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Prepaid or cell phone contract for your new smartphone?

Prepaid or cell phone contract for your new smartphone?

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To use a smartphone, you always need a corresponding mobile phone contract from a provider. The first thing to consider is whether a prepaid card or a cell phone contract is to be taken out for the smartphone.

In general it can be said that there are four major mobile phone providers in Germany. These include E-Plus, Vodafone, O2 and Telekom. The so-called service providers on the market also make calls in the network of one of the major providers, but can offer tariffs at a cheaper basic fee through their own pricing policy .

Prepaid cards

Prepaid cards are a SIM card where the user has to manually deposit funds onto the card as required. This is possible using so-called prepaid cards, which are available in retail stores such as department stores or gas stations. If the credit has been used up, the device cannot be used again until it has been recharged. These prepaid cards usually do not have a flat rate, so all costs for connections and mobile data use are calculated on the smartphone.

mobile phone contract

All cell phone providers offer two types of cell phone contracts. These include contracts with free minutes and free SMS or all-network flat rates. For contracts with free minutes or free SMS, once the included minutes have been reached, costs are incurred for each additional minute, which will be billed on the next mobile phone bill. In order to save these costs, we recommend taking out a cell phone contract. These are now available with a term of 24 months. There is also the option of booking the mobile phone contract as a flex variant for a higher basic fee than the variant with a term. With this Flex variant, the contract can be canceled monthly by the user with a notice period of 30 days. With the all-net flat rate tariffs, the costs of connections, except to foreign countries or to special numbers, the costs of SMS and mobile Internet, are already covered by the basic fee. The amount of the basic fee usually only differs in the amount of data volume included.

Whether the user prefers to take out a cell phone contract or a prepaid card is entirely up to the consumer. However, when using a smartphone, it is advisable to book a tariff with an internet flat rate for mobile internet. Smartphones automatically connect to the Internet for updates and updates without the user noticing. In this way, unpleasant surprises can be avoided the next time the invoice is submitted.

If you have any further questions about the relevant tariffs and conditions of the individual providers, you can call the mobile phone provider's service number at any time. But it is also possible to order cheaply via Preis24 , the comparison portal on the Internet.

Many people use the Internet not only to find the perfect cell phone tariff for their needs, but also to discover the right cell phone for themselves. The Samsung Galaxy S4, for example, is equipped with a 13 megapixel camera with Full HD video function, and it also has a dual camera that can record two perspectives at the same time. There is even an outdoor version, the Galaxy S4 Active is water and dustproof and therefore perfect for visiting the beach or diving. However, everyone has to decide for themselves which cell phone meets their own needs.

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