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Germany: 3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2022)

Germany – known for Oktoberfest, its cars & football (real football, which some may call soccer).

The country is also home to many churches, palaces & castles.

So, besides visiting all these historical buildings, what else can you do in Germany? A lot.

The East Side Gallery in Berlin is a must-see while in the city.

If you are into amusement parks, Europa-Park is worth visiting.

And the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is probably my favorite attraction in the city.

As you can see, there is no need to be bored in Germany.

What also is not boring is fighting an expensive roaming bill because you forgot to turn data roaming odd.

International roaming can be expensive. Local SIM cards, like German ones, are much cheaper than roaming.

SIM card prices in Germany are average for Western European standards.

You can get a Germany SIM card for 9.95 EUR-10 EUR (11.10 USD) from Telekom (formerly T-Mobile), O2 & Vodafone in their stores and from resellers, like Mediamarkt. SIM cards are also sold at several international airports, including Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

Special note for those from Ukraine: be sure to ask about special benefits for Ukrainians. Many mobile operators around Europe have waived fees for you or introduced exclusive plans, including free calls back to Ukraine. Слава Україні! 🇺🇦

Not too bad, right?

Yes, I know some neighboring countries have much cheaper SIM cards (like Poland).

But it is better to spend 10 EUR on a SIM card than 1000 EUR on a roaming bill 🤪.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Germany. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Germany Guide (logos of Vodafone, T-Mobile & O2)

Original publication: 30th of January 2022. Last updated: 18th of September 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Germany?

Anyone living in or visiting Germany can buy a German SIM card from Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile), O2, Vodafone & many MVNO with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Germany).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Germany?

You can get a German SIM card in Telekom (formerly T-Mobile), O2 & Vodafone stores. Electronic shops, like Mediamarkt, also sell SIM cards (especially for the MVNOs). They are also available at several airports, including Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

You can expect to pay the following for German SIM cards:

  • Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile Germany): 9.95 EUR (regular & data-only)
  • O2 Germany: 10 EUR (regular) or 69.99 EUR (data-only)
  • Vodafone Germany: 9.95 EUR
  • MVNOs (like Lycamobile Germany): being added later

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Can You Use Your Phone in Germany?

Germany uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Germany. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Germany, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Germany.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Germany or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Germany (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Germany

Germany has three mobile operators and various Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs – being added later) offering prepaid services:

  • Telekom Germany (also known as Deutsche Telekom and formerly T-Mobile Germany/Deutschland)
  • O2 Germany (O2 Deutschland)
  • Vodafone Germany (Vodafone Deutschland)

The following frequencies are used in Germany:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: N/A – shut down for 4G/LTE and 5G NR refarming
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3), 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz-3600 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Germany, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Germany

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are available in Germany. All German mobile operators offer both services.

5G NR in Germany

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Germany since October 2020. It is available on the Telekom, O2 & Vodafone networks. Telekom and Vodafone allow prepaid customers to use 5G NR – O2 does not. MVNOs do not have 5G NR access yet.

Best SIM Card in Germany

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Germany, I recommend going with Telekom (formerly T-Mobile) or Vodafone. Telekom is the best mobile operator. However, it is the most expensive. Vodafone is the cheapest with great network performance. Moreover, it offers 5G NR for select plans or for 3 EUR/28 days.

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Best eSIM in Germany

Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

However, this process involves a rather time-consuming process, which may not be worth the hassle.

O2 Germany and Vodafone Germany also offer eSIMs, but it is unclear if they are available to prepaid customers too.

I will ask the mobile operators about this when I revisit Germany 🇩🇪😎 (or you could let me know).

Note that the German mobile operators require your identification (ID for EU/EEA travelers and passport for anyone else) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

However, you can get travel eSIMs from Airalo, Holafly & Nomad.

Airalo has the Hallo! Mobil eSIMs:

Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these four options:

  1. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 1 GB eSIM for 7 daysmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 3 GB eSIM for 30 daysvery popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 5 GB eSIM for 30 days
  4. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 10 GB eSIM for 30 daysvery popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Germany eSIMs Compared guide.

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Or you can get Germany eSIMs from Nomad.

Germany eSIMs Nomad
Germany Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Germany eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Germany eSIMs Compared guide.

