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Read here about the difference between Prepaid and Sim Only and which of the two suits you best!



What is Sim Only?

Sim Only is a subscription that you can use for calling, sending text messages and using the internet. You'll receive a SIM from Lebara and you provide a mobile phone yourself. With a Sim Only subscription you can choose different plans and you pay a fixed amount per month. Sim Only is also called postpaid, which means that you pay afterwards. With Lebara you can change your plan every month for free in the MyLebara environment.

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What is Prepaid?

With Prepaid you can call, text and internet for a fixed rate. This is a higher rate than with Sim Only. You buy credit in advance and if you finish those credits you can only be called. Lebara provides you a SIM and you take care of a mobile device yourself.

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Difference between Prepaid & Sim Only

Difference Sim Only

Sim Only

Difference Prepaid


Low rates High rates
Postpaid Prepaid
Adjust your plan for Free Free calls from Lebara to Lebara
Perfect for the heavy user Ideal for the small user
Monthly costs One-time purchases


Advantages of Sim Only

Do you use your mobile phone a lot? Do you always want to be available? And no longer having to think about topping up your credit? Then Sim Only fits you. With Sim Only you are able to call, text and internet for a low rate. The larger your plan, the cheaper the rate per minute, sms and mb. At Lebara you can adjust your plan every month for free (up and down). In addition, you can always keep calling, texting and using the internet, even when you finish your plan.



Advantages of Prepaid

Don't you call, text or use the internet very often? And are you the one that is rather called by someone else? Then Prepaid is something for you! If you don't use Prepaid, you will not pay. When your credit is finished, you can no longer call, send text messages and use the internet. This ensures that you cannot incur any additional costs. In addition, with Prepaid you can always switch to another provider; you are not committed to anything. Prepaid is also very suitable for when you go abroad for a shorter period.


FAQ about Prepaid vs. Sim Only

Now that you know that Sim Only is the best choice when you look at rates, you naturally want to be able to compare these rates yourself.

You can find the rates for Prepaid and Sim Only here.

Call credit from Lebara (Lebara One and 10 = 20) has no expiration date. Keep in mind that you must use your SIM at least once every 90 days to keep it active. Prepaid data plans are valid for 30 days, except for the 500MB plan. This plan is valid for 28 days. All All in NL and All in International plans are also valid for 30 days.

All Sim Only bundles (2GB, 5GB, 7GB and 10GB) are valid for 1 month.

If you switch from Lebara Prepaid to Sim Only, your remaining credit will be credited as extra credit. Once you have switched, you first use your Sim Only plan and then your remaining Prepaid credit. For example, have you run out of your Sim Only data and did you still have Prepaid data credit for this period. Then you can use those credits instead of buying a Sim Only plan top-up.

Switching with your current number (also from another provider) is easy, fast and free at Lebara! During your order you can indicate that you want to keep your number. Order your Sim Only and we will immediately send you an email with an application form for number portability. After filling out this form, we will send you an text message when your number is transferred. From that moment you can call and use the internet with your new Sim Only subscription. We will cancel your old contract, so you will not incur double costs and you will always remain reachable.


Choose Prepaid or Sim Only from Lebara

Don't you call, text or use data very often? Then Prepaid is perfect for you! You decide when to top up and you'll never receive an invoice.

Do you use your phone a lot? Then choose Sim Only! Sim Only is cheaper than Prepaid and you can switch within 5 minutes while keeping your Lebara Prepaid number.

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