How do you take out a Dutch Mobile plan in the Netherlands?
When it comes to getting a mobile plan in the Netherlands, there are various factors to consider. Making the right choices can help you tailor the plan to your needs while keeping costs in check. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the process:
Device Selection: Decide whether you prefer a new or older device. Consider factors like the latest features, specifications, and budget. Keep in mind that opting for a new device may affect the overall cost of the subscription.
Calling and Data Bundles: Choose a plan that offers the desired combination of unlimited calling and/or unlimited internet. Assess your usage patterns and requirements to determine the appropriate bundle size. In the Netherlands, it’s common to prioritize data over minutes, as most communication is done through messaging apps and online platforms.
Subscription Extension or New Plan: Evaluate whether you want to extend your existing subscription or take out a new one. Each option has its implications on pricing and available offers. Compare the benefits and costs of both alternatives to make an informed decision.
Data Allocation: In the Netherlands, it’s typical to opt for contracts with a larger data allowance rather than focusing on minutes. This is because mobile internet usage has become increasingly prevalent for various activities. Assess your data needs based on your browsing, streaming, and downloading habits to ensure you have sufficient data to cover your usage.
By considering these factors, you can select a Dutch mobile plan that aligns with your requirements and budget. Compare different providers, their plan offerings, and associated costs to make an informed decision. Tailoring your plan to prioritize data and understanding your usage patterns will help you optimize your mobile subscription.
What do you need for a Dutch Mobile Phone subscription?
Be over 18 year!
In the Netherlands, it is mandatory to be 18 years or older if you want to get a telephone subscription in your name, regardless of whether it is a Sim Only subscription or a device subscription. You will have to identify yourself and prove your age, regardless of whether you take out a subscription in a store or online.
Don’t have a BKR registration
Only for private individuals there is a BKR check for subscriptions with a device, where more than 250 euros are borrowed for a device. This obligation has been in place since May 1, 2017, and is intended to protect consumers against excessive loans. Does this check show that you are not creditworthy, or that you are a notorious defaulter? Then your subscription request will probably be rejected. The BKR test applies to Sim Only subscriptions, and also not to business contracts. If you have a sole proprietorship, you can bypass the BKR test anyway by taking out a subscription to the business.
Some providers in the market already use iDeal verification. This means that the entire paperwork is skipped. Your online iDeal payment is then sufficient to prove who you are and whether you can and can take out the subscription. Want to know more about Ideal, please read it here.
What happens if it goes wrong?
A telephone subscription is voidable if the legal requirements are not met
If the legal requirements and rules for taking out a mobile subscription are not met, the court can simply declare a mobile contract null and void. This applies, for example, if the person was a minor when the contract was concluded, or if a signature was forged, or if important information was withheld when the telephone contract was concluded. This counts for all Dutch Mobile plans and their providers.