Amsterdam - Post Report Question and Answers
Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?
It's Western Europe there are a multitude of plans and services at all price points with contracts or pay as you go. We use Dutch provider KPN with contracts. We pay US$110 per month for the full plan (data, phone, SMS, etc.). Bring an unlocked GSM smartphone with you and you'll reduce your costs. If not, you'll have to buy or rent a phone with your plan. Roaming within the EU is pretty inexpensive, and is being deregulated further in the next year. Then, it won't matter if your phone and contract are Dutch, French, German, etc. - the providers will have to charge a base rate in their contract without roaming charges - great for travelling! - Oct 2014
I received a basic smart phone when I bought a local cell plan. It was fine. No particular issues to note. There is a large Apple store in Amsterdam, in case you're an Apple person. - Jun 2014