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eir vs Sky vs Virgin Media vs Vodafone – how do they compare?

eir vs Sky vs Virgin Media vs Vodafone – how do they compare?

Broadband, TV and home phone bundles are notoriously difficult to compare like-for-like. So, we've stripped away the small print, distracting details and creative pricing and taken a cold hard look at how eir, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone really stack up.

If I was to ask you what you look for in a broadband plan, what would you say?

You’d want it to be fast and reliable, right? And not too expensive? Maybe you’d like to see if there are any nice sign-up up bonuses too. Sometimes, these can be very nice indeed!

There a lots of other nitty-gritty details such as landline minutes, HD compatibility and extra TV channels that might be of interest to you too.

But let’s be honest, these features aren’t the most important things to be considering when signing up to a 12- or 18-month contract, are they? They’re side-notes.

Chances are, you mostly care about three basic things when picking a bundle:

     1. What you get

     2. What it costs

     3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer

So let’s put a pin in the distracting details, introductory discounts and head-spinning marketing messages and take a look at how the main providers really stack up.

To create as level a playing field as possible, we’ll compare the entry-level Tripleplay bundles (that’s broadband, TV and home phone) from eir, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone. And to make the pricing as clear as possible, we’ll compare the average monthly cost over the course of the contract with each.

Right, them’s the rules. Now let’s get comparing!

eir

     1. What do you get?

With eir you get unlimited 100 Mb broadband, a home phone plan and over 50 digital TV channels. Great!

     2. What does it cost?

It’s an 18-month contract and costs €25 a month for the first 6 months and €85 a month after that. So, the average monthly cost over the course of the contract is €65.

Kind of.

Keep reading.

     3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

Here’s where it gets really good.

You get €100 cashback with eir (so, that essentially takes the average monthly cost down to €59.44)

As well as a cool €100 back, you get eir Sport for free. The six-channel package comes with 42 live Premier League games in the 2016/17 season and usually costs about €20 a month.

With sign-up bonuses like that, eir will take some beating. And you can sign up to this eir deal now.

Let’s see if Sky can take them on.

Sky

     1. What do you get?

With Sky, you get unlimited 100 Mb broadband, a home phone plan and over 50 digital channels. So, essentially the same as eir.

     2. What does it cost?

It’s a 12 month contract and the monthly price is €55 a month for the first 12 months. So that means the average cost over the course of the contract obviously €55. So, a little cheaper than eir.

It’s important to note that after 12 months, the monthly cost goes up to €84.50 with Sky. But your contract will be up by then so you’ll have freedom to switch without worrying about any of those pesky early-exit fees.

This Sky bundle is available for sign up now.

     3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

With Sky, you get the ridiculously popular Sky Atlantic, home to the likes of Game of Thrones, as standard. Good news for Game of Thrones addicts like myself.

Virgin Media

     1. What do you get?

With Virgin Media, you get get unlimited 240 Mb broadband, a home phone plan and over 50 digital channels. So, faster broadband than eir and Sky.

     2. What does it cost?

It’s €40 a month for the first 6 months, rising to €80 a month after that. It’s a 12 month contract so the average monthly cost works out at €60.

     3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

With Virgin Media, you can download a nifty app that allows you to use your home phone minutes on your mobile and tablet. So, you can essentially use the landline minutes you’re paying for on your mobile. Very handy.

You can sign up for this Virgin Media deal right here, right now.

Vodafone

     1. What do you get?

With Vodafone, you get unlimited 100 Mb broadband, a home phone plan and over 50 digital channels. So, basically the same as eir and Sky, but the broadband ain’t as fast as Virgin Media’s.

     2. What does it cost?

It’s €40 a month for the first 6 months, rising to €80 a month after that. It’s an 18-month contract so the average monthly cost works out at €66.66.

     3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

Vodafone have put a lot of thought into their sign-up offer - you can pick between 6 months of free Netflix, 6 months of free eir Sport or 6 months of free multiroom viewing.

This Vodafone offer is up from grabs right now.

Who wins?

Well, it’s impossible to pick a clear winner across the board.

Sky is the cheapest right now and Virgin Media has the fastest broadband. But eir and Vodafone have the best sign up incentives.

The key point here is that there are some genuinely fantastic Tripleplay offers out there at the moment. Ireland’s four leading providers are all offering unlimited superfast broadband, loads of TV channels and a home phone plan for around €60 a month. And that’s a pretty great deal.

If you aren’t happy with your broadband speed or the price you’re paying, there’s no reason to settle. All of the deals we’ve covered are available for sign up on bonkers.ie right now.

Provider

Core features

Avg monthly price

Sign up bonus

eir

  • 100 Mb broadband
  • 50+ TV channels
  • home phone

€65

  • €100 cashback
  • free eir Sport

Sky

  • 100 Mb broadband
  • 50+ TV channels
  • home phone

€55

  • free Sky Atlantic

Virgin Media

  • 240 Mb broadband
  • 50+ TV channels
  • home phone

€60

  • Virgin Media app

Vodafone

  • 100 Mb broadband
  • 50+ TV channels
  • home phone

€66.66

  • 6 months free Netflix or
  • 6 months free eir Sport or
  • 6 months free multiroom

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