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    Deborah Etim
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    Moving to a new country means you will be leaving home for an entirely different environment. This would require you to keep in touch with your family and friends back home, and indeed, the connections you make in the new country. In this post, I will share tips on how to choose a network service provider in Germany and the options you have.

    If it were some 20 or more years ago, you would not need this information because there are public phones you can use on the streets by entering a telephone card. However, times have changed, and with it comes new technology. Network service providers are crucial to communicating with people, several miles away.

    In Germany, thankfully, you have options, all you have o do is choose the plan that suits you and your needs.

    • Bundle or Post-paid Contract: This plan allows you to pay and commit for a year or more. This is a defined plan that bills you according to your chosen plan. This option is great for people who plan to stay long in Germany, and those who are sure they can pay as at when due. You can get a bundled contract when you purchase a new phone.

    • Prepaid/Pay-as-you-go: Here, you do not need to commit to long-term plans or any plan at all. All you need to do is buy a SIM card and activate it. By doing so, you gain access to top-up your phone for calls and other services. As the name implies, you get to pay as you go.

    • SIM-only contracts: If you take your phone with you, all you need to do is purchase a SIM card from any of the network providers. You sign a contract with them to charge you for your usage.

    It is important to note that if you have to unlock your phone before taking it to Germany it enables you to use a German mobile phone plan. If you are moving to Germany from another EU country, you can probably use the same phone by just unlocking it as Germany functions with GSM. If not, you may have to get a new phone.

    Here is a list of Network service providers in Germany, click on them to learn more about their offers.

    Vodafone

    T-Mobil

    E-plus

    O2

    Simply

    I recommend Verivox for you to check and compare different services that offer SIM-only plans.

  • Getting a Network Provider in Germany

    Michael updated 2 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
  • Michael

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    June 8, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    An important thing to note is that, most, if not all, of the packages/plans mentioned above are flat rates to call in Germany, and recently within the EU, called EU roaming, when you are outside Germany. What this implies is that, it will be very expensive if you used any of the above plans to call outside Germany or the EU, e.g. Asia, America or Africa. There are special SIM cards or prepaid plans for such calls. I personally prefer to use Lycamobile to call home; they offer cheap international calls.

    You should find out which network provider is best to call your country.

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