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The German O2 network is undergoing massive changes and a restructuring process in 2016-8 with the incorporation of the old E-plus network. Some base stations are switched off and the two networks will finally be one.

This has lead to local service outages and shortcomings and angry users. While they offer the lowest prices in the country, you should prefer the other two networks in the meantime instead, if you can't live with this in 2017/8:

  • very variable 4G/LTE speeds down to a few kbps at certain city hotspots due to overcrowding
  • still no local 4G/LTE roaming in some areas for old E-plus customers and brands
  • sudden discontinuation of old plans and tariffs for old E-plus brands (like Aldi or ortel)
  • some billing problems mostly affecting former E-plus customers
  • no hotline support due to long waiting times for all brands
  • suspension of all credit card payments of E-plus brands for top-ups

Telefónica promises improvements for 2017, but this remains to be seen. If you use it in a well covered area like one of Germany's population centers and can live with sporadic 4G/LTE and a reliable 3G coverage (roaming on two networks), you will probably be OK with them as long as you don't need any customer support.

Telefónica is just merging their two billing systems. The old E-plus vouchers are eventually be discontinued and all brands will require o2 refill cards soon. So using old E-plus brands like AldiTalk, ay yildiz, ortel or Blau, check locally which cards you need to top-up.

O2 (by Telefónica Germany) Edit

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 most of their MVNOs.

Like all network providers in Germany o2 charges slightly higher rates than its resellers. O2's own prepaid product used to be called Loop, but they got rid of this name when they relaunched their prepaid portfolio in March 2017. It's now simply called O2 Prepaid. New data add-ons will be released in April 2017.

Maximum transfer speed Edit

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

Availability Edit

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

  • O2 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. It's on the Prepaid 9ct plan by default.
  • O2 Smart: with a Smart Plan (see below) included for 28 days: 9.99 €
  • O2 All-in: with an All-in Plan (see below) included for 28 days: 19.99 €

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#.

ActivationEdit

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 Edit

Default rate outside packages on all tariffs is a "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 Edit

These three tariff lines are offered past 1/3/2017 with data up to 21.7 Mbps:

  • O2 Prepaid 9ct: no base rate, no included allowances, data at default rate
  • O2 Prepaid Smart: 9.99 € for 28 days including 1 GB data, 200 mins/SMS to all networks and unlimited to o2
  • O2 Prepaid All-in: 19.99 € for 28 days including 1.5 GB data, unlimited mins/SMS to all domestic networks

The large plans include the very disputed "Datenautomatik": Having used up all data volume in Smart plan o2 automatically adds up to 3 "Datensnacks" ("data snacks") of 100 MB for 2 € each. To All-in plan up to 3 snacks of 250 MB for 3 € each are added. Only after the 3 added snacks or all balance are used up too, speed will be throttled to 32 kbps.

Add-on packages: Edit

From 1/4/2017 these add-on packages for more data are offered on all three plans valid for 28 days:

  • Data Pack S: 150 MB: 2.99 €
  • Data Pack M: 500 MB: 5.99 €
  • Data Pack L: 1 GB: 9.99 €
  • Data Pack XL: 2 GB: 19.99 €

All add-on packages also renew automatically, if there is enough balance and they have not been stopped.

EU roaming Edit

EU flag

Like Vodafone and Telekom from 2016 now o2 offers all included bundle allowances of their voice and data packages without any surcharges for roaming in the EU/EEA. This doesn't apply to data-only SIMs and all their resellers so far.

Data-only SIM: o2 go Edit

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 and 21.4 MBit/s:

Validity Data Price
1 calendar day 0-24hrs 500 MB 2.99 €
10 flexible calendar days 10 x 500 MB 19.99 €
1 month 200 MB 4.99 €
1 GB 14.99 €
5 GB 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 Edit

  • APN: it works with any
  • 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): http://www.o2online.de/ and for prepaid: http://www.o2-freikarte.de

Blau and Blauworld Edit

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.

Availability Edit

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.

Blauworld

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 packsEdit

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 € 750 MB 300 mins/SMS
Blau L 14.99 € 1.5 GB 400 mins/SMS
All-Net L 19.99 € 2 GB unlimited
All-Net XL 23.99 € 3 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 Edit

  • Tethering is allowed and VoIP is not blocked
  • APN: it works with any

More infoEdit

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

Aldi talk
2G up to EDGE (220 Kbit/s), 3G up to HSPA+ and 4G/LTE at max. 21 Mbit/s. In 2016 it has been moved from E-Plus to o2 and it now uses the combined E-Plus/o2 network on 4G/LTE too, making it one of the most popular MVNOs in the country. For free roaming on o2 network you may need to enable data roaming on some devices.

