We have collected the best German data plans for your smartphones in the table below (prepaid and postpaid). See which one fits your needs and budget best. If you only need data for your tablet or computer, scroll down to see special data-only plans. If you are a student or are 28 years old or younger, scroll down to see special plans for young people.

Unfortunately, it is not common in Germany to get data plans with unlimited mobile internet, you will usually have a high speed allowance of a couple of gigabytes, depending on your plan. Currently, Telekom and O2 are the only providers, which offer unlimited data plans. However, they are still expensive (O2: €59.99, Telekom: €79.99/month) so it might be wiser to get a different plan with 30GB or 60GB allowance. Vodafone used to offer an unlimited data plan SIM card (Vodafone XL), but it is not available anymore.

If you are a tourist or only a short-term visitor, Prepaid plans are probably the best choice for you. Postpaid plans are often cheaper but usually require a German bank account. German mobile data packages have been consistently getting cheaper over the last years. Now, they often even include unlimited calling and texting. See below which data plan would be the best for you:

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Data-only Plans

If you only need data on the go for your tablet, you should check out the following plans. They only include internet access, phone calls or text messages are not possible. You can use them with your tablet or with an internet surf-stick (e.g. AVM FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick). Congstar Homespot is a special offer, which only works at a certain address of your choice (e.g. your home address).

Data-only Plans (e.g. for tablets or surf-sticks)

ProviderNameHighspeed Data (in GB)€ Price / monthPlan TypeWhere to Order
Congstar Homespot 20020045PostpaidOrder here
Congstar Homespot 10010030PostpaidOrder here
Congstar Homespot 303020PostpaidOrder here
O2O2 my Data L2029.99PostpaidOrder here
O2O2 my Data M1019.99PostpaidOrder here
Tarifhaus24 (Telekom network)Datentarif 10GB1015.99PostpaidOrder here
CongstarDaten L519.99PostpaidOrder here
Tarifhaus24 (Telekom network)Datentarif 4GB49.99PostpaidOrder here
SimplyLTE Internet M39.99PostpaidOrder here
CongstarDaten M214.99PostpaidOrder here
SmartmobilLTE Internet M14.99PostpaidOrder here
SimplyLTE Internet S14.99PostpaidOrder here
A collection of German data-only plans, which can be used with a special router for your home, tablets or computers (with surf-stick).

Networks used:
Congstar: Telekom network
O2: Telefonica network
Simply: Telefonica network
Smartmobil: Telefonica network
Tarifhaus24: Telekom network

Vodafone and O2 have special perks, which could make a big difference:

Vodafone:

  • Vodafone Pass: The Vodafone Pass lets you use certain apps without decreasing your data. You can only choose one pass from the following: Chat-Pass, Social-Pass, Music-Pass, Video-Pass.
    • The Chat-Pass includes: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, Threema, Viber
    • The Social-Pass includes: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest
    • The Music-Pass includes: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, and others
    • The Video-Pass includes: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Vevo, Sky Go, Sky Ticket, Tattoo, and others
  • GigaDepot: Any data that you have left in a month will be rolled over to the next month. This means you don’t loose data volume, because it is transferred to the next month.
  • GigaSwipe: You can trade in parts of your flat rate, e.g. if you never write SMS anymore, you can trade it for 1GB of extra data.

O2:


Special Offers for Young People and Students in Germany

So which one is the best SIM card in Germany for students? It simply depends on your needs: Do you need a lot of mobile internet, or do you need free minutes and SMS? Either way, the following mobile carriers offer special discounts for students and young people and will definitely save you money compared to their standard offers. The age limit for these offers is 29 years (for 1&1) and 28 years (for O2 and Vodafone). If you are a student, you can still get the O2 discounts, even if you are 28 and older.

Special Offers for Young People and Students in Germany

ProviderNameHighspeed Data (in GB)Included Extras€ Price / monthConditionWhere to Order
O2O2 Free L Junge Leute30Unlimited calls and texts34.99younger than 28 years or studentOrder here
VodafoneYoung XL21Unlimited calls and texts32.99younger than 28 yearsOrder here
VodafoneYoung L11Unlimited calls and texts24.99younger than 28 yearsOrder here
O2O2 Free M Junge Leute10Unlimited calls and texts24.99younger than 28 years or studentOrder here
VodafoneYoung M6Unlimited calls and texts19.99younger than 28 yearsOrder here
1&1Allnet Young5Unlimited calls and texts14.99younger than 29 yearsOrder here
OteloO2 Free S Junge Leute5Unlimited calls and texts14.99younger than 28 yearsOrder here
VodafoneYoung S1.5Unlimited calls and texts16.99younger than 28 yearsOrder here
O2O2 Free S Junge Leute1Unlimited calls and texts14.99younger than 28 years or studentOrder here

16 Responses

  1. Valentyna

    I’m going to Germany for 2 weeks. I will need to make a lot of Skype calls. I want to buy a 3g modem. Which tariff would be the best?

  2. Steven

    Hi
    I will be in Germany for 3 months from May. Looking for the best prepaid sim with data text and calls. Will need at least 5GB with option to add data if needed. What would you recommend?

  3. Roberto

    Any idea on how to get a plan with unlimited data roaming plan in the EU?
    The unlimited plans are only unlimited within Germany with a max GB for EU roaming.
    Thanks!

  4. CKM

    Hi, I’ll be in Germany for 3 years and will be travelling around Europe via train/car/bus. Hence, data is crucial to me. Would you think that the Congstar Fair Flat is a good idea? If not, which would you recommend? (Sorry, too many choice above) I’d like to think that I’m not an active data user but I occasionally surf instagram and facebook too. Thanks!

  5. Luiza Barreto Rodrigues

    Hi, there! I really appreciate the effort you put into gathering all this info, so thanks for that!
    I have one question though: Do you know of any option/plan that offers a good amount of data for a student that is only staying in Berlin for a week?
    Thanks 🙂

  6. Alisdair

    MyGermanPhone. Nope. Not anymore. Suddenly there are more and more mobile contracts data plans that do not accept roaming. Specially the very unexpensive ones. The same is already happening in other Member States of the EU. I live in Germany, at the border with Luxembourg, and I was suprised to discover last week when I arrived to my office in Luxembourg city with my new tablet, that it could not get into any network. Called customer services in Germany, and they confirmed that I could only use the data plan it in Germany. I have doubts that such contracts are legal under EU Law, but i have not researched the issue though.

    • MyGermanPhone

      All major carriers will give you free roaming. There are a few plans that do not allow you to roam for free, but they are usually cheaper and they state this condition when you order the plan. All major providers like Telekom, Congstar, O2 and Vodafone will give you free EU-roaming.

    • MyGermanPhone

      Hi Dusan, do you mean the SimDiscount 3GB plan? That is actually 7.99€/month.
      The Blau plan 3GB is 9.99€/month now.

    • Dusan

      HI there,
      you are absolutely right. One more question, why Maxxim is not listed there? They have really good offer for flat calls and 3 GB for 6.99 eur

  7. Jenny lewis

    I need a plan for my daughter who is studying in germany for 2 years .
    I would like it to come with a phone .
    She needs data mainly and as she’ll be traveling it needs to be able to be used around Europe and also in England
    What would you recommend

    • MyGermanPhone

      Every German plan will work in all countries of the European Union with free roaming. If she is a student, she can take advantage of student discounts. Plans from Vodafone offer a good value and these can be ordered with or without smartphone: Vodafone Student plans. O2 plans are usually slightly cheaper.

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