Do you need a Dutch phone number? We created a list of all Dutch phone providers and figured out the best deals for you.

Choosing the right mobile provider in the Netherlands can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. But we’ve got you covered! We created a selection with the most common mobile operators in the Netherlands and figured out the best deals for you. There are different types of mobile plans you can choose from. Depending on your needs, you can choose between a prepaid card, a sim only abonnement or sign a contract for a recurring plan, including a mobile phone.

Prepaid options
Sim only options
Phone contracts including a mobile device

Prepaid options

If you are staying in the Netherlands for a shorter period or have only just arrived, a prepaid option might suit your needs just fine. Requesting a Dutch prepaid card right after arrival is the perfect quick fix for all new “Dutchies” and provides you with a Dutch phone number within a couple of minutes. Most prepaid providers give away prepaid cards for free. All you have to do is to order a prepaid card online, put it in your current phone, top it up, and there you go.

Check websites like refurbished.nl or the refurbished phone section on the popular Dutch marketplace bol.com to score a refurbished second hand mobile phone, if you don’t have a phone available.

  • Simyo

Website available in: NL

Simyo is a European brand, which in the Netherlands, is owned by KPN, a Dutch phone company and therefore stands for a good network signal. Simyo is a sim only and prepaid provider and therefore offers very cheap prepaid deals. They provide a free sim card which you can easily order online. Even though the website is only available in Dutch, it offers pretty straightforward information. Simyo charges €0,10 per minute for calling, €0,10 per text and €0,15 per MB (without an extra plan).

Best Pick: Top up your balance for calling and texting and add an internet bundle for €7,50 for 500 MBs or €10 for 1000MBs.

Simyo is rated with 4 stars on Trustpilot.

  • Lebara

Website available in: EN, NL, PL

Lebara is a very common prepaid provider for internationals in the Netherlands and is worth considering if you call a lot with other Lebara users (in other countries). You either just top up your Lebara credit whenever you need to or subscribe to a plan which expires 30 days after activation. Lebara offers a free sim card, which you can easily order online (to a delivery address in the Netherlands!). The rates without a bundle are €0,26 for calling (mobile, Lebara to Lebara is free), €0,26 for text messages. You need a bundle to use mobile data.

Best Pick: All in NL with 5GB, unlimited calling and 1000 SMS for €15 a month.

Lebara received 4,5 stars on Trustpilot.

  • KPN

Website available in: NL

KPN is a Dutch phone company. Next to the standard top-up option, KPN offers prepaid plans. When ordering your sim card, you can choose between a basic sim card (€4,99) without any plan, a sim card with a 1 GB plan (€9,99) and one with unlimited internet (€9,99 as well). If you choose a sim card with a plan, the plans expire automatically after 31 days and you need to reactivate it in the KPN Prepaid App or online. The rates are €0,30 for calling, €0,16 for texting and €0,15 per MB if you don’t subscribe for a data plan. You receive €10 call credit right away.

Best pick: Onbeperkt Online with unlimited data (excl. €0,30 for calling and € 0,16 per text message) for €9,99 a month.

Kpn rates with 1,7 stars on Trustpilot.

  • T-Mobile

Website available in: NL

T-Mobile is the second-largest mobile phone company in the Netherlands and is a common phone provider especially for phone contracts including a mobile device. With the T-Mobile prepaid option, you pay €0,20 per minute for calling, €0,15 per text message and €0,10 per MB. You can either order a T-Mobile sim card for free or a sim card, which is already topped up with €10. Pricewise it is more attractive, to use one of many bundles T-Mobile offers: an Unlimited Data bundle, a Combo Bundle until 4GB or a Minute, SMS and Data bundle.

Best pick: Combi L with 2GB and 15minutes call credit or SMS for €15 a month.

T-Mobile rates with 1,6 stars on Trustpilot.

  • Albert Heijn

Website available in: NL

Albert Heijn is THE supermarket in the Netherlands. As you can grab the sim card with your regular groceries we don’t want to keep that one a secret. In most shops the sim cards are located at the check-out point. Standard prices without any plans are: €0,36 for calling (per minute), €0,12 for text messages and €0,25 per MB.

Best pick: 1000MBs for €10 a month. Top up some extra credit for calling and texting.

Most mobile operators in the Netherlands offer a prepaid option. However, since their core business is usually phone contracts, the prices might slightly be higher. You’ll get cheaper prepaid deals with phone providers like Simyo and Lebara, which are specialized in prepaid and sim only deals. However, as those are budget options, personal support and troubleshooting is usually lower quality. If you are thinking of getting a mobile subscription with one of the bigger providers, like KPN, T-Mobile or Tele2, in the future, signing up with them from the start might save you some hassle later.

Sim only options

If you are staying in the Netherlands for a year or more and you own a mobile device already, a sim only bundle might be the best option for you. Regarding costs, you are usually better off with a sim only deal in comparison to prepaid. Sim only deals offer unlimited bundles, which means you don’t have to pay for every single MB, text or minute you are using. The disadvantage is that (usually) you’ ll have to commit to either 12 or 24 months in advance. The longer your contract length, the cheaper it gets. With a two-year contract, you’ll save approximately €1 a month.

If you do need a new device, but don’t want to sign up for a monthly recurring subscription, check websites like refurbished.nl or the refurbished phone section on bol.com. They sell refurbished second-hand mobile devices which, as long as your not a tech-nerd always wanting the newest phone, will do just fine.