AvailabilityEdit

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 packsEdit

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

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

Combo packs: Data & Calls & SMS bundles

7.99 € 1 GB 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.

Daily package Edit

Their daily package used to be a good deal before Telefónica came and spoilt it. From 2016 AldiTalk requires to use their "Web Stick", an aged 3G USB-dongle to activate the dayflat. This USB stick is sold at 29.99 € in some of their stores with a free starter pack. You can also find it on eBay.de for around 10 € without the starter. After flashing it with the newest firmware (v.5 or higher) for Windows or Mac (see Anwendungen) you will be able to activate a day pack. It's still at 1.99 € for up to 1 GB within 24 hours of activation.

That's the only way now. Of course, you can take the SIM from the stick after activation and put it in a smartphone. Don't use the old APN tagesflat anymore. It has been disabled for the daily pack and as O2's new APN is dynamic, you will be surfing on the high default rate instead.

EU roaming packageEdit

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 settingsEdit

  • APN: it works with any
  • Enable data roaming for coverage of both o2 and E-Plus networks

More infoEdit

  • Both tethering and VoIP are allowed

NettoKOM and Norma Mobil Edit

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

Availability Edit

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 packsEdit

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 Edit

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 settingsEdit

  • APN: it works with any
  • Enable data roaming to have both o2 and E-Plus networks on 3G

More informationEdit

  • Tethering is allowed and VoIP is not blocked

Ay yildiz Edit

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.

Availability Edit

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 Edit

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 €
34.99 € 12 GB - 12GB 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 Edit

  • Tethering is allowed, VoIP is officially banned, but works anyway
  • APN: it works with any

Ortel Mobile Edit

Ortel

Ortel Mobile is a product of the defunct E-Plus Group aimed at the ethno market competing with Lebara and Lycamobile.

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

Availability Edit

Ortel mobile is the only SIM card in Germany, that is easily available and heavily marketed at major airports like Frankfurt.

  • 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 Edit

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 Edit

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. 'Data Reset' means that you can have the same data allowance again at the reduced price for the rest of the running time of the base package.

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.

Technical details Edit

  • APN: it works with any
  • Enable data roaming to get both Eplus and o2 3G networks

More info Edit

Tchibo mobile Edit

Tchibo

Tchibo mobile is one of the oldest MVNOs in Germany. It started in 2004 on the O2 network. As they still have a prepaid product line and a day flat it has been re-added to the list, even if their rates are not so competitive anymore. They operate on the O2 network in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE up to 21.6 MBit/s with a good coverage in cities and less on the countryside.

Availability Edit

The SIM cards are exclusively sold in Tchibo stores, Germany leading coffee roaster chain, not in other stores, where there may be a Tchibo section too. In this store locator, you need to look for own branded Tchibo stores, indicated by a golden coffeebean on a blue background.

You need to buy a starter set in Prepaid Tarif, not in Smartphone Tarif or Tablet Tarif as for the two latter you need to have a German bank account. Triple-cut SIM are given out. Only the prepaid tariff stays prepaid all the time and you can add all packages later. Starter price is 7.99 € without credit which is pretty high. You should do a recharge rightaway at the point of purchase.

Activation and top-ups Edit

Activation is either over the phone by calling 040 605900095 or online here (in German only). Online activation is instantly. You need to give a German postal address where a letter will be sent to. If you want to use your SIM for longer, be sure that this letter is not going to be returned to sender as unknown.

To top-up you can use Tchibo vouchers from 15 € sold in some shops or O2 cards (often called Loop) sold in many more places. Enter code by *103*<voucher PIN>#. Check balance by *101#.

Default rate Edit

Starting with the Prepaid Tarif you are on the default rate with a high 0.24 € per MB for data. That's why the first thing you should do is to add a package.

Day rate Edit

Tchibo is one of the few providers that still offers a day rate. 1 GB for one calendar day from midnight to midnight is sold at 2.95 €. To activate text 'START TAGFLAT' to 7777. You will get a message in reponse that you need to confirm by 'JA TAGFLAT' to 7777. Only after activation has been confirmed, you should switch on data. Tchibo won't send you a reminder at midnight, so watch out. For overuse, data is throttled to 64 KBit/s.

