No Contract Broadband

Going for a contract-free broadband deal means you’ll have flexibility and won’t be tied down. There are many no-contract or short-term contract broadband plans on offer. Compare Irish broadband packages with short-term contracts or no contract.

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Freedom 240
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240MbDownload Speed*
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Virgin Media's 30 day contract superfast Freedom 240

* The "download" speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up - this may differ from the speed displayed in the table. Broadband, home phone and digital TV products are subject to availability at your location.

No Contract Broadband Explained

What is no contract/short-term broadband?

Most broadband contracts are for 12 or 18 months. In contrast, no-contract or short-term broadband is broadband that usually has a contract length of just 30 days, which means it’s very flexible.

Why choose no contract or short-term broadband??

There are several reasons why you might opt for no-contract broadband:

  • If you have a short-term lease, no-contract broadband can work really well, as you can cancel when your lease is up, and you won’t get hit with an early exit fee.
  • If you’re a student and won’t be in your accommodation for a full year, you and your housemates might opt for a short-term broadband plan so you can cancel once your lease is up.
  • If you move to a new area, a short-term broadband deal could be a good way to test out providers where you live.
  • If you have a holiday home, a no-contract broadband plan will work well for when you’re staying in that home.

Are there disadvantages of short-term broadband deals?

The main disadvantage of short-term broadband deals is that you usually won’t get an introductory discount, and the monthly cost tends to be higher than deals with a longer contract. Changing between no-contract broadband providers frequently could also prove to be hassley, as there’ll be admin involved each time you do so.

Who provides no-contract broadband or short-term broadband deals?

The main providers of no-contract broadband deals in Ireland are:

The cheapest short-term broadband package is the Freedom 240 plan from Virgin Media, which has speeds of up to 240Mb and costs €59.

How do I compare no-contract broadband deals?

When comparing no-contract broadband deals you should look at:

  • Monthly costs
  • Set up costs
  • Any data limits
  • The notice period for cancelling - this will normally be the same as the contract length - i.e. 30 days.

No contract broadband not for you? There are alternatives…

If you own your own home, or you have a long-term lease, no-contract broadband might not be for you. If this is the case, signing up to a 12- or 18-month deal will save you money - and you can usually bundle these deals with TV and home phone, too. You could consider:

  • eir broadband deals, which start at 12-month contracts - you can bundle broadband, TV and home phone together, and you’ll get the eir Sport pack free when you sign up to any eir broadband deal.
  • Sky broadband packages, which are all available on 12-month contracts. Often, Sky offers 12-month discounts, too, so you could save a packet by switching to one of these deals.
  • Vodafone broadband deals, which are usually 18-month contracts. Vodafone’s ‘Simply Broadband’ is a broadband-only product, which is really popular, especially for people who don’t want TV or phone with their plans.
  • Virgin Media plans and bundles, which range from 30-day to 12-month contracts. You can also bundle TV and phone with your Virgin Media broadband, and Virgin Media has some of the fastest speeds in Ireland.

How do I switch to a no-contract deal?

Switching to a no-contract deal is the same as switching to any other broadband plan. Firstly, pick the deal you want and then fill in a few details to sign up. Make sure you give the necessary notice to your current provider - to ensure you don’t incur any exit fees or cancellation charges - and then arrange an installation date with your new provider.

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