Mobile network market in Germany in 2019
As you’re just getting started in Germany, one of the main concerns that you need to address is finding a mobile carrier. In this blog post, I’ll present my top picks regarding the mobile network market in Germany in 2019.
As you’re just getting started in Germany, one of the main concerns that you need to address is finding a mobile carrier. That was one of the things that I first did once I got in Germany. In this blog post, I’ll present my top picks regarding this subject.
In this article, I will guide you step by step on how to choose the best option that fits you. I’ll present the best deals you can get from Telekom, Vodafone, o2, 1&1 and Lebara. I will compare these mobile careers regarding their air services 4 contract and prepay options. What I have discovered is that a simple price for benefit is not so relevant. Of course, if you want to get the most high-speed internet for the lower price you’ll be able to do that. But if you start to look at the quality of the services provided, you can find that for several euros more you’ll get a better network coverage high speeds and network reliability.
To choose our best pick I’ll be comparing the price for their best-seller, the volume of data available, the maximum speed, the network coverage and other services that they provide. For each of these topics which mobile carrier will get a score from 1 to 5. 1 meaning that’s service and 5 meaning excellent service. Then will average these point and will have the final result. So let’s get started.
The first on our list is Telekom or Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom has a market share of almost 80% in which regards all the services that they provide (cable internet and TV included). It has maybe the largest coverage. Moreover, if you have contract-based service you are allowed to access free wi-fi spots around the country. Nevertheless, their main disadvantage could be considered the price. Now let’s see how they’re offering is in mid-2019.
Their offer for contract-based services for mobile phones is divided into five main categories. Their smallest price is €20 per month for Magenta Mobile XS and in this price, you have only 750 MB of high-speed data. In this price, the phone is not included. The next service is Magenta Mobile S which you can have it for 36.95 euro per month. The contract spans for 24 months and it includes 2.5 GB of high-speed data. Magenta Mobile L has 5 g of high-speed data and can be acquired for 46.95 euro per month. Now we are closing up to the top services that they provide for 56.95 euro. With this price, you will get 10 GB of high-speed data and for 79.95 euros you get unlimited high-speed internet traffic.
In which regards speed, for all these contracts they usually provide a maximum speed of 300 MBps in download in 50 MBps in the upload. After you finish your high-speed data volume you have a speed limit of only 64 kbps for download and 16 kbps in the upload.
Continuing with their prepaid offers you have basically four options. The first one for only 2.95 euro, will get you 0 GB data volume but you have access to 300 conversations and SMS in Telekom network. I think this option it’s good only if you stay in Germany for several days and you need to make some calls. You can always charge your sim and have access to other options. Anyways if you want to call somebody which has a different mobile carrier, it will cost you 9 cents per minute or SMS.
The Magenta Mobile Prepaid M you get 1.5 GB of high-speed data volume for only 9.95 Euros. All the extra options are the same as for the Magenta Mobile Prepaid S, that we’ve talked about earlier. The top seller is Magenta Mobile Prepaid L, which you will get for only 14.95 euros. And at last, the top service for prepaid sims is Magenta Mobile Prepaid XL with 3 GB of high-speed data volume for only 24.95 euros. It is worth mentioning that for Magenta L you will get 200 minutes in all german networks, unlimited conversations in Telekom network. With Magenta prepaid XL you’ll get flat minutes in all german networks.
Moreover, the best thing is that they provide for high-speed data volume speeds up to 300 MBps in download and 50 MBps in the upload. After consuming the high-speed data volume you have only 32 kbps in download and 16 kbps in the upload.
It is worth mentioning that Telekom has the largest coverage area in which regards 2G, 3G and 4G networks. They have also lots of free wi-fi hotspots. Moreover, the services that they provide our top quality. In which regards the price, it is the most expensive option that you can get. You can get a better offer when you combine maybe your mobile abo with land internet service or TV service. You can find more details at their website: www.telekom.de
Vodafone is the second biggest player in german mobile networks. It has its own network of fiber optics and antennas and also provides very good services. Right now in the middle of 2019 for the mobile services that they provide they offer three main types of contracts. The first includes 4 GB of high-speed internet and is called Red XS. The price for this type of contract is 25 euros. For €30 are you get 8 GB of high-speed data and for 35 euro you get 16 GB of high-speed data. The mentioned prices are available for 24 months contracts. Moreover starting from month 13 you’ll need to play an extra €10 for each type of contract.
