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Fonic Logo Fonic is the discount brand of Telefonica o2 and therefore offers the same coverage as o2, which amounts to nearly 100% of Germany. The o2 network is based on (E)GSM900, GSM1800 (both with EDGE support) and UMTS2100 (HSPA with up to 7,2 MBit/s supported).

Besides very competitive data rates Fonic offers very cheap national and international calling rates, which makes it unique especially for visitors to Germany.

The SIM card can be bought online or at the retailers listed below for €10, usually with an inital credit of €9.99 (advertised as "111 Freiminuten", but provided as regular credit and so can also be used for data service).

Fonic also offer their SIM bundled with a USB modem (a netlocked Huawei E160 or Huawei E161) for ~ € 40. The "Surf Stick" is also available online and at some retailers (see below).
Fonic Surf Stick
picture: Huawei E160 USB modem


O2 Germany coverage April 2010
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voice tariffs
Apart from the very reasonably priced internet access fees (see below for details), they also offer very low priced domestic and international voice calls:
  • € 0.09/min for domestic calls (landlines & mobiles) with a price cap for domestic calls and text messages at € 40/calendar month
  • € 0.09/min to all landlines in US, Canada and EU countries + US and Canada mobiles (full country list here)
  • € 0.29/min to all mobiles in EU countries (full country list here)
  • all calls are billed in 60-seconds increments. As usual in Europe incoming calls are free of charge on the home network (inside Germany).

    SMS tariffs
  • € 0.09 per domestic SMS with a price cap for domestic calls and text messages at € 40/calendar month
  • € 0.19 per international SMS Incoming SMS are always free of charge, even while roaming abroad.

    data tariffs

    • If the SIM was bought separately (not with the "Surf Stick") volume-based billing of € 0.24/MB (billied in 100KB-increments) is preactivated.

    • "Handy-Internet-Flatrate" a monthly data flatrate for € 9,95/30 days with bandwidth throttling to 64 KBit/s after exceeding 500MB (automatically recurring subscription, only available if you are on volume-based billing, but not if you are on the dayflat tariff)
      For activation text "START HANDYINTERNET" to 36642 (F-O-N-I-C) or log onto and select your tariff from "Tarif-Optionen" (see screenshot below)
      For cancelation text "STOP HANDYINTERNET" to 36642 (F-O-N-I-C) or log onto and select the volume-based tariff or "Tagesflatrate" from "Tarif-Optionen" (see screenshot below)

    • "Tagesflatrate" (preactivated if SIM was bought in "Surf Stick" bundle)
      Alternatively data tariff can be switched to dayflat , which is charged with € 2.50/calendar day (00:00-23:59 h) with a price cap of € 25/month (introduced in March 2010), so after 10 days of data usage, there won't occur any costs for the rest of the month.
      After exceeding 500MB per day or 5GB per month, bandwidth will be throttled to 64 KBit/s for the rest of the corresponding period.

      To switch to the dayflat tariff ("Internet-Tagesflatrate") text "START TAGESFLAT" to 36642 (F-O-N-I-C). An SMS will confirm activation of the new tariff option. It is essential to wait for the confirmation text message to arrive (can take up to a few hours) as otherwise you will still be on the more expensive pay-per-MB volume option. Alternatively you can also log onto and select your tariff from "Tarif-Optionen" (see screenshot below).

      To switch back to the volume-based tariff ("Internet-Tagesflatrate") text "STOP TAGESFLAT" to 36642 (F-O-N-I-C) or log onto and select the volume-based tariff from "Tarif-Optionen" (see screenshot below)

    Tariff choice through
    FONIC web portal tariff choice

    where to buy
    Fonic is being distributed through the following retailers:

    SIM cards top up vouchers Surf Stick (SIM+ modem)
    Fonic Partner LIDLdrugstores X X
    Germany - Fonic - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access electronics X X
    JET gasstations X* X
    Germany - Fonic - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access department stores X*
    Germany - Fonic - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access kiosks/gasstations

