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SIM Cards in Netherlands: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

The Netherlands – also referred to as Holland or by many as just Amsterdam, is known for its windmills, tulips & a certain green thing that is kinda legal there.

The country is also known for the vast number of cyclists, cheeses & beers.

There are complete Netherlands-dedicated blogs out there because there is so much to do in the country.

While I am Dutch myself and could have started such a blog myself… I am more interested in the world… especially SIM cards 🤓.

But I can assure you there is no reason to be bored in the Netherlands.

What certainly will not bore you is you dealing with an expensive international roaming bill because you forgot to turn data roaming off.

International roaming can be expensive, which is why I always recommend local SIM cards, like a Dutch one, so that you can enjoy local rates.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in the Netherlands?

You can get a Dutch SIM card for 4.99 EUR (5.35 USD) from KPN, between 5 EUR and 30 EUR (5.35 and 32.10 USD) from Vodafone & 10 EUR (10.70 USD) from Odido (formerly T-Mobile) in their stores and from resellers, like convenience stores and grocery stores. The MVNOs Lebara and Lycamobile) sell SIM cards between 5 EUR and 288 EUR (5.35 and 308.20 USD). SIM cards are also sold at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Eindhoven Airport (EIN).

Worry not, the 288 EUR SIM card includes a plan valid for two years.

Imagine if that was the cost of only the SIM card 🤪.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the Netherlands. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in the Netherlands Guide (logos of Ortel Mobile, Kruidvat, Vodafone, Lyca Mobile, ALDI Talk, L-Mobi Mobile, Jumbo, KPN, Odido, Lebara & AH Mobiel)

Original publication: 15th of January 2021. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in the Netherlands?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in the Netherlands, I recommend going with Odido (formerly T-Mobile) or KPN. Odido has a great network with capped prepaid speeds @ 100 Mbps. KPN has the best network, but it limits all prepaid speeds, including its MVNOs (all MVNOs are KPN MVNOs in the Netherlands), @ 25 Mbps.

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So, who are all these mobile operators and what options are available for you?

The Netherlands has three mobile operators and eight Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)
  • KPN
  • Vodafone Netherlands
  • AH Mobiel (KPN MVNO)
  • ALDI TALK Netherlands (KPN MVNO)
  • Jumbo Mobiel (KPN MVNO)
  • Kruidvat Mobiel (KPN MVNO)
  • Lebara Netherlands (KPN MVNO)
  • L-Mobi Mobile Netherlands (KPN MVNO)
  • Lycamobile Netherlands (KPN MVNO)
  • Ortel Mobile Netherlands (KPN MVNO)
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In this guide, I will stick to the mobile operators and the most popular MVNOs, all in bold above, to limit the length of this guide (but also not to overwhelm you with all the options available).

But if you are interested in getting a SIM card from one of the unbolded MVNOs, you would have to do the research yourself for the time being. I stopped actively testing and reviewing MVNOs to spend time reviewing travel eSIMs instead, like the ones for the Netherlands.

Anyone living in or visiting the Netherlands can buy a Dutch SIM card with no real restrictions.

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Where Can You Buy a Dutch SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get a Dutch SIM card in Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands), KPN & Vodafone stores. Resellers, like post offices, newsstands & grocery stores, also sell SIM cards (especially for the MVNOs). Some Dutch airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

You can expect to pay the following for Dutch SIM cards:

  • Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands): 10 EUR
  • KPN: 4.99 EUR
  • Vodafone Netherlands: 5 EUR, 10 EUR, 15 EUR, 20 EUR & 30 EUR
  • Lebara Netherlands: 5 EUR, 10 EUR & 20 EUR
  • Lycamobile Netherlands: 5 EUR, 10 EUR & 20 EUR

Note that SIM cards can be more expensive than those listed above when purchased at an airport.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.05 USD
  • 10 EUR = 10.70 USD
  • 100 EUR = 107 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for the Netherlands

In recent years, (travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

As a result, the adoption of eSIM technology by mobile operators worldwide rose impressively quickly.

Currently, no Dutch mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

In my the Netherlands eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide (even in the Netherlands).

Buying an eSIM for the Netherlands Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Hè Hè, Alosim & Airalo)

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than a Dutch SIM card or eSIM in specific scenarios.

Moreover, Europe-wide and global eSIM options are also available at competitive prices (without having to deal with expensive international roaming rates).

In this the Netherlands SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my the Netherlands eSIM buying guide for more information about travel eSIMs covering the country.

