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Broadband, Phone & TV

What is the best broadband-only deal?

Daragh Cassidy

Daragh Cassidy

Head Writer

Landline minutes, HD channels and the offer of free mobile phones can all seem enticing. But sometimes you just want plain and simple broadband and nothing else. No frills, no extras, and no add-ons that you probably don’t need. So what’s on offer for those simply looking for internet access and nothing else?

With streaming services becoming ever more popular and landlines almost a thing of the past, broadband-only packages are becoming more and more common. So how do they stack up?

In this article we compare the entry-level broadband deals from the main providers to see who comes out on top.  

It's important to note that with some providers it can actually be just as cheap, or even cheaper, to add a home phone package to your broadband even if you don't want it (go figure!) So it's always a good idea to consider dual-play bundles too.   

Digiweb - Fibre Home Unlimited

What do you get?

Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband, meaning you can browse and surf to your heart’s content. However this is fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband (FTTC) and not fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) so the actual speed you get could be lower. See here for an explanation on the difference between the two.

What does it cost?

It’s a 12-month contract and the price is €24.95 per month for the first four months and €42.95 per month for the next eight months. Should you stay after your contract is up, the price will increase to €49.95 per month thereafter.

There’s also a €49 set-up fee for new customers.

What's special about this plan?

Digiweb broadband comes with free parental control features which help you to create a safer internet experience for your entire family. You can schedule when your children are allowed online, give them permission to visit only certain websites of your choosing, and decide which internet-enabled devices have Wi-Fi access and when.

Also, as a small, Irish-based company, many people recommend Digiweb for its good, personal customer service.  

This deal is available for sign up now.

Eir - Broadband Only

What do you get?

Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband, meaning there’s no cap on how much you can download. Again, this is fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband so the actual speed you get could be lower than 100Mb.

What does it cost?

It’s a 12-month contract and the price is currently €52.99 per month for the duration of the contract - so not exactly cheap.  

There's also a one-off set-up/activation fee of €49.99 for all new customers.

Although we decided we'd only compare broadband-only deals, it would be amiss of us not to mention that if you add a landline to your broadband, you'll actually get your home phone and broadband bundle for €29.99 a month for the first six months and €59.99 thereafter, making it better value. 

What's special about this plan?

With this plan you get Eir Sport on your mobile or laptop for free, which would usually cost about €30 a month.

Superfast broadband & Home Phone

Superfast broadband & Home Phone

  • FREE eir sport pack
  • Off-peak calls to Irish landlines
  • 12 month contract
100Mb/s
Unlimited data
€719.87
€539.87
First year cost
€29.99*
Monthly cost
Monthly cost
€29.99

Additionally, as an Eir customer and a SuperValu Real Rewards member, you can collect points every time you pay your Eir bill, simply by linking your Eir account and your Real Rewards card. For every €2 that you pay on your bill, you'll get 1 Real Rewards point. You'll also receive bonus points (currently 250) when you first start.

You can also spend your Real Rewards points to save up to €60 every year on your Eir bill, with 250 points knocking €3 off your bill and 500 points knocking off €6. Not too shabby!

This Eir deal is available for sign up now.

Pure Telecom - Purely Broadband   

What do you get?

Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband. Though the speed you get could be lower depending on how far your home is from the fibre connection to your local cabinet. 

What does it cost?

It’s a 18-month contract and the price is €44 per month for the entire length of the contract, meaning it works out as one of the more expensive options on our list. However there’s no set-up or activation fee.

This deal is available for sign up right now

Sky - Sky Fibre unlimited

What do you get?

Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband - so no limit on what you can download but speed not guaranteed as it's not a pure fibre connection.

What does it cost?

It’s a 12-month contract and the price is €27.50 per month for the first six months and €55 a month thereafter.  

There's also a one-off set-up/activation fee of €50 for all new customers.

3. What's special about this plan?

When you join Sky broadband you'll also get the Sky Hub, Sky’s brand new wireless router, packed with clever features.

Sky’s technical support team is also based in Dublin, which will be a comfort to those who dread the thoughts of being put through to a foreign call centre.   

This Sky deal is available for sign up now.

Virgin Media - Naked 250  

What do you get?

Up to 250Mb unlimited broadband. According to Virgin, 250Mb is achieved by at least 50% of customers on a wired connection at peak times.

What does it cost?

It’s a 12-month contract and the price is €40 per month for the first six months and then €59 a month after that.   

Unlike Eir and Sky, there's no set-up or activation fee.

3. What's special about this plan?

At 250Mb the speed is far quicker than any of the other players and there’s a genuine chance that your connection will reach the promised speed advertised.

Virgin Media customers can also currently sign up to Virgin Mobile and get five months of unlimited 4G data, calls and texts for €5 a month on a 30-day, SIM-only contract. After that it’s just €20 a month.  

What's more, all broadband customers now get the Virgin Media TV Anywhere Sports Pass for free with their plan, which gives customers free access to Virgin Media Sport on their phone.  

This package is available for sign up now.

Vodafone - Simply Broadband

What do you get?

Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband with a fibre-to-the-cabinet connection. 

What does it cost?

It’s a 12-month contract and the price is €25 per month for the first six months and €40 per month for the next six months. Should you stay after your contract is up, the price will increase to €45 per month thereafter.

Like Virgin Media, there’s no set-up or activation fee.

What's special about this plan?

At a first-year cost of just €390, this is by far the cheapest offer on the market right now. You can sign up to this deal right now on bonkers.ie.

Comparison of main broadband-only packages in Ireland 

Provider

Digiweb

Eir

Pure Telecom

Sky

Virgin Media

Vodafone

Speed

Up to 100Mb

Up to 100Mb

Up to 100Mb

Up to 100Mb

Up to 250Mb

Up to 100Mb

Set-up fee

€49

€49.99

Free

€50

Free

Free

Contract length

12 months

12 months

18 months

12 months

12 months

12 months

Introductory price per month

€24.95 for first 4 months, €42.95 for next 8

€52.99* for 12 months

€44 for 18 months

€27.50 for 6 months  

€40 for first 6 months, €59 for next 6

€25 for first 6 months, €40 for next 6

Follow on price per month

€49.95

€52.99

€44

€55

€59

€45

Cost year 1

€492.40

€685.87

€528

€545

€594

€390

*€29.99 for six months if you add a landline, then €59.99 thereafter

Who wins?

It’s a tough call but at a first-year cost of just €390, Vodafone is hard to beat. However, if speed is your thing, it's hard to look past Virgin Media.

The key point here is that there are some genuinely fantastic offers out there at the moment for people who are prepared to switch.

So if you're not happy with your current 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.  

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