KPN stops offering ‘free’ mobile phones

Telecoms company KPN is to stop giving customers taking out pre-paid phone contracts a free mobile phone, the AD reports on Friday.

Instead, customers will have to pay between €70 and €80 for a phone of their choice, the paper says.
At the moment, many consumers take out three-month pre-paid contracts just to get a new phone, Marco Visser, head of KPN’s mobile services told the paper.
‘There are more sim cards in the Netherlands than there are people,’ Visser said. ‘In addition, the Netherlands has some of the lowest charges in Europe thanks to tough competition.’
Visser said he was not concerned that KPN would lose customers with the new rule. ‘My competitors are welcome to them. They won’t earn anything on them either,’ the AD quoted him as saying.

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