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I'm going to be traveling through several countries in Europe and I want to get a prepaid data SIM. I don't use too much data, so I was thinking of getting an ALDI Talk SIM in Germany (where I'll be starting my trip) and using it for the trip. Their data roaming rates look reasonable as a price to pay to avoid the hassle of buying many SIM cards in different countries if I'm not using too much data.

However, it's not clear to me whether I can easily get ahold of and activate a micro SIM. I have a Google Nexus 4 which takes micro SIM. I see some web pages suggesting that the only kind of SIM you can physically buy in an ALDI store is a regular SIM, and that you then have to somehow exchange it. These pages are a year or two old, though, and since micro SIMs have become more common, I'm not sure whether that info is still valid. Is it? Can I go into an ALDI store and walk out with a micro SIM in my hand?

Also, from what I understand, a German address is required to activate the SIM, but its validity isn't checked. Is this accurate information? Will I be able to put in my hotel address or something and get it working?

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Registration can be done via an online form, and as far as I've heard it only checks that the address exists.

According to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz2Sic7kUAo the Aldi Talk starter set now contains a SIM card that consists of a Micro SIM and a plastic frame.

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There is only a check which verifies the address exists. So technically any address will do. In case you don´t get a micro sim card its very easy to cut a regular one down to micro sim size. Even with crude tools. –  ThomasS Jul 22 '13 at 8:19

The answer: Yes, at least in 2013. I bought the ALDI Talk SIM in Germany in summer 2013. It was one of those regular SIMs with a detachable micro SIM, so after popping out the micro SIM, it worked fine in my Nexus 4. I registered with the online form (and some help from Google Translate) and put in my hotel address and it activated fine.

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This is not an answer, but an update to the original question. Please edit your original question to include this information, instead of creating an answer. –  CGCampbell Aug 30 at 22:32
    
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. –  VMAtm Aug 30 at 22:39
    
Did you mean to respond to the other answer below? The question was "can a foreigner use an ALDI Talk SIM card without a German address", and my answer to myself was "Yes, I tried it and it worked." This is not part of the question. –  BrenBarn Aug 30 at 22:40
    
Please use the edit link on your question to add additional information. The Post Answer button should be used only for complete answers to the question. –  MeNoTalk Aug 31 at 1:10
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What are you people on about? This is an answer to the question. –  Michael Hampton Aug 31 at 16:01

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