There are so many different moble plans and deals around 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.
If you are using a Pay as You Go mobile phone – it can be very easy to lose track of spending and get through €40 or more a month in top ups .
With Billpay – some of the cheaper billpay mobile phone contracts only have 100 or 200 “inclusive” call minutes – 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 €10.50 for every extra 30 minutes of calls you make. (based on a typical charge of 35c per min).
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 Plans 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 just put the new SIM in your existing unlocked mobile phone. You can usually keep your old number to make the change easier. You will need to set up monthly payments by direct debit.
We have done a comparison of some of the best unlimited billpay SIM – only 30 day contracts .
SIM Only Bill Pay Deals Compared
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You can see that the definition of unlimited varies quite a bit – and is not really unlimited with any provider. However – ten thousand minutes a month is about 5 and a half hours a day – so if anyone thinks they need more than that – then maybe they should get out more !
Eir (**) The price is reduced to €15 a month for the first 6 months – normally €30 – but it is a 30 day contract do you can switch after 6 months if you want.
You can see more about the Tesco Mobile offer here
Virgin (*) also have a special offer of just €12 a month for the first 6 months if you are already a Virgin broadband or TV customer.
You can see details and prices of all the best SIM only deals over on Switcher.ie
Before you buy – you might want to check which mobile provider gets the most complaints
An alternative option is from 48 Months , for €20 “membership” you get 8Gb of data , 1000 minutes of calls to Irish mobiles and unlimited texts for a month. It’s aimed at 18 to 22 year olds – but no formal checks are made. You can Order a Free Sim here at the 48 Months Website
Also See Our Comparison of Prepaid Mobile Phone Charges
Figures checked May 2018