Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

We use Viking mobile and have been very happy. The US Embassy will promote Orange but he warned, many people have been ripped off by them (myself included) for bills that exceeded $300 in one month. The embassy uses Proximus for their employees so not sure why Orange is who the TMA store promotes but I’d be leary of them. - Feb 2019


We got a local plan with the cell phone we brought with us. There are many plans to choose from. They are not particularly expensive, but may be a little more than similar US plans. - Feb 2019


Local provider, swapping the chip. About 30-40 USD per phone per month for a decent data plan. - May 2018


Local providers are cheaper. The best deal varies based on your needs, but I pay €15/mo for 4gb data with Mobile Vikings. - Jan 2018


We used a local provider. The TMA store at the Embassy helped to set up, and then later discontinue, our plans. - Feb 2017


The local employee association can help you get a SIM card on the local market through a plan called "Orange." - Dec 2016


We use the embassy cell phone plan and it is dirt cheap. - Aug 2014


Lots of different companies and plans available. The Tri-Mission association has a deal with one of the companies and a lot of us use them. - Jul 2014


Cell phones can be obtained through the Tri-Mission association at an affordable cost. - Apr 2014


U.S. Tri-Mission employees can obtain SIMs for phones and tables from the Tri-Mission Association store. This is a great help as they often will act as the middle-man with the phone company, which means avoiding poor Belgian customer service. - Jan 2014


Bring an unlocked smartphone. They're very expensive. Data plans aren't too bad though and seem comparable to the U.S. - Jan 2014


Mobistar is good. - Oct 2012


Nope. - May 2012


The embassy supplies all staff with phones. Family members usually use the TMA located at the Embassy for family member subscriptions. A BlackBerry account runs about 45 Euros per month. - Jan 2012


everyone has one - Nov 2011


Everybody has cell phones here. - Aug 2011


I would recommend just buying a pay as you go plan. Add money as you need it. - Jul 2011


Buy a 'pay as you go' card here - they are cheap, easy to use, and have instructions/voice mail in english. - Jun 2011


I use Mobistar - it's pretty quick and painless. - Jun 2011


No, great service. - Mar 2010


Cell phones must sold un-locked in Belgium. Cell phone services are generally cheaper than in the US. Pay-as-you go is good if you do not get a cell phone & service via the American Embassy Employee Association. - Jul 2009


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