But here is a quick overview already + applicable discount codes if you are interested in purchasing a travel eSIM for the Netherlands:

  • Airalo: Hé Hé (the Netherlands only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries)
  • Holafly: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls
  • Nomad: Netherlands, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

Once again, check out my the Netherlands eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for the Netherlands Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Hè Hè, Alosim & Airalo)

The eSIM guide is as comprehensive as this SIM card buying guide, but it solely focuses on travel eSIMs (while the guide you are reading focuses on local SIM cards and eSIMs for prepaid users (where applicable).

Dutch Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands), KPN, Vodafone Netherlands, Lebara Netherlands & Lycamobile Netherlands and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that said, let's see what the Netherlands offers us.


Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

Odido Netherlands Logo
© Odido

Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands), just Odido, is the largest mobile operator in the Netherlands.

It was the best and fastest mobile operator in the country from 2016 until 2021, which is when KPN caught up again.

While Odido is not owned by Deutsche Telekom from Germany anymore, the Odido and Telekom brand is used throughout Europe and in the United States.

Odido uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in June 2021
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28 – not for prepaid… yet)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Odido:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Odido SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

Odido has extensive coverage throughout the Netherlands.

Below is Odido's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Odido's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

You can get an Odido SIM card for 10 EUR with 5 EUR credit in Odido stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. T-Mobile SIM cards are not sold at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

T-Mobile Netherlands SIM Card
© T-Mobile Netherlands

You will get 1 GB of data after your first recharge and another 5 EUR credit after registering your SIM card on My T-Mobile.

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While Odido does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for the Netherlands, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Odido.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Netherlands eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Hé Hé (Netherlands only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Netherlands, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Netherlands eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for the Netherlands Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Hè Hè, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with Odido.

Note that Odido offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

Odido top-up vouchers are sold in Odido stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Netherlands.

To top up your Odido SIM card, you would text the VoucherCode to 1244 or call 1244 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 1244.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text SALDO to 1244 or call 1244 to check your Odio balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My T-Mobile – Nederland app (Android/iOS).

T-Mobile Netherlands My T-Mobile - Nederland App
© T-Mobile Netherlands

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

Odido has three data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Andere Bundels (Other Bundles) – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

The Andere Bundels (Other Bundles) are combo plans with a unit system for data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS + a data plan.

1 unit is equal to 1 MB, 1 minute, or 1 SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 4000 to activate Andere Bundels:

PricePlanUnitsDataValidityActivation Code
4.95 EURUnit S Bundel100 unitsN/A1 monthUNIT S
5 EURInternet S BundelN/A300 MB1 monthINTERNET S
T-Mobile Netherlands Andere Bundels
Voordeelbundels (Benefit Bundles) – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

The Voordeelbundels (Benefit Bundles) are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 4000 to activate Voordeelbundels:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
7.50 EURVoordeelbundel S500 MBShared with data allowance5 minutesShared with call allowance1 month
10 EURVoordeelbundel M1 GBShared with data allowance10 minutesShared with call allowance1 month
15 EURVoordeelbundel L2 GBShared with data allowance15 minutesShared with call allowance1 month
22.50 EURVoordeelbundel XL4 GBShared with data allowance20 minutesShared with call allowance1 month
T-Mobile Netherlands Voordeelbundels
Unlimited Data Bundels – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

The Unlimited Data Bundels are, as the name implies, unlimited data plans (without 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 4000 to activate Unlimited Data:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidityActivation Code
2.95 EURUnlimited Data VandaagUnlimited2.6 GBUntil midnightINTERNET DAG
5 EURUnlimited Data WeekendUnlimited4.4 GBFriday 17:00 – Sunday 23:59WEEKEND
T-Mobile Netherlands Unlimited Data Plan
EU Roaming – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

You can use your Odido allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands)

  • Name: T-Mobile Internet
  • APN: smartsites.t-mobile

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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KPN

KPN Netherlands Logo
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KPN is the second-largest mobile operator in the Netherlands.

As of 2021, KPN is the fastest (5G NR) mobile operator in the country.

And it is also the mobile operator with the best overall network.

While this is all good news, KPN throttles prepaid speeds to up to 25 Mbps – and that also applies to its KPN MVNOs.

And (un)fortunately, all MVNOs easily accessible to travelers are KPN MVNOs.

And I say up to – you will often have to deal with even slower speeds.

What is funny is that when you roam on the KPN network, like with the Hè Hè Airalo eSIM, you will get much faster speeds than with KPN prepaid.

Flexiroam in the Netherlands (KPN Network)

KPN uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: N/A – shut down in March 2022
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 2100 MHz (n1) – not for prepaid… yet
  • VoLTE: Yes (but not for prepaid)
  • VoWiFi: Yes (but not for prepaid)

This is what you will learn about KPN:

* Coverage
* How to Get a KPN SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – KPN

KPN has the best coverage in the Netherlands.

