Cell phone tariffs in the D1 network are comparatively expensive at Telekom. The alternatives from Congstar, Edeka Smart & Co., which also use the D1 network, are cheaper.
Telekom’s cell phone network (known as the D1 network) not only has a good reputation, it also impressed in the latest COMPUTER BILD network test and put the competition in its place. To be fair, it should not go unmentioned that the mobile network from Vodafone (D2) is similarly good and O2 (although a bit lagged; E-Netz) now provides a solid network. This article is about the cell phone tariffs in the D1 network. The focus is not on the relatively expensive telecommunications tariffs but on the mostly cheaper alternatives offered by providers who also use the D1 network to provide their mobile phone tariffs – including LTE.
D1 tariffs: you need to know that
D1 networks are not the same as D1 networks: the maximum LTE speed (300 Mbit / s) is currently only available from Telekom and Edeka Smart, all other providers often cap the download speed to 50 Mbit / s or less.
Inexpensive entry: depending on the individual needs of a mobile phone tariff in the D1 network, it starts at around 5 euros. At Congstar, however, there is also the option of choosing a tariff without a basic fee and, accordingly, without inclusive services.
Surprise: Even Telekom’s own mobile phone tariffs (especially prepaid) can convince one or the other price-conscious user.
Congstar: mobile phone tariffs in the D1 network
As a Telekom subsidiary, Congstar is primarily intended to appeal to a young and price-oriented target group. Congstar vies for new customers with regular, sometimes very worthwhile campaigns. Congstar uses the D1 network, but with the handbrake on at the download speed: Of the theoretical 300 Mbit / s (LTE Max) in the Telekom network, Congstar customers usually have 25 Mbit / s or twice the speed via LTE 50 option for a fee. The latter is available with the Allnet tariffs, the lower speed is available with the prepaid tariffs from Congstar. Two cell phone plans stand out for their features and prices. The provider recently announced the Congstar X tariff, which contains two SIM cards and 200 gigabytes of data.
The offer: Congstar Allnet Flat M at CONGSTAR
Edeka Smart: mobile phone tariffs in the D1 network. As the only provider of mobile phone tariffs in the D1 network, Edeka Smart supports the maximum LTE speed of 300 Mbit / s. There is a choice of three tariffs with data volume, of which the Edeka Smart kombi M is probably the most interesting. It includes 2 gigabytes of LTE volume and 200 free minutes, 9 cents are due per SMS. Calls and SMS to the Telekom network are free, as is the use of the Telekom hotspots – this also applies to the other Edeka Smart tariffs, all of which have no minimum term.
Penny Mobil, Kaufland mobil: tariffs in the D1 network
Both Penny Mobil and Ja! Mobil offer mobile phone tariffs in the D1 network, for which the discounters use the Congstar infrastructure. The tariffs are identical in terms of performance features and use the same naming scheme. The tariffs from Prepaid Basic (4.87 euros) already include 1 gigabyte of surfing volume and 100 free minutes to all German networks, SMS costs 9 cents each. At the top end is the prepaid Smart Max tariff with 7 gigabytes of data volume, all-network and SMS flat-rate – price: 19.49 euros. Kaufland Mobil is new onboard, replacing K-Classic mobil and starting a lucrative campaign for customers. The tariffs from Kaufland Mobil are the same as those from Penny Mobil and ja! Mobil.
frank flat: mobile phone tariff in the D1 network
The frank flat is new and unique. This is a single mobile phone tariff, there are no graduations with more or less surfing volume. The tariff costs a flat rate of 10 euros per month (minus 25 cents on the invoice due to the VAT reduction), includes a flat rate for telephony and SMS as well as 4 GB of data volume. Additional volume can be booked if the 4 gigabyte mark is cracked in the current billing period. The fraenk flat supports Voice-over-LTE and thus high voice quality when making calls. So far, this extra was prepaid for the Telekom tariffs