  • BEN

Website available in: NL

The cheapest sim only deal at BEN including 500 MB and 4G Network, is €7,50 a month. The most expensive deal comes in at €16 with unlimited calling and texting and 5-7 GB (check regular deals). Furthermore, for one euro per month, you can choose the option of cancelling the subscription monthly.

Best pick: Contract duration: 24 months, 3GB and 100 minutes for calling or SMS for €8,50 a month.

  • Simyo

Website available in: NL

The cheapest plan at simyo starts at €6 a month (no internet, 100 minutes calling or texting). As you are probably reading this on your mobile device right now, we assume this is not really an option. A bundle with 1 GB and 100 minutes calling or texting costs you €10 a month. For 8GB and 100 minutes calling or texting, you pay a monthly fee of €22. For €2 extra you can cancel your subscription every month, and you’ll pay €14,99 upfront for the registration.

Best pick: Contract duration: 12 months, 1GB and 100 minutes for calling or texts for €10 a month.

  • Lebara

Website available in: EN, NL, PL

As already stated, Lebara is one of the most common providers for internationals. With Lebara, you can choose a flexible option where you can cancel the subscription every month. The cheapest bundle is €7,50 (2GB, 50 minutes and texts) and the most expensive one €20 (10GB, unlimited calls and texts). You’ll pay €15 cost upfront for the registration.

Best pick: Contract duration: 24 months, 5GB and unlimited calling and texting for €10 a month.

  • Expat Mobile

Website available in: EN

Expat Mobile is specialized in international calling and offers nice rates if you frequently call abroad. Expat Mobile allows you to request a number without a Dutch home address and bank account. The cheapest bundle starts at €14,95 and includes 200 minutes calling in the Netherlands and EU countries as well as 100 minutes calling to countries outside the EU. The bundle includes 1200 MB. The most expensive bundle comes in at €29,95 per month with unlimited calling in the Netherlands and the EU countries, 750 minutes calling in the whole world and 10GB data for the Netherlands and the EU.

Best pick: GoDutch – Medium with unlimited calling in NL and EU, 300 minutes calling in all other countries and 6GB for €24,95 per month.

  • KPN

Website available in: NL

KPN is a Dutch company and offers good sim only deals if you are a frequent caller. Sim only bundles standard include unlimited calling and texting. The cheapest deal is €15 per month (0GB) and the most expensive one €65 (100GB).

Best pick: Contract duration: 24 months, 5GB und unlimited calling/texting for €22,50 a month.

  • T-Mobile

Website available in: NL

T-Mobile is a popular provider not only in the Netherlands but also internationally. Sim only options at T-Mobile start at €12,50 a month (1GB) and go up to €30 a month (unlimited data). You can use your T-Mobile bundle for all EU countries, which can come in handy if you call home regularly. You’ll pay €25 upfront for the registration.

Best pick: Contract duration: 24 months, 5GB, 120 minutes calling und unlimited texting for €17,50 a month.

  • Tele 2

Website available in: NL

Tele2 recently merged with T-Mobile but offeres slightly cheaper deals. The cheapest sim only deal at Tele2 costs €9 a month (1GB, 200 minutes calling or texting). Whereas for unlimited data, calling and texting, you’ll pay €25 per month. For €2 more Tele2 offers the possibility to cancel monthly. You’ll pay €20 upfront for the registration.

Best pick: Contract duration: 24 months, 7GB and 200 minutes of calling or texts for €14 a month.

  • Vodafone

Website available in: NL

Vodafone is a good option if you use the internet from Ziggo at home as you’ll get a discount (approx €5). At Vodafone, the cheapest bundle (without Ziggo) starts at €11,50 (500MB, 150 minutes for calling and unlimited texting). The most expensive sim the only plan includes 40 GB a month and costs €35 a month. You’ll pay €25 upfront for the registration.

Best pick: Red ESSENTIAL contract duration: 24months, 5GB and unlimited calling and texting for €25 a month

Phone contracts includig a mobile device

Walking out of the store with a two-year phone contract in your pocket is the ultimate commitment to settling in the Netherlands. But with a Dutch phone contract, you not only feel like a real Dutchie, but it might also provide you with a brand new phone. Most mobile providers in the Netherlands offer the option of subscribing to a phone contract and get a mobile device with it. Usually, you’ll pay a monthly fee for the device together with your monthly contract fee for the length of your contract duration. This fee is considered a loan.

The following mobile operators offer Dutch phone contracts: KPNT-MobileTele2Vodafone and BEN. Believe it or not, none of them has an English website. As the possibilities are endless and depend very much on your needs, we didn’t prepare a selection for you. Just browse the site of the conventional providers and check their offer.

However, internationals might experience problems with concluding a Dutch phone contract. Mobile operators have had bad experiences with internationals when collecting a phone, moving back to their home country (or somewhere else) and happily continue using the subscription until the phone provider finds out they are not willing to pay anymore. That’s why for signing up for a phone contract you mostly need to pass by the physical shop, show your passport and proof that you have enough money to pay the monthly costs. Consider that you need a Dutch bank account to sign a contract with a Dutch mobile provider.

Last updated: 5 January 2020. Please let us know if you find any discrepancies.