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Mobile telephone providers in the Netherlands

When you are moving to the Netherlands and want to have a dutch mobile phone number you can choose between a prepaid or a contract. The most dutch mobile companies are known in the rest of the world like Vodafone and T-mobile. If you want a contract you will need valid proof of identity (not a driving licence), official dutch bank statement and proof of bank account. A contract can be for 1 year or 2 years and with or without a mobile phone.

Mobile telephone providers in the Netherlands
Expat Info: Mobile telephone providers in the Netherlands

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Roaming in the EU

No extra charge for making or receiving calls while roaming. You have a dutch contract with a moble service provider which includes roaming. Thanks to the EU "roam like at home" rules you don't have to worry about paying a surcharge for any calls to EU numbers he makes or receives during a business trip to an European Country. 

The best Mobile telephone providers in the Netherlands

KPN is market leader in the Netherlands. They offer all the new phones and give discount when combining their services with tv/internet. (our favorite)
Odido offers a wide range of state of the art phones and a combination of pre-paid and different contracts.
Ben offers older type phones but is therefore more afforable.
Prepaid mainly.
At Lebara you can easily choose what you need and what you're willing to pay for it. For the convenience of Sim Only, or the flexibility of Prepaid. Always on the best network in the Netherlands (KPN). And always affordable.

Choose between mobile contract and a prepaid card

When you move to the Netherlands temporarily, it can be better to choose for a prepaid Dutch Sim card, you don’t have to worry about long term contracts. Are you staying for a longer period (1 or more years) it will be a lot easier to choose for a contract, no worries about running out of minutes during your call and If you are a heavy user, It will be a lot cheaper. To get a mobile contract you will need valid proof of identity and a Dutch bank account.

How to insure your mobile phone

In most case your mobile phone is insured under your home insurance called Inboedelverzekering. To be sure check your insurer. Don’t you own a house insurance, visit our page for more information.

This page was last updated: 05/24/2024.