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Vodafone's network is based on GSM 900/1800 and UMTS 2100 and provides the best coverage in Germany. The GSM network supports EDGE nearly nationwide and their UMTS network, which supports HSDPA with up to 7.2 MBit/s and HSUPA with up to 5.76 MBit/s, is the most comprehensive one available in Germany.


Tariffs
  • in Germany
    • 30 days (limited to 3GB) for € 39.95 (new from May 2010)
    • 7 days (limited to 1GB) for € 12.95 (increased from 9.95 since May 2010)
    • 24 h (limited to 1GB) for € 3.95 (reduced from € 4.95 since May 2010)
      Note: while Vodafone gives you 24 hours, all other German operators charge by calendar day (i.e. session ends at 23:59h)
    • 2h (limited to 1 GB) for € 1.95 (discontinued)
    • 15min (limited to 1 GB) for € 0.49
    • 5min free once per day
  • in most European countries "Websessions international" (but only on one certain partner network per country, see list below)
    • 24 h (limited to 50MB) for € 14.95
Vodafone Websessions capitve portal English
screenshot of Vodafone's captive portal, which will appear after connecting (showing domestic tariffs)

While limited to 1GB in Germany, Vodafone limits the allowance per session to 50 MB during roaming. After exceeding this volume the session finishes and usere are automatically redirected to the Vodafone captive portal, where a new Websession can be activated. Note: For postpaid customers, who can also use WebSessions tariffs, the national limit of 1GB per session does not apply.
Further restrictions are the banning of VoIP and Instant messengers. However in July 2009, these restrictions were not enforced for VoIP (SIP), Skype, Yahoo messenger, MSN Messenger and ICQ.


Purchase SIM card
German Vodafone shops offer prepaid starter kits for € 20, while these are offered way cheaper at eBay.de (Search for "Vodafone CallYa"). When purchasing Vodafone SIMs online note, that "Vodafone CallNow" is the designation of recharge vouchers, while "CallYa" is the brand of prepaid tariffs.
Meanwhile Vodafone shops and electronic retailers (e.g. MediaMarkt, Saturn etc.) do also sell bundles of unlocked USB-modems including a WebSessions SIM card (only suitable for data, won't allow voice calls) for € 30. For an overview of such bundle offers see http://3g-modem.wikifoundry.com/page/Germany
Note: All WebSessions tariffs (including the international one) are only available to German Vodafone prepaid SIMs.


How to connect
To make use of the WebSessions tariffs you must set your device to use "event.vodafone.de" as access point (APN). Connections through other access points will be billed differently.

After connecting open any webpage in your browser (e.g. www.google.com) and you will be automatically forwarded to Vodafone's captive portal, where you can chose the desired tariff and a payment option.

Note: Even before starting a WebSession you can browse the Vodafone website (www.vodafone.de) free of charge and so test bandwidth and connection stability before paying. In order to test downstream bandwidth you can download Vodafone's dashboard (~ 75MB).

Once opening the web session is confirmed on the portal page the connection is put into transparent mode and full Internet access is possible. Before being forwarded to the initially requested page a popup window should pop up and show the remaining time of your session. However as long as popup-blocking is enabled in your browser this window won't open. No harm done, the Internet connection works anyway. However, it might be useful to have this information. To allow the pop-up window to open, the pop-up prevention can be manually deactivated in the browsers settings for the portal URL only.

Note that Vodafone uses a compression proxy that compresses pictures in web pages and eMails. While this is good especially for international WebSessions in order to save volume and not reach the 50 MB limit too fast, the compression level is relatively high and so image quality suffers. Here's a description of how the compression can be switched off.


How to top up
You may chose wether to pay a WebSession directly by credit card or with the credit of your SIM on the captive portal, where you also chose the desired duration of your session (see screenshot above).

  • pay directly by credit card
    WebSessions can be paid directly by credit card at the beginning of each session, so it is not necessary to top up credit at all. Please note that validity of SIMs is only prolonged by classical top-ups of the SIM credit (i.e. buying and redeeming a top-up code as described below). Paying WebSessions directly by credit card is not counted as a top-up and so will not prolong SIM valitidy. But you can keep your SIM active anyway: Just call 12007 from your Vodafone SIM at least once in 12 months and press 1 after the prompt. This will keep your SIM active for another 12 months even without topping it up the classical way.

  • regular top up with top-up vouchers
    WebSessions can also be deducted from the regular credit on your SIM, which of course must be topped up before.


    • at local shops
      Therefore you may buy top-up vouchers (so-called "Vodafone CallNow"), which are available in many supermarkets, gas stations, etc. Aftr you have gotten a top-up voucher, which basilcy is a 13-15 digit number, it can be recharged either online via the Websession captive portal (click on "Redeem of Vodafone CallNows") or by using USSD commands (see below). You can also check the current credit either on the captive portal or by USSD.
      Note: You can connect and reach the Vodafone captive portal free of charge at any time.

