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Overview

Blau.de is an operator on the Eplus network, the company offers their services only online on http://www.blau.de and has about 600.000 customers (2007).

Price

The prices are changing every few month or even within weeks, special offers are common. In May 2009 calling is 9ct/min to all German networks and 9ct/SMS in Germany/20ct to any other country, Blau.de also offers a prepaid calling flatrate for 15€/month.
For data connections 24ct is charged per MB, counting in 10kB blocks unless you spend 9,90€ on a 1GB datapack or 19,90 € for an Dataflat.
The SIM-card costs 20€ including 20€ prepaid balance.

Where to buy

Order the SIM-Card online, you will need a valid German address and about 4-5 days time until you receive the shipped card.

I have seen blau.de simcards at Saturn (chain of electronics/CD/DVD/telecom stores), but they were hidden inside a counter.

In Berlin, Saturn on Kant Strasse near Ku'damm (has sim card starter kits available on the shelf towards the back of the store. Kits cost 9.90€ and will give you 10€ worth of credit. You will need to show photo ID to purchase. Ideally bring your passport. At the time of writing, it was possible to purchase multiple cards with the one ID card.


How to buy top up credits

One way is to setup automatic loading by credit card or bank collection, you can set e.g. a minimum limit of 10€ on which it's going to load the account by 15€.
You might also login and purchase credits by credit card or bank collection manually.
In case you can't get online you will find top up cards in over 6000 Shops throughout Germany such as, gas stations (AGIP, Shell, Aral and others) , kiosks, specialized trade stores and food shops.

Activation

Card is activated on first call.
You do not need to 'sign up' or do anything special to enable data, however you must add to your phone the correct APN settings ("Cellular Data" found in the Network section on iPhone OS 4.0)

APN: internet.eplus.de
username: blau
password: blau

if you need to dial a number use *99***1#

Alternatively, try 'eplus' as the Username and Password.

Checking your Balance

Dial 1155 from your phone. The messages will only be available in German. From the "Hauptmenu" dial 1 to hear your current balance and expiry date.

Misc

Eplus UTMS coverage is not good in rural areas, as fallback the Eplus network only has EDGE capabilities in large cities, otherwise you only have simple GPRS which is GSM.



Alternatives
Congstar (T-Mobile Network)


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