Which mobile provider has the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Charges in Ireland ?
Updated September 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.
Also you might want to take a look 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 )
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
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.
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
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 Sept 2017