Lowest PrePay Mobile Call Charge Rates

Which provider has the lowest Pre Pay Mobile Call Charges  ?

There are probably dozens of different mobile plans , deals or bundles in Ireland – making it very hard to work out which is the best.  A recent UK survey found that mobile phone users waste billions of  pounds a year by paying for mobile call packages that are more than they need. Others don’t buy enough minutes or data in their bundles and then end up spending more money on high rate calls outside of the bundles.

Some people , especially the more elderly ,  might just want a mobile for receiving calls and only making a small number of calls. They might not want or need  data . For someone not on a special deal or minimum top up bundle –  making a call from a “pay as you go” mobile can cost as much as 35c  a minute . So for €10 credit you might only get 28 minutes of calls at that rate !

If you don’t want to have phone contracts or buy bundles that you know you will not fully use and will just expire after 1 month  – then you need to know which mobile network has the lowest price per minute for calls and texts on prepay:

Summary of Prepay Call rates in Ireland (Not as part of a Bundle)

Mobile
Provider
 Mobile Calls
Cost Per  Min
 Calls to Landlines
Cost Per min
Texts

 Lycamobile

 29c  9c 15c

 Tesco

 35c  35c 15c

 Eir Mobile

 35c  35c 15c

Vodafone

45c peak
25c off peak
45c peak
25c off peak
13c

Three

38c 38c 15c

 

Lycamobile charge 9c per minute for landline calls and 29c per minute for mobile calls . These were the lowest “out of bundle” call rates we found. By comparison – Eir , Tesco and Vodafone charge 35c/min for all calls  and Three charge 38c per minute for all calls  .


We also  checked some of the cheapest Pay as You Go “bundle” options available for someone not making a large amount of phone calls . We checked prices of bundles that would allow at least  300 minutes of calls a month .

Lycamobile  have one of the the lowest priced options  : For €9 on Lycamobile  you  get 450 mins of calls to mobiles and landlines  plus 450 texts  in a month. (Includes unlimited free calls and texts to other Lycamobile phones). If you don’t want to buy a bundle – the Lyc mobile call rate of 9c per minute means that you would use up €9 of credit on just 100 minutes of mobile calls.

Also on  Lycamobile – for a €15 top up you get 1 month of unlimited calls plus 10gb data   – and you get to keep the €15 credit to buy texts or extras. (You could buy 160 texts)

A payment of €10 on 48Months -will get you 300 mins of Calls to Irish mobiles , 60 mins of  landline calls , “unlimited” texts to all networks and 1Gb of data for a month.

€10 on Eir Mobile gets you “unlimited” any network calls for a month (no data or texts) Unlimited means 5000 minutes on PrePay.

€15 on Tesco Mobile  gets you  “unlimited” calls plus 10GB data and free texts to Tesco mobiles and you keep the the €15 credit to use on something else.   (It would buy you just over 100 texts)

€15 on Id gets you 300  mins of calls and 30Gb data and the €15 credit can be used on texts.

€20 a month  on Vodafone will get you “unlimited” calls and texts plus 1Gb data. (5000 minutes)


If you don’t go for one of these  provider’s bundles and just top up and use the credit as and when you need it  – then  250 minutes of  calls in a month  ( 8 minutes a day) could cost you around  €75  ! (based on an average call charge of 30c a minute.) .

Summary of the Cheapest Mobile PrePay Bundles in Ireland

Mobile Network Price Call Minutes Data Gb  Texts
 Lycamobile
€9  450 450
48 Months €10 300 Mobile +
60 Landline
1GB Unlimited
Eir €10 Unlimited None None
Lycamobile * €15  Unlimited  10Gb  None
Id * €15 300  30Gb  None
Tesco * €15 Unlimited 10GB To Tesco Mobiles
Vodafone €20 Unlimited 1G Unlimited
  • Marked bundles * – you keep the credit to spend on extras.
    lowest pre pay call costs

 

 

Figures checked  November 2017

If you are a heavier mobile user – you should take a look at our pages on  Best Value Prepay Mobile Bundles  and  the Best SIM only Deals

9 thoughts on “Lowest PrePay Mobile Call Charge Rates

  1. Very good but you might find people get it better if you tabulate the costs & benefits rather than putting eveything into paragraphs.

  2. Don’t bother with LYCAmobile.
    I tried twice applying for a free sim 4 weeks ago and it never came. tried calling their help line 5 weeks ago, waited 10 min and gave up as i was still stuck in the queue. again tried calling them today. this time waited 15 min.
    If that is how they treat someone who is trying to get on to their network, what will they do for you if you have a problem when you are with them…..

    • Same here. Ordered my free sim on 18 April never arrived. Received email confirming pin details for ireland plus plan but no good without the SIM card. I phone them every week waiting 48 minutes last time was advised by horrible call centre to purchase a sim instead at carphone warehouse which I thought was outrageous. I called into carphone warehouse just to see today and they said the lycamobile SIM cards didn’t work so they returned them and aren’t selling them anymore. Would suggest moneyguide stops recommending them. Also switched to magnet broadband on recommendation from moneyguide but it goes offline every night so frustrating. Will have to back to the drawing board again. 😡

      • We just list the offers with the best prices – the missing SIM could be a postal problem?

  3. i have a prepay “plan”with Tesco mobile which allows me to make and receive 1or 2 calls a week and to send and receive 10 to 12 texts (no data) per week.
    I simply top up when credit is used. I must top up by €5 every six months to keep the deal alive.
    Does any other provider have deals like this?

    • As far as we are aware -all the providers let you top up and keep the creditto use as and when you need to. They all seem to have a minimum period during which you must top up – some are 3 months, others 6 months.
      For calls and texts – we have shown the cheapest rates in the article. Tesco is second cheapest , behind Lycamobile.
      €5 would get you just 15 minutes of calls with Tesco or 35 texts – so you must be a very light user of the phone. That suits some people – where maybe one member of a family has a billpay phone. One handy tip for saving on call costs is when you want to speak to someone just dial the number ,let it ring once or twice then hang up. They will usually call you back and save you being charged.

  4. I need a pre-pay option where the minute rates are the cheapest and the provider does not forces you to top up if you still got credit. I did not top up for 6 months on Vodafone, and they cut me off, while having credit. Is there an option form me? -just need to be reachable. Vodafone minute rates after the recent hike are a pure robbery. 46c+9c connection fee?

  5. HI need to work in ireland with remote access over vpn. 8 to 16 hours per month working on emails and sap. What the best Internet option without contract.

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