You will need to consider the various CeBIT Internet connection options, before you arrive in Hannover. In the Internet era, we all need to be connected, at least a couple of times a day, to check e-mails, sales, or to see what’s going on while we are away. Some of them are cheap, and some of them aren’t. I suggest you choose various of the following, just in case….
CeBIT Internet Options
1) Your Own Phone: Make sure your own smartphone operator has activated the roaming phone and data, before you arrive in Germany. Otherwise you might have to borrow someone else’s phone, and then owe them a favor, and money of a long international phone call (which you made to activate this service). Check out the your operator data plans. With the new European directive, they aren’t supposed to charge anything extra while you travel.
2) Hotel Wi-Fi: Many hotels have free internet included in the room rate. Some have a couple of computers in the hotel lobby where you can browse, check e-mails, or print your boarding pass, free of chare. Others, charge extra, generally per day, and have a better coverage than those that don’t charge.
3) Exhibiton Halls Wi-Fi: During past years, some people have told me that the connection is not too reliable, especially if you’re a visitor walking around. For CeBIT 2018 there are two options. You can be online every day for 3 hours in the halls.
Here’s the Wi-Fi password: MESSEfreewifi
You have to input it in the Deutsche Messe web page which will pop up on your phone as soon as you try to go to any website. The bandwidth is up to 2 Mbit/s (2.4 GHz frequency range), which you have to share with everyone around you.
Now, if you want a little better speed, you can get it in the hotspots that are distributed in entrances, bars, bistros, and restaurants.
Here’s the hotspot password: MESSEhotspot
4) Buy a pre-paid SIM card: This option allows you to be connected and pay very cheap, and fast 4G data transfer rates. You will need a dual-sim phone, or two telephones (not recommended). There are plenty of phone shops where you can buy these. The best place is to go to the Ernst-August Gallerie. There are a few individual sellers on eBay, who can send you a card, with a reasonable surcharge, although you need to shop around because there are many companies who will charge you 30 euros for a card that only costs 10. For an updated analysis of pre-paid operators, click here.
With the above 3 options, you should be O.K. for basic instant messaging and checking e-mails. I have never bought a SIM card in Germany, but you might have to, if none of the above works with you.