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High performance for little money: these are the best mobile phone contracts


Mobile phone contracts with a good price-performance ratio

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There are too many mobile phone tariffs – sooner or later everyone who is looking for a new mobile phone contract must get this insight. Week after week, CHIP therefore filters the best offers from the tangled tariff: For the monthly fee you get the best service with these offers. After the Federal Network Agency set a new maximum price for taking the old number with you, switching to a new provider is now possible in many cases at a significantly lower price.

Mobile phone contracts are no longer just for the big ones Network operators Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica (O2) – practically each of these providers is now also present with a cheaper brand, in addition there are a number of third-party providers and resellers who offer their own offers or offer third-party tariffs under a new name and with their own terms.

It is hardly possible to keep an overview in this muddle. Offers like our tariff calculator which shows tariffs suitable for your needs. Alternatively, you can find an overview of current tariff offers in this article, where you get as much performance as possible for your money: We regularly tap a large part of the available tariffs on criteria such as the monthly data volume, the maximum speed and the price per gigabyte to determine the offers that stand out positively from the opaque variety.

The best mobile phone contracts at a glance

In the following table you will find the currently best mobile phone contracts. They all offer an all-net flat, which means that you can make unlimited calls and send SMS to all networks. There is also LTE and EU roaming in all listed contracts – if you are traveling within the EU, you can use the tariffs as in Germany without incurring any additional costs. The price for all tariffs is at most 30 euros per month .

Some of the offers are limited-time campaign tariffs that are not permanently available.

The best mobile phone tariffs at a glance (status: 14. 05. 2020 08: 47 Clock)

tariff Network Tariff highlights Data volume Costs per month To the tariff

Vodafone CallYa Digital

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very good Network, large data volume, short contract term, no connection fee, very high speed

10 GByte

21, 67 Euro

to offer

o2 Free M Flex

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very good price-performance ratio, large data volume, short contract term, very high speed

20 GByte

19, 99 Euro

to offer

winSIM LTE All 10 GB (Without term)

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good price-performance ratio, large data volume, short contract term, high speed

10 GByte (Automatic data)

12, 99 Euro

to offer

Sparhandy HIGH 24 / 10 LTE 50

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very good network, good value for money, large data volume, no connection fee, high speed

10 GByte

17,5 euros

to offer

winSIM LTE All 5 GB (without runtime)

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good value for money, short contract term, high speed

7 GB (data automatic)

7, 99 Euro

to offer

smartmobil.de LTE 10 GB (1 month)

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good price-performance ratio, large data volume, short contract term, high speed t

10 GByte

19, 99 Euro

to offer

simply LTE 10000 (Without term)

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good value for money, large data volume, short contract term, high speed

12 GByte (data automatic)

22, 99 Euro

to offer

PremiumSIM LTE L (without term)

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good value for money, short contract term, high speed

7 GB (data automatic)

9, 99 Euro

to offer

simply LTE 5000 + 1 GB (without term)

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good price-performance ratio, short contract term, high speed

6 GB (data automatic)

8th,99 Euro

to offer

smartmobil.de LTE 7 GB (1 month)

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good value for money, short contract term, high speed

7 GB

12, 99 Euro

to offer

klarmobil Allnet Flat 10 +2 GB LTE (50 MBit / s)

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very good network, good price-performance ratio, large data volume, high speed

12 GByte

22, 99 Euro

to offer

klarmobil.de Allnet Flat 10 + 2 GB LTE 50

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very good network, good price-performance ratio, large data volume, high speed

12 GByte

22, 99 Euro

to offer

smartmobil.de LTE 5 GB (1 month)

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good value for money, short contract term, high speed

5 GB

9, 99 Euro

to offer

congstar Fair Flat LTE 50 (12 GB)

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very good network , large data volume, short contract term, high speed

12 GByte

28 Euro

to offer

congstar Allnet Flat Plus + LTE 50 (1 month)

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very good network, large data volume, short contract term, high speed

12 GByte

28 Euro

to offer

winSIM LTE All 10 GB

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good value for money , large data volume, no connection fee, high speed inductance

10 GByte (data automatic)

12, 99 Euro

to offer

smartmobil.de LTE 10 GB

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good price Value for money, large data volume, no connection fee, high G speed

