Ireland’s best mobile phone deals
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Your complete guide to mobiles in Ireland
Whether you’re choosing a new mobile network, curious about 5G or want a refurbished phone, our complete guide to mobiles covers everything you need to know, including how to compare SIM-only deals and bill pay phones.
Our expert says
The good news is there are lots of flexible and affordable mobile deals out there.
SIM-only deals or pay as you go plans can suit those on a budget, or who prefer to be contract-free.
You could opt for a bill pay plan if you want the latest smartphone and don’t mind spreading out the cost, but a refurbished phone could save you over €370 vs a shiny new device.
As consumers become more cost-conscious and sustainability aware, sales of refurbished devices surged by around 5% last year.
Before switching to a new provider it’s a good idea to research their level of coverage in your area first. Check your existing data and call usage to help you choose the right deal, so you only pay for the airtime you need.
With average speeds 10 times faster than 4G, 5G has been rolled out to most towns in Ireland - but don’t fork out for a super-fast plan or device if you don’t need it.
Other ways to save include multi-deal discounts like the RED Family plan from Vodafone, which offers customers €20 or more off their monthly bill if they bundle mobile plans or broadband together.
Choosing the best mobile deal
Whether your bill pay contract has ended and you’re looking for a cheaper deal, or you’re thinking of a buying the latest bill pay phone, here’s some tips for choosing the right plan.
A SIM-only deal is cheaper and more flexible than bill pay, as you’re not covering the cost of a phone, and it is only a 30-day, rolling contract.
It might be a good choice for those who don’t want to buy a new phone. You can also read our SIM-only guide.
Bill pay phone plans
A bill pay phone plan means paying for your phone and airtime monthly instead of buying a new phone upfront.
It’s best for those who want a new device, and prefer to spread the cost. Read our bill pay and SIM-only guide to weigh up which is right for you.
Prepay or pay as you go
A prepay or pay as you go mobile plan is paid for upfront, as opposed to a monthly bill and contract.
It can be useful if you’re under 18 and don’t have a bank account, if you have a poor credit history or if you don’t want to be tied into a contract.
Mobile add ons and bundles
An add-on is a bundle of minutes, texts, data, or combination, that can be bought and activated straight away, keeping you topped up for 30 days, or on an ongoing basis.
Check out whether you can tie in your mobile plan with other services like broadband, phone and TV for extra perks or discounts.
Buying a refurbished phone
A refurbished phone - a preowned device restored to like-new conditions - could save your over €370 vs a shiny new smartphone.
5G vs 4G
5G, or fifth generation, is the latest leap in mobile internet with faster connection and download speeds than its predecessor, 4G.
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