For all of these contracts, the maximum speed that you’ll get is 500 MBps for download and 100 MBps in the upload. After consuming the available data your speed will be restricted to only 32 kilobytes per second for download and also upload. It is worth mentioning that for all these contracts you’ll get unlimited minutes and SMSs in all german networks.
The main prepaid sims offers are the following. For €5 you get 500 MB of data and 50 minutes or SMS. You will also get, aside from the included high-speed data, unlimited Vodafone minutes and SMS and 200 minutes in other german networks. With 24.5 euros you get 4 GB of high-speed data volume and unlimited minutes and SMS in all german networks. For all those offers, all the extra minutes or SMS cost 5 cents per unit. The download speed is 500 MBps and the upload speed is 100 MBps. After consuming the available data you’ll be restricted to only 32 kbps. Also after consuming the included data, you have more options, with which you can expand your high-speed data volume, but this costs extra. What it is worth mentioning is that for prepaid you have the services for only 28 days, not a month.
The network availability for to 2G, 3G, and 4G is pretty much the same as Telekom’s network. Around 99 percent of the time you never sens the difference. As the second major player in the mobile network in Germany 2019, Vodafone has a price offer better than it’s competitor Deutsche Telekom. You can find more details at their website: www.vodafone.de
As one of the three big mobile providers in Germany, O2 Mobile differentiates itself with better price offers. With a short and simple analysis, it can be easily stated that O2 Mobile has the best prices in this market. But what is the downside of those prices? We’ll explore below together.
Their contracts have a span from 20 (19.99 euro) to 60 (59.99 euro) euros per month. For 20 euros you will get 1 GB of high-speed internet. On the other side for 60 euros you will have access to unlimited high-speed internet. O2 Mobiles best seller offer for contracts is the one with 10 GB high-speed internet. It must be noted that all contracts have unlimited minutes and SMS in all german networks. In the same time, it is worth mentioning that for the first 6 months you will have a cost of 0 euro and then you will start paying the mentioned prices.
Similar to the other mobile networks providers in Germany, the contract period is 24 months. When it comes to speed, O2 Mobile offers 225 MBps for download and 50 MBps for upload. Another strength point in all their offers is that after consuming the included internet traffic, you will be limited to 1 MB/s which is far more than the 64 kbps of Telekom and 32 kbps of Vodafone.
When it comes to prepaid, there are 4 major offers. The first one, you can get it for only 2 euros per month. With this option, you will get only 150 Mb of high-speed internet traffic. You can also use the credit to call in Germany or inside the EU for only 9/cents per minute or SMS. On the other side with 25 euros you will get 5 GB of high-speed internet and unlimited minutes or SMSs in all German networks. Their best seller offer is 15 euros. For 15 euros you will get usually 3 GB of high-speed internet. When this article was published, they have a super sale which will give you 5 GB of high-speed internet. The speed is the same as for the contract based services. The difference is that your speed will be restricted to only 32 kbps after you consume your included data.
Until now you can guess that there really have the best price-service offers. But if you study their network coverage, then you can basically see from where those prices come. The network coverage of O2 Mobile Germany is by far the most limited when compared with the one of Telekom or Vodafone. You can find more details at their website: www.o2online.de
Conclusions for the German mobile network market
So let’s summarize what you read above about the German mobile network market. The comparison is made between the 3 main giants in german telecommunication. The scores were the following: Telekom has an overall score of 4, Vodafone 4.3 and O2 mobile online 3.9. Telekom has the best network in which regards the network coverage. Vodafone joys us with the best speeds and O2 mobile online has the best price offers.