Euro Sterling Exchange Rate News

Sterling Euro Exchange Rate Today : November 14h 2018 9am

1 GBP = 1.148 EUR

1 EUR =  0.8711 GBP

Less than 4  weeks ago ,after a disastrous EU summit  the pound fell from €1.126 to €1.110 .

Brexit optimism an UK  wage growth  sent the pound to a fresh six month high versus the euro on Tuesday. The sterling euro exchange rate reached €1.1552, a level last reached back in April 2018 , before easing back towards the close. The pound has started Wednesday 0.2% higher versus the euro.

See Today’s  Exchange Rates Here


With so much  uncertainty in the currency markets at the moment –  it could get quite stressful for people or businesses planning large Euro / Sterling exchanges in the next few months.   We are in a period of high volatility which, depending on your timescales and budget, could cause problems if you are not properly prepared.

Using a Currency Exchange specialist  can remove some of the uncertainty by allowing you to fix an exchange rate as much as 12 months in advance of your transfer.  For good deals on currency exchange for large amounts –  for personal money or for businesses – see our page on how to get the Best Exchange Rates

 

 

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You might also be interested in this information about  Transferring  Money between Ireland and the UK

If you are just looking to buy some Pounds for a holiday  – take a look at our page about the best place to buy Sterling in Ireland

 

Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  November 11th  2018

A survey of fixed broadband usage in Ireland by COMREG last year, found that the average spend on a landline and broadband bundle was €59 a month ( €708 a year) . There are just over 1.25  million fixed residential  broadband subscriptions in Ireland – using an average of 161 GB of data per month each.

COMreg also found that over 26% of households were spending more than €71 a month on phone and broadband bundles. (That is €852 a year)  .


There are substantial savings to be made by switching to a cheaper broadband provider.

  • Someone paying the average price of €708 a year could save as much as €348 in 12 months by switching their broadband and landline to the cheapest provider.
  • The 26% of people in Ireland who are paying at least €852 a year could save  €492 in 12 months by switching.

We have compared the prices of broadband packages to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

cheapest broadband ireland

These are the current six cheapest fixed line broadband and phone bundles with unlimited broadband data and unlimited anytime phone calls to landlines . (All speeds are at least  “upto” 100Mbs  –  actual speed will depend on your phone line in most cases).
These deals are usually only available for new customers and may not be available in all areas.

Prices Checked  November 11th 2018

1.   Pure Telecom have a fibre and phone bundle costing €360 in year one.  This is a saving of €239 in one year compared to the most expensive option on our list. The normal monthly charge is €50 , but it is reduced to €30 for the first 12 months. (“Bill Save” bundle) . Pure Telecom  use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls are included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 12 month contract.

2. Vodafone have a broadband bundle priced at €450 for the first year . With broadband  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and unlimited calls to Irish landlines . Vodafone’s bundle costs €50 a month (reduced to €25 for first 6 months). It is an 18 month contract.  More details can be found on Vodafone bundles at Switcher.ie

3. Sky have a broadband and phone bundle (TV subscription not required)  – with speeds of upto 100mb and anytime calls to Irish landlines and several international destinations. It costs €62.50 a month  with the first 12 months at €40.50 (works out at €536 in year one including equipment charges).

4. Eir – currently have  a broadband and phone bundle working out at €569.75  in year one .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles. The usual price is high (€69.98 a month) but this is reduced to €44.98 for the first 12 months. This Eir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines and mobiles  as well as Eir Sport.    You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

5.Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 240Mb speeds , anytime calls to Irish landlines and Irish mobiles, plus 400 minutes to 22 countries abroad . Priced at €59 a month (reduced to €39 for first 6 months) . This would cost €588 in the first year. (12 month contract).
Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

6. Digiweb – have a fibre broadband bundle with speeds upto 100Mbs and  “unlimited” anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles as well as UK landlines and mobiles. It costs €49.95 per month which works out as €599.40 in year one.  (There is a limit on calls – but it’s pretty big – 6,000 to Irish/UK landline numbers and 1,500 minutes to any Irish/UK mobiles per month. Anything over that will be charged for.) More Here

 


Broadband Price Comparison Summary (All listed bundles include anytime calls to landlines)

 

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Pure Telecom €360 €50 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Vodafone
€450 €50 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Sky *
€536 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited
Eir
€569.75 €69.98 100Mb “Unlimited”
(1000Gb)
Virgin Media
€588 €59 360Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb “Unlimited”
(350Gb cap)

You can check current broadband prices and availability in your area on the very useful Switcher.ie site

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Amazon Prime in Ireland – now with Free Priority Delivery

The Amazon Prime membership scheme has been around for a few years now. It started off  with members just getting free next day UK delivery on eligible items. It was then expanded to include some free Music (about 2 million songs) as well as a selection of free Films and TV programs.

Since the start of July 2018 – Amazon Prime members now get FREE priority 2 day delivery to Ireland on all orders (Prime eligible items) .
Normally this 2 day delivery to Ireland would cost a minimum of £14.98.

amazon prime ireland

Not all items sold on Amazon are eligible for Prime – but there are plenty that are.
You can get a free 30 Day Trial of Amazon Prime here .
If you time it right – you can get free delivery on all your Christmas shopping at Amazon and also get early previews of Black Friday sales.


