Best SIM Only Plan Ireland

There are so many different plans and deals around  for mobile phones it can get very confusing and as a result , many people tend to  stay with their existing network because they just can’t be bothered to change. Recent  announcements of price increases from Three may mean that some of their customers will be looking for better deals. You have come to the right place.

If you use a Pay as You Go mobile phone “plan”  – it can be very easy to get through €40 or more a month in top ups . On some of the lower priced billpay mobile phone contracts – the inclusive  “free” minutes are only 100 or 200 – which can be easily exceeded and you can end up with a bigger bill than you expected at the end of every month.

Going over your inclusive minutes on a billpay plan will typically cost you at least €7.50 for every extra 30 minutes of calls you make. (based on typical charge of 25c per min).
Tip:  There are some very good prepay bundles available with unlimited calls and texts that could work out better value than going for billpay   See Our  Comparison of Prepaid Mobile Phone Charges

One way to prevent unexpected large bills for mobile charges is to try and get a package that offers unlimited calls, data and texts . Then you will never be worried about  going over any limits. These days you don’t have to sign up for really long contracts to get unlimited calls/texts .

Best SIM only Plan Ireland

It’s easier to compare SIM only plans  rather than mobile plans  that include the purchase of a phone . When a phone is included in the deal –  the monthly charge will vary depending on the up-front amount paid for the phone , the length of the contract and the type of phone.

Most mobile networks in Ireland now offer billpay SIM only 30 day plans. You put the new SIM in your existing unlocked mobile phone and you can usually keep your old number to make the change easier.  You will usually  have to set up payments by direct debit.

We have done a comparison of some of the  SIM – only billpay 30 day contracts with  high quotas of  calls and data.

SIM Only BillPay Deals Compared

Network Charge per Month Call Minutes Texts Data
Virgin (*) €25 Unlimited
Tesco €25 Unlimited
Meteor (**) €30 Unlimited
Id Mobile
€29 5000 5000 20GB
Three €30 Unlimited
Vodafone €30 Unlimited Unlimited 3Gb

You can see that the definition of unlimited varies quite a bit – and is not really unlimited with any provider. Ten thousand minutes a month is about 5 and a half hours a day – if anyone needs more than that they have a problem.

Virgin  (*)     . They they have a special offer of just €5 a month for the first 5 months. You can sometimes get discounts if you are a Virgin broadband or TV customer. You can see details and prices of Virgin’s TV and broadband bundles over on

Meteor  (**)   Price reduced to €25 for first 6 months

Some Alternatives

A good value  pre-pay  bundle from  Lycamobile : for just €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 should be more than enough.)  (Note – Internet is  3G).

There is also the option of using  48 Months :    – it’s prepaid , not billpay and you don’t have any contract . You get their SIM and pay a monthly “membership” fee that pays for a specific package of calls ,texts and data for a month. It’s impossible to get hit with a large bill because it’s prepaid and you can’t use more than you’ve paid for without buying  extra services.  With other companies on SIM only billpay contracts – even 30 day ones, – you will get hit with higher charges if you exceed the included calls, texts or data limits.   get a FREE 48 SIM here to try it out .


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Figures updated June 2017