1 Vodafone X: Something for Everyone
The plan is supported by Vodafone’s network, which remains the best in Ireland, with the fastest 4G speeds and greatest coverage footprint. You really can’t go wrong if you choose Vodafone, you have the peace of mind of having access to a reliable network that just works. Vodafone’s strong presence in the European market means it is the only network to support true roaming across Europe. That is, the ability to use your entire domestic allowance of calls, texts and data in Europe at no extra cost.Vodafone’s MyVodafone app is incredibly useful for checking your allowances, topping up and making use of Vodafone’s reward programme, called Fantastic Freebies. Every few days you have the opportunity to participate in competitions for new devices, tickets to rugby matches and more. Furthermore, as a Vodafone X customer, you can make use of discounts in different shops and cinemas. A worthy contender on the best pay as you go plans in Ireland list.
2 Three Prepay: A Classic
The plan gives you access to Three’s once infamous network, which still lags Vodafone, but is neck and neck with Eir. In short, you should have access to reasonable 4G coverage and speeds in cities and towns, and perhaps even coverage in more rural locations where Three has upgraded. However, don’t be surprised if you live where speeds are poor and 4G coverage is non-existent.
To spice up the plan, Three gives you three months access to Deezer Premium, a French music streaming service similar to Spotify. After the first three months, the standard monthly charge of Deezer Premium will be withdrawn from your credit. Three has its own loyalty programme, 3Plus, which is arguably the best out there. You can use the 3Plus app to avail of discounts in many shops, win tickets, and more. It’s similar to Vodafone’s service but more developed. Some of the rewards are shown below.
3 Eir 20 Calls and Data
Here’s why this plan made the best pay as you go plans in Ireland list:
This plan is easily the most controversial out there in Ireland right now. On one hand, it provides great value for customers who enjoy using social media, on the other, it brings up the question of net neutrality. Eir allows services such as YouTube and Instagram to be used as much as you like without them eating into your 15GB data allowance. However, using any other service that isn’t zero-rated such as Netflix or any website will eat into your data allowance. Many believe that this method of zero-rating certain services hurts smaller players who aren’t included.
You choose between unlimited calls or texts to any network, the plan lasts 28 days and costs €20. Only 5.5GB of the 15GB domestic allowance is available to use in Europe. Eir’s network provides good 4G coverage, behind Vodafone but similar to Three. Unfortunately, if you’re an Eir customer, you will likely have to deal with horribly slow 4G speeds in some areas, as Eir’s network isn’t as fast as that of Three or Vodafone.
Unlike the other two plans mentioned, Eir has no loyalty programme for its customers and doesn’t bundle any free service with the plan other than Hayu. You get access to Eir’s network, that’s it, nothing more. This does make it less attractive than the other two plans and I only recommend it if, for some reason, Three or Vodafone provide poor coverage and speed in your area.
4 Bonus: Lycamobile Ireland Plus
Vodafone, Three and Eir currently provide special offers to customers who move from another network. These offers are subject to change.
Customers who sign up for Vodafone X can avail for the first month free.
Eir’s offer states: When you switch to eir prepay and you can keep your number and get €120 free credit! Just top up your account by €20 every month and you will get €10 bonus credit each month, for a whole 12 months.
Three’s offer states: Switch to Three today for €10 free credit every month for a year.
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