Monthly rates Edit

Furthermore, Tchibo offers combo or data packages valid for 30 days:

Package Price Data dom. Calls

Combo packs - Data & Call bundles:

Smart S 7.99 € 500 MB 100 mins
Smart M 9.99 € 1 GB 300 mins
Smart L 19.99 € 2 GB unlimited
Data-only packages:
Data S 9.99 € 1 GB 9 ct/min
Data M 14.99 € 3 GB 9 ct/min
Data L 19.99 € 5 GB 9 ct/min

Data beyond the included allowance will be throttled to 64 kBits/s. Activation through the app, your online account or by *104#. Data upsizes can be made up to three times per month and will run until the month is over. You can upsize your data for the time of the running base plan by app or call center:

  • 100 MB: 2.95 €
  • 300 MB: 4.95 €
  • 1 GB: 6.95 €

More info Edit

  • Tethering and VoIP is allowed
  • To use 3G of E-Plus network enable data roaming
  • APN: it works with any
  • Website in German only: http://www.tchibo.de

K-Classic mobil Edit

K-Classic

K-Classic mobil is a MVNO on the O2 network by the retail chain Kaufland that started in 2012. It works on the same O2 platform in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE up to 21.6 MBit/s as Tchibo mobil with slightly lower prices, but without a daily option.

Availability Edit

K-Classic mobil is sold exclusively in Kaufland megamarkets. These are often located out of town in industrial areas. So they might not be so convenient, if you are on a city trip, but remain an option if you have a car: store locator.

As with Tchibo stay with a starter in Basis Tarif and add packages later for prepaid. The starter is sold at 9.99 € with a 10 € credit pre-loaded.

New SIM cards need to be registered over the phone 0176 88854545 or online here to be activated. There you have to enter phone number, Freischaltnummer written on your SIM tray and a German postal address. Activation may take 2-3 hours.

You can top-up your SIM by vouchers sold at Kaufland starting from 5 €. Alternatively, you can take any O2/Loop or Tchibo voucher too starting from 15 €. Enter code by *103*<voucher PIN>#. Check balance by *101#.

Data feature packages Edit

Default rate is 0.24 €/MB. So better add a monthly data package from the start:

Package Price Data Calls/SMS Activation Reload Reload Act.

Combo packs - Data, Call & SMS bundles:

Surf&Talk XS 4.99 € 100 MB 100 mins/SMS SURFTALK XS 100 MB: 1.50 € RELOAD100
Surf&Talk

S

7.99 € 750 MB 500 mins/SMS SURFTALK

S

300 MB: 2.50 € RELOAD300
Surf&Talk

L

12.99 € 1.5 GB 600 mins/SMS SURFTALK

L

500 MB:

5 €

RELOAD500
Data-only packages:
Surf-Flat 150 3.95 € 150 MB - SURF150 150 MB:

1.50 €

RELOAD150
Surf-Flat

500

6.95 € 500 MB - SURF500 500 MB:

5 €

RELOAD500
Surf-Flat 2000 12.95 € 2

GB

- SURF2000 500 MB:

5 €

RELOAD500

Activation of packages and reload by texting 'START <code word>' to 54540. Beyond the included volume, speed will be throttled to 64 kbit/s. You can make a reload valid for the rest of the running time of the base package. The base plan auto-renews, the reloads not. Stop by texting 'STOP <code word> to 54540.

More info Edit

  • Tethering and VoIP is allowed
  • To use 3G of E-Plus network enable data roaming
  • APN: it works with any
  • Website in German only: http://www.k-classic-mobil.de

Yourfone prepaid Edit

Yourfone

Yourfone is a brand of the Drillisch group, a major reseller of the O2 network in the country. While they focus on contracts, they offer good and flexible data packages on prepaid too, but with a few strings attached. Data is on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE networks of E-plus/O2 in up to 21.6 Mbps speeds with good coverage in the cities and some gaps on the countryside.

Availability Edit

Their SIM cards are not so easy to find. They are sold at some petrol stations or in all of their rather limited selection of shops (store finder) for 9.95 € with 10 € credit preloaded in all 3 sizes. You can also order them online for free, if you have a German postal adress for delivery.

Activation is somewhat tricky as you need to register first to their Servicewelt and all pages are in German only. Their online account is more geared to postpaid customers. Alternatively, call support line 06181 7074 083.

Top-up vouchers may also pose a problem as Yourfone is rarely sold. You can use prelado online with credit card or check their top-up locator here by clicking 'Prepaid-Ladestation' to find a store that sells Yourfone vouchers as O2 vouchers don't work.

