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

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Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton

Staff Writer

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.

With flagship smartphones becoming so expensive one way to keep your living costs down, is to either stay with your current phone and change plans, or you could buy your smartphone outright and resell it after. Either way, it can be cheaper to go with a SIM-only option.  

If you’re 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 bill pay 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 30 days

Free Three to Three calls

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited

Access to 3Plus rewards

Vodafone

€20 per 28 days

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

5GB

Any unused data rolls over to next month

 

€20 per 28 days

100 any network calls 

100 any network text

10GB

Any unused data rolls over to next month. Unlimited Vodafone to Vodafone calls and texts. 

 

€30 per 28 days

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

15GB

Any unused data rolls over to next month. 100 International minutes.

eir

€14.99 per month for 6 months, €29.99 per month thereafter**

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

30GB

Free Eir sports package

 

€19.99 per month for 6 months, €34.99 per month thereafter**

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

50GB

Free Eir sports package. 200 international minutes.

Tesco Mobile

€15 per 30 days

Unlimited to any network

Free Tesco Mobile to Tesco Mobile Texts

15GB

€5 bonus credit

Virgin Mobile

€15 per 30 days

250 minutes

250 minutes

2GB

 

€0 for three months €25 per month thereafter

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited

Free Virgin Media Sports for 3 months

Lyca Mobile

€15 per 30 days

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

15GB

N/A

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

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

SIM-only Billpay plans

Billpay

Price

Calls

Texts

Data allowance

Extras

Three

€30 per month

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited

Access to 3Plus rewards

Vodafone

€25 per month for 6 months, €35 per month thereafter (12-month contract)

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

20GB

100 International minutes and texts. 3 month free trial of Secure Net

 

€35 per month for 6 months, €45 per month thereafter (12-month contract)

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

50GB

500 International minutes and texts. 3 month free trial of Secure Net

Tesco Mobile

€10 per month

100 minutes

100 texts

1GB

N/A

 

€20 per month

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

20GB

30-day contract

 

€25 per month

Unlimited to any network

Unlimited to any network

20GB

12-month contract. 300 international minutes

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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