In Ireland there are several choices for telephone directory enquiries. Some of the numbers you can call for an enquiry about a telephone number (landline) are : 11850 , 11888, , 11824, 11890 and 11811.
You might be shocked at the cost of Calls to Directory Enquiries in Ireland.
A 2 minute call could end up costing as much as €8.84 !
In the UK this week it was announced that charges for calls to directory enquiries would be capped from April 2019 at £3.65 for every 90 seconds (inc VAT)
Which directory enquiry number is the cheapest to call in Ireland ?
Well – it’s not straightforward – the price depends on which provider you are using to make the call. (All prices below include VAT). In general – 11888 has the lowest charge.
From a Landline :
The cheapest Irish telephone directory enquiry number to call from a Eir landline is 11888 – they charge €0.60 per call plus €0.49 per minute with a minimum 60c call charge (charged by the second thereafter). The only restriction is that you can only get one number at a time – but it’s rare that you would need more than one number.
- A 2 minute call from an Eir landline to 11888 would cost €1.09.
- Calling 11890 would cost you €4.98
- The most expensive 2 minute directory enquiry call from an Eir landline would be to 11850 – it would cost €8.37 ! ( 11888 and 11850 are run by the same company)
- Other prices for 2 minute call;
- 11811 = €3.10
- 11818 = €5.00
- 11890 = €5.80
The various landline telephone companies don’t all charge the same rates for calls to all the different directory enquiry lines- but when we compared the cost of a 2 minute call using Eir , Sky , Virgin Media landlines – the 11888 number was the cheapest in all these cases.
But – on a Vodafone landline 11888 was the most expensive option – (€7 for a 2 minute call.) Vodafone landline customers should call 11850 or 11811 – for the cheapest rate – but it is still going to cost a hefty €4 for just a 2 minute call !
If you use a Virgin Media landline – a 2 minute call to 11850 would cost €7. A 2 minute call to 11888 would cost 62c
Cost of Calling Directory Enquiries From a Mobile :
The directory enquiry charges from some of the mobile phone companies seem to have rocketed in the past year or so – and the difference in charges can be very large – so be careful which line you call (if any at all) . 11888 is the cheapest with all providers.
Sample Cost of an 2 minute call to Directory Enquiries from mobile phones (We looked at 11890 11888 11811 and 11850)
Three charge billpay customers €5.40 for an 2 minute call to 11811, 11850 or 11890. Prepay customers would pay €6.40. They don’t list charges for 11888
Vodafone would charge €2.98 to any of the above 4 lines for RED customers . All other plans would be charged €.170
Eir Mobile will charge €2 for a 2 minute call to 11888 but €3.10 for 11811
Virgin mobile would charge €6.98 for a 2 minute call to 11850 but only €0.98c for 11888
Tesco Mobile The cheapest directory enquiry number on Tesco Mobile is 11888 ( €1.45) . The most Expensive number is 11850 from Tesco Mobile – a 2 min call would cost you €8.84 .
1. Use 11888 for the lowest rates ( but not with Vodafone landlines).
2. Avoid 11850 – it is the most expensive. (As much as €8.84 for a 2 minute call )
2. Where possible – write down the number they give you and ring it yourself. They may offer to connect you – but the charge for connecting the call will be much higher than calling it yourself.
Of course – if you have access to the internet – Google and the 1189o online search are both free for finding residential and business numbers – so you might be able to avoid using expensive directory enquiries.
Charges checked November 2018