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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 were 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 are 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 60 digital TV channels. Great!

2. What does it cost?

It’s a 12-month contract and costs €54.98 a month for the first 12 months and €74.98 a month thereafter, should you wish to stay with the provider once your contract comes to an end.  

3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

Here’s where it gets really good.

You get eir Sport for free which comes with seven premium live sports channels that usually costs about €20 a month.

Additionally, as an eir customer and a SuperValu Real Rewards member, you'll now collect points every time you pay your eir broadband/landline bill, simply by linking your eir account and your Real Rewards card. You'll receive a bonus of 100 Real Reward points for just linking your accounts. You can use your Real Rewards points to save up to €60 every year on your eir bill. Not too shabby!

With such a long price discount and sign-up bonuses like those mentioned above, 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 €65 per month for the duration of that initial contract period, after which the price rises to €84.50 per month. 

This Sky bundle is available for sign up now.

3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

With Sky you get access to the hugely popular Sky Atlantic as standard as well as Sky Q and Sky VIP (Sky's loyalty rewards programme). 

Virgin Media

1. What do you get?

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

2. What does it cost?

Virgin Media is offering €20 off its standard pricing for this offer for the first 12 months so you'll pay €69 per month for the first 12 months, after which the price will rise to €89 a month.

It's a 12-month contract so you can switch providers again once the special discount rate comes to an end; if you so choose.

3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

As a new Virgin Media customer, you’ll have exclusive access to its Red House Ninja service. A team of tech experts will visit your home and make sure that you’re getting the best out of your Virgin Media services. The team will install the best modem, check the Wi-Fi signal in every room, repair any old wiring issues, connect all home devices, give advice on how to maximise your in-home speed, as well as ensuring that you are getting the most out of your TV service.

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?

Vodafone's Tripleplay deal costs €40 a month for the first six months, rising to €75 per month after that. It’s an 18-month contract so the average monthly cost works out at €63.

3. What sign-up bonuses are on offer?

You can pick between 6 months of free eir Sport or 6 months of free multi-room viewing.

You can sign up for this Vodafone bundle right now on bonkers.ie.

Who wins?

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

Virgin Media has the fastest broadband at the moment but eir has great sign-up incentives.

The key point here is that there are some genuinely fantastic Tripleplay offers out there at the moment.

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
  • 60+ TV channels
  • home phone
€54.98
  • free eir Sport, SuperValu Real Rewards points 
Sky
  • 100 Mb broadband
  • 50+ TV channels
  • home phone
€65
  • Sky Atlantic, Sky Q, Sky VIP 
Virgin Media
  • 240 Mb broadband
  • 50+ TV channels
  • home phone
€69
  • Red House ninjas
Vodafone
  • 100 Mb broadband
  • 50+ TV channels
  • home phone
€63
  • 6 months free eir Sport or
  • 6 months free multiroom

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