When I search Google, I'm getting a lot of articles dated around 2012 about LTE not working in Europe. I don't think that's the situation anymore, but I'm not well-versed in phone technology (e.g. CDMA vs. GSM, if that's even relevant here) and having trouble with the research.
I'm looking to be able to connect my laptop to a 4G LTE or similar network, with full coverage anywhere in Berlin and other major cities, reasonable coverage elsewhere, for a reasonable price. I think my options are basically
- to use a mobile hotspot option through my current provider, Verizon, whether via phone or via Jetpack, with a global data plan, or
- to use a mobile hotspot option through a German provider, but given a stay of 1 month, how do I get around device contracts (if things are set up similarly in Germany)? Can I simply provide my own device and pay for a plan for 1 month?
Is one of these ways clearly more cost-effective? I anticipate I'd use somewhere between 800 and 1600 MB of data over a month, depending on how easily I can find free WiFi.