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Buying SIM Cards in Netherlands

Buying SIM Cards in Netherlands

Netherlands is located in the northwestern region of Europe. Its vast landscapes are diverse melting pot of different cultures, places, and wildlife. There are a lot of places to visit in the country especially when it comes to the country’s rich history. One place definitely worth visiting is the Rijkmuseum also known as the Dutch National Museum which opened in 1809. The museum holds a number of rare art collections, in fact it holds almost seven million works of art. Another place worth visiting is the Anne Frank Museum located in Amsterdam which is the home of the famous Anne Frank. There’s also the Van Gogh Museum which holds a number of works of the famous artist and attracts 1.5 million visitors annually.

When it comes to natural wonders, there are a number of places to visit. For one, there’s Keukenhof which boasts an array of the country’s most popular flower, the tulip. Another is the Windmills of Kinderijk which showcases well preserved windmills from the 18th century. There’s also the Hoge Veluwe National Park which is one of the most diverse national parks in the world.

If you’re looking forward on travelling to Netherlands, we’ll help you get one thing off your mind. We will guide you on buying a SIM card for your travel in this exciting country.

The First Thing You Need To Do

The first step to buying a SIM card actually doesn’t start itself but rather with our cellphones. Why? Most of the time, especially if you buy your phone from a particular service provider you can only use your phone exclusively with that provider hence you’ll need to get unlocked. An unlocked phone means that you can use it with any SIM Card.

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It is worth mentioning that though most phones are now readily unlocked depending on its brand and who you bought it from, it’s necessary that you check your phone if it’s locked or unlocked. There’s a simple way of checking if your phone is locked, simply turn off your phone and replace the original SIM Card with the a different SIM card from a different SIM Card provider. If a message such as “Restricted” and “Contact your service provider” your phone is locked. If you can still operate your phone and make calls and texts, good, it means that your phone is unlocked. If it is no need to worry, simply contact your service provider to get it unlocked. If for any reasons (like a lock up period) your service provider declines to unlock your phone, simply seek help from an independent phone store or tech store and ask your phone to be unlocked, this usually costs only a small amount.

Choosing A SIM Card

It’s important to mention that in 15 of June 2017; roaming services for countries which are a part of the European Union is cancelled meaning there are no additional charges for utilizing data without additional costs. We would like to emphasize this as this is only applicable to countries belonging to the European Union and not Europe itself and it is not applicable to countries like Turkey and Switzerland. There are limitations to this so the best thing to do is to contact your service provider to ensure that you won’t incur any charges unknowingly. So, if you’re coming from other parts of Europe it’s not really necessary for one to buy a new SIM Card as it will work fine in Netherlands though do this with precaution and inquire with your service provider as terms and conditions may vary from one European Country to another andmight cost unwanted charges. The best thing to do is call your service provider and ask for additional costs. In order to buy a SIM card in the Croatia, one must show a form of identification such as a passport before buying one. There are three major service providers in Netherlands:

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KPN

KPN is the largest service provider in the country. There are three ways to avail their products, in their official stores, to be delivered in your Dutch postal address or to be ordered online. They also offer three SIM cards: For €4.99 you get a SIM card with a €10 credit. For €12.50 you get a SIM card with a €10 credit and 1GB worth of data. Also, for €12.50 you get a SIM card with a €10 credit and unlimited worth of data at 128 kbps. They also offer these data packages: For €5.99 you get 200MB worth of data valid for 31 days. For €9.99 you get 500MB worth of data and 60 minutes worth of calls or text messages valid for 31 days. For €14.99 you get 1GB worth of data and 120 minutes worth of calls or text messages valid for 31 days.

Vodafone

Vodafone is the second largest service provider in the country. There are three ways to avail their products, in their official stores, to be delivered in your Dutch postal address or to be ordered online. Though ordering it online is the best way as you will get you SIM card for free. They offer several SIM cards: If you get it for free you get a €5 worth of credit and 50MB worth of data. For €10 you get a SIM card and 1GB worth of data. For €15 you get a SIM card and 2GB worth of data. For €20 you get a SIM card and 3GB worth of data. They also offer these top up packages: For €10 you get 1GB worth of data, 10 minutes of local calls and unlimited text messages valid for 30 days. For €15 you get 2GB worth of data, 20 minutes of local calls and unlimited text messages valid for 30 days. For €20 you get 3GB worth of data, 30 minutes of local calls and unlimited text messages valid for 30 days.

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile offers their SIM cards for €10 both in their official stores and online. Their SIM cards come with a €10 worth of credit. They also offer these data packages: For €4.95 you get 300MB valid for 30 days. For €9.95 you get 1.25GB valid for 30 days. For €14.95 you get 2GB valid for 30 days.

When it comes to the coverage areas, the three largest service providers are good especially in highways and major cities, though there are weak spots especially in rural areas.

So where do you buy one?

With consideration to Netherlands’ process when it comes to purchasing a SIM card we highly encourage you to buy from the official stores and authorized resellers as identification needs to be shown and assistance in setting up the SIM card is readily available, especially if you have limited knowledge of the native language. However, top ups are available practically everywhere from supermarkets, news agents, gas stations and even corner stores.

Conclusion

Buying a SIM card in the Netherlands is easy as long as you prepare your passport before purchasing. If you want to utilize your own phone, remember to get it unlocked beforehand so that it can accommodate a foreign SIM card. There are a variety of choices to choose from. Make sure that whatever you’re getting will suit all of your needs throughout your visit in the country.

Written by Gear Up To Travel

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