Which mobile phone providers are there and which network do they use?

In today's digital world, the wireless service provider you choose is crucial. The quality of the network, the tariffs and the customer services vary from provider to provider. In this article, we present you with a comprehensive list of mobile phone providers in Germany and show you which network they use.

The three largest mobile phone providers in Germany are Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica.
The three largest mobile phone providers in Germany are Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica.

The three major network operators in Germany

There are three major network operators in Germany: Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica (O2). These companies claim to have rolled out their networks nationwide for the entire population. Nevertheless, there are still big differences in the network availability of the individual providers. Customers usually notice the differences when making phone calls, when surfing the web on the go, and when the network supply sometimes differs outdoors or indoors.

Mobile operators and their networks

Here's an alphabetical list of cell service providers and the networks they use:

Cellular Providermesh
1 & 1Telefonica (O2), Vodafone
Aldi talkTelefonica (O2)
AY YildizTelefonica (O2)
BILD ConnectTelefonica (O2)
BlueTelefonica (O2)
crashTelekom, Vodafone, Telefonica (O2)
GermanySIMVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
DOCOM21Telefonica (O2)
easy phoneTelefonica (O2)
Edeka MobileTelekom
eleonVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
fonicTelefonica (O2)
freenet flexVodafone
freenet mobileTelekom, Vodafone, Telefonica (O2)
Galaxy EXPERTTelefonica (O2)
GMX.netVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
Handyvertrag.deTelefonica (O2)
High MobileTelekom
Kaufland MobileTelekom
Clear mobileTelekom, Vodafone, Telefonica (O2)
LebaraTelefonica (O2)
Lidl MobileVodafone
M-netTelefonica (O2)
maXXimVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
MegaSIMTelekom, Vodafone, Telefonica (O2)
mobilcom-debitelTelekom, Vodafone, Telefonica (O2)
net comTelefonica (O2)
o2Telefonica (O2)
Penny mobileTelekom
Premium SIMTelefonica (O2)
SaturnVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
sim.deTelefonica (O2)
simplytelVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
smartmobil.deVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
Tchibo MobileTelefonica (O2)
Telekom mobile communicationsTelekom
Telecom StreamOnTelekom
web.deVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
WhatsApp SIMTelefonica (O2)
winSIMVodafone, Telefonica (O2)
yourphoneTelefonica (O2)

Which mobile operator should I choose?

Choosing the right cell phone provider depends on a variety of factors and is a very individual decision. An important aspect is network coverage. In Germany there are still areas, especially in rural areas, where only one or sometimes even no operator has network coverage. It is therefore important to check the network coverage in the areas where you use your cell phone most, such as at home, at work or at school.

Another important factor is the cost. Plans vary widely between providers and it's important to find a plan that meets your needs without making you pay for services you don't need.

Finally, you should also consider customer service. Good customer service can make a big difference, especially when you're having trouble or have questions about your contract.

Remember that there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to wireless carriers. What works for one person may not work for another. Take the time to consider your options and make the best decision for your specific needs and circumstances.

Mobile phone coverage is often poor or non-existent, especially in scenic corners of Germany (Photo: Mid).
Mobile phone coverage is often poor or non-existent, especially in scenic corners of Germany (Photo: Mid).


As you can see, there are a variety of cell phone providers using the networks of the major operators. It is important that you find out about the network coverage in your area before you decide on a provider. You should also consider the tariffs and quality of customer service. It's always a good idea to compare rates from different providers to find the best deal.


Here are some questions that are frequently asked about this topic.

How can I contact my mobile operator if my phone is stolen?

It's important to contact your wireless service provider immediately if your phone has been stolen. Most providers have a special hotline for such cases. You can also visit your provider's website for more information.

How long does it take to switch carriers?

The duration of the switch can vary, but typically the process should be completed within a few days. It's important to review your current contract and notice periods before making the switch.

Why do consumers change their mobile operator?

There are many reasons why consumers switch their wireless service provider. These include better tariffs, better network coverage, better customer services or simply the desire for change.

What factors should I consider when choosing a cell phone provider?

When choosing a cell phone provider, you should consider several factors, including network coverage, tariffs, quality of customer service, and contract terms.

Is there a way to check a cell phone provider's coverage before I sign up?

Yes, most wireless service providers provide coverage maps on their websites. You can use these maps to check if the provider has good coverage in your area. It's also a good idea to ask friends or family members about their experiences with different providers.

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