Getting a phone
Getting a Dutch phone plan
If you are staying in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, it might come in handy to get a Dutch phone plan. In the Netherlands, there are 2 options: you can get a contract (abonnement) or a prepaid sim card. If you are planning to regularly use your mobile, a contract is the cheapest option. If you do not expect to use your phone very often, the best option is to get a prepaid sim card.
To get a contract, with or without a phone included, you will need to provide:
- a valid proof of identity (not a driving licence)
- an official bank statement
- a bank account (details or card)
Those presenting a foreign passport will only be accepted if they have an IND sticker or residence permit; those who are not official residents in the Netherlands will typically be limited to SIM only deals and pre-paid SIM cards in the Netherlands.
Please note that a cell phone provider may check whether you have any current lines of debit. You can walk into the store of any mobile phone provider or purchase a plan online.
Mobile operators in the Netherlands
There are numerous mobile operators in the Netherlands. Some of the main mobile operators in the Netherlands include:
Through Expat Mobile you can get a phone plan without a BSN or Dutch bank account.
Rivalry between the various mobile operators is fierce. Therefore, mobile package deals typically offer good value for money. It pays to compare mobile operators in the Netherlands, particularly when it comes to the add-on benefits. These sites provide you with the possibility to compare the different packages.
If you make a lot of international calls, there may be a way to lower your costs. Online calling service Skype offers monthly plans to countries for a fixed price. You can use Skype on your computer and your mobile devices. Calling through Whatsapp, FaceTime or Facebook Messenger are popular alternatives.
Another way to make cheaper phone calls abroad is to use an International Calling Service. Televergelijk will let you select a country you want to call to, determine whether it is a landline or mobile number. You will then get a list of 0900-numbers that you can call for a low fee to connect to the international number you want to call.