Who has the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Charges in Ireland ?
Updated December 2016
In early 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 (51%) of all mobile phone users in Ireland use Pre-Pay or “Pay as You Go” phones (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.
With the increased use of smartphones – data is now a very important part of phone deals.
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 get a cheaper deal.
Summary of the Cheapest Prepay Mobile Plans
Currently – one of the best value pre-pay options is from Lycamobile : for €15 a month you get 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 is more than enough.) The 30Gb is a special offer – the normal data is 10Gb. (Note – Internet is not 4G)
It also includes free roaming in 18 countries including USA , UK and Australia. (Calls and texts only).
Lycamobile use the Three network – (the same as Tesco and 48 Months and Id) 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 use the €15 credit to buy unlimited texts (€10). Opt in text required to get this offer. (Tesco use the Three network)
Another good pre-pay deal is from 48 Months. They also use the Three network and for €20 a month “membership” you get unlimited texts , 1000 minutes of calls to any Irish mobile network , 60 minutes to landlines and 8Gb of data
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 also have a some pretty good Pay as You Go deals at the moment . For a €20 monthly top up you get 15Gb of 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.
The newest Irish mobile provider is Id Mobile from Carphone Warehouse. They also use the Three network (same as 48months and Tesco and Lyca).They have a prepay bundle costing €15 a month which gets you 30Gb of data, 300 call minutes and you can spend the €15 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 more calls and texts and free roaming in 18 countries.
Vodafone have a €20 bundle of unlimited calls and texts plus 1GB data
Coverage – especially for internet – 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 Dec 2016