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LIDL mobile logo LIDL mobile is a prepaid product sold at LIDL supermarkets, but legally and technically realized by FONIC, the discount brand of Telefonica o2 and thus offers the same coverage as o2, which covers nearly whole Germany. The o2 network is based on (E)GSM900, GSM1800 (both with EDGE support) and UMTS2100 (HSPA with up to 28 MBit/s supported). Furthermore O2 owns frequency spectrum for LTE band 20 (800MHz) and LTE band 7 (2600 MHz) but LTE service has not yet been launched (June 2012).
LIDL mobile is basicly the same product as FONIC, but differs in data packages.

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

SIM cards in the "Classic" tariff can be bought only at LIDL supermarkets for €9.95, with an inital credit of €10 (+ €5 bonus if you make use of the referral program as described in the activation instructions below). Since June 2012 SIM cards are precut so you can break out a MicroSIM.

Since August 2012 Lidl also sells SIM cards with the "Smart" tariff (300MB + 400 domestic minutes or SMS for € 9.95/month) preactivated (indicated by red sticker on wrapping) which requires a German bank account for debiting of the monthly fee and so cannot be activated by visitors without such. Therefore explicitly ask for a SIM card in the "Classic" tariff!

LIDL also offer their SIM bundled with a USB modem (netlocked Huawei modems) for ~ € 40.

SIM cards are always the same - no matter if bought separately or with a USB modem. Both can be used for data and voice. The only difference is the preactivated data tariff (see below).

LIDL mobile Internet Stick (Huawei E1550)


coverage
http://www.o2online.de/nw/support/mobilfunk/netz/netzabdeckung.html

O2 Germany coverage April 2010
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voice tariffs
  • € 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 EU countries and all North American networks (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
  • the following data options can be subscribed and cancelled by SMS or online through LIDL's customer service portal, which may take several hours to take effect. Tariff changes requested by SMS often take much longer to take effect or even fail sometimes, while those made online seem to become effective reliably and much faster. Therefore tariff changes should preferable be made online.
  • As of September 2012 Lidl offer a free trial month for the "Handy-Internet-Flatrate" which can be subscribed by sending a text with "START PROBESURF" to 54356 (= LIDLM).
    • If the SIM was bought separately (not with the "Internet Stick") volume-based billing is preactivated: € 0.24/MB (billied in 100KB-increments)
    • "Handy-Internet-Flatrate"
      a monthly data flatrate for € 6.95/30 days (price reduced from € 8.99 in August 2012) with bandwidth throttling to 64 KBit/s after exceeding 500MB (automatically recurring subscription as long as remaining credit suffices)
      For activation text "START HANDYINTERNET" to 54356 (= LIDLM)
      For cancelation text "STOP HANDYINTERNET" to 54356 (= LIDLM)
      You can not subscribe or switch to another data tariff while this tariff is activate (for 30 days)!
    • "24h-Flatrate" (preactivated if SIM was bought with "Internet Stick" bundle)
      A daily flatrate , at € 1.99/24h (24h starting from the time of first usage). After exceeding 500MB bandwidth will be throttled to 64 KBit/s for the remaining billing period.
      To switch to the dayflat tariff ("Internet-Tagesflatrate") text "START TAGESFLAT" to 54356 (= LIDLM). 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.
      Note - after sending the SMS you will get a response SMS in German asking for your confirmation. You have to respond with JA in order to activate
      To switch back to the volume-based tariff ("Internet-Tagesflatrate") text "STOP TAGESFLAT" to 54356 (= LIDLM)
      Note - after sending the SMS you will get a response SMS in German asking for your confirmation. You have to respond with JA in order to activate
      You can not subscribe or switch to another data tariff while this tariff is activate (for 24h)!
    • "Monats-Flatrate"
      A monthly flatrate for € 14.99/30 days with temporary throttling to 64 KBit/s until midnight after exceeding 500MB per day and with permanent throttling after exceeding 5GB for the rest of the 30 day period.
      To switch to the "Monatflatrate" text "START MONATSFLAT" to 54356 (L-I-D-L-M). 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 or dayflat volume option.
      To switch back to the volume-based tariff text "STOP MONATSFLAT" to 54356 (L-I-D-L-M).
      You can not subscribe or switch to another data tariff while this tariff is activate (for 30 days)!
  • LIDL mobile - data option choice





    where to buy
    LIDL mobile is being distributed through LIDL supermarkets (shop search). Usually SIM cards are not on display - just ask the cashier for a "Lidl SIM-Karte".


    activation

    German residency is not required for activation, however you need to provide a German address, to which Lidl will send a confirmation letter containing all registration details shortly after activation. If the letter is undeliverable and so is being returned Lidl will temporarily disable SIM cards until a valid address has been provided. Therefore make sure to provide an address where the letter from Lidl 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.
  • Holders of a German bank account can enable recharging by direct debit, but a German bank account is not required for activation.

