When you have just moved to the Netherlands, you will have to take care of a lot of different things. However, it might be even better to do this before your move. This way you will be fully prepared to adapt to life in Holland as soon as possible. One part of this process is getting a phone plan, which can be quite a hard decision at times as there are many different possibilities. However, many Dutch people use sim only. Below you will learn more about the benefits of this specific subscription.


You can put together your bundle yourself and adjust it every month. Do you call a lot? Then you choose a sim only subscription with unlimited calling. This also applies to your internet use. If you use your 4G non-stop, it is best to opt for unlimited data sim only. An increase in your bundle takes effect immediately, a decrease will occur the following month. Please note: with some providers you can only reduce your bundle if you have a monthly subscription that can be canceled or if you are already outside your contract period.


The most obvious advantage of a sim only subscription is that it is cheaper than a subscription with a device. With sim only, you only pay for your subscription and not for a device that you purchased at the same time. You arrange a mobile yourself or just use an old one, because you will not get a smartphone with a sim only subscription. Instead you only pay for the MBs and the calling minutes. A sim only subscription with 5GB and 100 calling minutes will cost you about €12 per month. The same subscription with a new iPhone can quickly cost €30 to €40 per month.

No BKR registration

Taking out a subscription with a new phone of €250 or more means that you will be registered with the BKR. Paying off your phone is seen as a loan. This can have drawbacks; the maximum mortgage you can get could be lower. Your loan will remain registered with the BKR for 5 years. A sim only subscription is therefore an advantage, because you have to take care of a phone yourself. Then you do not have to pay off a device, you do not take out a loan and you therefore do not receive a BKR registration with your telephone subscription.


Being stuck with the same a phone for two years? This is not the case with a sim only plan. With this subscription, you can switch phones whenever you want. With a subscription with a smartphone you have to pay it off before it is really yours. Now you just put your sim card in the latest iPhone and continue Instagramming and Whatsapping again, without having to switch subscriptions. So you also have a choice of all phones, not just the ones that the provider offers.

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