It also won the Netherlands Best Mobile (5G NR) Network Speedtest Award of 2021.

Below is KPN's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see KPN's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – KPN

You can get a KPN SIM card for 4.99 EUR with 2.50 EUR credit in KPN stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. KPN SIM cards are not sold at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

KPN Netherlands SIM Card
© KPN

You will get 7.50 EUR bonus credit after registering your SIM card on the KPN Prepaid app.

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While KPN does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for the Netherlands, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from KPN (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just the Netherlands or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Netherlands eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Hé Hé (Netherlands only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Netherlands, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Netherlands eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for the Netherlands Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Hè Hè, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with KPN for now.

While KPN offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi), prepaid customers cannot use their services.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – KPN

KPN top-up vouchers are sold in KPN stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Netherlands.

To top up your KPN SIM card, you would text the VoucherCode Opwaarderen to 1266, or call 1244, select option 9, and enter the VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 Opwaarderen to 1266, or call 1244, select option 9, and enter 123456# (including the #).

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text SALDO to 1266, dial *101#, or call 1244 and select option 9 to check your KPN balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the KPN Prepaid app (Android/iOS).

KPN Netherlands App
© KPN

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – KPN

KPN has four data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Maand Combinatiebundels (Monthly Combination Bundles) – KPN

The Maand Combinatiebundels (Monthly Combination Bundles) are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Maand Combinatiebundels:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5.99 EURAlles-In-1 Basis200 MB30 minutesShared with call allowance31 days*123#
9.99 EURAlles-In-1 Instap500 MB60 minutesShared with call allowance31 days*118#
14.99 EURAlles-In-1 Zorgeloos1 GB120 minutesShared with call allowance31 days*114#

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to the Netherlands (NOT from the Netherlands to other EU/EEA member states)

KPN Netherlands Maand Combinatiebundels
Maand Onbeperkt Internetbundels (Month(ly) Unlimited Internet Bundles) – KPN

The Maand Onbeperkt Internetbundels (Month(ly) Unlimited Internet Bundles) are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 128 Kbps), minutes & SMS.

Be aware that 128 Kbps is extremely slow.

Ever tried browsing the web when your phone was displaying 2G/E(dge)? Excruciating slow, right?

Well, that is internet @ 128 Kbps.

Anyway…

Dial the Activation Code to activate Maand Onbeperkt Internetbundels:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
8.99 EUROnbeperkt OnlineUnlimited (@ 128 Kbps)30 minutesShared with call allowance31 days*143#
8.99 EURZorgeloos OnlineUnlimited (@ 128 Kbps)30 minutesShared with call allowance31 days*142#

Be aware that the Zorgeloos Online plan auto-renews.

KPN Netherlands Maand Onbeperkt Internetbundels
Dagbundels (Day Bundles) – KPN

The Dag internetbundels (Today internet bundles) are data plans (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps) for one day.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Dagbundels:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
1.99 EURDagbundel 1 GB1 GB (@ 25 Mbit/s)1 day*124#
1.99 EURDagbundel Onbeperkt OnlineUnlimited (@ 128 Kbit/s)1 day*148#
KPN Netherlands Dagbundels
Maand Internetbundels (Month(ly) Internet Bundles) – KPN

The Maand Internetbundels (Month(ly) Internet Bundles) are data plans (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps) for a month.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Maand Internetbundels:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 EUR100 MB31 days*134#
7.50 EUR500 MB31 days*135#
10 EUR1 GB31 days*147#
16 EUR3 GB31 days*131#
22 EUR5 GB31 days*122#
KPN Netherlands Maand Internetbundles
EU Roaming – KPN

You can use your KPN allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

As KPN does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – KPN

  • Name: KPN Mobiel Internet
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone Netherlands (Nederland)

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone Netherlands (Nederland), just Vodafone, is the smallest mobile operator in the Netherlands.

Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa (mostly as Vodacom), Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: N/A – shut down in February 2020
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 20), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3) – not for prepaid… yet
  • VoLTE: Yes (but not for prepaid)
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone Netherlands

Vodafone has the worst coverage in the Netherlands.

However, you will have reception almost anywhere.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Netherlands

You can get a Vodafone SIM card for between 5 EUR and 30 EUR in Vodafone stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Vodafone SIM cards are not sold at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

Vodafone Netherlands SIM Card
© Vodafone Netherlands

The following five Vodafone starter packs are available:

PriceCreditData
5 EUR5 EURN/A
10 EURN/A2 GB
15 EURN/A4 GB
20 EURN/A6 GB
30 EURN/A10 GB
Vodafone Netherlands SIM Cards

You will get 5 EUR bonus credit after registering your SIM card on My Vodafone.

