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Mobile phone and SIM card

In Dutch: Mobiele telefoon en SIM-kaart

When you're new in the Netherlands, you probably want to get a Dutch SIM card in order to stay connected. However, what is the mobile operator and the right package will depend on your usage and budget, and some providers offer discounts if you choose to take out another service, such as home internet or TV.

You can choose between a contract (abonnement) or a prepaid card. For the short term you could get a prepaid SIM, but for the longer term it may be advisable to get a contract. In order to get a contract, you need to provide:

  • proof of identity
  • address in the Netherlands
  • Dutch bank account for payment

If you don’t have a Dutch bank account yet, you might want to use a prepaid SIM card until you do - even though it could be more expensive. A prepaid SIM card with roaming could also be a solution if you don't have home internet from the start.

Read more on Dutch mobile phones and providers/operators on Expatica.com

Read more on Dutch and international telephone numbers

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