Often, comparisons declare one account as the winner. This depends on the criteria that one draws up as editors. Does it really help you?
This comparison is different! In any case, these are two absolute top accounts. The question is not which is better, but which suits you better!
Our comparison will help you making the right decision.
|The most sought features|
1 or 2 Visa Cards free of charge
1 Girocard (V Pay), free of charge
1 MasterCard free of charge
planned is a „Kombicard“ (combination of cards) with debit feature
|The most significant differences|
|Account type||Current account with overdraft facility and credit line
D. h. this means up to Euros 15,000 loan on account and credit card are possible at a corresponding creditworthiness and income.
|Current account on credit base
Prepaid: all money that wants to be spent, must be transferred to the account previously.
|Foreign transaction fee||
At cash withdrawals at the ATM, no foreign transaction fee is charged.
|Availability||by phone around the clock (24/7) or by e-mail / post||by phone from Mon–Fri 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or by e-mail|
|Further differences between DKB and Number26|
|Cash withdrawals with the credit card||Euros 1,000 per day and credit card (2 Cards = Euros 2,000)||Euros 600 per day (up to Euros 2,000 per week)|
|maximum card charging||unlimited||up to Euos 25,000 per day|
|maximum card payment||unlimited||2 × Euros 4,000 per month (offline / online)|
|Transfers||Transfers possible worldwide||Transfers currently only within the SEPA-area, expansion is planned|
|Card transactions||Visa credit card collects them without interest until the automatic monthly settlement with the current account||Card transaction are immediately debited from the current account (debit-system)|
|Interest||Credit interest (Visa-Savings)
Loan interest (if current account is in the red)
|Refund of foreign charges||
|Language||German||German / English|
|Blocking of the credit card||around the clock via the telephone customer service||anytime (partial) blocking and un-blocking of the credit card possible through the banking-app (instructions, german article)|
|Complementing products||Securities account, Junior account, Loans||still in planning|
|Similarities (clearly less than differences)|
|What both offer||
|Account opening (important to know!)|
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No Schufa-query, no questions on income– at more than 99 % of successful applications on account opening, one can speak of an account opening guarantee.
|Application on account opening||online||online (german article)|
|Legitimating (identity check)||from Germany|
|• via video-chat (WebID) or
|• via video-chat or
|• via video-chat (IDs in German language)
• Legitimating of bank, notary or lawyerlegitimation
|• via video-chat (many ID-cards)|
|Application on account opening is accepted from:|
|• Germany, Austria, Switzerland (any nationality)
• worldwide for German citizens
|• Address (for sending the credit card) Germany or Austria (any nationality)|
|Further requirements||–||modern Smartphone|
|Starting the account opening||
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My personal conclusion
Although, at first glance, both accounts are free of charge and both bear the costs of your cash withdrawals around the world, there are a lot of differences. Some differences will be important to you, others won´t.
It depends on which features are important to you!
I was asked by some of my readers (before I set up this comparison), if they should cancel their DKB account, because Number26 is offering almost the same thing, but appears somehow hipper.
I want to warn you, because whoever cancels the account at the DKB (article in German language), will probably never ever get an account at this bank again. This is the policy of the bank.
Perhaps, you want to join me and use both accounts and credit cards for different purposes. Thanks to the presented differences – see comparison – the DKB and Number26 complement each other beautifully.
DKB and Number26 complement each other beautifully!
For example, you can withdraw cash free of charge USA with the DKB Visa credit card at the ATMs (you can do this with Number26 too), but you will get a refund of the local ATM-fees on request from the DKB.
In contrast, it makes more sense to use the N26 MasterCard for credit card payments in foreign currencies abroad, as it does not charge the foreign transaction fee. The DKB charges 1.75%.
Use the DKB Visa credit card for payments within Germany, but you should pay for purchases on the Internet with the MasterCard of Number26.
Do you remember the press outcry, when millions of credit card details were stolen from SONY? This happens in smaller online stores on a daily basis and is a latent danger for anyone, who uses the credit card on the Internet.
With the distinction between offline and online transactions, you can greatly reduce this risk. Thanks to the blocking and un-blocking feature of the N26 app, you can even un-block the MasterCard right before a card payment and block it afterwards again. Number26 really solved that issue well.
If you have to decide: Take both!
Video summary of the comparison DKB vs. N26
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Link to the provider ⇒ DKB: www.dkb.de | Number26: www.number26.de
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