Finally, you can get Germany eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage:

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No unlimited data for Fiji (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Germany eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Germany eSIMs Compared guide.

With these eSIMs, you can skip Germany's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Germany!

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TIP: check out my Best Germany eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Germany

If you plan on visiting other neighboring European nations, consider the Eurolink eSIM (six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days) in Albania and these other countries:

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Airalo Eurolink eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Holafly and Nomad also have eSIMs covering all of the European Union (and more).

But honestly, the Eurolink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly Europe eSIM if you want unlimited data in 30+ countries – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with Holafly).

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Germany and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Germany eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Germany.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Germany

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Germany, I recommend going with SimCorner's Europe SIM cards that covers Europe (mainly the European Union) and parts Asia, Central America & South America – all in one SIM card.

Germany Travel SIM Card SimCorner
© SimCorner
SimCorner UK and Europe Travel SIM Card (100 GB for 30 days)
© SimCorner

You have these four options:

  1. Europe Travel SIM card with 7 GB for 30 days (includes calls)
  2. Europe & UK Travel SIM card with 12 GB for 30 days (includes calls, SMS & data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
  3. UK and Europe Travel SIM card with 100 GB for 30 days (includes calls and SMS)
  4. Europe Data SIM card with 12 GB for 60 days (includes data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
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The SimCorner Europe SIM cards can be used in Germany and the following other countries:

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Germany

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in Germany. It will be done at the point of sale (if purchased from the Big Three).

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It is recommended to purchase your German SIM card in Telekom, O2, Vodafone, or Mediamarkt stores for quick and instant registration.

Mediamarkt will always register SIM cards sold in its own stores (for free).

Becareful with Vodafone: they used to, and still may, charge you 10 EUR for registration or force you to top-up up to 50 EUR before they give you your SIM card.

Other retailers will want to charge you too, so I do not recommend getting your SIM card anywhere else besides the stores of the mobile operators or Mediamarkt.

Or post offices – SIM cards are sold there too, and registration there is always free, but you will need to print and fill a document beforehand.

Otherwise, you can register your SIM card online (for free) by video identification (Online ID/Video Ident, or WebID).

If you are from the EU/EEA, you can use your national ID too. Everyone else has to use their passport (but those from the EU/EEA can also use their passport, of course).

Note that identification by video may not activate your SIM card instantly.

In fact, it can take up to 24 hours for your SIM card to work.

So, in short:

  • Get your German SIM card in the stores of the mobile operators for instant and free registration
  • Mediamarkt sells SIM cards too and will register brands sold in their stores for free, and activation is instant
  • SIM cards are also available in post offices, and they will register any German SIM card for free. However, you need to print and fill in a form before heading to the post office
    • Registration may take up to 24 hours
  • Other retailers selling SIM cards can register (some) SIM cards, but they often will charge you for it
    • Registration may take up to 24 hours

EU Roaming in Germany

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Germany is part of the European Union (EU).

Since June 2017, those with EU/EEA (European Economic Area) SIM cards can roam for free in other EU/EEA nations, including Germany.

This means that, in the majority of cases, you do not need to purchase a German SIM card if you already have an EU/EEA SIM card because you can roam without additional costs.

However, conditions do apply. Mobile operators in some countries may impose a roaming Fair Use Policy (FUP).

In countries where local mobile data rates are extremely low (such as in the Baltics and the Nordics), mobile operators may still charge you for roaming in the EU/EEA.

Be sure to head over to the international roaming page to learn whether your mobile operator offers free roaming while in Germany or if restrictions apply.

Roaming in the EU with German SIM Cards

Germany and the German mobile operators have largely adopted the roam like at home regulations principles early on.

However, some plans have an EU/EEA roaming cap.

Moreover, the standard Fair Use Policy applies where you should not be roaming over 50% of the time over a four-month period.

If you do so, EU roaming rates will apply. You are then better off buying local prepaid SIM cards in other EU nations.

Germany Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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The cost of mobile data has gone down significantly over the past few years.

The network quality has improved, you get faster speeds & the data allowances are more generous.

Are mobile data rates low in Germany?