    • online by credit card (only possible with Austrian, Dutch, German, or Swiss credit cards!)
      It is also possible to top-up online at www.aufladen.de (website is available in German, English, French and Dutch). To top-up chose "PREPAID TOPUP", select "Vodafone" in the next step, create an account by typing in your eMail address, specifiy the SIM card's phone number, select the amount to top-up and enter your credit card details. Once the order is processed the top-up code is displayed in the web browser and additionally sent by email and SMS.
  • transfer credit among CallYa SIM cards
    Credit can be transfered from one CallYa SIM to another one. Therefore
    • dial *100*2# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access
    • the following message will appear on you display/screen asking for the number of the sponsoring SIM:
      Bitte geben Sie die Rufnummer des Teilnehmers ein, von dem Sie Guthaben anfordern mochten. Dieser wird daruber per SMS informiert.
    • enter the phone number of the sponsoring CallYA SIM followed by Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access
    • now the sponsor will be contacted in order to chose an amount of € 3, 5 or 10 and to confirm the transfer
    • a fee of € 0.30 per transfer will be deducted from the sponsor's credit
  • bank transfer
    transfer any amount desired to Vodafone D2 GmbH's bank account with your CallYa phone number as reference:
    IBAN: DE86300700100002508000
    BIC: DEUTDEDDXXX
    reference: your CallYa phone number (e.g.: 017234567890)

  • top up through online banking
    Most German banks offer direct top to their customers through online banking, e.g.:
    • Deutsche Bank
  • top up at ATMs
    For a list of banks offering direct top up on ATMs to their own customers, check http://www.prepaid-wiki.de/index.php5?title=Liste_der_Anbieter

  • with top up vouchers from foreign Vodafone networks
    German Vodafone prepaid SIM cards can be topped up with Vodafone top up vouchers from the Vodafone networks in the following countries:
    Albania, Austria, Australia, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italia, Malta, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

    However recharges with top up codes from foreign Vodafone networks are subject to an extra fee of € 2, which will be deducted from the amount to be recharged.

    To top up your SIM with a foreign Vodafone top up code...
    • enter *100*(top up code)# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access
      or
    • dial 22922 (without any prefixes)
      or
    • dial *111*22922# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access(requests callback from recharge system)
    more information: http://www.vodafone.de/privat/roaming/callya-guthabenkonto-im-ausland-aufladen.html



USSD service codes
check balance *100# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access
top up credit *100*(top up code)# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access
costs of last call *102# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access


Switch language of voice prompts
call 22922, press 4 and afterwards 1 for German or 2 for English.


Supported networks for WebSessions international

Standard International (15 euros per day):

  • Ägypten (Vodafone)
  • Albanien (Vodafone)
  • Australien (Vodafone)
  • Belgien (Proximus)
  • Bulgarien (MobilTel)
  • Dänemark (TDK)
  • Estland (Elisa)
  • Finnland (Elisa)
  • Frankreich (SFR)
  • Griechenland (Vodafone)
  • Großbritannien (Vodafone)
  • Irland (Vodafone)
  • Island (Vodafone)
  • Italien (Vodafone)
  • Japan (Softbank)
  • Kroatien (VipNet)
  • Lettland (Latvian)
  • Litauen (UAB Bite)
  • Luxemburg (P & T)
  • Malta (Vodafone)
  • Neuseeland (Vodafone)
  • Niederlande (Vodafone)
  • Österreich (Mobilkom)
  • Polen (Polkomtel)
  • Portugal (Vodafone)
  • Rumänien (Mobifon)
  • Schweden (Vodafone)
  • Schweiz (Swisscom)
  • Slowakei (Orange)
  • Slowenien (SI.Mobil)
  • Spanien (Vodafone)
  • Tschechische Republik (Vodafone)
  • Türkei (Vodafone)
  • Ungarn (Vodafone)
  • Zypern (Cytamobile)
International Pro Networks (30 Euros a day):

  • Hongkong (SmarTone Vodafone)
  • Indien (Vodafone Essar)
  • Malaysia (Celcom)
  • Singapur (MobileOne)
  • Südafrika (Vodacom)
  • USA (AT&T Mobility) --> Does not work (8 July 2010, *)

(*) : Connection established but landing page blocks further access with "Vodafone WebSessions cannot be used in this mobile network."

    Weblinks
    Vodafone Websession page
    Websession Tests on Martin's Mobile Technology Page


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    Anonymous VODAFONE INTERNET 3 Nov 17 2012, 7:33 AM EST by Anonymous
     
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    i have just moved to germany and originally went with TKS which was crap as you need to pay around 300 euros to get connected. Came with vodafone and they are crap too, pay monthly i am getting a download speed of 0.52Mbps, it takes 20 minutes ot open an email page. stay away from them and with a 2 years contract once your in, your ******!!!
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    Anonymous Vodafone surfstick... 0 Jun 6 2012, 7:57 AM EDT by Anonymous
     
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    I plugged the surf stick into my computer but nothing popped up...I can't even follow the directions that they gave me because I don't get the initial pop up...
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    We use Websessions on the routers in our coaches and I can assure you that any credit cards are taken, not just form the countries you list

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