eir, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone have all announced new summer offers in the last two weeks. So, how can you take advantage of this summer’s broadband price war?
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Ireland’s phone, TV and broadband providers are in the throes of a summer price war and you could save a bundle by switching, if you move swiftly.
Let’s take a look at each provider’s new offers.
eir is currently offering €100 cashback, free eir Sport and a 12-month new customer discount with a range of its Tripleplay bundles.
For example, you could get eir’s unlimited 100 Mb broadband, 55 TV channels and unlimited calls to mobiles and landlines in Ireland and the UK for €49 a month for the first 12 months.
This deal requires an 18-month contract and the monthly price jumps to €85 after the first year.
And as mentioned, it comes with €100 cashback and free eir Sport, which has exclusive rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and a number of Premier League fixtures.
The deal is available for sign up on bonkers.ie right now.
Oh, and if eir Sport doesn’t scratch your sporting itch enough, eir is also offering Sky Sports for €1 a month for 6 months to new customers at the moment.
For summer, Sky is offering 20% off its TV-only deals, half-price Sky Cinema and Sky Sports and a 12-month discount to new Tripleplay customers.
So, you could get Sky’s Original TV package (which includes Sky Atlantic) with Sky Sports and Sky Cinema for €49.50 a month for 6 months, €78.50 a month after.
If you want a deal that includes internet access, you could get Sky’s 100 Mb unlimited broadband, over 50 TV channels and off-peak calls for €59 a month for 12 months.
The price increases to €84.50 after that, but it’s only a 12-month contract so you could switch as soon as your discount expires without being hit with a penalty fee. You can snap up this deal on bonkers.ie now.
Virgin Media is currently offering new customer Tripleplay discounts, its Red House Ninja service (more on that in a moment) and €50 One4All voucher (exclusive to customers who sign up with bonkers.ie) to new customers.
Virgin Media is known for its market-leading broadband speeds and you could get 360 Mb unlimited broadband, over 50 TV channels and unlimited calls to landlines and mobiles in Ireland, the UK, the US and 19 other countries for €54 a month for a year.
The price of this deal rises to €90 a month after 12 months, but it only requires a 12-month contract so, much like with Sky, you could easily switch before the price increase kicks in.
This deal also comes with Virgin Media’s brand new Red House Ninja service.
With this service, the provider’s team of tech experts will call out to your house to advise you on how to get the most out of your broadband connection. The service is free if your home doesn’t allow for self-installations and €50 if it does.
It also comes with that free One4All voucher I mentioned earlier, but only if you sign up with bonkers.ie.
Before we move on, I should let you know that Virgin Media customers can now get an 'unlimited everything' mobile plan with Virgin Mobile for €5 a month for 5 months and €25 a month after that.
Vodafone is literally offering all of its broadband deals for €25 a month for the first 6 months of a contract at the moment. That includes broadband-only, broadband and phone and Tripleplay deals.
On top of that, new customers can pick between 6 months of free eir Sport or 6 months of free multiroom viewing when signing up.
So, you could get 100 Mb unlimited broadband, over 50 TV channels and unlimited calls to Irish landlines and mobiles, as well as 6 months of free eir Sport, for €25 a month for 6 months.
The price jumps to €80 a month after that, and it’s an 18-month contract.
Which deal is best for me?
To simplify things for a moment, if you’re a sports fanatic, eir could be a good option because of its free eir Sport and €1 Sky Sports offers.
If you love top-notch TV shows and movies, Sky could be a good option thanks to its 20% TV deal discount and half price Sky Cinema offer.
Virgin Media could be the provider for you if you’re a broadband speed demon, due to its 360 Mb speeds and Red House Ninja service.
Finally, you might opt for Vodafone if you want a really cheap first six months with your new bundle.
All of the deals listed here are available on bonkers.ie right now, but they are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s on offer. To find out exactly which summer deal is best for you, it’s a good idea to use our broadband comparison tool to help you make the right decision for you and your household.
This summer’s broadband price war has thrown up some really strong offers and now is a good time to sign up to a better plan if you aren’t too happy with what you’re on at the moment.