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What are the best SIM-only deals in Ireland right now?

Are you currently shopping around for a new mobile carrier but are not sure where to start? Never fear! In this article, we break down the best SIM-only deals currently on offer from Ireland’s leading mobile networks.

Earlier this month, mobile network operator iD Mobile announced that it is closing up shop in Ireland and its 40,000 customers will have to find a new operator in the following 30 days.

The news came as a blow to these customers who up until this point had enjoyed good service at very reasonable prices on the operator’s custom built plans which gave the customer the freedom to pay only for their preferred services.

If you’re one of the aforementioned customers, or indeed anyone on the lookout for a great SIM-only deal, keep on reading because we’re going to take a look at the best value SIM-only billpay and prepay deals currently on offer from the remaining operators on the Irish market.

In the interest of speed and convenience, check out the table below comparing SIM-only deals across Ireland’s mobile networks:

SIM-only Prepay Plans:

Prepay

Price

Calls

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Three

€20 per 28 days

Free Three to Three calls

Unlimited to any network

60GB

Free Deezer access for 3 months + €120 bonus credit*

Vodafone

€30 per 28 days

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

8GB

Any unused data rolls over to next month

eir

€15 per month for 6 months, €30 per month thereafter**

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

15GB

Unlimited social media usage (i.e. social media usage not counted towards data allowance)

Tesco Mobile

€15 per 30 days

Unlimited to any network

Free Tesco Mobile to Tesco Mobile Texts

10GB

Earn double Clubcard points when you top-up

Virgin Mobile

€12 per month for 6 months, €25 per month thereafter

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

30GB

N/A

Lyca Mobile

€15 per 30 days

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

15GB

N/A

48 Go Conquer

€20 per month

1,000 any network minutes

Unlimited to any network

8GB

Unlimited Whatsapp messaging

*Terms and conditions apply. See Three.ie for for details.

** Get this offer for €10 per month for the first 6 months and €25 therafter if you're an existing eir broadband or home phone customer. 

SIM-only Billpay plans

Billpay

Price

Calls

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Three

€30

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

60GB

Free Deezer access for 3 months

Vodafone

€25 per month for 6 months, €30 per month thereafter (12 month contract)

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

10GB

100

international minutes and texts + 3 month trial of Secure Net

eir

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Virgin Mobile

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Tesco Mobile

€25 per month

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

20GB

N/A

Lyca Mobile

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

48 Go Conquer

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

Same as prepay

As we can see from the above tables, when the cost of handsets aren’t factored in (i.e. when only service plan costs are considered) the difference between billpay and prepay isn’t huge.

Given that most plan types (regardless of whether they are prepay or billpay) include set monthly prices for “unlimited” usage, the distinction between the two is becoming narrower.

Which SIM-only plan is right for me?

When it comes to choosing the best plan for your individual needs, there are a few factors that you'll need to consider. You must decide which elements are a priority to you and rank them in order of importance. These elements include; calls and texts allowance, data allowance, price, network coverage, data download speed as well as any network sign-up incentives or extras that might capture your attention.

Many of these are covered in the tables above but if you’re curious about data coverage and speed in your area, it's worth having a look at this piece. 

In the same space, it’s also worth considering that eir is the only network to offer free WiFi calling; a service that allows you to switch over from network phone signal to WiFi seamlessly in coverage black spots.  

As always here at bonkers.ie, we recommend that you thoroughly suss out all of the options available to you before making any decisions, especially where long term contracts are concerned! Don't forget that the above plans are just a selection of the many plans on offer from each network and don't consider plans which include handsets in the contract.  


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