    The SIM card must be activated either
    • by phone at 0800/4636642 (toll free, working hours: Mon - Sat 8 - 20 h)
      or
    • online activation step by step:
      1. go to http://www.lidl.de/de/Freischalten
      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= Misses),
        • Vorname (firstname),
        • Nachnahme (surname) then
        • Strasse (street),
        • Hausnummer (street number),
        • PLZ (postal code)
        • Stadt (city)
      5. Enter eMail and Geburtsdatum (birthday)
      6. then you need to choose a password (Kennwort) for legitimation with customer care and when accessing the web portal and repeat it (Kennwort wiederholen)
      7. if you enter this article's author's phone number (017639737800) or any other LIDL customer's number at "Mobilfunknummer/Aktionscode" you and the other LIDL mobile customer will both get 5 EUR of bonus credit each from the customer referral program! (may take up to 3 weeks to be accredited so activate your SIM card in time!)
      8. then click "weiter"
      9. now you may (not obligatory) enter your German 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 LIDL SIM by direct debit from your bank account. Optionally you can enable automatic recharges.
      10. then you can choose if and how much money to be topped up every month - and when (mid of month = Monatsmitte, begin of month = Monatsanfang)
      11. then the confirmation page is displayed where you need to check the first checkboxes and repeat the Sicherheitscode (displayed right of the input field)
      12. finally click on "Freischaltung fertigstellen" to finalize the process. Now it will take a few minutes up to several hours until your SIM card has been fully activated. You will notice that your SIM card has been fully activated by the initial credit of € 10 being displayed after entering *101# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Access (free of charge even while roaming)


  • how to top up


    • by Lidl top up vouchers (available amounts: € 15 and € 30)
      Buy a top up voucher from a LIDL supermarket and submit the top up code by entering *103*(top up code)# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Accessor enter it online on the customer portal (login and click "Guthaben per Aufladebon aufladen")
    • by Fonic top up vouchers (inofficial method, available amounts: € 20 and € 30)
      Buy a Fonic top up voucher from a Fonic reseller or NEW: at www.aufladen.de (make sure to pay by PayPal as they only accept credit cards issued by German banks) and submit the top up code by entering *103*(top up code)# Germany - Vodafone Web Sessions - Prepaid Wireless Internet Accessor enter it online on the customer portal (login and click "Guthaben per Aufladebon aufladen")


    validity
    SIM cards remain active infinitely and credit never expires but Fonic preserves the right to cancel service with a notice period of 4 weeks. Usually this happens not earlier than 18 months of the SIM card being unused and not recharged.

  • 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 LIDL mobile) has officially allowed VoIP-usage on their network at no additional costs, whereas T-Mobile and Vodafone block VoIP.


    misc
    • All services are open, e.g. web surfing, SMTP and POP3 works just fine.
    • APN to use: internet (or any other string as any APN is being accepted and will result in an Internet connection)

    Weblinks
    http://www.lidl-mobile.de/
    http://www.prepaid-wiki.de/index.php5?title=LIDL_MOBILE



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    Anonymous Guten Abend an Karte zu aktivieren 0 Nov 16 2013, 11:54 AM EST by Anonymous
     
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    Name: Viorel Stanciu, D 86825 Bad Wörishofen Adresse,,,,, Karl-Benz-Straße 3,aktivieren Sie bitte meine Karte mit Tel.-Nr. 017697497443 Danke
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    Anonymous Activating a SIM 0 Oct 21 2013, 3:56 AM EDT by Anonymous
     
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    My wife is going to be in Berlin today, so I told her to buy a Lidl SIM, and to text me the Ph# and Registration# so I can activate the SIM.
    What Ph# of yours should I use as a referral #?
    Can I select the data tariff from the activation page?
    Since she is not near a computer, should I enter my email/birthday/password?
    Thanks.
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    Anonymous Start options 2 Mar 22 2013, 4:56 AM EDT by Anonymous
     
    Thread started: Mar 3 2013, 5:55 AM EST  Watch
    When I sent START HANDYINTERNET it seems that is not a correct option, The available options are START or STOP COMMUNITY, MONATSFLAT, HANDYSURF or PROBESURF. Please suggest which one to use? I want one month internet either free (preferable) or by paying Euro 6.99

    Thanks.....Shailendra Bansal
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