Mobile flat-rate surfing remains expensive in Germany
Surfing with unlimited amounts of data without the Internet slowing down – according to the comparison portal Verivox, this is only possible in Germany with a Telekom tariff. But if you look at other EU countries, you notice that it is not really cheap.
WIf you want to surf quickly and a lot with your mobile phone in Germany, you have to dig deeper into your pockets than abroad. As a study by the comparison portal Verivox shows, it is significantly cheaper in many other EU countries: In Germany, for example, around 80 euros per month for a tariff at Telekom to get an unlimited data flat rate – the transmission speed is here not throttled from a certain amount.
In the Netherlands (35 euros), France (40 euros), Great Britain (converted around 40 euros) and Sweden (converted 49 euros) the cheapest tariffs are much lower. Telekom recently introduced a new data flat rate for mobile surfing. Vodafone and Telefónica / O2 do not have such a product in Germany.
Verivox had taken a close look at all the tariffs available from network operators in ten European countries. Offers from secondary brands or service providers, however, were not taken into account. Some countries only had “quasi-flat rates” – there the limit to the amount of data from which the slow pace is throttled is very high. In Poland, for example, a tariff with a 100 GB threshold only costs the equivalent of around 19 euros – it is from T-Mobile, a subsidiary of the Bonn-based group. Tariffs in Italy (25 euros / 100 GB limit) and Spain (32 euros / 25 GB) are also relatively cheap. Austria is quite expensive – according to Verivox, the cheapest tariff there costs 69.73 euros with a start of throttling at 60 GB.
The comparison makes it clear that Germany still has some catching up to do with tariffs with large amounts of data, said Verivox expert Christian Schiele. He justifies the high price level, among other things, with the fact that competition on the domestic market has flattened out in recent years. In addition, there is less government funding in Germany than in France, for example – local companies have to finance their business largely from their own resources.