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I'll be staying in Berlin for one month and I have an unlocked iPhone (GSM) that I'd like to use while I'm here. What are my choices for SIM cards and packages that include data?

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This wiki is a very good source of info: http://www.prepaid-wiki.de/

Many companies offer prepaid SIM cards. blau.de is a good option. I use a NettoKom SIM card, which is a re-branded blau card that is sold for 5€ in Netto grocery stores; other discount grocery stores (Lidl, ALDI, etc) have their own offerings. A one-month data plan will cost 10-15€.

I just saw an ad for what appears to be an amazing deal from Telekom (the largest operator) that seems to include unlimited use of the Telekom network for only 10€ per month: Xtra pre-paid card

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The Xtra pre-paid card is too good to be true. I read the details of the offer and your connection is throttled to 64kbps after 300MB usage. –  johndbritton Jul 5 '12 at 9:34
64kbps is very good indeed, more than by old-style modem connection. In Poland t-mobile trims transfer to 10kbps after 100MB usage :( –  Stepan Vihor Jul 18 '12 at 13:32
I was surprised by blau.de's lack of coverage. I was just in Berlin and couldn't get access in the apartment I was renting, and often couldn't in many outdoor places. I don't know if the other carriers are any better. –  Eyal Jun 22 at 14:46

The answer from @nibot is very good, i just want to add something: You said that you have iPhone, so you need micro-sim and not every operator sells prepaid-micro-sim-cards. So i find that page: http://www.der-prepaid-vergleich.de/Micro-sim/micro-sim-prepaid-tarife.html

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I've had a good experience with Fonic.

As of the time I'm writing this, they offer a 500MB data plan for 10 euro a month.
They also have a very convenient website (though it is in German, it's usable through Google translate), which allows you to perform almost all the actions you might need.
Also, they have a customer service number which (usually after only a short wait) gets you straight to an English-speaking human. This is a big plus for non-German speakers who can't get through the automated voice menu in German.

Fonic don't have their own stores, but you can get their SIM cards in partner stores that you can find here.

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