Yes, but they are not extremely low.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Germany is 3.38 USD, around the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Mobile data used to be quite expensive in Germany – especially for the lousy service you used to get.

I remember walking in the city center of Hamburg where I had either NO reception or 2G reception – embarrassing.

That was back in 2018 – things have improved significantly over the years, and I am happy prices have gone down too.

Cable.co.uk split Europe into three territories: Western Europe, Eastern Europe & the Baltics.

The Western European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk's definition, is 2.66 USD, which is just slightly more than the overall European average.

Okay, so mobile data is not too crazy expensive.

Will you get crazy fast speeds in Germany?

No, but they are fast nowadays.

Germany's median mobile download speed is around 52 Mbps.

And mobile download speeds have been on a steady increase over the year, especially with the introduction of 5G NR.

Of Germany's nine neighbors (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland & Switzerland), only the Czech Republic has a slower median download speed than Germany.

All the other countres have (much) faster speeds than Germany… for now.

Just kidding, it will stay like that for a while.

Perhaps the Czech Republic will catch up one day, but its speeds have been stagnant for about a year.

Anyway, back to focusing on Germany only.

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Germany.

That would be (Deutsche) Telekom, with a speed score of 91.86. Followed by Vodafone Germany (67.75) and O2 Germany (49.47).

The mobile operator with the best 5G NR speeds is Telekom, with a median download speed of 187.99 Mbps.

This is followed by O2 (132.57 Mbps) and Vodafone (125.54 Mbps).

So, which German mobile operator has the best overall 5G NR network?

Telekom dominates the 5G NR race.

Ignore the 5G Download Speed winner. Opensignal has a smaller sample size than Speedtest does. You will almost always get faster 5G NR download speeds with Telekom.

Telekom's 5G/NR reach is double its competitors – or their scores combined.

The same can be said about 5G/NR availability.

Remember, Telekom allows prepaid customers to use 5G NR with select plans.

So, all this 5G NR talk is fun… but what if you do not have a 5G NR compatible device?

Which German mobile operator has the best overall 4G/LTE network?

That would be, as to be expected, Telekom. Winning most categories.

But Vodafone has the best games and voice app experience on 4G/LTE.

Basically, you cannot go wrong with Telekom. But remember, it is the most expensive mobile operator in Germany.

But you do get good value out of your moment with Telekom, so it can be worth the investment.

With reasonable SIM card prices, extensive nationwide coverage, fast mobile download speeds, and average mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Germany.

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Currency in Germany

Germany uses the Euro with the symbol EUR (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just . For example, 25 EUR = €25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.15 USD
  • 10 EUR = 10.75 USD
  • 100 EUR = 107.50 USD

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German Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile), O2 Germany, Vodafone Germany & many MVNOs that will be added later, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Germany has to offer to us.


Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

Telekom Logo
© Telekom

Telekom Germany (Deutsche Telekom), just Telekom and formerly T-Mobile, is the largest mobile operator in Germany.

It is also the mobile operator with the best overall network performance.

Telekom is active in Europe (as Telekom and T-Mobile) and the United States (as T-Mobile).

Telekom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: N/A – shut down for 4G/LTE and 5G NR refarming
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Telekom:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Telekom SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

Telekom has the best coverage in Germany.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Telekom's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

You can get a Telekom SIM card, called Magenta Mobil Prepaid (regular) or Data Prepaid (data-only), for 9.95 EUR with 10 EUR credit in Telekom stores and electronic stores, like Mediamarkt. Telekom SIM cards are not sold at the top five international airports (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, or Munich).

Telekom Germany Data Prepaid SIM Card
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It is also possible to get a Telekom eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

However, this process involves a rather time-consuming process, which may not be worth the hassle.

As mentioned in the eSIM section earlier in this guide, I recommend getting a travel eSIM (or travel SIM card if your phone does not support eSIM) because it will be (much) cheaper and faster than anything Telekom will offer!

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Germany (Hallo! Mobil) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Germany eSIMs from Nomad.

Germany eSIMs Nomad
Germany Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off.

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Germany eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Germany and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

TIP: check out my Best Germany eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Germany.

