Cheap internet providers in Germany

Knowing what is the cheapest and best internet provider in Germany can be difficult. It is made quite hard because it is actually very difficult to compare each provider on price because of the range of sign on bonuses used, one off payments, different monthly payments for different periods etc. We have made things easy by summarising for you what the average monthly price is over 24 months so that you can compare prices amongst internet providers easily. We have also compared the products on speed and data allowances and our top pick is the o2 50MB L bundle.

What data speed do I need?

The speed of broadband needed depends on several factors such as if you will be watching videos (YouTube, Netflix etc), the number of people in the household, streaming/downloading music etc. However roughly we would say

  • 8mb internet is enough if you are part of a small household and only use the internet for browsing and email.
  • 16mb is a better choice if you watch more regular videos on YouTube, Facebook and stream other content using services such as Spotify or Netflix.
  • 50mb is a better choice if you stream content in HD (e.g Netflix) and are part of a larger household. Or if you just like things to be downloaded quickly with no buffering on videos.
  • 100mb is better for those wanting to stream Ultra-HD content (again on Netflix), are heavy data users and do online gaming.

A 24 month contract is best for value

The minimum contract lengths in Germany are mainly split between a choice of 24 months vs monthly contracts. Although the monthly option provides more flexibility this will cost you a lot more (for instance on o2 you lose the €100 bonus, while on 1&1 you will need to pay around €3 extra a month). As such, we would recommend choosing a 24 month contract if possible.

 

What is the cheapest and best broadband provider in Germany?

The internet providers in Germany have done an excellent job of trying to hide the actual price paid by the consumer. They have done this by using tactics such as:

  • Providing short term low rates at the start of the contract
  • Different prices (usually higher) in the last few months of your contract
  • Using sign on bonuses
  • Charging different installation costs
  • Some providers charge you a monthly modem rental fee

This leaves people very confused so they can not compare the different offers on price. However we have done the hard work for you so you don’t have to. See below for our comparison tables.

Comparing o2 DSL tariffs – our favourite internet provider in Germany

o2 is one of the largest internet providers in Germany and below we summarise its different tariffs. As you can see, they use a mix of three different pricing periods, one off bonuses and modem charges. The best value for money tariff they offer is the ‘All-in L’ tariff which provides a 50mb/s connection. Interestingly, if you calculate the monthly average price this is only €0.41 higher than the ‘All-in M’ tariff but the connections is much faster than the 16mb/s connection of the M tariff.

Choose Your Plan
  •    Speed
  •    Data cap
  •    Phase I price
  •    Phase II price
  •    Phase III price
  •    Modem postage fee
  •    Starting bonus credit
  •    Average price over 24 months

O2 DSL All-In S

24.16/ month
24.16/ month
  • 8mb/s
  • 100gb cap per month
  • €14.99 for 3 months
  • €24.99 for 21 months
  • -
  • €9.99
  • -
  • €24.16

O2 DSL All-In M

26.45/ month
26.45/ month
  • 16mb/s
  • 100gb cap per month
  • €14.99 for 3 months
  • €29.99 for 21 months
  • -
  • €9.99
  • €50
  • €26.45

O2 DSL All-In L

26.86/ month
26.86/ month
  • 50mb/s
  • 300gb cap per month
  • €14.99 for 3 months
  • €29.99 for 9 months
  • €34.99 for 12 months
  • €9.99
  • €100
  • €26.86

O2 DSL All-In XL

36.86/ month
36.86/ month
  • 100mb/s
  • 500gb cap per month
  • €14.99 for 3 months
  • €34.99 for 21 months
  • -
  • €9.99
  • €100
  • €36.86

Comparing o2 vs Deutsche Telekom DSL vs 1&1 DSL

The other popular DSL internet packages in Germany are with Deutsche Telekom and 1&1. Below we compare the 50mb/s packages of all three providers and find that the cheapest provider is o2. The only noteworthy difference is that o2 has a 300gig cap per month (equivalent to streaming 12 hours of standard definition video content every day for a month). Given the high limit we still believe o2 is the best internet product in terms of price, customer service and quality.

Choose Your Plan
  •    Speed
  •    Data cap
  •    Phase I price
  •    Phase II price
  •    Phase III price
  •    Modem postage fee
  •    Modem rental charge
  •    Starting bonus credit
  •    One off charges
  •    Average price over 24 months

Deutsche Telekom M

33.93/ month
33.93/ month
  • 50mb/s
  • Unlimited
  • €19.95 for 12 months
  • €39.95 for 12 months
  • -
  • €6.95
  • €4.94 per month
  • €100
  • €69.96
  • €33.93

1&1 DSL 50

30.4/ month
30.4/ month
  • 50mb/s
  • Unlimited
  • €16.99 for 12 months
  • €31.99 for 12 months
  • -
  • €9.99
  • €2.99 per month
  • -
  • €59.99
  • €30.40

O2 DSL All-In L

26.86/ month
26.86/ month
  • 50mb/s
  • 300gb cap per month
  • €14.99 for 3 months
  • €29.99 for 9 months
  • €34.99 for 12 months
  • €9.99
  • -
  • €100
  • -
  • €26.86