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While Vodafone does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for the Netherlands because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vodafone.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for the Netherlands in my Netherlands eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Hé Hé (Netherlands only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Netherlands, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Netherlands eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Vodafone for now.

Buying an eSIM for the Netherlands Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Hè Hè, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Vodafone offers VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Netherlands

Vodafone top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Netherlands.

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, you would dial *102*VoucherCode# or call 1200 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *102*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text STATUS to 4000 or call 1200 to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone (Nederland) app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Netherlands App
© Vodafone Netherlands

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Netherlands

Vodafone has three data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Dag- en Weekbundels (Daily & Weekly Bundles) – Vodafone Netherlands

The Dag- en Weekbundels (Daily & Weekly Bundles) are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 4000 to activate Dag- en Weekbundels:

PriceDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
3 EUR2 GBShared with data allowance100 minutesShared with call allowanceUntil midnightDAG
7 EUR10 GB1.4 GB100 minutesShared with call allowance7 daysWEEK

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to the Netherlands (NOT from the Netherlands to other EU/EEA member states)

Vodafone Netherlands Daily & Weekly Bundles
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Unlimited Internet Bundles – Vodafone Netherlands

The Unlimited Data Bundles are, as the name implies, unlimited data plans (with 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 4000 to activate Unlimited Data Bundles:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
4 EURUnlimited1 dayUnl 1 dag
9 EURUnlimited3 daysUnl 3 day
14 EURUnlimited7 daysUnl 1 week
Vodafone Netherlands Unlimited Internet Bundle
Data Bundles – Vodafone Netherlands

The Data Bundles, also referred to as Monthly Bundles, are, as the name implies, data plans (with 5G NR access).

Text the Activation Code to 4000 to activate Data Bundles:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 EUR500 MB1 month500MB MAAND
9 EUR2 GB1 month2GB MAAND
14 EUR4 GB1 month4GB MAAND
19 EUR6 GB1 month6GB MAAND
29 EUR10 GB1 month10GB MAAND
Vodafone Netherlands Monthly Bundle
EU Roaming – Vodafone Netherlands

You can use your Vodafone allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Netherlands

  • Name: Vodafone NL
  • APN: live.vodafone.com
  • Username: vodafone
  • Password: vodafone

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Lebara Netherlands (Nederland)

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Lebara Netherlands (Nederland), just Lebara, is a KPN MVNO.

Lebara, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various European countries and Saudi Arabia.

To learn about Lebara's frequencies, jump back to KPN’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lebara:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lebara SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lebara Netherlands

Lebara is a KPN MVNO, meaning Lebara uses the KPN MVNO network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lebara, jump to the KPN Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Lebara Netherlands

You can get a Lebara SIM card for 5 EUR, 10 EU & 20 EUR from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Lebara SIM cards are sometimes sold at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

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Lebara has no eSIMs.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for the Netherlands because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lebara.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for the Netherlands in my Netherlands eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Hé Hé (Netherlands only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Netherlands, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Netherlands eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Lebara for now.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lebara Netherlands

Lebara top-up vouchers are sold in grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Netherlands.

To top up your Lebara SIM card, you would dial *101*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *101*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# to check your Lebara balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyLebara Prepaid & SIM Only app (Android/iOS).

Lebara Netherlands MyLebara Prepaid & SIM Only App
© Lebara Netherlands

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Lebara Netherlands

Lebara has three data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

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All In NL Bundles – Lebara Netherlands

The All In NL bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 8800 to activate All in NL:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
10 EURAll In NL 102 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes500 minutesShared with call allowance30 days10001000*STOP
15 EURAll In NL 155 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 1000 SMS30 days10011001*STOP
20 EURAll In NL 207 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 1000 SMS30 days10021002*STOP
30 EURAll in NL 3015 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 1000 SMS30 days12031203*STOP

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to the Netherlands (NOT from the Netherlands to other EU/EEA member states)

All in NL auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 8800.

Lebara Netherlands All in NL Plans
All In International Bundles – Lebara Netherlands

The All In International bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 8800 to activate All in International:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net/International Minutes 1, 2Local/International SMS 1, 2ValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
15 EURAll In International 153 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes500 minutes100 SMS30 days11001100*STOP
20 EURAll In International 205 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes100 SMS30 days12011201*STOP
30 EURAll In International 3010 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes100 SMS30 days12001200*STOP

1 to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco (fixed), the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey (fixed), the United Kingdom & the United States
2 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to the Netherlands (NOT from the Netherlands to other EU/EEA member states)

All in International auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 8800.