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Note that Telekom offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Telekom SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 15 months (no top-up for 15 months or no activity for 15 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

Telekom top-up vouchers are sold in Telekom stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Germany.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpValidity
15 EUR15 months
30 EUR15 months
50 EUR15 months
100 EUR15 months

To top up your Telekom SIM card, dial *101*VoucherCode, or call 2200 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *101*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# to check your Telekom balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MeinMagenta: Handy & Festnetz (MyMagenta: Mobile Phone & Landline) app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Telekom Germany MeinMagenta Handy & Festnetz App
© Telekom Germany

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

Telekom has four data-featured plans:

All Telekom plans can be activated on the MeinMagenta: Handy & Festnetz app.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

MagentaMobil Prepaid Plans – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

The MagentaMobil Prepaid plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

MagentaMobil Prepaid for Data Prepaid can be activated on the MeinMagenta: Handy & Festnetz app:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net Minutes 1On-Net SMSOff-Net SMS 1Validity
9.95 EURMagentaMobil Prepaid M2 GBUnlimited200 minutesUnlimitedN/A28 days
14.95 EURMagentaMobil Prepaid L3 GBUnlimited300 minutesUnlimitedN/A28 days
24.95 EURMagentaMobil Prepaid XL5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
99.95 EURMagentaMobil Prepaid MaxUnlimited 2, 3UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 year 

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Germany (NOT from Germany to other EU/EEA member states)
2 5G NR access for free for 12 weeks. Then 3 EUR per 4 weeks
3 68 GB in the EU/EEA

Telekom Germany MagentaMobil Plans
MagentaMobil Prepaid 5G-Jahrestarif – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

The MagentaMobil Prepaid 5G-Jahrestarif is a combo plan with 2 GB per month (with 5G NR access), unlimited on-net minutes, 200 off-net minutes & unlimited on-net SMS for 12 months, costing 99.95 EUR.

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
99.95 EURMagentaMobil Prepaid 5G-Jahrestarif2 GB/month (24 GB) 1Unlimited200 minutesUnlimited12 months

1 5G NR access

Telekom Germany MagentaMobil Prepaid 5G-Jahrestarif 5G-Year Plan
Datenpässe for Data Prepaid – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

The Datenpässe for Data Prepaid are data plans (with 5G NR access) for the data-only SIM card.

Datenpässe for Data Prepaid can be activated on the MeinMagenta: Handy & Festnetz app:

PricePlanDataValidity
4.95 EURData Prepaid S1 GB24 hours
9.95 EURData Prepaid M2 GB28 days
9.95 EURDayFlat UnlimitedUnlimited24 hours
14.95 EURData Prepaid L4 GB28 days
29.95 EURData Prepaid XL12 GB90 days
Telekom Germany Datenpässe Data Passes
Prepaid Datenpässe Add-Ons – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

Prepaid Datenpässe are data add-ons for MagentaMobil Prepaid. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Moreover, not every Prepaid Datenpässe can be added to any MagentaMobil Prepaid plan.

The eligibility column will tell you which Prepaid Datenpässe can be added to which MagentaMobil Prepaid plan.

Prepaid Datenpässe can be activated on the MeinMagenta: Handy & Festnetz app:

PricePlanDataEligibilityValidity
3.49 EURSpeedOn S (Ermäßigt)500 MBPrepaid S7 days
4.49 EURDayFlat Unlimited (Ermäßigt)UnlimitedPrepaid S24 hours
4.95 EURSpeedOn S500 MBPrepaid M/L/XL/5G-Jahrestarif7 days
5.95 EURDayFlat UnlimitedUnlimitedPrepaid M/L/XL/5G-Jahrestarif24 hours
6.49 EURSpeedOn M (Ermäßigt)500 MBPrepaid S28 days
7.95 EURSpeedOn M500 MBPrepaid M/L/XL/5G-Jahrestarif28 days
14.95 EURSpeedOn L1.5 GBPrepaid M/L/XL/5G-Jahrestarif28 days
19.95 EURSpeedOn XL2.5 GBPrepaid M/L/XL/5G-Jahrestarif28 days
Telekom Germany Datenpässe Data Passes
EU Roaming – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

You can use your Telekom allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Telekom does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances (for most plans), you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile)

  • Name: Telekom Internet OR Telekom Internet IPv6
  • APN: internet.telekom OR internet.v6.telekom
  • Username: t-mobile OR telekom
  • Password: tm

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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O2 Germany (Deutschland)

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O2 Germany (O2 Deutschland), just O2 but officially O2, is the second-largest mobile operator in Germany.

