Cell phones in Ireland
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 30, 2013 8:12 AM Last Post By: bigsciota
Apr 27, 2013 3:36 PM
Cell phones in IrelandWe will be travelling in Ireland this May/June from Canada. Our cell phone rates in Canada are one of the highest and we thought me may be better off picking up a disposable one when we are in Dublin as we will be travelling in Ireland for 2 weeks. While in Northern ireland we don't think we'll have much need as we have family there. Any suggestions as to where we could pick up a phone in Dublin and what the costs might be. Anything else we should be aware of or thinking about?
Apr 27, 2013 11:47 PM
1Personally I'd leave the thing at home and enjoy 2 weeks of disconnected bliss, but if that's not really an option check whether the phone is unlocked (or if it isn't, if it can be unlocked for a small fee). Then all you'd have to do is take the phone and buy a local sim on arrival. There are plenty of phone shops which can sell you an Irish SIM on arrival.
Apr 29, 2013 8:31 AM
2You can pick up SIM cards for free in Ireland, if your phone is unlocked. Otherwise you can buy a pay as you go phone for around 20 euro and just put credit in as needed.
Vodafone, 3, O2 and Meteor are the major networks and have very comparable network coverage. Meteor is kind of the 'cheap and cheerful' network and will usually add some credit to your phone when you top up, so might be a good provider for your needs.
Also, bear in mind that if you buy an Irish phone and go the the North, this will be considered roaming and you'll be charged accordingly.
You'll be able to find a place to buy a phone very easily, Grafton Street, the main shopping street on Dublin has at least one outlet for each of the major networks for example and most towns will have at least one phone store.
Enjoy your trip!
Apr 29, 2013 1:24 PM
Apr 30, 2013 8:12 AM
4You should be able to find something very cheap. I don't know how much talking/texting/internet you'll be using, but 3 gives you free internet, free texts, and free weekend calls for 30 days for a 20 euro top-up. They also do 200MB free internet and 50 free texts for a 10 euro top-up, if you don't need the unlimited stuff. Calling is about 30 cents/minute, texts 10 cents. Coverage is quite good, I've never had a problem even in remote areas. But you'll be able to get similar plans from any of the networks, with a small variations in price/offers.
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