Lebara Netherlands All In International Plans
Data Bundles – Lebara Netherlands

The Data Bundles are, as the name implies, data plans (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps).

Text the Activation Code to 8800 to activate Data Bundles:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
5 EURData Plan 5500 MB28 days13001300*STOP
10 EURData Plan 101 GB30 days13011301*STOP
15 EURData Plan 153 GB30 days14001400*STOP
20 EURData Plan 205 GB30 days13021302*STOP

Data Bundles auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 8800.

Lebara Netherlands Databundels
EU Roaming – Lebara Netherlands

You can use your Lebara allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

As Lebara does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Lebara Netherlands

  • Name: Lebara
  • APN: multimedia.lebara.nl

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Lycamobile Netherlands (Nederland)

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Lycamobile Netherlands (Nederland), just Lycamobile, is a KPN MVNO.

Lycamobile, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various other European countries, Australia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda & the United States.

To learn about Lycamobile's frequencies, jump back to KPN’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lycamobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lycamobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lycamobile Netherlands

Lycamobile is a KPN MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the KPN MVNO network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lycamobile, jump to the KPN Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile Netherlands

You can get a Lycamobile SIM card for 5 EUR, 10 EU & 20 EUR from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Lycamobile SIM cards are also sold at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Eindhoven Airport (EIN).

Dial *102# to see your Lycamobile phone number.

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Lycamobile has no eSIMs.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for the Netherlands, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lycamobile.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Netherlands eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Hé Hé (Netherlands only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Netherlands & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Netherlands, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Netherlands eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lycamobile Netherlands

Lycamobile top-up vouchers are sold in grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout the Netherlands.

To top up your Lycamobile SIM card, you would dial *101*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *101*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Call 1244 to check your Lycamobile balance.


Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile Netherlands

Lycamobile has two data-featured prepaid plans: National Bundles (combo) & Long Term Plans (combo).

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

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National Bundles – Lycamobile Netherlands

The National Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

Dial the Activation Code to activate National Bundles:

PricePlanData EA/EEA DataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 1Local SMS Validity Activation Code
10 EURBundle XS15 GB9.2 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes100 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days *139*2001#
15 EUR Bundle S Plus 20 GB 13.8 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes150 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days *139*81075#
20 EURBundle M30 GB18.4 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes300 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days *139*81001#
29.99 EUR Holland Plan UnlimitedUnlimited27.55 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesUnlimited“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days *139*1050#

1 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea South, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom & United States

National Bundles auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, dial *190#.

Lycamobile Netherlands National Bundles Plans
Long Term Plans – Lycamobile Netherlands

The Long Term Plans are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

The following Long Term Plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
27 EURPrepaid SIM Only 5 GB 3 Months5 GB/month (15 GB) – 3 GB/month in the EU (9 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS3 months
40.50 EURPrepaid SIM Only 15 GB 3 Months15 GB/month (45 GB) – 10 GB/month in the EU (30 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS3 months
51 EURPrepaid SIM Only 5 GB 6 Months5 GB/month (30 GB) – 3 GB/month in the EU (18 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS6 months
76.50 EURPrepaid SIM Only 15 GB 6 Months15 GB/month (90 GB) – 10 GB/month in the EU (60 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS6 months
81 EURPrepaid SIM Only 35 GB 3 Months35 GB/month (105 GB) – 20 GB/month in the EU (60 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS3 months
96 EURPrepaid SIM Only 5 GB 12 Months5 GB/month (60 GB) – 3 GB/month in the EU (36 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS12 months
144 EURPrepaid SIM Only 15 GB 12 Months15 GB/month (180 GB) – 10 GB/month in the EU (120 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS12 months
153 EURPrepaid SIM Only 35 GB 6 Months35 GB/month (210 GB) – 20 GB/month in the EU (120 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS6 months
288 EURPrepaid SIM Only 35 GB 12 Months35 GB/month (420 GB) – 20 GB/month in the EU (240 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes/month“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS12 months

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to the Netherlands (NOT from the Netherlands to other EU/EEA member states)

Lycamobile Netherlands Long Term Plans
EU Roaming – Lycamobile Netherlands

You can use your Lycamobile allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile Netherlands

  • Name: lyca internet
  • APN: data.lycamobile.nl
  • Username: lmnl
  • Password: plus

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Netherlands

Getting a SIM card from Odido (formerly T-Mobile Netherlands), Lebara (KPN MVNO), or Lycamobile (KPN MVNO) would do you well when considering a Dutch SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? You should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations worldwide.