Getting connected during your PCS to Germany

Getting connected during your PCS to Germany

by Stripes Europe
Stripes Europe

Upon arrival, getting your cell phone set up is vital. The good news is you have a variety of options and resources to get you connected.


  • Vodafone
  • T-Mobile
  • E-Plus
  • TKS
  • SIGA
  • O2

Service contracts

  • Approximately two years.
  • Breaking contracts is expensive, and renewals
  • are often automatic.
  • Ask about military exceptions.
  • Exchange Mobile Centers and TKS provide PCS/TDY cancellation terms for their customers.

Pre-pay option

  • Offer basic services without contracts.
  • Add minutes online and on the economy in grocery stores, retail centers and gas stations.

What to bring to set up a cellphone plan:

  • PCS Orders
  • Military ID
  • APO Address

Apps to communicate internationally for free:

  • Skype
  • Facebook Messenger
  • WhatsApp
  • Facetime
  • Hangouts

Note: When you arrive, put your phone in airplane mode to avoid unexpected charges.

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