    Germany - Fonic - Prepaid Wireless Internet AccessGermany - Fonic - Prepaid Wireless Internet Accesselectronics X X X
    Müller drugstores X* X
    ProMarkt Kometelectronics
    X X
    real supermarkets X X X
    Staples office supplies X
    The Phone House X X
    * only available at selected locations

    You can find the nearest store here.
    online retailers X X** X X
    X X
    ** German bank account required

  • German residency is not required for activation, however you need to provide a German address, to which Fonic will send a confirmation letter containing all registration details shortly after activation. If the letter is undeliverable and so is being returned Fonic will temporarily disable SIM cards until a valid address has been provided. Therefore make sure to provide an address where the letter from Fonic will be accepted (e.g. a hotel or a friend in whose name you would activate the SIM). SIM cards that have been blocked due to failed delivery of the confirmation letter can be unblocked by calling customer care at 01805-880488 (number only reachable within Germany) and reassuring that the provided address was correct or if not so by providing a new address. Afterwards SIM cards will be unblocked within less than 30 minutes. If you have a German bank account you can enable recharging by direct debit, but a German bank account is not required for activation any longer, as it was earlier.

  • The SIM card must be activated either
    • by phone at 0800/4636642 (toll free, working hours: Mon - Sat 8 - 20 h)
    • online activation step by step:
      1. go to Website
      2. Enter the Mobile Nr. at "Mobilfunknummer" and the "Freischaltungsnummer" as noted on the SIM-Cardholder
      3. then Click "Weiter"
      4. Enter
        • Anrede (Herr = Mister, Frau= Miss),
        • Vorname (First Name),
        • Nachnahme (Surename) then
        • Strasse (Street),
        • Hausnummer (Street No.),
        • PLZ (ZIP-Code)
        • Stadt (City) of your German location
      5. Enter eMail and Geburtsdatum (Birthday)
      6. then you need to choose a Passwort (Kennwort) and repeat it (Kennwort wiederholen)
      7. if you enter the author's phone number (017696100015) or any other Fonic customer's number at "Mobilfunknummer/Aktionscode" you and the other Fonic customer will both get 5 EUR of bonus credit each!
      8. then click "Weiter"
      9. now you can (not obligatory) enter your bank account data (Kontonummer and Bankleitzahl) and activate the checkbox at "Hiermit ermächtige ich die FONIC GmbH widerruflich, alle fälligen Beträge zu Lasten meines angegebenen Kontos durch Lastschrift einzuziehen.", if you wish to recharge your FONIC SIM from your German bank account.
      10. then you may choose how much money it automaticly top up every month - and when (mid of month = Monatsmitte, begin of month = Monatsanfang)
      11. then the confirmation page is displayed. here you must activate the first checkboxes and repeat the Sicherheitscode (displayed right of the input field)
      12. then you must click on "Freischaltung fertigstellen" to finalize the process.
    Video with Activation Process of Fonic Internet Stick is delivered on

  • how to top up

    SIM cards remain active infinitely and credit never expires.

    USSD service codes

    check balance *101# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access
    top up credit *103*(top up code)# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access

    disable automatic recharge
    If you have enabled automatic recharge through a German bank account, you can disable it by going to the website and login with your phone number and password.
    Go to "Monatliche Aufladung", then you click "hier deaktivieren" and on the next page to "weiter".

    internet experience
    As the only German operator O2 (including Fonic) has officially allowed VoIP-usage on their network without any additional costs, whereas T-Mobile and Vodafone prohibit VoIP in their terms & conditions and have announced to introduce special VoIP-enabled data tariffs. Allthough T-Mobile and Vodafone have not yet actually blocked VoIP, this may become reality when VoIP-enabled data tariffs will be introduced.

    • All services are open, e.g. web surfing, SMTP and POP3 works just fine.
    • APN to use:, no username or password
    • Fonic is a MVNO and uses the German O2 GSM and UMTS network. GSM is pure GPRS at the moment in most areas. Currently, O2 is upgrading its 2G network to EDGE. In some areas, O2 had a national roaming agreement with T-Mobile. This ended in December 2009.


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