What's the best phone for on the go

Cellular phone calls and surfing on the go

The mobile communications market: countless tariffs on offer

The mobile network operators in Germany maintain their own UMTS, GSM and LTE networks that are still being expanded. The fourth generation of mobile communications, LTE (Long Term Evolution), is intended to set new standards in mobile communications in terms of transmission speed and transmission stability. In order to meet the challenges and needs in the field of mobile communications, further investments must be made in the network infrastructure in the future.

Consumers can choose from a large number of different tariffs for mobile phone use. In addition to the four network operators Telekom, Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus, many other providers are also bringing their tariffs to the mobile communications market. If you want to make the most of this selection, you first check your own user behavior in order to then select the right offer for your individual needs.

Our cellular network and its challenges

Depending on the type of user and the number of minutes required, flat rates, minute rates or prepaid cards are more suitable. In the mobile communications sector, there are more and more flat-rate offers that no longer have to pay attention to the duration of the call. As a rule, these offers also contain sufficient data volume for mobile surfing on the Internet. The flat rate offers are convenient, but not always the best choice. For example, those who make very little phone calls can travel significantly cheaper with a prepaid tariff. The speed of the desired network can also be determined to select the cell phone tariff - as can contracts with a music flat rate or multiple SIM cards. A look at the last mobile phone bill is very useful when analyzing your own usage behavior.

The hardware determines the cell phone tariff

The choice of mobile phone should be taken into account when deciding on a mobile phone contract or a prepaid offer. If a cell phone is already in use or if an expensive model is not important, a prepaid tariff, which does not include a discounted new cell phone, is the best option. The tariffs of the so-called mobile radio discounters such as Bild, Aldi, Fonic, Simyo, Base, etc. now shine thanks to their clarity and are particularly worthwhile for consumers who make little phone calls or whose phone behavior fluctuates significantly.

If you make a lot of calls and want a new cell phone, you should opt for a cell phone contract with a fixed term. Many of these contracts include subsidized hardware, so you can get a brand new, high-tech piece of equipment for a relatively small down payment.

However, it is important to ensure that the cost of the desired mobile phone at an affordable price is not absorbed by expensive contractual conditions. In this case, it is worth checking the actual price, which takes into account both the one-time and the monthly costs for the cell phone contract and cell phone.

Is the fixed network becoming obsolete?

For many users, mobile communications are now replacing landline connections. This is due to the multiple bookable flat rates that supplement the mobile phone contract and with which, among other things, unlimited calls can be made to the fixed network. In addition, contracts can be supplemented with a home option - the so-called home zone - with a landline number. If you are close to where you live, you can use your cell phone like a normal landline phone. If you don't need an Internet connection and don't want to connect fax machines or the like at home, you can even do without the regular landline connection entirely with such a tariff and rely entirely on mobile communications.