If you already have a mobile phone, you can get a new SIM card. In Germany you have the choice between two schemes:
There are two types of contracts: Either you pay a monthly fee together with the expenses for each call or you pay a flat rate. The advantages of a contract are generally lower calling rates and better deals on new phones.
With prepaid cards, you have maximum flexibility since you pay as you go. If your credit expires, you simply buy new credit at telephone stores, kiosks, and supermarkets, or online.
The university's computer service center (ZEDAT) provides data processing, internet, and email facilities to all its members. Students who have enrolled at Freie Universität automatically receive all necessary information to open an email account. Employees need to apply for an account. Read more
You can find phone booths in public areas, but their number is steadily decreasing. Nowadays, very few phone booths operate with cash. Most public phones require telephone cards, which can be bought in amounts of € 5, € 10 or € 15 at T-Punkt-stores, at post offices, and at tobacco/newspaper shops.
For setting up a landline telephone connection, you have a choice between a telephone cable and a TV cable. Prices and conditions vary considerably whether you order only a telephone line or a package together with internet access. You might contact your landlord about whether he or she has a special agreement with a certain provider.