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 Calls
Cost Per Min
| Calls to Landlines
Cost Per min
25c off peak
25c off peak
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|
|48 Months||€10||300 Mobile +
|Tesco *||€15||Unlimited||10GB||To Tesco Mobiles|
- Marked bundles * – you keep the credit to spend on extras.
Figures checked November 2017