I don’t quite agree with that. My example here is Free Mobile in France. I’ve had this subscription since 2014 and have taken it with me to South Africa (2.5 years) and Belgium (where I’ve lived for half a year now).
I pay surprisingly little for what I get in return, I pay just under 20€ per month for 150GB in France (4/5G, depending on coverage) and 25GB in Europe (and over 70 other destinations*) on 4G.
At first (2014/2015) it wasn’t very good, because 3G coverage and then 4G coverage was only perfect in big cities and they didn’t have many of their masts yet, I was soon at low speed on the Orange network if you were out. Big cities came. Now that’s really different and if I compare the situation as it is now with other references I have in Holland and Belgium, Belgium is by far the worst, and then the Netherlands is somewhere between my experience with Free Mobile and the providers in Belgium.
The cheapest subscription with Free Mobile in France is €2 per month. SMS and MMS fully included, 50MB (yes, megabyte) and 2 hours of calling. However, I don’t know of anyone who uses this or wants to use it at all.
There is a caveat, however, which is that I am actually in breach of my contract as I no longer live in France. I need a French address and a French account to use this.
* [quote]From abroad and DOM:
• Unlimited calls, texts and multimedia messages from Europe (1) and DOM to fixed and mobile numbers in Europe, DOM and mainland France and from the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Israel to landlines and mobiles in the same country and mainland France.
• Internet 25 GB/month from Europe, Dome, Switzerland, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia and Thailand Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Belarus, Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, China (except Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao)
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