Mobile operators in the Netherlands

It is always difficult to choose the right mobile operator when you move to another country. Roaming is an option if you have an existing contract in another country- on long-term however, this could become expensive. It is important to know the mobile operators, who is who and what are the rates of the contract. Comparing all mobile operators can take up a lot of your time. With our tips we will ensure that you will sign-up for the best operator. We have only selected the mobile operators that offer transparent and clear contracts to non-Dutch speakers.

Prepaid

The mobile network in the Netherlands is excellent and you have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a mobile provider. When you are looking for a prepaid SIM card for your phone keep in mind that you will have pay more for phone calls and internet services. If you are staying for a short time in the Netherlands however, this could be something worth considering. If you are planning to stay longer than one year, acquiring a contract is the right choice for you. The longer the contract, the less you have to pay for the phone and the better conditions you will get.

Roaming in the Netherlands

Recently the roaming rules changed within the EU. The new “roam like at home” rules mean that when you use your mobile phone while travelling outside your home country in any EU country you don’t have to pay any additional roaming charges. The new rules are intended for people who visit a country for a short period of time – it is not meant to be used for permanent roaming . If you are planning to stay for a longer period in the Netherlands, we strongly advice against roaming since you can get a big fine if you get caught.


List of mobile operators in the Netherlands

What are the best mobile operators in the Netherlands? And, which of them offers the best mobile network in the Netherlands? We have listed below the most frequently used mobile internet providers in the Netherlands.

Sim-only 1 year contract
Tele2
Lebara
KPN
T-Mobile
Vodafone
Simpel
Youfone
Simyo
Robinmobile

These mobile operators all offer different options and packages which can vary in price. Comparing all mobile operators can be time-consuming. We have listed the most reliable mobile operators below. When you have found the right provider, be sure to buy the mobile subscription online. This is often cheaper than in a store. We have listed some other tips and tricks at the bottom of the page to ensure that the sign-up process goes as smoothly as possible.


Youfone

mobile provider netherlandsBeing active for more than ten years, Youfone is providing the smartest Sim-only deals with a reliable KPN network. You can enjoy superfast 4G internet now, at € 0 connection cost. The company is offering all the Sim-only plans at a discount of € 15. Youfone also gives you the facility of compiling your desired plan as per your requirements. The MyYoufone app gives you insights into your usage and also allows you to activate discount bundles quickly.

If you already have a Sim-only subscription and looking to convert it into Youfone, the company also gives you the facility of free number portability.

Different Internet Connections That They Offer

5GB + Unlimited Min/SMS – If you do calling and messaging more, and your internet usage is less, then this plan is ideal for you. At €11, Youfone lets you enjoy unlimited calling and SMS, and 5GB data. The plan is under a subscription of two years.

7GB + Unlimited Min/SMS – If you are an average data user and do unlimited calling and SMS, then you can avail this plan at € 14 with two years subscription.

10 GB + 50 Min/SMS – If your work involves fewer calling and more data usage, then this plan will best suit your requirements. Youfone offers it at € 12 with a two years subscription.

Why They Are Better Than Others
Expats prefer Youfone because they provide their customers with:

  • Customer-friendly services
  • Affordable plans
  • Premium KPN network
  • Fastest 4G network

Tele2

Tele2 mobile operatorThe largest mobile operator in the Netherlands offers clear and simple contracts to their customers and do not get them stuck with the long-term contracts. Tele 2 offers a Sim-only subscription with a 4G network throughout the country and that too at a much affordable rate. You can also enjoy free up and downgrade every month.

If you are planning to go on a holiday away in Europe, Tele 2 Sim-only plans are valid there too. Though the plan remains active, the data pack gets reduced. When you are out of the Netherlands, the 20 GB data or the unlimited data packs get limited to 12 GB data.

Different Internet Connections That They Offer

Select your preferred data bundle from 1GB, 7GB, 20 GB, or unlimited data at the respective cost of € 7, € 12, € 15, and € 20.
Depending on your calling and SMS usage, you can either select 200 call/SMS at € 2 or unlimited call/SMS at €5.
You can select 24 months subscription at € 0, 12 months subscription with an additional € 1, and if you opt for a monthly terminable subscription, it would cost you an additional € 2.

Why Tele2 is better than others

    Free number porting

  • Superfast 4G network throughout the country
  • Monthly terminable subscription

KNP

best mobile operatorThe Sim-only subscription by KPN allows you to subscribe to your preferred plan on a monthly subscription. Though the stable and fast 4G network is available on all sims, your Sim is also 5G ready. Soon the 5G is launched in the Netherlands; your Sim will allow you to use safer, faster, and reliable internet.

If you are already using KPN internet at home, then you are also eligible for a discount of a minimum of € 5 on your KPN Hussel.

Different Internet Connections That They Offer

  • 2GB + Unlimited call/SMS – At € 20 per month, you can enjoy unlimited calling and 2GB 4G data.
  • 5GB + Unlimited call/SMS – This plan is available at € 22.50 per month. The stable 4G network lets you enjoy uninterrupted data.
  • 10GB + Unlimited call/SMS – It is the most chosen plan by heavy data users and is available at € 27.50 per month.
  • 20GB + Unlimited call/SMS – If you work calls for excessive data usage and calling, then this is the best plan for you. It will cost you € 30 per month.
  • 0GB + Unlimited call/SMS – If you prefer to have only a calling plan, then this is a plan for you. It will cost you € 15 per month.

If you are availing the KPN network at home, then the company offers you unlimited data usage.

Users who do not want unlimited calling and SMS in their packs can also opt for 150 calls/SMS. It would make your plan more affordable as € 1 will be deducted from the actual price of the plan.

Why They Are Better Than Others
KPN is preferable among foreigners and expats because they provide their customers with:

  • Good network coverage
  • Different contracts
  • Fast delivery
  • Multiple Sim-only packages

Tips and tricks

We have listed some tips and tricks to ensure that you will find the mobile operator that fits to your needs. These tips and tricks will ensure that the sign-up process will go as smoothly as possible.

  • Be sure that you find a SIM Only contract that fits to the duration of your stay in the Netherlands.
  • Be sure that your mobile phone is unlocked and that your phone can switch to another carrier.
  • Be sure to buy an additional headset or car kit if you own a car, since using your mobile phone while driving is illegal in the Netherlands.
  • Be sure that you have the following nearby during the sign-up process: proof of identity and bank account details.
  • Be sure to buy your phone subscription online- this is often cheaper than in a store.