Vodafone’s SIM-only deals
Deal of the month
Vodafone offers a range of mobile plans, and their Red 30 Day Plan is one of the most popular.
It’s a SIM-only bill-pay plan, on a 30-day rolling contract, and offers customers 5GB of data, and unlimited minutes and texts.
So, if you’re a talker or a texter and rely less heavily on data, this could be the plan for you - especially if you don’t want to be tied down to a longer contract.
This plan costs €30 per month.
Vodafone’s Red Connect 12-month plan
This is another SIM-only bill-pay plan, this time on a 12-month contract.
It offers customers 10GB of data, and unlimited minutes and texts, as well as 100 international minutes & texts.
This plan is currently reduced to €25 per month for the first 6 months of the contract, going up to €35 per month after that, representing a saving of €60.
Why choose Vodafone mobile?
With My Vodafone, you can pay your bill, buy add ons or check your data usage quickly and easily online or via the app.
There are also a variety of add-ons to choose from, including:
- Spotify Premium and an extra 500MB data for just €5 a month.
- Sky Sports Mobile TV Pack with Sky Sports 1 & 2 for €5.99 per month, or Mobile TV Pack with Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, F1, and Sky Sports News for €12.99 a month.
- Additional monthly data - €5 for an extra 1GB, €8 for 2GB and €15 for 5GB.
- One-off data bundles - for specific times when you need a bit extra, you can top up your data via text for a one-off charge.
Vodafone’s mobile network coverage
Vodafone has over 2 million customers, and provides 90% 4G population coverage in every county in Ireland
In 2016, Rootmetrics - an independent mobile analytics firm - analysed mobile networks in Dublin, Cork and Limerick across a range of areas, including reliability, speed, data, calls and texts.
Vodafone tied for top network in Cork, and won it outright in Dublin, where it was ranked the best in every category. So this means that for reliability, network speed, data, calls and texts, Vodafone customers in the capital are doing well.
Vodafone Mobile FAQs
Can I keep my mobile number?
Yes, this is called ‘porting’ your number and is a huge benefit - it means you won’t have to communicate a new number to all your contacts. Your new provider can sort out moving your old number to your new network when you’re signing up.
Can I upgrade to a handset plan from a Vodafone SIM-only plan?
With a 30-day SIM-only plan, you have the freedom to upgrade or change your plan at any time, without worrying about exit fees or charges.
With Vodafone, the best way to change your price plan is by using the My Vodafone app, then going to My Plan -> Change my plan. You can also change your plan by logging into My Vodafone.
It’s also possible to tailor your existing plan by choosing from a range of add-ons, like extra international minutes and data, or Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium.
How long will it take for my SIM to arrive from Vodafone?
Vodafone offers fast, free delivery within the Republic of Ireland. Once your order is confirmed, your SIM will arrive in a few days via An Post.
What are the advantages of SIM-only deals?
SIM-only plans are cheaper than deals that include a phone. So, if you’ve paid off your phone - and are still happy with your handset - you’ll make a saving by switching to a SIM-only deal.
If you’re out of contract, you can also move to a SIM-only deal with your current provider, rather than rolling on your contract which includes the cost of your handset - although it’s worth noting that some networks will automatically move you to a plan-only price once your handset is paid off, so make sure to check with your provider.
SIM-only plans are also a good way to check how a new network performs without locking into a 2-year deal.
You could also decide to buy your phone outright, and then go for a SIM-only deal - it may work out cheaper than paying it back as part of your monthly mobile cost, but this will depend on your provider.
What do I need to switch to an Vodafone SIM-only plan?
Once you decide on the plan you want, you can sign up online quickly and easy.
If you’re a bill-pay customer, you can then activate your new SIM card by dialling 1907 from another phone and then:
- choosing Option 1 for Mobile Services;
- then choosing Option 3 for SIM Activation; and
- finally, choosing Option 1 for SIM Activation and entering your new SIM Number and Self Service PIN.
You may also need to contact your current mobile phone provider if you need to unlock your handset.
What is a SIM-only plan?
Basically, a SIM-only plan does exactly what it says on the tin - you’ll get a SIM card, with an allocation of data, texts and minutes, but the deal won’t include a phone. Because you’re not paying off the cost of a phone, SIM-only plans are generally cheaper, and so you will save money by going for one of these.