Lowest Call Charges on Pay as You Go Mobiles
There are probably dozens of different mobile plans , deals or bundles in Ireland – it is hard to work out which is the best. A 2015 UK survey found that mobile phone users waste billions of pounds a year by paying for call bundles that are more than they need. Others don’t buy enough minutes in their bundles and then end up spending money on high rate calls outside of the bundles.
Some people , especially more elderly people, might just want a mobile for receiving calls as well as making a small number of calls. They might not need texts or data . For someone not on a special deal or bundle – then 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 !
We have checked the cheapest PAYG options available for someone making just 250 minutes of calls a month (200 to mobiles and 50 to landlines). These are the cheapest monthly prepay top up “bundles” available for such a person. (These type of top up deals usually require an opt in text and expire after 1 month and any unused credit is not carried forward.)
Lycamobile have one of the the lowest priced options : For €9 on Lycamobile you will get 300 mins of calls to mobiles or landlines , 300 texts and 1Gb data in a month.
A payment of €10 on 48Months -will get you 300 mins of Calls to Irish mobiles , 60 mins of landline calls , unlimited texts and 1Gb of data for a month.
€10 on Meteor gets you unlimited any network calls for a month (no data or texts)
€15 on Tesco Mobile also gets you unlimited calls with the €15 credit to use on something else.
€15 on Id gets you 250 mins, 250 texts and 500Mb
€20 a month on Vodafone will get you unlimited calls and texts plus 1Gb data.
If you don’t go for one of these provider’s bundles and just top up and use credit as and when you need it – then 250 minutes of calls in a month could cost you around €75 (based on an average call charge of 30c a minute.)
If you really don’t want to buy bundles that you might not fully use and will just expire – then you need to know which mobile network has the lowest price per call on prepay:
Lycamobile charge 9c/min for landline calls and 29c/min for mobile calls . This was the lowest rate we found. By comparison – Meteor and 3 charge 35c/min for all calls ; Tesco charge 32c/min .
Figures checked Feb 2017