Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  November 16th 2017

The availability of  faster broadband in Ireland has increased in the past couple of years as Fibre broadband gradually moves across the country. Fibre broadband can give  speeds of up to 100Mbps – compared to the maximum 24Mbps on copper phone lines (DSL) .
We have looked at some of the broadband packages out there to try and help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

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These are the current six cheapest broadband and phone bundles  with unlimited broadband data and unlimited anytime phone calls to landlines .  (All speeds are at least  “upto” 100Mbs  –  actual speed will depend on your phone line in most cases). (These deals are usually only available for new customers .)

Prices Checked Nov 12th 2017

1 Eir – currently have the the lowest priced fibre broadband deal  – working out at €430 in year one when you include their €50 cashback offer.  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles (€76 a month reduced to €40 for the first 12 months .)  It also includes free calls to UK landlines  as well as Eir Sport. It is a 12 month contract – so you can switch again when the price rises to €76 a month)  You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

2.Pure Telecom  have the second lowest priced fibre and phone bundle costing €504 in year one.  The monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €34 for the first 6 months. They use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location.

3. Vodafone  broadband has  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and free calls to Irish  landlines. Vodafone’s bundle costs €50 a month (reduced to €40 for first 6 months) . This works out at a total of €540 in year one. (For an extra €60 over the 12 months you can add on free calls to Irish mobiles .) More details can be found on this Vodafone bundle at Switcher.ie

4. Digiweb – have a fibre broadband bundle with speeds upto 100Mbs and  “unlimited” anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles as well as UK landlines and mobiles. It costs €49.95 per month which works out as €599.40 in year one. It is an 18 month contract. (There is a limit on calls – but it’s pretty big – 6,000 to Irish/UK landline numbers and 1,500 minutes to any Irish/UK mobiles per month. Anything over that will be charged for.) More Here

5.  Sky  have a broadband and phone bundle (TV subscription not required)  – with speeds of upto 100mb and anytime calls to Irish landlines and several international destinations. It costs €62.50 a month  with the first 12 months at €46.50 (works out at €608 in year one including equipment charges).

6. Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 240Mb speeds and anytime calls to Irish landlines for €59 a month (reduced to €44 for first 6 months) . This would cost €618 in the first year. (12 month contract). They also have an option with a 30 day contract for €59 a month . Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

 


Broadband Price Comparison Summary (All listed bundles include free anytime calls to landlines)

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Eir **
€430 €76 100Mb Unlimited
Pure Telecom €504 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Vodafone
€540 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb Unlimited
Sky *
€608 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited
Virgin Media
€618 €59 240Mb Unlimited

You can check current broadband prices and availailability in your area on the very useful Switcher.ie site

** Eir price includes €50 cashback (availale till Nov 30th)

* Sky  package also  includes free anytime calls to landlines in these countries Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA (also includes calls to mobiles in Canada and USA) . This would be a big attraction for people with friends and family living overseas.

++ Digiweb bundle includes 6000 minutes per month of calls to Irish and UK landlines PLus 1500 minutes of calls to UK/Irish mobiles.

If you are not bothered about having a landline – take a look at our page on the Best Prices for Broadband Only Deals

Most Popular Broadband Provider

According to ComReg  – in the middle of 2016  Eir were still the biggest broadband provider in Ireland – with 33.7% of total fixed broadband subscriptions, Virgin Media (formerly UPC)  had 27.4% of subscriptions. Vodafone had 17.7% and Sky Ireland had 11.1% of the market share. All other providers  accounted for the remaining 10.1% share of fixed broadband subscriptions.

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Best SIM Only Plans Ireland

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 €10.50 for every extra 30 minutes of calls you make. (based on 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 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
€24.50 10,000 250 30GB
Virgin (*) €25 Unlimited
(10,000)
Unlimited
(10,000)
30Gb
Tesco €25 Unlimited
(10,000)
Unlimited
(10,000)
20Gb
Eir(**) €25 Unlimited
(45,000)
Unlimited
(10.000)
15Gb
Three €30 Unlimited
(3000)
Unlimited
(3000)
60GB
Vodafone €30 Unlimited Unlimited 5Gb

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 they should get out more !

More details about Id Mobile’s other offers here


Virgin  (*)     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  Lycamobilefor  €15 a month you get  15Gb 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). Price reduced to €7.50 for the first month

See Our  Comparison of Prepaid Mobile Phone Charges

See More top Money Saving Tips .

Figures updated  November  2017


 

 

NCT Booking Delays : How to Get a Free NCT

There can sometimes be  long NCT booking delays in some parts of the country when tying to get a test date.  Not having a valid NCT cert can get you 3 instant  penalty points if stopped .

The worst period  for NCT booking  delays is always around December and January – because  January is  when most people first bought their  cars.

Cars first registered in 2014 , 2012 , 2010 , 2008 and every year prior to 2008 are due for an NCT in 2018

But – every cloud has a silver lining –  delays could mean you might get a free NCT !  ( An  NCT test costs €55 Euro ) . 
This is not a new thing – it has been in the NCTS charter for several years.

According to the NCT customer charter – :

The customer will be provided with a test free of charge where an appointment cannot be offered within a four week period provided that:

  • The test is not overdue by more than 7 days at the time of contacting NCTS.
  •  An appointment has not been offered at least 1 week prior to the test due date
  • The customer has not made specific requests regarding suitable days, times or dates.
  •  The customer has not declined or rearranged two or more appointments.
  •  The customer has not failed to attend an appointment.
  •  The customer has not previously accepted or requested an appointment outside of the four week period

So – if your appointment is at least a week before your due date – it doesn’t matter how many weeks away it is – you won’t get it for free.  Also – the free test doesn’t apply if your NCT had expired by more than 7 days when you first contacted NCT.

