Which mobile provider has the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Bundles in Ireland ?
Updated October 2018.
About half of all mobile phone users in Ireland still 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 on your phone or at a shop – those amounts can soon mount up. But – PAYG has it’s advantages because you don’t end up with unexpected bills at the end of the month.
In the first quarter of 2018 the average spend per mobile customer in Ireland was €25.53 a month or €306 a year . Pre-paid mobile phone customers in Ireland spent 60% less than bill pay customers – with average monthly prepay charges of €14.42 compared to a €37.75 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.
Summary of the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Bundles
These prices are for prepay “bundles” – they usually last for a month or 4 weeks than you have to top up again.
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.
At 48 Months For just €10 you get 3Gb of data , 300 minutes of calls to Irish mobiles and unlimited texts to any network for a month. Plus 60 minutes of calls to Irish landlines. It’s aimed at 18 to 22 year olds – but no formal checks are made.
Tesco Mobile have a €15 top up deal that gets you unlimited calls , 15Gb of data and free texts to Tesco mobiles.
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.
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 2017. That income was generated by about 4 billion text messages and over 12 billion voice minutes plus over 340 Terabytes of data from 5.8 million mobile phones. (There are more mobile phones in Ireland than people!)
Figures and prices checked October 2018
It also might be worth looking at our page about the Best SIM only Plans Ireland