Data feature packages Edit

Default rate is rather low 0.08 €/MB. Better add one of their monthly data packages:

Package Price Data Calls + SMS Data Reload

Combo packs - Data, Call & SMS bundles:

Clever S 4.95 € 300 MB 50 min + 50 300 MB: 3.95 €
Clever M 7.95 € 500 MB 100 min + 100 500 MB: 4.95 €
Clever L 9.95 € 1 GB 200 min + 200 1 GB: 6.95 €

'Flat rates' - Data, unlimited Call & SMS bundles:

Flat S 12.95 € 500 MB unlimited 500 MB: 4.95 €
Flat M 15.95 € 1 GB unlimited 1 GB: 6.95 €
Flat L 19.95 € 2 GB unlimited 2 GB: 9.95 €
Data-only packages:
Data 500 4.95 € 500 MB - 500 MB: 4.95 €
Data 1000 7.95 € 1 GB - 1 GB: 6.95 €
Data 2000 12.95 € 2 GB - 2 GB: 9.95 €
Data 3000 16.95 € 3 GB n./a.
Data 5000 19.95 € 5 GB

Activation is through your online account. Having reached the data quota, you can buy a reload valid for the rest of the base package or will be throttled to 32 kBit/s. All base plans, not the reloads auto-renew after one month if there is credit and you haven't stopped them before on your account.

More info Edit

  • Tethering is allowed, VoIP is banned, but works anyway
  • To use 3G of E-Plus network enable data roaming
  • APN: it works with any
  • Website in German only: http://www.yourfone.de

Saturn and MediaMarkt offers Edit

Mm-saturn mobil

Finally, the two German electronic house chains Saturn and MediaMarkt offer own prepaid plans too. They are identical and only sold in their stores. Most of them operate in the O2 network in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE. Here are their offers:

  • Einsteigertarif: SIM card is for free, you have to top-up. 500 MB for 30 days up to 21.4 Mbps are sold at 9.99 €. Speed will be throttled to 64 kBit/s after. A refill of 300 MB is sold at 3 €.
  • Smartphone Basis: This is the only plan not on O2, but on Vodafone through Mobilcom-Debitel. Starter is 9.99 € with 750 MB and 300 mins/SMS. The monthly renewal is 8.99 €. Unlike O2, on this plan included allowances can be used for roaming in the EU without surcharges.
  • Smartphone Plus: Similar to Basis, but on O2 without roaming. Starter is for 9.99 € with 300 MB and 400 mins/SMS for 30 days. That's the monthly renewal price too. 300 MB refill is for 3 €.
  • Smartphone Flex: For 24.99 € you get 1000 mins/SMS or MB or any mixture of it for 3 months. You can only renew the same package ahed of time.
  • Daten-Tarif Basis: This is a postpaid contract and you need a German bank account. So it's not mentioned any further.
  • Daten-Tarif Flex: For 24.99 € you get a data-only SIM with 3 GB preploaded valid for 3 months. Speed is up to 21.6 Mbps and will be throttled to 7.2 Mbps with 0.24 € per MB for overuse. This package doesn't auto-renew, but can be extended for the same time and price again.

For all these plans go to a MediaMarkt or Saturn store only. Tell the seller to register the SIM card on your ID already there. MediaMarkt and Saturn sell other brands and networks too.

NetzClub Edit

Logo

NetzClub is a free ad-sponsored SIM card with a 100 MB high speed volume per month without any charge. As a subsidiary of o2, Netzclub uses the o2 network, which is good in performance especially in populated areas.

Speed is up to 7.2 Mbit/s on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE. After reaching 100 MB a throttle is activated at 32 kbit/s (= half GPRS speed).

NetzClub is based on the Freemium model. A basic allowance is given out for free in the hope that you purchase more for pay. We don't normally add online-only operators, but make exceptions for Freemium offers.

Availability Edit

Order and registration are only done online, because this SIM isn't sold offline in any stores. It will be sent to a German address free of charge within 5 - 7 days. 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 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).

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

manually START SPEEDTICKET200
500 MB 4.95 € until end of free

100 MB cycle

manually START SPEEDTICKET500
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.

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 prepaid SIM cards. If you choose not to use the card anymore, you can have the outstanding credit transfered to a SEPA bank account.

APN and more information Edit

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

WhatsApp SIM Edit

Whatsapp

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.

Availability Edit

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 rateEdit

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 packsEdit

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 Edit

  • APN: it works with any

More info Edit

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

Fonic

FONIC used to be a major prepaid brand of o2. But lately they have been retracted from all shops and are only sold online anymore. As online-only operators are not allowed to be listed in this Wiki as they've proven to be impractical for travellers, Fonic has been taken off the list for now. Other providers sold locally are added instead. If you can still find their offer, check their website mentioned below.

FONIC Mobile (formerly known as LIDL Mobile) Edit

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.

More infoEdit

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