Don’t  accept a booking date  online or over the phone  which is more than 4 weeks away – because then you will fail the criteria for getting the free test.

In 2015 NCTS had to do 81,000 tests for free because of delays – that is according to the annual review by the RSA – so don’t  think it doesn’t happen.

It has been pointed out by NCT that the appointments listed on the NCT website are not a true representation of all the slots available.  To get access to all the available appointments they say  it is best to  phone the call centre, where it is possible to be put on a priority list.
The time and day they offer you might not always suit you 100% – but  it has to be at the test centre of your choice.

In the majority of cases – they will eventually come back to you with an appointment that is less than 4 weeks away and therefore it will not be free – but  mentioning the FREE NCT should get you an earlier appointment.
In just  one week (ending  7/12/14) – there were 200 free NCT tests given out  because of delays. If you don’t get an appointment within 28 days , starting from the day you asked – then they are obliged to give you a free test.

Of course – one way to avoid your NCT expiring is to book a test well in advance. The NCT Regulations allow for a car to be tested up to 90 days in advance of the current NCT expiry date test due date without affecting the expiry date of the certificate issued.

The NCT Phone Number is 1890 412 413 –  (8am-8pm Mon-Thurs; 8am-6pm Friday). You could also try this alternative  NCT phone number :    01 4135900 – which will be included in your “free landline calls”  if you have such a deal  with your phone provider.  More here about 1890 Call Costs

Test Within an Hour
The NCT charter also says that customers are entitled to a free test if they have to wait more than 60 minutes after their appointment time before the  test begins.  (As long as you arrive on time)  You will probably need to ask for a refund  if this happens – the staff may not just offer it to you.
Plus:  If NCTS cancel your test booking and do not give you at least 5 days notice, a new test appointment will be provided free of charge.

 

More Money saving Tips and Discounts Here

NCT contact details

Email: bookings@ncts.ie

Post : The Booking Department , National Car Testing Service Ltd

Citywest Business Campus ,Lake Drive 3026 ,Naas Road ,Dublin 24

 

 

Bitcoin – Where to Buy in Ireland

Bitcoin is a virtual currency which has been around since 2009 .  Unlike other currencies like Dollar and Euro, bitcoin does not exist in paper form . Bitcoin has been making the headlines in recent months because of it’s massive increase in value.  You might have missed it – but the value of Bitcoin has soared by 800% in the last 12 months.

If you had bought €1,000 worth of Bitcoin this time four years ago, it would now be worth about  €27,000.
The fast increase in value means that more people are looking into buying Bitcoin as an investment.  Others are put off by the volatility of Bitcoin. Most of the dangers are because the protection that investors would normally enjoy on a stock market are not present. If you own bitcoin, you need to make sure you know how to buy, sell and store it properly or you risk losing your entire investment.

bitcoin buy ireland

Advocates of bitcoin say that it could eventually take over from “normal” currency .. that Bitcoin and the  blockchain technology behind it is the beginning of a huge societal change.
Bitcoin enthusiasts, who may have a vested interest in the value of Bitcoin , will say that the only reason we accept the Euro is that we all believe in it. The central bank prints paper money and we accept that others will accept it as payment.
They will say that with Bitcoin –  or other “crypto- currecnies , if you can get enough people who will transact with you and who are committed to it, you have something just as good as a “mainstream” currency.

Sceptics say that Bitcoin is a currency for drug dealers and murders that will  end up imploding.

(Of course more criminals probably use “real” money than the do Bitcoin – it’s easier to fake !

Apparently – google searches for “buy bitcoin” are now more common than searches for “buy gold”


Buying Bitcoin in Ireland

You will first need to set up a digital currency wallet to hold your bitcoins.

 Paxful is a a peer to peer marketplace where people can buy and sell Bitcoin . You can pay with Paypal, bank transfer , debit or credit card – or even by cash. You automatically get a free bitcoin wallet when you join Paxful.
On Paxful the Seller of bitcoins pays a 1% fee. The buyer of bitcoins does not pay any fee at all. The buyer does, however, pay a fee to the seller for converting their Cash, gift card or PayPal money etc… into bitcoin. Each seller has a different price so it is up to you to select the best one.
The Paxful  escrow system protects you by holding the sellers bitcoins in escrow. When payment is completed the bitcoins are released to your wallet.

Local Bitcoins

This is another person to person trading site for Bitcoin. Started in 2012 and based in Finland.

People in Ireland (and other countries) can exchange Euros for bitcoins. The site allows users to post adverts where they state the exchange rate and the payment methods for buying or selling bitcoins. You reply to these advertisements and agree to meet the person to buy bitcoins with cash, or trade directly using online banking. Bitcoins are placed in a LocalBitcoins.com web wallet from where you can pay your bitcoin purchases directly.  Users who create adverts are charged a 1% fee for every completed trade. Find out more on LocalBitcoins

Coinbase is another site that Irish residents can use to exchange bitcoin or other digital currencies such as Ethereum or Litecoin. They were founded in June of 2012 and are based in San Francisco, California. A digital wallet is provided when you join up. There are fees for conversion that range from 1.49% to 3,99% .