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Selecting a mobile phone provider in the Netherlands

Mobile service providers

There are several different mobile providers in the Netherlands offering various mobile package deals. Here is a list of leading mobile telephony providers in the Netherlands:

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SIM-only subscription

One of the most cost-effective way to use a mobile phone in the Netherlands is to purchase a Dutch SIM card. These sim-only contracts can be used anywhere in the EU without having to pay any additional roaming charges. This means that you can call, text or browse the internet in every EU country at no additional cost. You can easily purchase Dutch sim-only cards from any mobile providers’ stores, grocery or convenience stores or online.

Valid ID: Required
Rental contract: Not required
Dutch bank account: Required
Residence permit: Not required

Prepaid SIM

Prepaid sim cards in the Netherlands are often free but their rates and tariffs are comparatively more expensive than a contract. However, prepaid sim card could be a better option for you, if you don’t expect to use it much. You can easily purchase Dutch prepaid sims from any mobile provider’s stores, grocery or convenience stores or online.

Valid ID: Required
Rental contract: Not required
Dutch bank account: Required
Residence permit: Not required

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Mobile + sim subscription

A mobile + sim subscription plan would be the most cost efficient plan for you if you are planning on staying in the Netherlands for a longer period. These mobile phone contracts in the Netherlands offer cheap rates and  great deals on unlimited calls, text and internet use. With  the option of purchasing more phone minutes, SMS or internet data if you run up your monthly quota.These type of contracts are generally available for 1-3 years.

What documents do I need to subscribe to the mobile + sim plan?

Valid ID: Required
Rental contract: Required
Dutch bank account: Required
Residence permit: Required (If you are from outside the EU)

Additionally, if you are uncertain about which mobile provider to select, you can visit websites like Prijs VergelijkenMobile, Mobiel, GSMwijzer to compare and select the best most suitable plan for you.