Cheapest Prepay Mobile Bundles Ireland

Which mobile provider has the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Bundles in Ireland  ?
Updated May 2018.

About half of all mobile phone users in Ireland  use Pre-Pay or “Pay as You Go” mobile plans  (PAYG)

It can be very easy to  lose track of just how much your prepaid phone usage is costing you. If you just keep getting  €10 or €20 Euro top ups at the supermarket or garage  – those amounts can soon mount up.

In 2016 the average spend per mobile customer in Ireland was €25.10 a month or  €301 a year . Pre-paid mobile phone customers in Ireland spent half as much as bill pay customers  – with average monthly prepay charges of €15.44 compared to a  €34.94 monthly average for bill pay mobile customers.

If you are regularly spending over €30 a month on your  mobile phone charges – you should be looking into changing your provider or your plan.

You can easily get a cheaper deal and it might be worth looking at our page about the  Best SIM only Plans Ireland


Summary of the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Plans

These prices are for prepay “bundles” – they usually last for a month or 4 weeks than you have to top up again. (If you just want “pure pay as you go” – have a look at our page on the lowest pre-pay call costs )

At 48 Months  For €10 you get 1Gb of data , 300 minutes of calls to Irish mobiles  and unlimited  texts for  a month.  It’s aimed at 18 to 22 year olds – but no formal checks are made. You can Order a Free Sim here at the 48 Months Website


Also At 48 Months , for €20 you get 8Gb of data , 1000 minutes of calls to Irish mobiles  and unlimited  texts for  a month.  It’s aimed at 18 to 22 year olds – but no formal checks are made. You can Order a Free Sim here at the 48 Months Website


Tesco Mobile have a €15 top up deal that gets you unlimited calls  , 10Gb of data and you can keep the €15 credit to buy unlimited texts (€10) if you want. Opt in text required to get this offer. (Tesco use the old O2 network)


Eir :   For a €20 monthly top up you get 15Gb of 4G data  plus either unlimited texts or unlimited calls to all networks including landlines . (Fair usage 5000 mins and 5000 texts).  For  €30  a month top up  you get 15Gb of data  plus both unlimited texts and  unlimited calls to all networks . You need to opt in to these deals , they are not automatic.



Three 
have a bundle for  €20 that gets you get “Unlimited” data (60Gb) , unlimited texts to any network and free calls just to phones on the Three network for 28 days You also get to keep the €20 credit –  but that will only get you about  50 minutes of calls to other mobiles or landlines – which isn’t much for a month but it might do some people who use things like WhatsApp instead.


Vodafone have a €30 bundle of unlimited calls and unlimited texts to any network  plus  just 8GB data .


Network Coverage and internet speed – can vary across different providers in different parts of the country. Rural areas usually have poorer coverage . You probably shouldn’t be relying on mobile phone internet in rural areas of Ireland  for heavy usage such as video or music streaming.


See our article about  Lowest Prepay Data Charges on Mobiles in Ireland

Mobile Companies  Revenue : According to COMREG  – the combined retail revenue of the mobile phone companies  in Ireland was over €1.5 Billion Euro  in 2015.  That income was generated by about 6 billion text messages and over 12 billion voice minutes from  5.8 million mobile phones. (There are more mobile phones in Ireland than people!)

Figures and prices checked May 2018

20 thoughts on “Cheapest Prepay Mobile Bundles Ireland

  1. I have a non-smart mobile phone, which I am perfectly happy with. At present, I buy credit in advance and put it on the phone. I probably spend less than €10 a year on calls; I do not use text messages or data. However, I have enough credit to enable me to make more calls should an emergency require that.

    Three are now insisting that I give them €20 every 28 days, about €260 a year, and it seems that they would help themselves to the unused portion of that, say €250 a year. How can I avoid paying a large amount to Three, or any other provider, for services I do not want?

    bjg

    • Hi bjg
      There are plenty of people like you who just use a mobile now and again – who don’t want regular top ups or bundles.
      You can buy top ups at Lycamobile – and they don’t expire. They have the lowest prices for calls – You can buy a top up online or in shops. See other options here > http://www.moneyguideireland.com/low-cost-mobile-calls.html

      PS – are you sure Three are forcing you to buy €20 bundles each month? I don’t think they can do that.

  2. Hey

    Currently with three Network the 20 euro a month pre pay basically because of the 60gb unlimited data and free texts and they used to have free unlimited weekend calls but recently changed this so have no unlimited calls not in less the person I’m ringing is three which none close to me seem to be , which network would be best for me, willing to give approx 35 -40 euro region a month but must have unlimited internet near the 60gb or near and unlimited calls ?

  3. Hey, is there any reason that the Internet speed is so different on 48, tescomobile and Lycamobile? I have been with each of these networks which run on the old O2 network but with tesco I cannot even get 1mbps, with Lycamobile can only get upto 3mbps and with 48 I could get upto 5/6mbps. What’s up with that? I have done several speed tests in the same area.

  4. Great article. Thanks so much for the info. You saved me loads of time.

  5. Hi , with ID mobile ireland pulling out of the market as announced today , what would be the best deal for me , I need roaming data for the odd trip, plus I like 4g plus making calls , not bothered about texts, at the minute spending about 15 per month , with about €10 of credit left each month , thanks

    • Hi Barry – Id Mobile will be put up for sale – so if you are happy with their service and prices maybe you should wait until it is sold and see what the new owner does. There is a chance that Sky might buy it and they might introduce some better deals to attract customers. Otherwise just look again at our list of the best deals. If 4G data is vital to you , then your options will be limited.

  6. We live in Australia my wife is coming to N Ireland can she buy a sim card there for her phone to phone home our phone company here wants a heap of money for roaming and how much.
    Regards Chris Cummins Have a good day.

  7. How did Post Mobile get left off this review? They have a 20 euro bundle of 250 min., 250 texts, 5GB data.

  8. My daughter is travelling from Australia to Ireland to study and live for 4 months. She also intends to spend about a month in England and another month travelling around the Continent. She doesn’t make many phone calls, mostly texts, iMessage and internet.
    Is there a single SIM that will cover all bases, or at least one she can use in Ireland and also England – or will be roaming charges between the three? Is she better off buying a prepaid SIM in Dublin and another in London? Many thanks

    • For a short visit you will probably be wanting good coverage and speeds – you won’t be too bothered about an extra €10 Euro charge. So Vodafone Pre Pay is probably going to work the best – they do a €30 bundle of unlimited calls and unlimited texts to any network plus 5GB data for 1 month . Free roaming in UK and EU included
      If 5Gb data isn’t enough – next best option would probably be Three’s €20 bundle that gets you get Unlimited data (60Gb) , unlimited texts to any network and free calls just to phones on the Three network for 28 days . You also get to keep the €20 credit

  9. Sadly, Lyca is cutting its data bundles by half :

    From 18/10/2017 the data allowance included in the “Ireland Plus” bundle will be 15GB.

    From 18/10/2017 the data allowance included in the Data bundles will change as below:

    • Data XS: 3GB
    • Data S: 5 GB
    • Data M: 10GB
    • Data L: 20GB

    • Yes, I’m mad about this. I switched to them because of the 30GB data, but also because they have calls to South Africa for only 3c per minute. And you had to put up with their slow 3G internet speeads! Oh well, will be switching again, just don’t know who at this stage!

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