10 GByte

19, 99 Euro

to offer

otelo Allnet-Flat Classic 10 GB (+ LTE 50-Option)

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very good network, large data volume, high speed

10 GByte

21, 98 Euro

to offer

FYVE Allnet Flat Classic 10 GB + LTE 50-Option

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very good network, large data volume, high speed

10 GByte

21, 98 Euro

to offer

congstar Allnet Flat Plus + LTE 50

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very good network, large data volume, high speed

12 GByte

28 Euro

to offer

o2 Free M

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good value for money, large data volume, very high speed

20 GByte

29, 99 Euro

to offer

Sparhandy HIGH 24 / 8 LTE 50

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very good network, no connection fee, high Speed

8 GB

20 Euro

to offer

PremiumSIM LTE L

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good price Money, no connection fee, high speed

7 GB (data automatic)

9, 99 Euro

to offer

simply LTE 5000 + 1 GB

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good value for money, no connection fee, high speed

6 GB (data automatic)

8th,99 Euro

to offer

sim.de LTE All 6 GB (without runtime)

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short contract term, high speed

6 GB (data automatic)

14, 99 Euro

to offer

PremiumSIM LTE XL (without term)

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short contract term, high speed

8 GB (data automatic)

19, 99 Euro

to offer

sim.de LTE All 8 GB (without runtime)

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short contract term, high speed

8 GB (data automatic)

19, 99 Euro

to offer

smartmobil.de LTE 7 GB

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good value for money, no connection fee, high speed

7 GB

12, 99 Euro

to offer

winSIM LTE All 5 GB

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good value for money, no connection fee, high speed

5 GB (data automatic)

7, 99 Euro

to offer

smartmobil.de LTE 5 GB

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good value for money, no connection fee, high speed

5 GB

9, 99 Euro

to offer
In addition to the large network operators, a number of third-party providers also offer cell phone contracts – and in some cases significantly cheaper GettyImages

This should be considered when concluding a cell phone contract

The most important criterion when deciding on a mobile phone contract is the network: While the Telekom and Vodafone networks last Network test by CHIP were almost on an equal footing, Telefónica ended up in third place with some distance – this has to be taken into account, especially then if you don't live in a big city. In the country it can be tight with all providers, but the chances of good reception are the worst in the Telefónica network.

In addition to contracts with a classic term of two years There are now a large number of offers with a short term: You can usually cancel these tariffs every month. With such offers you stay significantly more flexible – at the same time, tariffs with a short term are not automatically more expensive, sometimes they only differ in the one-time connection price from identical tariffs with 24 months term.

Unlike tariffs , which is available directly from network operators, is screwed down to the maximum available speed in the case of cheaper offers from third-party providers: Often the download speed is 21, 6, 25 or 50 Mbit / s limited, while optimally several hundred Mbit / s would also be possible in the networks. In many cases this is not a big problem: Even with 21, 6 MBit / s use WhatsApp & Co. and problems, video streaming in high resolution is also possible. Whoever wants the highest performance, however, usually has to resort to the more expensive tariffs of the network operators.

Watch out for pitfalls

Before you conclude a mobile phone contract, you should pay attention to a number of things that could prove to be pitfalls.

  • High costs from 25. Month: In tariffs with a term of two years, the basic fee is from 25. Month sometimes significantly more expensive. You do not have to avoid these offers in principle, but you should make sure to give notice of termination in good time, at the latest three months before the automatic contract extension, better even earlier.

  • Automatic data: In some tariffs, new data volume is automatically booked up to three times after consumption of the inclusive volume usually at outrageous prices. You can deactivate the automatic data processing at all providers and should also make use of this option. This is normally possible in the customer portal of the provider or on the hotline.
  • Reimbursement of the connection price after SMS: In some cases, providers reimburse the one-time connection fees – but only if you send a certain SMS within a specified period after activation of the contract. If you book a corresponding offer, make sure to actually send the required SMS within the specified period.
  • Costs for taking with you the phone number: Thanks to the relevant legal regulations, you can take your number from the old to the new provider. The new provider often even rewards you with a small premium – however, please note that your old provider will also charge you for taking the number with you. Since 20. April 2020 the maximum price for taking the phone number with you is 6, 82 euros – previously amounts were up to 30 Euro usual.

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