The O2 brand is part of Telefónica, a Spanish telecommunications company active in the Americas (as Altice, Movistar & Vivo) and Europe (as Bouygues Telecom, Movistar & O2).

O2 uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: N/A – shut down for 4G/LTE and 5G NR refarming
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid customers (yet)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about O2:

* Coverage
* How to Get an O2 SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – O2 Germany

O2 has extensive coverage throughout Germany.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere.

Below is O2's general coverage map:

Below is an O2 coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – O2 Germany

You can get an O2 SIM card, called O2 My Prepaid, for 10 EUR with 9.99 EUR credit or the data-only SIM card, O2 My Prepaid Smartphone Jahrespaket, for 69.99 EUR with 12 GB for 365 days, in O2 stores and electronic shops, like Mediamarkt. O2 SIM cards are also sold at Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

O2 Germany O2 My Prepaid Smartphone Jahrespaket Data-Only Yearly SIM Card
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It is recommended to purchase your O2 SIM card in O2 or Mediamarkt stores for quick and instant registration.

Mediamarkt will always register SIM cards sold in its own stores (for free – also for O2).

Other retailers will want to charge you too, so I do not recommend getting your SIM card anywhere else besides O2 stores or Mediamarkt.

Or post offices – some sell O2 SIM cards too, and registration there is always free, but you will need to print and fill a document beforehand.

Otherwise, you can register your O2 SIM card online (for free) by video identification (Online ID/Video Ident, or WebID).

If you are from the EU/EEA, you can use your national ID too. Everyone else has to use their passport (but those from the EU/EEA can also use their passport, of course).

Note that identification by video may not activate your SIM card instantly.

In fact, it can take up to 24 hours for your SIM card to work.

It is also possible to get an O2 eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

However, it is unclear if eSIMs are available for prepaid customers too.

I will ask O2 about this when I revisit Germany 🇩🇪😎 (or you can let me know).

In the meantime, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Germany (Hallo! Mobil) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Germany eSIMs from Nomad.

Germany eSIMs Nomad
Germany Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off.

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Germany eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Germany and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

TIP: check out my Best Germany eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Germany.

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Note that O2 offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – O2 Germany

O2 top-up vouchers are sold in O2 stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Germany.

To top up your O2 SIM card, dial *103*VoucherCode# or call 5667, select option 1, enter the VoucherCode, and end with the # sign.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *103*123456# or call 5667, select option 1, and enter 123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Dial *101#, *105#, or send a blank SMS (or whatever) to 5667 to check your O2 balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Mein o2 (My o2) app (Android/iOS).

O2 Germany Mein O2 App
© O2 Germany

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – O2 Germany

O2 has two data-featured plans: My Prepaid (combo) & Zusatz-Datenvolumen (data add-ons).

All O2 plans can be activated on the Mein o2 app.

My Prepaid Plans – O2 Germany

The My Prepaid plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

My Prepaid can be activated on the Mein o2 app:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
1.99 EURO2 My Prepaid Basic150 MBN/AN/A28 days
9.99 EURO2 My Prepaid S3.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
14.99 EURO2 My Prepaid M6.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
19.99 EURO2 My Prepaid L12.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
69.99 EURO2 My Prepaid XL999 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Germany (NOT from Germany to other EU/EEA member states)

O2 Germany My Prepaid Plans
Zusatz-Datenvolumen Add-Ons – O2 Germany

The Zusatz-Datenvolumen are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Zusatz-Datenvolumen can be activated on the Mein o2 app:

PricePlanDataValidity
2.99 EURData Pack S400 MB28 days
5.99 EURData Pack M1.5 GB28 days
9.99 EURData Pack L4 GB28 days
19.99 EURData Pack XL13 GB28 days
EU Roaming – O2 Germany

You can use your O2 allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As O2 does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – O2 Germany

  • Name: o2 Internet
  • APN: pinternet.interkom.de

Note: do not use just “internet” as a prepaid customer. That APN is reserved for postpaid customers. leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone Germany (Deutschland)

Vodafone Logo
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Vodafone Germany (Vodafone Deutschland), just Vodafone, is the smallest mobile operator in Germany.

Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa (mostly as Vodacom), Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: N/A – shut down for 4G/LTE and 5G NR refarming
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3600 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone Germany

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout Germany.

4G/LTE is available almost anywhere.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Germany

You can get a Vodafone SIM card, called CallYa, for 9.95 EUR with 10 EUR credit in Vodafone stores and electronic shops, like Mediamarkt. Vodafone cards are not sold at the top five international airports (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, or Munich).

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It is recommended to purchase your Vodafone SIM card in Vodafone or Mediamarkt for quick and instant registration.

Mediamarkt will always register SIM cards sold in its own stores (for free – also for Vodafone).

Some (shady) Vodafone stores may want to charge you up to 10 EUR for verification or require you to top-up at least 20 EUR to 50 EUR, depending on the store.

Other retailers will want to charge you too, so I do not recommend getting your SIM card anywhere else besides Vodafone stores or Mediamarkt.

Or post offices – some sell Vodafone SIM cards too, and registration there is always free, but you will need to print and fill a document beforehand.

Otherwise, you can register your Vodafone SIM card online (for free) by video identification (Online ID/Video Ident, or WebID).

If you are from the EU/EEA, you can use your national ID too. Everyone else has to use their passport (but those from the EU/EEA can also use their passport, of course).

Note that identification by video may not activate your SIM card instantly.

In fact, it can take up to 24 hours for your SIM card to work.

While Vodafone does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Germany (Hallo! Mobil) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Germany eSIMs from Nomad.

Germany eSIMs Nomad
Germany Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off.

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Germany eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Germany and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

TIP: check out my Best Germany eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Germany.

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Call 22922, select option 3, select option 5, and select option 2 to change the Vodafone system language to English.

Note that Vodafone offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Vodafone SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 13 months (no top-up for 13 months or no activity for 13 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Germany

Vodafone top-up vouchers, called CallNows, are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Germany.

The following (online) top-ups are available:

Top-UpAvailability
5 EUROnline
15 EURStores & Online
20 EUROnline
25 EURStores & Online
50 EURStores & Online
80 EUROnline

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, dial *100*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *100*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Dial *10# or *106# to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MeinVodafone (MyVodafone) app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Vodafone Germany MeinVodafone App
© Vodafone Germany

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Germany

Vodafone has two data-featured plans: CallYa (combo) & Internet-Optionen/Internet Options (data).

CallYa Plans – Vodafone Germany

The CallYa plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS).

CallYa plans can be activated on the MeinVodafone app:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/EU Minutes 1International (EU) MinutesOn-Net SMSOff-Net/EU SMS 1International (EU) SMSValidity
4.99 EURCallYa Start1 GBUnlimited50 minutesShared with off-net call allowanceUnlimitedShared with off-net call allowanceShared with off-net call allowance28 days
9.99 EURCallYa Allnet Flat S3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited200 minutesUnlimitedUnlimitedShared with off-net call allowance28 days
14.99 EURCallYa Allnet Flat M5 GBUnlimited500 minutesShared with off-net call allowanceUnlimitedShared with off-net call allowanceShared with off-net call allowance28 days
15 EURCallYa Digital Light7.5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedUnlimitedN/A28 days
20 EURCallYa Digital15 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimitedN/AUnlimitedUnlimitedN/A28 days

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Germany (NOT from Germany to other EU/EEA member states)

Vodafone Germany CallYa Plans
Internet-Optionen (Internet Options) – Vodafone Germany

The Internet-Optionen (Internet Options) are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Text the Activation Code to 80808 to activate Internet-Optionen:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
4.99 EUR10 GB24 hoursDay100
5.99 EUR800 MBUntil plan expires800 MB
9.99 EUR2 GBUntil plan expires2 GB
19.99 EUR5 GBUntil plan expires5 GB
EU Roaming – Vodafone Germany

You can use your Vodafone allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Vodafone does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Germany

  • Name: Vodafone DE
  • APN: web.vodafone.de

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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