Mobile Networks

Compare mobile networks and plans and find the best deal, whether you’re a heavy data user, or you mainly use your phone for calls and texts. We’ve got all the best SIM-only deals on the market from the main mobile networks. Switching to a new mobile plan could save you hundreds of euro per year.

eir Mobile

eir Mobile

eir mobile offers a range of SIM-only plans, with deals to suit every type of mobile user, whether you’re an existing eir broadband, TV and home phone customer or not.

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Lycamobile

Lycamobile

Lycamobile has a range of affordable SIM-only plans to suit every mobile user and - as you’ll be on a short contract - you can upgrade or change your plan easily

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Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile offers a variety of SIM-only mobile plans, and the operator scooped three awards at the 2018 Switcher.ie Awards, including the overall prize for Best Mobile Phone Operator.

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Three

Three

Three’s SIM-only plans have something for every mobile user, with its Unlimited Flex Max plan being particularly popular with customers who don’t want any restrictions.

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Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile offers two main SIM-only plans - to suit light and heavy phone users - with special deals available on these plans for existing Virgin Media customers.

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Vodafone

Vodafone

Vodafone has plans available to suit every mobile user, and customers can tailor their plan by choosing from a range of add-ons, like Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium.

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Mobile networks in Ireland

There are many broadband providers in Ireland - here at Switcher.ie we compare the main ones so you can find the best deal to suit you. This includes:

Compare mobile networks and plans

With our SIM-only comparison, it’s easy to find the mobile phone deal to suit you - whether you’re looking for the best plan for data, calls, or texts, or you need an unlimited deal. We compare SIM-only deals from networks including eir, Lycamobile, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone, so you can easily find the right plan for you.

How to choose a mobile network

When trying to choose a deal, firstly consider what’s most important to you - for example do you need an unlimited data plan, or do you mainly use your phone for calls and texts? Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, you’ll find it much easier to compare relevant deals.

You can then take a look at our SIM-only mobile comparison to see the best plans for each type of user. When you’re comparing plans, think about:

  • Price. This will be one of the most important factors. If the plan has an initial discount, make sure you also consider the ongoing monthly cost when this discount ends, to ensure it’s still within your budget.
  • Contract length. Many SIM-only deals will just have 30-day contracts, so you won’t be locked in for a long time. However, no matter what plan you opt for, make sure you check the contract length before signing up, so you know when you’re free to switch again.
  • Coverage. If you have a mobile phone, good reception is obviously crucial. If you’re not sure which networks have the best coverage, our dedicated guide can help.

You might also want to consider whether you want to bundle your mobile plan with other services - such as your broadband, phone and TV. Certain broadband providers, including eir and Virgin Media offer discounts on mobile plans to their broadband customers, so it’s worth thinking about.

Best SIM-only mobile deals from Irish networks

We list all of the best SIM-only mobile deals from Irish networks. If you’ve never considered a SIM-only deal before, it’s worth thinking about it - particularly if you’ve reached the end of your current mobile phone contract, but are still happy with your handset.

SIM-only plans are much cheaper than plans that include a phone, as you don’t need to pay off your handset on top of your monthly costs - in fact, SIM-only deals start from just €5 per month, so switching could save you hundreds of euro.

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