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Using your Dutch mobile subscription in the EU

Using your Dutch mobile subscription in the EU

Using your Dutch mobile subscription in the EU

Choosing what type of phone subscription is right for you and your family can be tricky. Prijsvergelijken.nl makes the choice easier, and they can get you a great deal too! 

Since 2017, you can use your Dutch subscription in every EU country. So, even if you're abroad for a short period of time (shorter than your stay in the Netherlands and less than 4 months in total), you can use your Dutch subscription without incurring extra costs.

For example, if your data plan in the Netherlands includes 500 minutes of calling and 10 GB, you can use this data in other EU countries without having to pay extra.

However, with certain subscriptions, these roaming rules do not apply to calls from the Netherlands to EU countries. If you do want to chat on the phone to someone in another EU country, you may end up paying extra. We will return to this subject later in the article.

First, we will show you the EU countries where you can use your Dutch mobile subscription. This varies per provider, so pay close attention!

Using your Dutch subscription in EU countries

You don't have to worry about extra costs in the countries below. You can use your Dutch subscription to your heart's desire, taking into account the max time span of 4 months, of course. This means you can call, use your data plan and use SMS. If you have unlimited data, you should take a look at your provider's fair use policy. Most providers let you use a maximum of 10 or 20 GB if you're abroad.

Austria France Malta
Belgium Germany Poland
Bulgaria Greece Portugal
Croatia Hungary Romania
Cyprus (Greek part) Ireland Slovakia
Czech Republic Italy Slovenia
Denmark Latvia Spain
Estonia Lithuania Sweden
Finland Luxembourg United Kingdom

Extra countries

Some providers feature an extended list of countries where you can use your mobile subscription. Not all providers offer this service in the same countries. That's why we put this list together:

Countries Providers that let you use your subscription without extra costs
Albania Vodafone
Andorra Ben, KPN, Robin Mobile, Simpel, Simyo, Telfort, Vodafone, Youfone
Canary Islands Ben, Hollandsnieuwe, KPN, Simpel, Simyo, T-Mobile, Telfort, Vodafone
Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey Ben, KPN, Simyo, T-Mobile, Telfort, Vodafone
Monaco Ben, KPN, Simyo, Telfort, Vodafone
San Marino Ben, KPN, Robin Mobile, Simyo, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Turkey Vodafone
Switzerland Hollandsnieuwe, KPN, Robin Mobile, Simpel, Simyo, Tele2, Telfort, Vodafone, Youfone

Roaming fee

If you want to use your subscription in these countries, you will probably have to pay a roaming fee:

Armenia Montenegro
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ukraine
Georgia Russia
Macedonia Serbia
Moldavia Belarus

Calling from the Netherlands to EU countries

So, you can use your mobile subscription in every EU country. But what if you have family or friends living abroad and you're in the Netherlands? How can you call them to ask how they're doing without having to pay a small fortune?

Earlier, we wrote that providers don't support calling from the Netherlands to EU countries. Still, there's a way to reach your loved ones living abroad. Apart from Skype, of course. A few providers offer special subscriptions to call from the Netherlands to EU countries:

KPN

With the "Zorgeloos" subscriptions (subscriptions with data starting from 3GB):
Unlimited calls from the Netherlands to EU countries

Lebara

Subscriptions with International Calls:
Unlimited calls from the Netherlands to EU countries (plus 17 other countries like the U.S. and Canada)

T-Mobile

All subscriptions which include unlimited calls:
120 minutes of calls from the Netherlands to EU countries

Vodafone

All Red subscriptions (subscriptions with 3GB or more):
100 minutes of calls from the Netherlands to EU countries

Robin Mobile

All subscriptions:
100 minutes of calls from the Netherlands to EU countries

On Prijsvergelijken.nl, you can compare different mobile subscriptions. Choose a mobile phone or sim only and pick your data plan. You'll find the best option within a few minutes. If you have any questions, customer service is ready to answer all of them. In English, of course.

Coen

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Coen Jonker

Product manager at Prijsvergelijken.nl

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