So I was recently in Germany for 2 weeks and I knew I needed a way to get Internet everywhere I was going. They don’t have WiFi (W-LAN as they call it) everywhere you go like we have in Canada. So I was hoping to find a prepaid SIM card that would solve my problem.
The Prepaid SIM
First of all, at a local grocery store in Germany I found a bunch of prepaid SIM cards that enable mobile Internet. I have an unlocked Nexus 5 that I got directly from Google. Wasn’t sure how well the Internet would work or what reception would be like in different regions, as a result I decided to go with the cheapest deal. I bought a Lebara 1GB starter pack.
The starter pack came with a SIM card, actually all three sizes (Standard, micro and nano) that you can snap apart to the size you need for your phone. It had a manual with English instructions and the packet had the magic numbers you need to activate the service. My card would only be good for 30 days.
So after I removed my Telus SIM (and stored it somewhere safe) I inserted the new SIM and followed the instructions for activating the service.
Pretty simple really; just go to the website and fill in the magic numbers and a valid address (this might be a problem for people that don’t have an address but you can probably get away with a hotel or hostel address). I used my uncle’s address in Germany.
The cost of the kit was €15 ($21 CDN) for 1GB of Internet for 1 month. For an extra €5 you get a phone number that you can use anywhere in Germany. I just used the mobile data.
Quality of Service
I got a good 3G signal almost everywhere we went. I lost the signal a couple times when driving through the country side, also HSVA+ in a couple places. Therefore I can’t really complain, it worked when I needed it to. We traveled from the north of Germany all the way down to Munich and it worked just about everywhere.
I recommend setting up your mobile limit in the data usage section of your phone’s settings. Keep an eye on it as the data can disappear quickly.