Free Calls to the UK from Ireland

Thousands of people living in Ireland will have relatives or friends living in the UK – either temporarily or permanently. Keeping in touch with people in the UK by telephone is easy these days especially with smartphones and software like WhatsApp or Skype.  But – for those people who mainly use landlines , calls to the UK can sometimes be costly if they are making several calls a month .

This article looks at the some of the cheaper options for calling UK landlines and mobiles from landlines in Ireland.  We looked at which landline providers offer the cheapest rates or even FREE CALLS TO THE UK . We also compared them to the charges from some of the main mobile phone companies.
If you make just a couple of calls a week to the UK it could be worth switching your home phone provider to get cheaper calls.


Free Calls to the UK

Some landline providers include some free call minutes to UK phones  in their broadband and phone bundles.  If you don’t already have a landline and broadband –  it probably won’t  be worth getting it  just for the  “free” calls to the UK , but for some people it could be worth switching your landline provider or your bundle to take advantage of free UK calls .
In some cases it could save people a lot of money if they started using their landline to call the UK instead of using a mobile phone. (A 10 minute call to a UK mobile from an Irish mobile will typically cost you about €3.00 ).


Eir have a broadband/phone bundle that includes 1500 minutes of  free calls to UK landlines and 1000 minutes of free calls to UK mobiles . (Their publicity calls this “unlimited” – but it isn’t.)  It costs €480 in year one for new customers (rising to €912 after the first year) You can see more here.

Digiweb’s  broadband unlimited bundles include 6,000 anytime call minutes to any Irish/UK landline numbers and 1,500 anytime call minutes to any Irish/UK mobile numbers per month.  The UK calls are treated the same as Irish calls. The bundle works out at €599.40 a year. You can see if Digiweb’s services are available in your area on the excellent Switcher.ie website.

Virgin’s home phone and broadband bundles include 400 anytime minutes a month to 22 countries – including the UK. Their current cheapest bundle works out at €618 in the first year. Probably worth considering if you don’t call call the UK more than  400 minutes in a month ( just 13 minutes a day.) See Virgin plans here

Sky also have a broadband + phone package that includes free anytime calls to UK landlines. As an added bonus it also includes free calls to landlines in the USA and 18 other countries – which could come in very handy if you have relatives or friends overseas with landlines . The cheapest bundle on Sky works out at €680 in the first 12 months.

Summary of Free UK calls from Irish Landlines (Monthly Figures)


Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Free UK Landline
Mins
Free UK Mobile Mins 
Eir
€480 €76 1500 1000
Digiweb
€599.40 €49.95 6000 1500
Virgin Media
€618 €59 400 No
Sky
€680 €62.50 Unlimited No

Standard Call Charges from Ireland to UK

Eir’s  normal landline charges for calls to UK landlines are 15.6c per minute,Calls from an Eir landline to a UK mobile normally cost 35c per minute.

Calls from a Vodafone landline to a UK landline will be charged at 12c per minute while calls to UK mobiles will cost 29c per minute.

Digiweb – UK landline calls are normally  15c a minute ; calls to UK mobiles cost  40c per minute.

Examples: – if you were to make  just 10 minutes of calls a week from a Vodafone landline to a UK mobile it would cost you €150 a year.  Making one hour’s worth of calls a week – which is probably not excessive  – would cost €904 over a year on a Vodafone landline and even more from a standard Eircom line .

For comparison – here are the normal charges for calling UK phones from an Irish mobile :

Three – 45c bill pay;   35c prepay

Meteor 50c per min to UK mobiles and landlines unless you opt in by text to  get a reduced rate of 10c per min (time limited offer).

Vodafone  15c to UK landlines  ; 30c per minute to UK mobiles

Tesco  mobile–  calls to UK landlines are  currently just  1c per minute ; UK mobiles 20c per min.

Virgin Mobile 25c /min to Uk landlines ; 30c /min to Uk mobiles.