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Subject: A question to my german colleagues - Mobile data plans rss

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Hello fellow BGGers!

I have checked with my mobile phone company and the international data roaming of my plan is just TOO expensive.

I would like to know if it is possible to buy a pre-paid mobile data plan in Germany.

My main questions are:

Can I buy it using only my passport?
How much it would cost?
Which mobile company?

I would appreciate any help
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Yes you can – most supermarkets have pre-paid SIM cards which you can just use right away. I haven't used them myself, but I'm pretty sure someone here can report their experience

Tech stores (Saturn, MediaMarkt) should also have pre-paid sims for Germany's biggest carriers. These would be good options:

- Vodafone CallYa Smartphone
- Telekom Mobilfunk MagentaMobil Start
- o2 Loop Smart M

If you don't need your actual phone to make phone calls, there are also data-only plans available, though I'm not sure if they're also pre-paid.
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I've looked into this recently, for use in a Mifi (which cannot dial itself, so all configuration and top-ups must be handled via Internet instead of dialing specific numbers). I ended up with a PennyMobil Startpackage, which you can activate online on pennymobil.de. They operate on the biggest German network (Telekom, via Congstar). Top-ups could be done with creditcard or paypal using Prelude.de. I chose this one because it was the cheapest for our use (€2 for 500MB usage per day you use the SIM). Also important for us: the balance stays intact even if you don't use the SIM for a while.

The best overview of possibilities is listed here: http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Germany
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I tried two last week during my holiday in Germany: one from Lidl (budget supermarket) and one from Telekom. I bought the Lidl one (Vodafone network) in one of their supermarkets. You have to activate this card online or via Phone. The Telekom card I bought in one of their brand stores. For the latter a pasport was required to register. They also took care of the activation.
Since I only needed data I bought prepaid card for that purpose. Both cost 10 euro which you get back as prepaid balance. Due to the remote location I could only get a stable Telekom connection. I guess for Essen performance of both will be fine. The Lidl card however has better prices: 1GB/24h for 2 euro. (Telekom € 2,95 for 750 MB/24h)
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Ok, thank you people! Very helpful
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I'm in the same boat here.
I'm going to Europe (Russia, Czech Republic and Germany) and I was wondering if there's a plan that would work on all these three countries to have access to internet on my phone.
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