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Old 10.01.2011, 10:07
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Netherlands prepaid SIM card?

Hello all,

I am travelling for business extensively in the Netherlands (and Belgium... and Germany, but less so) and would like an inexpensive option for mobile data access. This year it is likely I will need to be more connected there - both from my iphone and occasionally, my laptop.

I have traveled there as well last year, and kept my iphone's data access off except a few times during the day to download email, etc. Still, Swisscom data bills each time I went where substantial (40-100 CHF per month). This year, I will be more time there and need to be more connected for our customer's sake. And being a small company, saving on this bill would be good.

Does anyone know if any of the local telecoms offer a prepaid SIM card with a good amount of data and a decent price? Something that as a foreigner I can walk into a store and buy? Ideally, something I could use over a spread of time (say, 250 Mb irrespective if I use it in a given month).

Thinking, in order to be able to keep my phone number accessible, buying one of those 3G network routers that allows you to create wifi hotspot for your laptop and mobile. Alternative is forwarding my Swisscom line to a prepaid number in NL with the data plan as well on it. Hassle, I know, but...

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Juan
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Re: Netherlands prepaid SIM card?

Apart from using the "WiFi hotspot" option through either KPN or T-Mobile (All available hotspots can be found here), I don't think there's such a thing as prepaid internet on both your mobile and laptop. Most providers either offer an option for internet on your mobile (through a SIM), or on a laptop (through a USB dongle).

I've checked all known providers for you (Hi, KPN, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Ben, Simyo, Telfort, Tele2), and found the following to be having the best offers for using around 200 MB per month on your iPhone:

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Re: Netherlands prepaid SIM card?

Perhaps MaxRoam could do the trick for you.

http://www.maxroam.com/Home.aspx?cur=EUR
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Re: Netherlands prepaid SIM card?

Thanks both! Harrie, I think I will get the Vodaphone one, 1Gb will last me quite a while and I think 20 euros for that is good value!
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