Cell Phones in Ireland
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 3:29 AM Last Post By: tony2phones
Jun 18, 2012 7:43 AM
Cell Phones in IrelandI did check the tech forum out, but since we have a specifically-Ireland questions, wanted to check here too: We are looking into mobile phones we can use just for the 30 days we are in Ireland next month. Here in the US, you can buy cheap pay-as-you-go phones that come with a SIM card with limited minutes. We are wondering if we can do a similar thing in Ireland? Also, I know we can buy SIM cards there ... If we bought cheap pay-as-you-go phones here in the US, could we just buy the SIM card once we get to Ireland? Or would we have to buy the whole phone over there? Has anyone done this/have any idea how much it would cost? We're really only looking at it to 1)Make sure we can contact each other if separated and 2)Confirm bookings as we go. (Not making international calls home or anything), so very limited usage.
Edited by: philly_girl
Jun 18, 2012 1:41 PM
1You would have to get a pay as you go/prepay phone (you can't take your phone from the US).
Vodafone and O2 are the main providers. Your looking at 50 to 60 euro at least for a phone, you may get 20 euro credit with it. Maybe throw in another 15 for a charger.
These websites will give you an idea. I think there are stores at Dublin airport.
Jun 18, 2012 3:33 PM
Jun 19, 2012 9:20 AM
Jun 19, 2012 9:57 AM
Jun 19, 2012 12:18 PM
5Option 1 - Pay-as-you-go phone from the Vodafone website mentioned by #1 are as low as €19.99 including charger. The deals in store may include some minutes. Good for voice and text only. These can be kept for future visits to Europe including the UK.
Option 2 - Bring a phone from US if you have a phone that uses a SIM card and is quad band 850/900/1800/1900. Buy a SIM card and use as pay-as-you-go, or get a data plan if it is a smartphone. Some US phones don't have SIM cards, and some will be for North America frequencies only.
Jun 19, 2012 12:19 PM
6My wife and I just bought a cell phone today in Dublin. We paid $25 euro for a "sim free" phone which means you are not connected to a cell provider. You can buy an O2, (one of the companies available) sim card for $10 euros that gives you $10 euros of credit. The phone was a new Samsung in the box with a charger.
Mar 16, 2013 3:29 AM
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