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New mobile rates at Telekom – more here, less there

At the beginning of May, Telekom had to remove the StreamOn option from all rates due to a court ruling. Now the network operator has announced new mobile rates – without StreamOn and with the Spar option. However, only certain users will benefit from the latter.

Telekom’s new MagentaMobil rates can be booked from July 1. The provider wants to compensate for the elimination of the StreamOn option with more data volume. It is also launching the so-called “PlusKarten”. Users who book additional cards to their rate plan save money. However, the rates remain expensive overall.

More data volume, but without StreamOn

Those who were hoping that Telekom would lower the prices for its cell phone rates after StreamOn was discontinued will be disappointed. The offers continue to be comparatively expensive. Prices for the smallest package start at EUR 34.95 for just 5 GB of data and range up to EUR 84.95 per month for the Unlimited rate. However, customers still save money compared to the previous offers, because Telekom has increased the included data volume in all its rates. However, the increased data volume must also compensate for the lack of a StreamOn option. With this option, users could, for example, stream unlimited content, use social media, or play mobile games on their cell phones without consuming any data volume. StreamOn was therefore a worthwhile option for heavy users in particular, especially if the data volume in the rate plan was low.

Overall, the increase in the included data volume must be taken with a pinch of salt – as positive as the step is. After all, where customers now get more, there is less elsewhere. But how are Telekom’s new MagentaMobil rates structured? atechbook presents them.

Telekom’s MagentaMobil rates as of July 1

Instead of four MagentaMobil rates, Telekom now offers a choice of five. All of them include an all-net flat rate to the German networks, a text message flat rate and an Internet flat rate with different inclusive volumes. Access to Telekom’s 5G network is also possible with the MagentaMobil rates and allows surfing at a maximum speed of 300 Mbit/s downstream and 50 Mbit/s upstream. The rates can be booked either with a minimum term of 24 months or as a Flex variant that can be canceled on a monthly basis.

The MagentaMobil XS for EUR 34.95 per month is the smallest Telekom rate and offers 5 GB data volume. Telekom has not yet offered an XS rate, so a comparison is not possible here. The MagentaMobil S, on the other hand, is available in the previous and also in the new rate portfolio. Until now, it offered 6 GB data volume, which Telekom has now increased to 10 GB. The price has remained unchanged at EUR 39.95 per month.

The situation is similar for Telekom’s MagentaMobil M. Previously, 12 GB of data volume was available for 49.95 euros. Now the rate includes 20 GB. With MagentaMobil L, the data volume climbs from 24 GB to 40 GB – an increase of 16 GB for the same price of 59.95 euros per month. MagentaMobil XL, Telekom’s Unlimited rate, remains unchanged. Here, customers get a real data flat rate without throttling for 84.95 euros.

Telekom MagentaMobil XS MagentaMobil S MagentaMobil M MagentaMobil L MagentaMobil XL
Price 34,95 39,95 Euro 49,95 Euro 59,95 Euro 84,95 Euro
Data volume 5 GB 10 (previously 6 GB) 20 GB (previously 12 GB) 40 GB (formerly 24 GB) unlimited
Up / Down 50 / 300 Mbit/s 50 / 300 Mbit/s 50 / 300 Mbit/s 50 / 300 Mbit/s 50 / 300 Mbit/s
Throttle to 64 / 16 Kbit/s 64 / 16 Kbit/s 64 / 16 Kbit/s 64 / 16 Kbit/s
Telephone Flat rate Flatrate Flatrate Flatrate
SMS/MMS Flatrate Flatrate Flatrate Flatrate
Mobile phone standard 5G 5G 5G 5G 5G
Roaming EU roaming including data usage in Switzerland EU roaming including data usage in Switzerland EU roaming including data usage in Switzerland EU roaming including data usage in Switzerland EU roaming including data usage in Switzerland
Term 24 months or as monthly cancellable Flex version 24 months or as monthly cancellable Flex version 24 months or as monthly cancellable Flex version 24 months or as monthly cancellable Flex version 24 months or as monthly cancellable Flex version
PlusCard 1st card: 19,95 Euro / month;
each additional card: 9.95 euros / month
1st card: 19,95 Euro / month;
each additional: 9,95 Euro / month
1st card: 19,95 Euro / month;
each additional: 9,95 Euro / month
1st card: 19,95 Euro / month;
each additional: 9,95 Euro / month
1st card: 19,95 Euro / month;
each additional: 9.95 euros / month

Start: July 1, 2022

It’s nice that Telekom is also granting the higher data volume in the MagentaMobil rates to existing customers. They will automatically be upgraded to the new inclusive volume on July 1.

Price advantages through additional cards

Telekom is focusing in particular on the additional cards that can be booked with the MagentaMobil rates. The new offer is called PlusKarten and allows users to use additional SIM cards with their own cell phone number that can access the same rate conditions as the main card. The more PlusKarten you book with a MagentaMobil rate, the cheaper it gets for each individual person.

Torsten Brodt, Head of Mobile Communications at Telekom Deutschland, describes the offer as follows: “We know that our customers have high expectations of our rates. More data volume, flexibility and price advantages for the family are at the top of the wish list. There is not only more data volume. It also pays off in terms of price the more of your loved ones you add.”

Telekom charges EUR 19.95 for the first additional card to a MagentaMobil rate. Each additional card costs EUR 9.95 per month. For example, if users book MagentaMobil M with two additional cards, the monthly costs are 79.85 euros. Each person then receives their own cell phone number and 20 GB of data volume per month. Instead of 49.95 euros each, however, they only pay 26.62 euros per person per month. If even more users share the rate, it becomes even cheaper.

Conclusion on the new Telekom rates

Telekom’s Plus Card offer is actually a good idea, but it is mainly worthwhile for families in which one member takes over the main contract. And the provider explicitly advertises it for them. The PlusCard is less suitable for friends or acquaintances because of the standardized billing, as someone always has to pay in advance. And who switches to the same Telekom rate at the same time in a group?

Overall, many people are certainly pleased that they now get more data for their money at Deutsche Telekom. A large number of customers will definitely benefit from this. However, those who have used StreamOn very often so far will miss the option, because the more data cannot compensate for a streaming or gaming flat rate.

Overall, Telekom’s new MagentaMobil rates are still in the premium range. There are other providers in the same network that offer their rates much cheaper, especially now that Telekom has to give up a unique selling point with the discontinuation of StreamOn. One example here is PennyMobil and ja!mobil, two prepaid providers that operate in the Telekom network. They offer 3 GB of data with an all-net flat rate for just 7.99 euros per month. However, without 5G and only with a maximum speed of 25 Mbit/s.

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