Mobile broadband is popular amongst many rural dwellers, students, tenants and other people who can’t or don’t want to be, bothered with getting a landline or cable service to access the internet.
With 4G mobile broadband coverage becoming more common in Ireland – it is possible that in some areas the broadband speeds on mobile will be better than that available down fixed phone lines (DSL)
. Some people use mobile broadband as well as their broadband at home – it can be useful if you need internet access on a laptop when you are travelling . Here is a brief run down of the current prices for anyone who is looking for mobile broadband.
Pre Pay Mobile Broadband Prices Compared
There are several pre-pay mobile broadband SIM packages on the Irish market – coverage will depend on location and you should try it out before you buy.
ID Mobile have a few options – €15/month for 25GB, €25/month for 40GB and €30/month for 60GB
Eir have prepay Mobile Broadband plan bundles which make them better value than using their prepay phone SIMs for broadband. They are priced at €20 for 15GB of data and €30 for 50GB of data, both with a 30 day limit.
Three do a pay as you go SIM deal costing €20 for 30 days broadband with “all you can eat” data limit . (Official fair usage 60Gb)
Vodafone offer a PAYG monthly deal for €20 with a 7.5Gb limit
Bill Pay Mobile Broadband
Eir do standalone 4G mobile broadband plans for €45/month for 100GB OR €60/month for 250GB, both on 12 month contracts
Vodafone offer 150GB/month package with its Vodafone B528 4G+ Router. The price is €45/month with a 24-month contract. They provide the router for free with the contract.
Three offer 750GB per month for €30/month. Tis is their 18 month “Broadband 2” option, which includes a free (network locked) Huawei B525 router.
Pricing checked April 2018
This excellent site has plenty more information on Mobile Broadband
You can also compare various fixed broadband packages or SIM only deals on the useful Switcher.ie website