Mobile contract Berlin
Here are the most important things to consider before signing up with a mobile phone provider in Berlin for up to 24 months:
- Do you need a mobile flat, because you are calling a lot of people?
- How much mobile data do you need each month?
- Do you need a new Smartphone or can you still use your current one?
- What company do your friends have? Basic contracts only offer flatrates to German landline calls and within the same provider.
- Do you want to sign up for a contract or do you prefer the more flexible but also more expensive prepaid cards?
Most mobile phone providers offer both contracts and prepaid options. Moneywise you will always do better with a contract. Even if you are not sure if you are going stay in Berlin for good or only for a short period of time.
As long as you can provide proof (Abmeldung) that you leave Germany you can end every contract even before the usual duration of 24 months.
Mobile Contracts Berlin – Overview
o2 will be your best pick if you live in the middle of Berlin and preferably not in an Altbauwohnung with very thick walls. Why? Because outside of Berlin and within some older buildings you may have sometimes difficulties to get a decent signal with o2.
But don’t worry, it sounds worse than it acually is. O2 is definitely a very good choice for your mobile phone provider in Berlin, especially as o2 is offering cheaper deals than Deutsche Telekom.
Depending on how much time you gonna spend on calls and in the internet, you can choose between the o2 Blue S to o2 All-In XL Flex (ranging from 300MB to 2GB and from 100 mins to unlimited free calls to German landline).
Another big advantage of signing up with o2 is that they now offer the choice of either signing up for 24 months as usual or to be more flexible and only sign up for 1 month. This flexibility is very helpful if you are still unsure whether you are going to live in Berlin or just stay here for some time.
One of the main advantages of 1&1 is that LTE coverage is exceptionally good in Berlin. If you use a lot of mobile data then 1&1 is probably your best choice in Berlin right now.
All of their contracts come with All-net-flatrates for German landlines, SMS within Germany and up to 8GB of mobile data.
Yes, that’s right. 8GB! Don’t ask us how you can use that much data in one month but it is always good to have some extra GBs lying around I guess.
Furthermore Telekom offers very fast internet connection, if you sign up for the LTE option.
Deutsche Telekom used to be owned by the German Government but has been running as a public company for many years now. Deutsche Telekom also has lots of shops throughout Berlin, where you can go if you have any problems that cannot be solved online.
If you don’t want to miss to listen to your favorite songs on Spotify also on the go then Deutsche Telekom offers something very cool. When signing up for one of their Complete Comfort options you will get a Spotify Music Streaming Option for free for 3 months to test.
So if you don’t mind paying a bit more than with another provider we strongly recommend to sign up with Deutsche Telekom. In return you will have the best network coverage in Berlin and in Germany, plus they have some pretty cool deals like Spotify Premium included.
Prepaid Cards are your best choice if you do not want to sign up for the 24 month contracts that German phone companies usually offer. Prepaid cards do not charge a monthly fee, but you should be aware that the rates for calls, internet and SMS are slightly higher than the ones on a monthly contract.
To get your Prepaid Card you just need to provide your details, such as name, address, etc. and then you can use it in any unlocked phone. If you don’t have a mobile phone yet, you might need to pay full price for one, as the only way to get it subsidised by the network provider is by signing up for a 24 month contract.
If you want to avoid paying full price for your new mobile phone check out sites like Ebay, where you can always find some good bargains.
All major mobile companies offer prepaid cards that vary in price and service. Make sure you know what you need most, e.g. mobile internet, cheap calls, or free SMS, and then choose from the many offers available.
- Telekom Prepaid (Prepaid called Xtra)
- o2 o Prepaid (Prepaid SIM called Loop)
- BASE (BASE Prepaid)
Now that you have taken care of your mobile contract, your internet contract and your cable contract it is time to find yourself a job in Berlin. If you already have a job in Berlin then you can check out where to spend your money on the best food in one of our places on our Top 10 Best things to eat in Berlin list.