Re: [86attendees] Good prepaid SIM cards for Europe?

"Scheffenegger, Richard" <> Mon, 18 March 2013 12:06 UTC

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For my (regular) data needs in Germany (als also passive SMS reception abroad), I have a pre-paid Vodaphone SIM; At the time, 24hrs/1GB for 3,95 EUR was the best and least expensive plan I could find. Also, recharging can be done multiple way (anonymous using cards from a supermarket, or via credit card, or one can upgrade and register a (german?) bank account.

As Lars mentioned, that SIM also works in other countries, just not that cheaply...

But it's still lower cost than my regular, home-country, fully paid subscription contract as company policy excludes data roaming (and voice roaming is quite expensive with the corporate plan we subscribed here).

OTOH - Apparently as a  T-Home/T-Mobile user one can have free T-Mobile Hotspot access across Germany, and it appears that they don't check for concurrent access in multiple locations/devices. At least when I tried this with the colleagues account, while he was surfing in another hotel, we both had access...

So, if you have a german colleague with a T-Home/T-Mobile account, that might be the least cost option for data roaming (hotspots should be pretty dense).

Finally, I believe that Berlin has a city-wide public, open WiFi zone; but that might easily overloaded with a few IETF participants :)

Best regards,

Richard Scheffenegger

> -----Original Message-----
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> On Behalf Of Eggert, Lars
> Sent: Samstag, 16. März 2013 18:48
> To: Philip Matthews
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> Subject: Re: [86attendees] Good prepaid SIM cards for Europe?
> Hi,
> On Mar 16, 2013, at 13:33, Philip Matthews <>
> wrote:
> > Prompted by Lars's question on US SIM cards, I would like to look
> forward to the next IETF meeting in Berlin and SIM cards for Europe.
> >
> > I am looking for a pre-paid SIM card, mostly for data, but also some
> voice and texting.
> > Obviously I would like it to work in Germany, but I am going to be in
> Italy afterwards and would like it to work there as well.
> it's HIGHLY country-dependent. I think the only operator that has a pan-EU
> plan is Vodafone, but I don't know if their prepaid ones have that
> feature.
> In Germany, T-Mobile usually wins the various comparisons for speed and
> coverage, and they have a prepaid plan similar to the US one I was pointed
> at:,24748,27850-_,00.html
> Lars
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