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Telephone & utilities in Germany

DSL Internet service providers in Germany

| Januar 31, 2014

Having found an apartment in Germany there are quite a few things you’ll need in order to feel settled in. You’ve probably already bought furniture or rented them from a furniture rental company. The electricity and gas have been taken care of. But now, instead of having to use your phone’s data plan for internet, you looking at getting internet in your new home. There are quite a few DSL Internet Service providers to choose from. In the case that you’re fairly new to Germany, you’re probably interested in knowing which ones are good and what price you can expect to pay. For those only staying in Germany for a few months, it’s definitely worth looking into a plan that doesn’t require you to sign a minimum contract. These contracts are usually 12 month to 24 month contracts and are relatively difficult to terminate. Do thorough research and ensure that you get the deal that best suits your needs.

 

Who are the DSL Internet Service Providers and what do they offer?

 

 

O2

        No installation cost (special)

        Free WLAN router

        Available without contract. Cancel 4 weeks before the end of the month.

        Free calling to German landlines

        Prices from 14.99 to 39.98 € per month

 

Cablesurf

        3 month minimum contract length

        rental of WLAN router, 1.95 € per month

        Prices start at 19.95 € per month

  

1&1

        Internet flatrate

        WLAN modem

        WLAN router

        24/7 customer service

        24 month contract

        Prices start at 19.99 € per month

 

Telekom

        Free calling to German landlines

        12 month contract

        WLAN router

        Prices start at 29.95 € per month

 

Kabel Deutschland

        Free WLAN router

        1 time installation fee 39.90 € per month

        24 month contract

        Price start at 19.90 € per month

 

When it comes to finding an internet provider there’s quite the variety. The price for each provider lies between 14.99 and 30 € per month which is fairly reasonable. However, it is important to ensure that you thoroughly read and comprehend any contract that you are provided with, before signing. Kabel Deutschland is especially difficult to terminate regardless of a change in address or moving out of the country. So be very careful and know just how long you plan on staying in Germany, because if you do leave early, you may end up paying for their services for as long as your contract had stated. Expats tend to prefer O2 because of its flexibility, affordability and the fact that only one month notice needs to be given in order to cancel their services. Take very good care of the devices you are given from your chosen internet service provider. They do often, require that you return routers and other devices once your contract comes to an end. These will need to be packaged and either dropped off at one of their offices or mailed. Not returning the required devices may result in a hefty fee.