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

Choosing the right mobile provider for your Dutch phone number 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 – Dutch Phone Number

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 on your current phone, top it up, and you’ll be able to call right away with your brand-new Dutch phone number.

Check websites like refurbished.nl or leapp to score a refurbished second-hand mobile phone, if you don’t have a phone available.

  • Simyo

Cheap prepaid deals
Good network signal
Free sim card

Simyo is a European brand that is owned by KPN, a Dutch phone company and stands for a good network signal in the Netherlands. Simyo is a sim only and prepaid provider and 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

English website
Attractive pricing if you call with Lebara users
Free sim card

Lebara is a widespread 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 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) and €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.

  • T-Mobile

Large Dutch mobile phone company
Free sim card + no registration costs
Use your bundle within the EU

T-Mobile is the second-largest mobile phone company in the Netherlands and offers different attractive sim only bundles with a free sim card and no registration costs. The cheapest bundle starts at €14,50 for 1GB and unlimited calling, up to €22 for 15 GB and unlimited calling. The most affordable bundle with complete data comes in at €35.

Best pick: Sim Only Deal with 8GB and unlimited call credits or SMS for €17,50 a month.

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

  • KPN

Attractive unlimited data deal
Dutch phone company
More expensive if you don’t use bundles

KPN is a Dutch phone company, and next to the standard prepaid 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 to 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.

  • Albert Heijn

Double top up credit bonus
Grab your sim card while doing groceries
Higher Price without bundles

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, specialising in prepaid and sim only deals. However, as those are budget options, personal support and troubleshooting are usually of lower quality. If you are thinking of getting a mobile subscription with one of the more prominent providers, like KPNT-Mobile or Tele2, in the future, signing up with them from the start might save you some hassle later.

Sim only options – Dutch Phone Number

Regarding costs, you are usually better off with a sim-only deal than prepaid. Sim only deals offer unlimited bundles, which means you don’t have to pay for every 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 to get a Dutch phone number. The longer your contract length, the cheaper it gets: With a two-year contract compared to a one-year contract, you’ll save approximately €1 a month.

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

  • BEN

Internet bundle can be used for NL and EU
Unlimited calling/texting for €5
Currently no registration costs

The cheapest sim only deal at BEN includes 1000 MB, 200 minutes or text messages, and a 4G Network is €7,00 a month. The most expensive deal comes in at €16 with unlimited calling and texting, 7500 MB and an extra fast 4G Network. Furthermore, for €1 extra, you can choose the option of cancelling your subscription monthly. With the first invoice, you’ll be paying €20 for the registration.

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

BEN receives 4,3 stars on Trustpilot.

  • Simyo

Very cheap sim only deals
Currently no registration costs
Double bundles for KPN Internet or Telfort clients

The cheapest plan at simyo starts at €6 a month, including 200 minutes of calling or texting but no internet. A bundle with 1 GB and 200 minutes of calling or texting costs you €9 a month. For 10GB and 200 minutes of calling or texting, you pay a monthly fee of €16. For €2 extra, you can cancel your subscription every month, and you’ll always pay €14,99 upfront for the registration. Simyo doesn’t offer a contract period of 24 months.

Best pick: Contract duration: 12 months, 1GB and 200 minutes for calling or texts for €9 a month.

Tipp: If you have KPN Internet or Telfort at home, Simyo doubles your bundles for free.

Simyo is rated with 4 stars on Trustpilot.

  • Lebara

Attractive pricing if you call with Lebara users
Unlimitted calling/texting for €1 per month
English website

Lebara is a common provider for internationals and an attractive option if you frequently call other Lebara users abroad. At Lebara, the cheapest bundle costs €7,50, including 2GB, 150 minutes and 150 texts. The most expensive bundle includes 10GB, unlimited calls and texts and charges €22 monthly. Furthermore, Lebara offers a flexible option for €2 a month, where you’ll be able to cancel your subscription monthly. 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.

Lebara receives 4,5 stars on Trustpilot.

  • hollandsnieuwe

Attractive Deals for Ziggo clients
Good network signal
Control over expenses with pre-paid bundles

The cheapest plan at hollandsnieuwe starts at €7,50 a month, including 1000 MB, minutes or text messages. For €2 extra, you can cancel your subscription every month, and you’ll always pay €20 upfront for the registration. hollandsnieuwe is part of the Vodafone/Ziggo Network. If your internet contract is with Ziggo, you’ll get an additional 1000 MB, minutes or text messages on your sim only abonnement with hollandsnieuwe. The registration costs at hollandsnieuwe are 20 Euro upfront.

Best pick: Contract duration: 2 years, 5000 MB, minutes for calling or texts for €10 a month.

Simyo is rated with 2,3 stars on Trustpilot.

  • T-Mobile

Use your (internet) bundle for all EU countries
Attractive deals for T-Mobile internet clients
Higher (registration) fees

T-Mobile is a popular provider in the Netherlands and internationally. You can use your T-Mobile bundle for all EU countries (not for Switzerland!), which can come in handy if you call home regularly. Sim-only options at T-Mobile start at €13,50 a month (1GB) and increase to €30 a month (unlimited data). If you choose a contract duration of 24 months, you’ll save around €1 a month compared to a 12 months subscription. Furthermore, 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.

Tip: You’ll get a discount on your sim only deal if your internet package is from T-Mobile.

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

  • Tele 2

Use your bundle for calling in the EU
Unlimitted deals from €25 per month
T-Mobile Network

Tele2 recently merged with T-Mobile but offers slightly cheaper deals. The cheapest sim only deals at Tele2 cost €8 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, and 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.

Tele2 is rated with 1,5 stars on Trustpilot.

  • KPN

Option for unlimitted data (€35/mth.)
Deals for KPN and Telfort internet clients
Higher registration fee

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 is €65 (100GB).

Best pick: Contract duration: 24 months, 5GB und unlimited calling/texting for €20,00 a month.

Tip: You’ll get a discount if your internet package is from KPN or Telfort (part of KPN).

Kpn rates with 1,7 stars on Trustpilot.

  • Vodafone

Unlimitted option for €35/mth
Attractive deals for Ziggo clients (save up to €5/mth.)
Currently no registration fee

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 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 €27 a month.

Tip: You’ll get a discount if your internet package is from Ziggo.

Vodafone is rated with 1,5 stars on Trustpilot.

  • Expat Mobile

Specialized in international calling
No Dutch home address and bank account required
Higher price

Expat Mobile is specialized in international calling and allows you to request a Dutch phone number without a Dutch home address and bank account. However, Expat Mobile is a little pricier than the sim only operators above. The cheapest bundle starts at €14,95 and includes 200 minutes of calling within the Netherlands and EU countries and 100 minutes of calling to countries outside the EU. This bundle contains 1200 MB. The most expensive bundle comes in at €29,95 per month with unlimited calling within the Netherlands and the EU countries, 750 minutes of calling worldwide, and 10GB of 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.

Expat Mobile is not listed on Trustpilot.

Phone contracts, including 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 feel like a real Dutchie, and 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 getting a mobile device. Usually, you’ll pay a monthly fee for the device and 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-MobileTele2VodafoneBEN and hollandsnieuwe. 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 offers.

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 continuing using the subscription until the phone provider finds out they are unwilling to pay anymore. For signing up for a phone contract, you mostly need to pass by the physical shop, show your passport, and prove 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: 3 April 2022. Please let us know if you find any discrepancies.