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Mobile phone including a subscription and how to choose your mobile operator

When arriving in the Netherlands, it is important to choose a carrier and to check whether you are able to keep the same telephone number. Also, try to decide if you want to buy a new cell phone or keep your current one.

It might seem quite complicated at first, due to all the different offers and providers out there. However, if you take a little bit of time to figure this out, you'll learn it does not have to be that complicated at all. To make things even easier, will guide you through the essential information regarding the Dutch mobile providers, subscriptions and costs.

Sim only: Using your own mobile phone/smartphone.

If you already own a mobile phone or smartphone that is compatible with the subscription of your wishes and your current provider allows you to roam, there will not be any difficulties in using this phone in the Netherlands. However, roaming costs can be very high. If you’re in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, we advise you to get a sim card or subscription with a Dutch provider. From the summer of 2017 on, you will no longer have to pay for roaming separately. Until then, you may find information regarding roaming here (Dutch).

Using your current mobile phone/smartphone with a Dutch sim card.

Local sim cards can be used in European, Australian and some American phones. Dutch mobile phones use the GSM network, which is the standard throughout much of Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand and many other parts of the world. This band is not compatible with most mobile phones in North America or Japan (though multiband phones do work across regions). Ask your provider if you're uncertain whether your phone will work.

If you wish to use your current mobile phone/smartphone in combination with a Dutch carrier and it’s a GSM compatible device, you need to make sure your phone is ‘unlocked’ before being able to switch from one carrier to another. Before considering unlocking and purchasing a Dutch sim card, make sure your phone it's GSM compatible (especially for devices brought from Japan or North America).

Telecom in the Netherlands

The Dutch telecom sector has persistently ranked among the top rated telecommunications markets within Western Europe. Due to the desire to follow the latest trends and technologies, and the continued spending amongst Dutch consumers, the telecom market is dynamic, offers a lot of variety and is competitive. Statistics show that even though there are roughly 17 million people living in the Netherlands, in June 2009 the amount of subscribers was already 21.463 million and counting.

Providers and call plans

As mentioned above, there are many Dutch providers to choose from. The different carriers in the Netherlands are:

  • AH Mobiel
  • Ben
  • bliep
  • budgetphone
  • Choozze
  • DekaMobiel
  • Dirk Mobiel
  • HEMA
  • hollandsnieuwe
  • Jumbo Mobiel
  • KPN
  • Kruidvat Mobiel
  • Lebara Mobile
  • Limesco
  • Lycamobile
  • ortel mobile
  • Robin Mobile
  • Simpel
  • Simyo
  • Stipte
  • Technos
  • Tele2
  • Telesur
  • Telfort
  • T-Mobile
  • T-Mobile via Miky
  • toggle mobile
  • TrendCall
  • Vodafone
  • Youfone
  • Ziggo


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