Even better – Third Level students in Ireland can now get a 6 month FREE trial of Amazon Prime.
You can sign up here on the Amazon Prime Student Sign up page .
(The price for students after 6 months is £3.99 a month)


The normal price of Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month or £79.99 per year.
As well as the free 2 day delivery to Ireland you also get access to Prime Video.
Amazon Prime Video for Irish members is not as extensive as the UK version  – but when we checked in mid 2018 there were 3221 films available and 360 TV series.

Amazon Prime members in Ireland can also borrow from thousands of ebook titles from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You can also get free secure, unlimited photo storage.
Of course,  Irish residents with Amazon Prime still get free next day delivery to all UK addresses.

The best way to find out if it is any good for you – is to sign up for a free 30 day  trial .  If you don’t think it’s worth £7.99 a month you can just turn off the auto renewal before the 30 day trial runs out .

(Apparently – if you set up new Amazon account – you can then apply for the free Prime trial again .)

The option of Free Super Saver delivery to Ireland on orders over £25 is still available for non Prime members  – but this can take 4 to 6 days and sometimes more.


Amazon Music

Sadly – the inclusive free  “Amazon Prime Music” is not available in Ireland for Amazon Prime members – but their Amazon Music Unlimited option is available in Ireland. It offers 40 million songs including loads of new releases from popular artists.  It costs £9.99/month – and you can get a 30 day  Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited Here

You can stream Amazon Music Unlimited songs on your phone , Kindle Fire, Tablet , Amazon Echo , Laptop or PC. You can also download songs to play offline.

Amazon Music Ireland Free Trial

 

Sky and Virgin Media Broadband and TV Prices Compared

If you are looking for the cheapest  “triple play bundle” of TV , Broadband and Home Phone –  there are usually some good deals available from both Sky and Virgin Media .

These two companies are the two biggest digital TV subscription providers in Ireland. We have compared some of the bundles available at the moment from Sky and Virgin …
Firstly –  apologies if you don’t live in an area covered by Virgin Media – because this comparison is not going to be any use to you. Virgin Media  (previously UPC) provide their TV , broadband and phone services via their own cable network – which is available in Dublin, Cork City, Galway City, Limerick City and many areas of County Dublin. (You can check if Virgin is available where you live here )

Sky provide their TV via satellite dishes  and their  broadband and phone via the national telephone network. Sky Fibre is only available in some areas of the country – but it should be available in all the places where Virgin Media is available.


So – how do Sky and Virgin Media Broadband and TV bundles compare on price – and what do you get for your money?

We did a comparison of the deals on offer in November 2018 from Sky Ireland and Virgin Media Ireland.   We looked at packages with unlimited broadband, inclusive anytime phone calls and TV with the lowest number of channels.

Cheapest Bundles

We found a  package on Virgin Media – with  broadband offering speeds upto 240Mb , Unlimited data, free calls to Irish landlines 24 hours a day and 66 TV channels on their Horizon box. The price is €89 per month with the first 12 months at  €59 a month. Total cost in the first year: €708. More Details Here

We found a similar bundle  from from Sky on Switcher.ie  including  fibre broadband with speeds upto 100Mb (where available) , unlimited data and free calls to landlines all day as well as 90 TV channels.  The total cost of this in year one would  be €900 (72.50 a month for 12 months then €99.50 per month plus €30 set up fee .) .  

The Virgin Media  deal costs €192 less than  Sky over the first 12 months 


What are the differences between the Virgin Media and Sky bundles ?

Broadband :The speed on the Virgin Media deal is faster , upto 240Mb compared to a maximum of  upto 100Mb with Sky. Sky uses the same phone lines  as Eir/vodafone while Virgin use their own cable network . The Virgin speeds should be better in the majority of cases.

TV: The difference in TV channels is bigger than it used to be (90 on Sky vs 60 on Virgin) – but some of these could be +1 channels or HD versions.   If there are specific channels you are interested in – you will need to check the providers details. See below for details about adding ITV channels on Sky Ireland.

Phone – Both bundles include anytime calls to Irish landlines.
With Virgin you also get 400 minutes per month of calls to landlines in 22 countries and USA mobiles.
With Sky you get unlimited free calls to landlines in the UK, USA and 18 other countries – which could come in very handy if you have friends or relatives overseas. More details on Sky Ireland here

Overall there is not too much difference :-  
These prices were correct on November 9th 2018

 

You might also want to take a look at our comparison of Broadband and Phone bundles where  Pure Telecom  come out as the best priced option .

cheapest broadband ireland



Tip – Adding ITV channels to Sky in Ireland:

Press the Services button, then:
with ‘Options’ highlighted press 6, and with ‘Add Channels highlighted
press select and add the channels with the details below:

Frequency: Polarity: Symbol Rate: FEC:

ITV 1 10.758 V 22.0 5/6
ITV 2 10.758 V 22.0 5/6
ITV 3 10.906 V 22.0 5/6
ITV 4 10.758 V 22.0 5/6