I visited Germany for 50 days, blogging and using social media to share with my readers some of the coolest youth hotspots across the country. Key part of my trip was gaining access to mobile internet so that I could share the trip real-time.I’ve given below the lowdown of mobile internet options I discovered in the course of my research which I hope will me of help to you when planning your trip to Germany in the future. ( PS Here is the link to my resource page on how to enjoy Germany on a budget )
1. Skyroam Solis
I’m a big fan of Skyroam Solis– think of it as a mobile wifi device ( which you can share with upto 5 other people travelling with you ) + it also doubles up as a charger thanks to its 6000 mah battery.
A really cool travel gadget to have and it works in over 100 countries across the world including Germany so it is a pretty neat gadget to have for any global traveller.
You can buy 1 GB of data ( unlimited, 4G speeds) for $9 a month and for extra GB of data, it costs $9.
The device itself costs $149.99 which is major upfront investment and on top of that you just pay for the data you use.
Currently Skyroam are offering the device and one year subscription for $199.
If you use the code ‘BUDGETTRAVELLER’ to get 10% off for a limited period.
2. If your phone is unlocked- Buy a Prepaid German simcard with flat internet data plans
To buy a simcard from a German mobile operator requires you to have an address.
My tip: I would give the name of a “german friend” and their birth date plus address.
Or give the address of your hostel and carry your passport with you-this worked for me at O2.
Options for prepaid sim cards with flat internet data plans
There are a ton of great value prepaid sim packages out there, even Aldi, Lidl sell these simcards so feel free to shop around.
02 offer the following flat internet data packages
- Internet-Flat 1.5 GB €9,99
- Internet-Flat 3GB €14.99
- Internet-Flat 5GB € 24.99
Internet-Flat data packages lasts 30 days, UMTS/HSDPA will be used up to a specified data-limit, after reaching that limit you are downgraded to GPRS/EDGE.
You can buy the simcard at any O2 store in Germany.
Blau.de are also very competitive and offer the following flat internet data packages
- Internet-Flat 1.5 GB €8.99
- Internet-Flat 3GB €13.99
- Internet-Flat 4GB €19.99
Plus currently they are offering 10 GB of free data with every simcard purchase which is brilliant.
The major plus point of both simcards is that it can be used anywhere in Europe for 30 days so if you plan to travel outside Germany, these simcards are great value.
Starter packs containing a normal sized SIM card can be purchased from large high street retailers in Germany, e.g. the Kaufland super market chain or from Blau.de /E Plus stores.
Top Tip: Top up your own phone or your partners phone when they are travelling in Germany using utransto
utransto is a cool new German startup that allows you to instantly top up your phone or a friend/partner’s mobile phone when you are on the road. This is also pretty handy if you’ve exhausted credit/data on your German mobile number and looking to top up quickly without having to go to a physical shop, store to top up your mobile.
It works very simply.
After registering yourself on the utransto website, you pick the country and the mobile phone number you’d like to top up.
Once you’ve selected the number you’d like to send credit ( Minimum is €10 with a €0.99 charge for German mobiles) you then choose the mobile phone operator you have.
All major German mobile operators as you can see are covered by their service.
Then choose your method of payment. Best to use the third payment method- credit card if you want the money to be credited instantly to the mobile. Bank transfer can take upto to 48 hours.
The money gets credited in seconds. The mobile number you are topping up gets notified by a text message. Plus you also receive an email to be notified that the money has been received.
utransto also offers bonus points every time you refer friends and family. These bonus points can then be exchanged for credit.
For more about topping up your mobile number in Germany using utransto, click here.
utransto is a really neat idea, a handy way for sending phone credit to friends , family or yourself when they are on the road.
If your phone is locked- Buy a mobile internet ‘mifi’ device
If like me, your phone is locked, the other solution you have is to buy a mobile internet ‘mifi’ device similar to the Skyroam Solis I mentioned.
These devices last for 6 hours and can connect upto 10 internet devices, download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and upload speed up to 50 Mbps ( if you get a 4G simcard)
You can buy them on Ebay for very little but I would suggest going for a decent quality option.
It’s an initial steep investment but pays off on subsequent trips abroad when you can just plug in a local internet data sim and off you go…..
I recommend this Huawei mifi device which has been great for me, compatible with 4G simcards and currently costs £69.99 at the Amazon UK store and $99 via the Amazon US store. It lasts upto 6 hours on full charge and you can connect 3 devices to the device.
Once you’ve got the internet device, all you have to do is find a prepaid simcard with a flat internet data plan, and pop into the device as show in the picture above.
You can choose Blau.de or go for O2 like I did which till date has been pretty reliable.
Hope you found my advice useful.
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Big thanks to the German National Tourism Office , their partners for the ‘Youth Hotspots’ campaign – Jugendherberge : The German Youth Hostelling Associationand Deutsche Bahn for sponsoring my ‘German Wanderlust’ tour.
I was touring Germany as part of an effort to highlight and discover the country’s emerging ‘Youth Hotspots.’