Mobile telephony providers in the Netherlands
One may choose between a contract (Abonnementen) or a prepaid card. Prepaid card providers offer cheap packages including the option to keep the same number without charge. On the other hand, if you use your mobile for national calls it would be wiser to sign a contract. In order to do so, you need to provide:
› Valid proof of identity (not a driving license)
› Official bank statement
› Bank account details / card
› Deposit (for non-EU citizens)
Hints & tips
› Instead of providing your bank account card you can enter your bank account at the store (Internet banking) and make a copy.
› Using your current (non-Dutch) contract is not really an option; you will be charged both for incoming and outgoing calls. Apparently, the same applies to roaming.
› You can replace your SIM card and keep your current mobile device as long as it is not locked.
› In case your device is stolen, you should report it immediately (service provider and police) otherwise you will be charged for any calls made.
› Sometimes providers do not allow non-EU citizens to sign a contract.
› Most cellular telephones in the Netherlands are dual-band or tri-band and allow SMS, EMS, MMS, GPRS and UMTS.
› Using your mobile phone while driving is illegal; use a headset, car kit, hands-free devices etc.