There are four mobile phone providers in Germany (o2, E-plus, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom). Further, mobile phone discounters, which act as resellers, provide tariffs as well (i.e. Fonic, Congstar). Due to relatively intense competition, mobile phone prices become lower and lower in Germany.
Currently, we recommend especially three tariffs:
Fonic is a mobile phone discounter, which belongs to o2. They sell prepaid tariffs for smartphones and normal cell phones. Expecially interesting is the fact that calls to landlines to many foreign countries cost €0.09 only. In order to use the smartphone-option (500 minutes or sms, 500 MB data flat, €16.95 per month) you will need a German bank account. Top ups (when not using the smartphone option) are available in many stores.
- Lidl Mobile
Lidl is a retail discounter in Germany, comparable to Aldi. Like Fonic, they sell prepaid tariffs for smartphones and normal cell phones. Calls to foreign landlines cost also €0.09. The smartphone-option (400 minutes or sms, 300 MB data flat, €9.95) requires a German bank account. Top ups (when not using the smartphone-option) are available at Lidl stores only (ask at the checkout).
Very interesting for those whishing to call home often. They sell prepaid mobile tariffs with decent prices when calling within Germany. When calling to mobile and landline numbers abroad, they offer even cheaper prices. And last but not least, they provide an English website! Check out the various tariff options (i.e. voice and data flats).