Get a SIM card in Germany

photo by Wolfgang Staudt

Germany is the largest country in Central Europe, and one of the most influential nations in the region.

There are a number of phone providers operating in Germany, a number offering very fast 3.5 and 4G transfer speeds.

Buying a SIM card in Germany

There are no restrictions on overseas visitors buying prepaid cards in Germany.

To buy a SIM card you will need to supply a valid passport or some other ID at the time of purchase, and provide an address of residence such as your hotel. Activation of a service can take a couple of hours.

Top-ups are generally available online, but you can also top-up in person at a service at a convenience store or fuel station.

Mobile networks in Germany

The following mobile networks operational in Germany. Click through for information on compatibility, coverage, and pricing.

Name GSM UMTS LTE
Telekom 2G 3G 4G
Vodafone 2G 3G 4G
E-Plus 2G 3G 4G
O2 2G 3G 4G
Lycamobile 2G 3G No

Some virtual network providers may not be listed in this table.

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