10 Euros and I’m online, on my laptop, in the car using the Personal Hotspot on my phone, while I also make a phone call within Europe.
For the cost of a huge bratwurst and a fresh beer, you have a European phone number that works .
“No way!” you say. I know, right?
We needed a temporary pre-paid phone and Internet (data) solution before we sign up for the full-blown subscription. We’ve had great experience with Lebara in the past and again, we’re not disappointed.
For just 10 Euros, you get:
- A SIM card,
- 15 Euros in talk minutes,
- 1,000 megabytes in data transfer.
You bring your own phone, but frankly, I want to bring my own phone as I have all of my apps and contacts in there. Although it’s several steps, it’s possible to unlock your US phone to use in Europe–especially if you’re moving here.
The fine print explains that to get the full 15 Euros in talk time and the full 1 GB of data, you have to register the phone and then, as far as I understand, add more value to the SIM (maybe?) two times. Now that I calculate, I suppose you’ve now spent more than 10 Euros, but I think you can increase value with as little as 5 Euros. If you had to do that twice, you’d still be in great shape for 20 Euros total. A smoking deal.
If you’re looking for a quick fix and just need to get a phone number fast, easy and cheap, Lebara has a great option. Make sure to ask for the Starter Pack that gives you both talk time and Internet data transfer so you can get online. Remember that it’s only good in the country you bought it in. Well, it works in other countries, but it’s going to eat through your money so fast, you won’t have time to say, “I’m at the beer garden near the park, right near the monument that everyone will know, just ask someone where to find the … “