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Ireland fares better than the UK when it comes to the cost of mobile data

The study was conducted by Cable.co.uk in 2018 across 230 countries world-wide.

New research from Cable.co.uk has ranked Ireland at number 87 when it comes to the average cost for 1GB of mobile data - with the UK ranked at number 136. According to the data the average cost of 1GB of data in Ireland is $3.95 (€3.49) where as in the UK it comes to $6.66 USD (€5.88).

The study looked at 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries between 23 October and 28 November 2018. The average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) was then calculated and compared to form a worldwide mobile data pricing league table.

When it comes to our Western Europe neighbours, Finland comes out on top (ranked 14th overall) with an average cost of $1.16 USD (€1.02) per gigabyte of mobile data. At the other end of the scale Switzerland fork out the most paying on average $20.22 USD (€17.85) per gigabyte of mobile data. Over the Atlantic, our American friends pay $12.37 USD (€10.92) and come in at number 182.

Although Ireland may have cheaper mobile data than the likes of the UK and Switzerland, it doesn’t mean you should be paying more than you need to for your mobile plan. On Switcher.ie you can check out a range of different SIM-only mobile phone plans to suit a range of consumer needs that will also help keep your costs as low as possible, while still receiving a great service.

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However, if you’re a heavy data user there are specifically tailored SIM-only plans that cater to just this:

NetworkPlan OverviewPrice
Virgin Mobile
Unlimited
30 days Contract
Unlimited Minutes
Unlimited Texts
Unlimited Data
Save €25
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+ 4G
+ Uses Three's Network

+ EU Roaming Included

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eir Mobile
eir mobile connect 30 Day
30 days Contract
Unlimited Minutes
Unlimited Texts
30GB Data
Save €90
€14.99 Per month
for 6 months, €29.99 thereafter.
+ 4G
+ EU Roaming

Your call, text and data allowances can be used while roaming in the EU

+ eir Wi-Fi calling

Plan is Wi-Fi calling enabled

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Three
Unlimited Flex Max SIM Only
30 days Contract
Unlimited Minutes
Unlimited Texts
Unlimited Data
€30 Per month
+ 4G
+ EU Roaming Data

11GB of EU roaming data

+ All You Can Eat data*

* Direct debit required. Fair usage policy of 10,000 flexi-units per billing cycle for calls and texts. All you can eat data for use in ROI only. Registration required for 3plus.

+ Unlimited Flexi Units

Flexi Unit = 1 minute call or 2 text messages

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eir Mobile
eir mobile complete 30 Day
30 days Contract
Unlimited Minutes
Unlimited Texts
50GB Data
Save €90
€19.99 Per month
for 6 months, €34.99 thereafter.
+ 4G
+ eir Wi-Fi calling

Plan is Wi-Fi calling enabled

+ EU Roaming

Your call, text and data allowances can be used while roaming in the EU

+ International

200 international minutes and texts

+ Save €90

Choose Plan

Click on the 'Choose Plan' button. You will be directed to your deal on the network site. Follow the steps to sign up for your new plan.