Once you've made your way to Germany and have gotten all your furniture in place, and are starting to settle in, there's one thing you'll be in need of before your home is complete, Internet. All your friends and family back home will be waiting to hear from you, and catch up with you during a nice long Skype session. And of course, you too will be adamant to get on the computer and connect with your love ones as well as get some research done and find out more about the area you'll be living in.
It goes without saying that in today's day and age, the internet is important. Being in a foreign country and having to come to terms with not only the language barrier but also the unfamiliarity of the services they offer can be a bit challenging. However, the level of difficulty in finding an internet provider in Germany really isn't that high.
Popular internet providers amongst expats include:
Deutsche Telekom is partially owned by the German government. They have offices in many German cities and thus finding somewhere to get information is relatively easy. They are, however, not the most cost efficient option, but do often offer free installation for customers who opt for a two year contract.
Many expats opt for Alice due to the fact they'll be able to avoid a minimum contract. With this, someone who is receiving services from Alice, will only need to terminate their services four weeks to the end of the month in order to be released. The prices at Alice start at a mere 14,99 euros, making this internet service provider one of the most affordable on the market.
1&1 is another great option. They have prices starting at 19,99 with a two year contract, which includes and internet and telephone flat rate. For those who are in need of very fast internet, the options are there with 1&1 as long as you're willing to pay the price.
What to watch out for in your contract:
One thing to keep in mind when deciding on an internet service provider is the contract. It is always a wise decision to have a German native take a look at the contract for you, and explain the terms and conditions in your native language. Contracts are tricky, and sometimes bits and pieces of information are hidden within a contract that may be a definite deal breaker for you and thus it is always better to know what you're getting yourself into before you've gotten yourself into it.
The length of your contract
One of the main things to look for in a contract with your internet provider is how long you will be bound to that company, and how soon your are permitted to cancel your contract. This is especially important for those who are only looking to spend a short period of time in Germany and thus are not in need of a contract that lasts over a year.