Who offers the best mobile phone coverage in Ireland?
Good phone signal is vital for calls, messaging and the internet; here’s how to find the best network coverage for your area and compare mobile plans in Ireland.
What mobile networks operate in Ireland?
There are three main Irish network operators:
All the other mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) run services using one of the three main networks. You can check which MVNO runs on what network below.
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You’re likely to get the same coverage from these MVNOs as the network they’re run off. So, it’s worth shopping around to find a deal that works best for you and your location.
Which network has the best mobile coverage?
ComReg (The Commission for Communications Regulation) has created an outdoor mobile coverage map that makes it easy to check coverage and signal levels of all the networks at your Eircode.
You can also check
- 2G (voice calls and texts)
- 3G (voice calls, texts and data)
- 4G (voice calls, texts and data)
- 5G (voice calls, texts and superfast data)
Bear in mind that results aren’t guaranteed and are based on outdoor coverage, which may be different from inside your home or office.
Why do some areas have poor network coverage?
Vodafone, Three and Eir, offer up to 99% 4G population coverage in Ireland, but this still leaves some people struggling for a good mobile connection.
There are lots of factors that affect mobile coverage; some of these include:
What about 5G coverage?
If you’re looking for superfast, real-time connections, 5G offers speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, but it’s not as widely available in Ireland.
To find out if it’s been rolled out in your area, you can use this coverage map to check all three networks, or go to each directly:
Find out more about the benefits of 5G and whether it’s right for you in our guide How 5G works in Ireland.
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How to choose a mobile network
Here are a few things to help you get started:
If you find that the coverage is poor when you switch providers, you should be protected by a 14-day cooling-off period.
Some networks like Vodafone offer a network satisfaction guarantee so you can cancel within 30 days and get your money back. Always check the full terms before signing up.
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