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.
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 cheaper 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 €7.50 for every extra 30 minutes of calls you make. (based on typical charge of 25c 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 SIM – only billpay 30 day contracts with high quotas of calls and data.
SIM Only Bill Pay Deals Compared
|Network||Charge per Month||Call Minutes||Texts||Data|
|Id Mobile #
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 – so if anyone thinks they need more than that – then they should get out more !
# The lowest priced deal in the list is from Id Mobile . This is a special offer at half the normal price – it is normally €29 – but is reduced to €14.50 for the first 6 months. This special offer runs until the end of August 2017. It is a 30 day contract and has 4G internet.
Virgin (*) . They also have a special offer of just €15 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 Virgin’s SIM only deals over on Switcher.ie
Eir (**) Price reduced to €25 for first 6 months – normally €30
Some Alternatives : There are some very good prepay bundles available with unlimited calls and texts that could work out better value than going for billpay.
A good value pre-pay bundle is available 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 should be more than enough.) (Note – Internet is 3G).
Figures updated August 2017