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If you have been in Germany more than 24 hours, you’ve probably seen a pink letter “T” adorning the one or other LED screen or billboards. The “T” is for Telekom, as in Deutsche Telekom. The once state-owned monopolist is today one of the major corporations offering all the telecoms services you could ever wish for, from wireless communications to business solutions. The two other big telcos are Vodafone and Telefonica, and are less prominently visible – after all, together they hold less of a market share than does Deutsche Telekom. The latter is certainly the giant in the German market, and offers all-in services ranging from landlines and cell phones through to Internet connections.
That said, the German market for telecommunication is one of the most open and deregulated in Europe … meaning that there is a dizzying array of choices. Once you get acquainted with the system, you will find it reliable and easy to use. But with so many choices, it is easy to get confused by all the shrill marketing claims.
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You’ve found your new home, and now it’s time to get connected (along with a few other tasks). To have a land line phone installed in Germany there are two basic options.
One of the best ways to begin getting an overview is to go to a telecommunications shop that offers more than one service provider.
The market for postal services in Germany has been deregulated, meaning that private companies are allowed to deliver both letters and packages