Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  June 18th 2018

A 2017 survey of broadband usage in Ireland by COMREG found that the average spend on a landline and broadband bundle was €59 a month ( €708 a year) .
Also it found that over 26% of households were spending more than €71 a month on phone and broadband bundles (€852 a year)  .
There are substantial savings to be made by switching to a cheaper broadband provider.  Someone paying the average of €708 a year could save as much as €288 in 12 months by switching broadband and landline.
We have compared the prices of broadband packages to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

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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 .

Prices Checked June 18th 2018

1. Eir – currently have  a broadband and phone bundle working out at €420  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 (€76 a month) but this is reduced to €35 for the first 12 months.
This Eir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines  as well as Eir Sport. It is a 12 month contract – (so you can switch again without penalty if you want to when the price rises to €76 a  month)  You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

2.   Pure Telecom have a fibre and phone bundle costing €444 in year one.  The monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €24 for the first 6 months. They use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 18 month contract.

 3. 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.  (Add on free calls to mobiles for an extra €60 over year one )   More details can be found on Vodafone bundles at Switcher.ie

4.  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

5. 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

6. 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 €52.50 (works out at €680 in year one including equipment charges).

 


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
Eir
€420 €76 100Mb Unlimited
Pure Telecom €444 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Vodafone
€450 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb Unlimited
Virgin Media
€588 €59 360Mb Unlimited
Sky *
€680 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited

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

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Euro Sterling Exchange Rate Today

Euro to Sterling Exchange Rate  : June 15th 2018 9am

1 GBP = 1.145 EUR

1 EUR =  0.8734 GBP

See the Latest  Exchange Rates Here


The pound dropped sharply against the euro on Monday 11th , after disappointing UK economic data – but recovered on Thursday 14th  after a very cautious speech from   European Central Bank (ECB) President, Mario Draghi.  Meanwhile, UK retail sales beating expectations also  lifted the pound. As a result, the pound euro exchange rate rallied over 1% to hit a two and a half week high of €1.1462.


The ongoing uncertainty over Brexit will continue to  affect Sterling and we expect more volatility for the pound throughout the next stages of Britain’s negotiations with the EU.

The best  Pound to Euro exchange rate of the past 365 days was €1.158  on 17-04-2018.
Sterling did not perform too well overall in 2017 – at its lowest point the Pound went to just €1.08 – down from €1.31 in the month before the Brexit referendum in 2016.


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 rate 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

You might also be interested in this information about Transferring  Money from Ireland to a UK Bank

If you are just looking to buy some Pounds , Dollars  or other foreign cash for a holiday  – take a look at our page about the best place to buy travel currency in Ireland

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Back to School Allowance 2018

It’s not that long since school finished for most children – but thousands of families will be soon getting the  Back to School Allowance for the next school year.

The Department of Social Protection pays the Back to School payment  automatically to most families that qualify. Anyone that qualifies automatically should get a letter during June stating when and how your Allowance will be paid.

 The payments will be made during the week ending 13th July 2018.
Automatic payments will be made  by  the same method of payment as your normal welfare weekly payment. For those applying for the first time – you can choose between being paid at your Post Office or into your bank account.

Just under €48 million will be paid out in Back to School Allowance payments in 2018 – and about  108,000 families will get it. (That’s  an average of  €438 per family)

How Much Is It  ?

The back to school allowances went up in 2017  :

The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30 September 2018 is  €125

The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30 September 2018 is now  €250.
(Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be in full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college.)

Note:  Prior to 2011 the Back to School Allowance was  €305 for children over 12 and €200 for children under 12. So we are still a long way off those levels.

A Back to school allowance of €200 was abolished for two and three year olds in 2012.

Who Qualifies ?

To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance  you need to fulfil one of the criteria below:

  • Getting a social welfare payment (including Family Income Supplement and Back to Work Family Dividend) or a Health Service Executive payment, or
  • Taking part in an approved employment scheme (back to work scheme) including JobBridge or
  • Taking part in a recognised education or training course, or
    Involved in an Area Partnership Scheme, or
  • Attending a FET (formerly Fás), Fáilte Ireland or LES training scheme.

Application Forms for the scheme are available from the 22 June 2018.The closing date for applications is 30 September 2018.

If you need an application form, you can  text “FORM BTSCFA” followed by your name and address to 51909. Any person whose circumstances have changed should contact the Department of Social Protection at 1890 66 22 44 or email bscfa@welfare.ie.

Full rules here

 

 

Book Depository Discounts

Online bookshop – Book Depository–  have reduced the prices on a great selection of books  , with as much as 50% off some titles. There are discounts on kids’ books, as well as art and photography bargains, and lifestyle and cookbook savings.

See the discounted books here

Book Depository do Free delivery on ALL orders to Ireland.

They are the fastest growing bookseller in Europe, shipping to thousands of customers every day throughout the world .
Of the 30 million books ever printed in the English language only a few million of these are in print.  Book Depository try to make as many of these titles available as possible .

 

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More Online Shopping Discounts Here