can be used. Check credit by *100#, to top-up type *104*<voucher code>#.

Data feature packs

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

Their packages last for 30 days. High-speed data will be used up to the specified limit, after reaching it, there will be a downgrade to GPRS/EDGE speed.

  • on Blau only:
Package Price Data Calls/SMS

Smart packs: Data, Call & SMS bundles (Blau only)

Blau M 9.99 € 300 MB 300 mins/SMS
Blau L 14.99 € 450 MB 400 mins/SMS
All-Net L 19.99 € 600 MB unlimited
All-Net XL 23.99 € 1.2 GB unlimited
Data-only packages (Blau only)
Surf S 4.99 € 250 MB -
Surf M 9.99 € 1.25 GB -
Surf L 14.99 € 2.5 GB -

All packages must be booked through your personal account. They will auto-renew, if not stopped. Combo and data-only packs can't be mixed.

  • on Blauworld only:
    • 1 GB: 9.99 €, activation: 1155 -> 8-1-5-1
    • 3 GB: 14.90 €, activation: 1155 -> 8-1-8-1
    • 5 GB: 19.90 €, activation: 1155 -> 8-1-4-1

Packages renew after 30 days. To stop them from doing so, dial 1155 -> 8-2.

Technical details

  • Tethering is allowed and VoIP is not blocked
  • APN:
  • Username: blau
  • Password: blau

More information

Ay yildiz

Ay yildiz

This product with its Turkish name (meaning moon and star) is directed to the Turkish migrant market and the biggest immigrant group in Germany. Ay yildiz is a subsidiary of the now defunct E-Plus group (Telefónica) and uses the combined networks of E-Plus and o2. For free roaming on o2 network in 3G and 4G/LTE you may need to enable data roaming.

2G up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G up to HSPA+ with roaming on o2, 4G/LTE up to max. 21 Mbit/s.


Their starter pack contains a combined mini-/micro-/nano- SIM card. It's available from many kiosks at railway stations, service stations and can most often be found in small stores caring for Turkish migrants. It can also be ordered online to be sent to a German postal address. They charge 9.99 € for the package and give a starter credit of 7.50 € and another bonus of 2.50 €, if you top up by 15 € or more. You need to register and activate in online here.

Top-ups can be made almost everywhere. All E-Plus vouchers including Aldi talk codes can be used. Check credit by typing *100#, to top up, type *104*<voucher code>#.

Data feature packages

They now offer only one tariff line called "aystar". Default data rate is a high 0.29 € per MB. So buy packages valid for 30 days:

Package Price Data Calls Activation Data Reset

Combo packs: Data & Call bundles

Smart S 9.99 € 750 MB 150 mins 3 €
Smart M 14.99 € 1 GB 400 mins 3 €
Smart L 19.99 € 1.5 GB 1000 mins 6 €
Smart XL 24.99 € 3 GB unlimited 9 €
Data-only packages
5.00 € 100 MB - 3 €
9.90 € 1 GB - 1GB 6 €
14.90 € 3 GB - 3GB 9 €
19.90 € 5 GB - 5GB 15 €
39.99 € 10 GB - 10GB 30 €

Included calls in combo packages are to all German lines and Turkish landlines. When included volume is used up, speed will be throttled to 56 kbit/s. You can reset data volume for more high speed data for the given rates.

To activate a package, text code to 77770 or call 1155 and follow instructions (that are only in German). All packages auto-renew after 30 days, if there is credit.

More information

  • Tethering is allowed, VoIP is officially banned, but works anyway
  • APN:   
  • Password: eplus    
  • Username: internet

Ortel Mobile


Ortel Mobile is a product of the defunct E-Plus Group aimed at the ethno market competing with Lebara and Lycamobile. For free roaming on o2 network in 3G and 4G/LTE you may need to enable data roaming.

2G is up to EDGE, 3G up to HSPA+ and 4G/LTE up to 21 Mbit/s on the combined E-Plus/o2 network.


  • 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 pre-booked and the other without. Take the one without.

A hybrid standard/micro/nano SIM is sold.

To top-up use E-Plus vouchers that are sold everywhere. Online top-ups by credit card or PayPal have been disabled, but can be made through agencies.

Registration / Activation

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

It's one of the very few MVNOs in Germany that can be topped up by international credit cards, PayPal and even Paysafecard directly on their website. The website is available mostly in English.

Data feature packs

Default rate is the usual overpriced 0.25 € / MB (in 10 KB units). These packages are available for 30 days:

Package Price Data dom. Calls Activation Data Reset

Combo packs: Data & Call bundles

Smart 180 9.90 € 600 MB 180 mins SMART180 3 €
Smart 500 19.90 € 1 GB 500 mins SMART500 3 €
All-Net M 19.99 € 1.5 GB unlimited ALLNETM n.a.
All-Net L 24.99 € 3 GB unlimited ALLNETL n.a.
Data-only packages
4.99 € 100 MB - EU100MB n.a.
9.90 € 1 GB - DATA1000 6 €
14.90 € 3 GB - DATA3000 9 €
19.90 € 5 GB - DATA5000 15 €
39.99 € 10 GB - DATA10GB n.a.

For activation, text code 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. All packages don't include SMS.

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

EU Roaming Option

Ortel mobile offers a EU roaming package 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. The Vodafone offers (see above) are now a better deal for roaming, but don't include Switzerland that Ortel does.

Technical details

  • APN:
  • Username: Eplus
  • Password: Internet

More info

WhatsApp SIM


WhatsApp SIM is joint venture between Telefónica (former E-Plus) and the most popular social messenger app WhatsApp. It's mainly targeted at messenger users as it gives (almost) free data at slow speeds.

Speeds are in 2G up to EDGE, 3G up to HSPA+ and 4G/LTE up to 21 Mbit/s. WhatsApp SIM uses the combined network of E-Plus/o2. For free roaming on o2 network in 3G and 4G/LTE you may need to enable data roaming.


The starter pack is available online to be sent to German postal address or offline at many outlets 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. Combined mini and micro SIMs as well as nano SIMs are available.

It needs to be registered online here before use. The WhatsAll plan for 10 € is preconfigured in all starters. For topping up, any E-Plus voucher widely available can be used. You'll need to top-up at least 5 € every 6 months to keep the SIM card alive.

Default rate

Consumption and allowances are in units that can be used for data, domestic calls and texts. 1 unit = 1 MB of data, 1 minute of voice or 1 SMS.

The free allowance without having booked a plan, is now only 10 MB per month. Take care, that the 10 € plan (see below) is set by default and you have to reset it to the free basic allowance before use. Beyond 10 MB data won't be shut off but stays at throttled 32 kbps. That's why this SIM card is very suitable for messenger users who only need a slow speed for free.

Data feature packs

They sell two packages in which flexible "units" can be used for data, voice or SMS or any mixture of it.

  • WhatsAll 300: € 5 = 300 units in MB, minutes and/or SMS
  • WhatsAll 1000: € 10 = 1000 units in MB, minutes and/or SMS

All packages last for 30 days. There is no way to upsize this package. For overuse, speed will be throttled to 32 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. They will auto-renew, if there is credit and not stopped on your account or by calling 1155.

Technical Settings

  • APN:
  • Username: eplus
  • Password: gprs

More info

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