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SIM card for iPad mini in Germany

How do we get a pre paid SIM card for Germany. We are reading (not on this site) that you must have a German address and there is a letter that is mailed to this address to verify. If returned unanswered the card is turned off. We are staying in Germany two weeks but we are not staying more than 2 days at any one place. What has been anyone's experience?
Thanks
Chris

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In the past, I've used T-mobile when visiting Spain and France. Service was exceptional and I wasted no time searching for a vendor. You can hit the ground running. My nephew came back from 3 weeks in Germany last week and used T-Mobile and raved about service and simplicity. When I was in France last fall, I opted to get a local SIM card. Finding a nano SIM card was difficult. I went to 4 cell stores and could not find one. Eventually went to a small shop specializing in providing money transfers, phone booths and Internet connections for the immigrant community. They took a micro sim and used a die cutter to fit it as a nano. Worked fine however over the two weeks I was in France I figured I saved only about $5 over using the T-Mobile option. Next trip, I'll get another SIM card from T-Mobile to save time and aggravation.

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Not sure how getting a T-Mobile SIM in the US for an iPad mini does quite what the OP wants. However, having a phone with T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan would give you unlimited (2G) data to share via the phone's WiFi hotspot with a tablet.

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I can only say that in 2012 when my mother and I went to a T-Mobile store in Berlin (so T-Mobile Germany, not T-Mobile US), the salesman set us up in about 15 minutes, and we walked out with working phones. We did need our passports, but he did the rest. Nothing needed to be mailed anywhere, and if we needed an address (I don't remember), our hotel address worked fine.

At the time we had unlocked "dumbphones" and so only needed SIM cards for talk and text, no data. T-Mobile had a very good deal then for what we needed; Vodafone did not have a good deal for our needs then. Of course, the plans change all the time.

For more information, a great source is the Germany forum on Prepaid GSM. Unfortunately, their forums seem to be down now; here's their main page of Germany information: http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/germany.html

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To be clear, some on this thread are talking about T-Mobile USA and others are talking about T-Mobile Germany. They are owned by the same company (at least partly) but are not the same. You can buy a T-Mobile German pre-paid SIM card that will work in Europe, or you sign up for a T-Mobile USA post-paid wireless plan like Simple Choice that offers free international data and cheap roaming, but the German and USA plans/options are two entirely different things, not related at all.

When I visited to Montenegro in May, I had my T-Mobile USA phone with me where T-Mobile offers international roaming in some countries (like Croatia), but they do not offer it in Montenegro, even though T-Mobile operates in Montenegro. In fact, I bought a pre-paid T-Mobile SIM in Montenegro for data only. The fact that I was already a T-Mobile USA customer meant nothing.

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Thanks for all the replies,
But, I already have a U.S. T-mobile phone and international plan. I still need a SIM card for iPad in Germany. We.bought one in Scotland, one in France and one in Italy, but I need one for Germany.
Thanks in advance. Chriis

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Thanks for all the replies,
But, I already have a U.S. T-mobile phone and international plan. I still need a SIM card for iPad in Germany. We.bought one in Scotland, one in France and one in Italy, but I need one for Germany.
Thanks in advance. Chriis

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Do you have a smart phone? If so, try turning on the hotspot so you can access the mobile internet of your phone on the tablet, via WiFI. Data is unlimited in Europe with T-Mobile's US "simple choice" plan but it's only 2G speed. Maybe you can live with it in Germany, at least until you get there and figure out whether you need to buy a SIM if 2G isn't fast enough.