Monthly mobile phone costs in Germany 2014-2018

The most widespread cost of monthly mobile phone bills, judging by customer numbers recorded, amounted to under 20 euros. Close behind was the share of the German population paying 20 to 30 euros.

Contracts more popular

The number of mobile phone connections in Germany has experienced a slump after explosive growth, before picking up again. As of last count, the figure stood at 137 million. The majority of mobile phone users had a contract as opposed to a prepaid plan. This was also true across age groups and when breaking down numbers by gender.

Household mobile phone ownership

While the share of private households in Germany owning a mobile phone has grown somewhat slower in recent years, it does still continue to rise. Market presence is split more or less evenly between three leading providers: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica O2.

Number of persons with a monthly mobile phone bill for their primary mobile phone in Germany from 2014 to 2018, by amount

Under 20 euros20 to under 30 euros30 to under 40 euros40 to under 60 euros60 euros and over
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Release date

November 2018



Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking mobile phone users

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on basic sample:
The survey is based on the German-speaking population aged 14 years and older.

Information on random sample:
2014: 23,093 respondents, projected base of 70.52 million persons
2015: 23,090 respondents, projected base of 69.24 million persons
2016: 23,102 respondents, projected base of 69.56 million persons
2017: 23,106 respondents, projected base of 70.09 million persons
2018: 23,086 respondents, projected base of 70.45 million persons

Information on target group "mobile phone users":
2014: projected base of 60.54 million persons
2015: projected base of 59.96 million persons
2016: projected base of 60.28 million persons
2017: projected base of 62,59 million persons
2018: projected base of 63,81 million persons
The figures refer to the following studies:
2014: VuMA 2015; 2015: VuMA 2016; 2016: VuMA 2017; 2017: VuMA 2018; 2018: VuMA 2019

You can find more information on the methodology of the study here.

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