Cheapest Prepay Mobile Charges Ireland

Which mobile provider has the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Charges in Ireland  ?
Updated June 2017

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.

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.

If you are regularly spending over €30 a month on your billpay or prepay mobile phone charges – you should be looking into changing your provider or your plan. You can easily get a cheaper deal.


Summary of the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Plans

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

Currently – one of the best value pre-pay bundles is from  Lycamobile : for just €15 a month you get a bundle that includes  30Gb Data , Unlimited  Texts and Unlimited calls to all mobiles and landlines in Ireland. (“Unlimited” is actually 8000 mins and 8000 texts a month – which should be more than enough.)  (Note – Internet is 3G and  EU roaming is not allowed on bundles).

Lycamobile  also have a good Top Up offer –  €15  gets you 10Gb of data and unlimited calls for a month to any network   – and you get to keep the €15  credit. So you could use this €15 credit the following month to buy the bundle mentioned above (30gb data plus unlimited calls and texts) . If you keep doing this – you can get an average of 20Gb data per month and unlimited calls for an average of €7.50 per month.
Lycamobile  use the old O2 network – (the same as Tesco and 48 Months ) which is reported to have patchy coverage  in some rural areas .
You can Order a free SIM here at the Lycamobile site


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)


Another fairly good pre-pay deal is from  48 Months. They also use the old O2  network and for  €20 a month “membership” you get unlimited texts , 1000 minutes of calls to any Irish mobile network , 60 minutes of calls to Irish landlines and  8Gb of data. No credit carryover.
For just €10 a month you will get 1Gb plus 300 mins of mobile calls , 60 mins to landlines  and unlimited texts. 48Months is aimed at the 18 to 22 age group – but as far as we can see there is no request for ID or  proof of age.  You can order a Free Sim online here at the 48Months website


Meteor    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.

The newest Irish mobile provider is Id Mobile from Carphone Warehouse.  They also use the Three network . Id have a prepay bundle costing €15 a month which gets you  30Gb of 4G data,  300 call minutes and you keep the credit to spend  on more calls or texts. (But – €15 would only get you 48 minutes of calls).

In our view – the Lycamobile  €15 bundle is better value with the same data allowance (but only 3G)  , much more calls and texts.


Vodafone have a €20 bundle of unlimited calls and unlimited texts to any network  plus  just 1GB data . For €30 a month you will get an extra 4Gb of data. (5Gb total)


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

Take a look at our page about the  Best SIM only Plans 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 June 2017

51 thoughts on “Cheapest Prepay Mobile Charges Ireland

  1. “If you keep doing this – you can get an average of 20Gb data per month and unlimited calls for €7.50 per month.”
    I didn’t understand this statement and how we can avail of this 7.50 a month offer please explain?

    • Hi Conor – hopefully this will make it clearer , sorry for any confusion.
      a) You buy the €15 Top Up offer – that gets you 10Gb of data and unlimited calls for a month to any network.
      b) You get to keep the €15 credit (unless you have used it for texts or gone over the 10Gb data limit.
      c) Use the €15 remaining credit the following month to buy the “Ireland Plus” bundle which gets you 30gb data plus unlimited calls and texts.
      d) Repeat – If you keep doing this – you can get an average of 20Gb data per month plus unlimited calls for just €7.50 per month. (Only need to top up by €15 every 2 months).

      Hope that is clearer now ?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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

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