Smartphones and mobile phones have taken over lives in Germany too and the backbone for mobile phoning is being developed constantly. The two largest companies are Vodafone and Telekom, with E-Plus and O2 hard on their heels. Low cost competition has been on the rise for some time.
Most deals include the purchase of a phone or smartphone and are lengthy, with commitment up to twenty-four months. Expats may be interested in prepaid or pay as you go contracts which are also available with a few providers such as Lebara and Lyca specialised in international phone calls.