I'm in Berlin this week to attend this weekend's MozCamp EU; because I'm a dork I really really like having some sort of local data network access, in particular for using google maps on my unlocked Android phone. Having mobile data access has completely changed how I travel, I'm much more likely to just really explore a place than I would without access to google maps. So here's my process for getting cheap mobile data in Berlin:
- took the U6 -> S line trains to Alexanderplatz to get to the Alexa Mall ( http://g.co/maps/rv2hz, see map below )
- went to Media Markt ( think German Best Buy ), bought a FONIC.de 10 euro SIM card
- back at the Tryp hotel where I'm staying, I registered online with fonic.de to activate the sim. There is no English localization of the site and my German is terrible so I had a second window open to google translate to get through it.
- in order for the data plan to really start, I had to set my Android phone to 'data roaming' mode.
This will get you a flat rate of 500MB of data, plus relatively cheap text and calling! Sadly, you do need to jump online to register the sim, this is definitely less convenient than what I got last month in London, where they sell flat-rate data sims from vending machines at Heathrow.
Alexa / Media Markt:
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