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FLAT: German E-Plus to launch the first German UMTS and GPRS Flat-Tariff
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 29.08.05 - 12:33:19 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8932x
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According to, E-Plus, the 3rd largest GSM and UMTS carrier in Germany, is going to release a new flat-tariff which can be used in both E-Plus networks - GPRS and UMTS.
As leaked today in an advertisement, E-Plus will introduce the new plan from 1st September with a - so far - limited validation until end of this year.
According to, the flat-fee will be available for 39,95 Euro with a minimum contract length of 3 months only. After the first three month, the plan can be canceled daily.

Unfortunately you need a standard plan also to book the flat-fee in addition too which means you have to subscribe for a 24 months contract anyway and - according to the advertisement - VoIP can not be used/isn't allowed to be used.
E-Plus denied to comment so far but it's expected to be announced at IFA Consumer Fair this week.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by smeg6 on 29.08.05 - 20:50:30

That is cool.  At a decent price to.  I'm getting my 3G data (EVDO) for $30/month, but that is with a voice plan.  That price sure beats the $79 that Cingular is charging for their UMTS in the few cities it is available in the US.

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.08.05 - 21:23:46

Yes, it's indeed not that bad but I should add that right now we don't have a nation-wide UMTS coverage but metropolitan areas like let's say Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, etc. are covered only. As soon as you are out of these area you have GPRS as fall-back only and - I have to admit - based on my personal experiences E-Plus is the worst UMTS network in Germany today.
Nevertheless the combination UMTS/GPRS is mostly OK and within the cities the coverage is OK from all 4 carriers (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and O2).

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