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6 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Ireland: Buying Guide

Ireland – the land of the Leprechaun, St. Patrick's Day & Guinness Beer.

Just like in the United Kingdom, the pubs are popular in Ireland.

If Irish Pubs are better than the British ones – I cannot tell. I do not drink 😉

The country also has a rich history and loads of nature to explore.

With rugged landscapes, there are beautiful hills to explore.

Arts and culture are also prominent in Ireland.

And, of course, you can drink yourself away in any pub – even in the most remote town you can think of.

Before you post your party pics online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

Luckily for you, however, local SIM cards are a thing, and they are often much cheaper than international roaming rates.

So, how expensive are Irish SIM cards?

You can get an Irish SIM card for free from Vodafone, Three, Eir & Lycamobile, but a top-up or a plan purchase is required. Both AnPost Mobile and Tesco Mobile sell SIM cards for 15 EUR (together with a plan). SIM cards are also available from resellers (grocery stores) or Dublin Airport.

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If only the SIM cards were truly free. Ah well, nothing is free in this world, am I right?

What is cool, though, is that you can get truly unlimited data for as little as 20 EUR in Ireland, which is cheap!

Especially considering that such plans are usually reserved for postpaid customers.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Ireland. Let’s go.

Buying a SIM Card in Ireland Guide

Original publication: 13th of September 2021. Last updated: 18th of September 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Ireland?

Anyone living in or visiting Ireland can buy an Irish SIM card from the mobile network operators (Vodafone, Three, Eir, AnPost Mobile, Lycamobile & Tesco Mobile) without restrictions.

Be aware that you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Ireland).

And your phone should be unlocked (SIM-lock-free).

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Ireland?

You can buy an Irish SIM card in the mobile operator stores (Vodafone, Three, Eir, AnPost Mobile & Tesco Mobile) or other retailers (for Lycamobile), including grocery stores, electronic stores & convenience stores. Dublin Airport sells SIM cards too.

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You can expect to pay the following for Irish SIM cards:

  • Vodafone Ireland: free, but top-up or plan purchase required
  • Three Ireland: free, but top-up or plan purchase required
  • Eir: free, but top-up or plan purchase required
  • AnPost Mobile: 15 EUR (together with a plan)
  • Lycamobile Ireland: variable
  • Tesco Mobile Ireland: 10 EUR or 15 EUR (together with a plan)
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Can You Use Your Phone in Ireland?

Ireland uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Ireland. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Ireland, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American Frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Ireland.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Ireland or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Ireland (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Ireland

Ireland has three Main Operators and three Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

  • Vodafone Ireland
  • Three Ireland
  • Eir
  • AnPost Mobile (Vodafone Ireland MVNO)
  • Lycamobile Ireland (Three Ireland MVNO)
  • Tesco Mobile (Three Ireland MVNO)

The following frequencies are used in Ireland:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3) & 3500 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

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To check whether your phone will work in Ireland, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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5G NR in Ireland

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Ireland since September 2020. It is available on the Vodafone Ireland, Three Ireland & Eir networks. Only Three Ireland offers 5G NR to prepaid customers (for a fee). The MVNOs (AnPost Mobile, Lycamobile Ireland & Tesco Mobile Ireland) do not have access to 5G NR (yet).

Three Ireland charges prepaid customers 5 EUR to use its 5G NR network.

Although that is not a substantial fee, it may not be worth it due to its 5G NR network is still being rolled out and is primarily available in urban areas.

However, it could be worth trying Three Ireland's 5G NR network out already (if you have a 5G NR compatible phone, of course).

It is unknown when Vodafone Ireland and Eir will allow prepaid customers access to their 5G NR networks.

Best SIM Card in Ireland

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Ireland, I recommend going with Vodafone or Three. Vodafone has the best coverage in the country. Three has the fastest speeds. Three is the only mobile operator offering 5G NR to prepaid customers (for a 5 EUR surcharge).

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SIM Card Registration in Ireland

SIM card registration, with the use of your personal information (such as your passport), is not required when buying a SIM card in Ireland.

EU Roaming in Ireland

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Ireland is part of the European Union (EU). Since June 2017, those with EU/EEA (European Economic Area) SIM cards can roam for free in other EU/EEA nations, including Ireland.

This means that, in the majority of cases, you do not need to purchase an Irish SIM card if you already have an EU/EEA SIM card because you can roam without additional costs.

However, conditions do apply. Mobile operators in some countries may impose a roaming Fair Use Policy (FUP).

In countries where local mobile data rates are extremely low (such as in the Baltics and Nordics), mobile operators may still charge you for roaming in the EU/EEA.

Be sure to head over to the international roaming page to learn whether your mobile operator offers free roaming while in Ireland or if restrictions apply.

Roaming in the EU with Irish SIM Cards

EU Roaming
© European Commission

Ireland and the Irish mobile operators have largely adopted the roam like at home regulations principles early on. However, some plans have an EU/EEA roaming cap.

Moreover, the standard Fair Use Policy applies where you should not be roaming over 50% of the time over a four-month period.

If you do so, EU roaming rates will apply. You are then better off buying local prepaid SIM cards in other EU nations.

Ireland Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Ireland

While we have already seen that international roaming may not always be worth it because of the costs, the price of mobile data in certain countries can be high (too).

Luckily, the mobile data rates in Europe are quite low – compared to other regions globally.

And the same can be said about Ireland.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Ireland is 1.42 USD, below the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Cable.co.uk split Europe into three territories: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Baltics. The Western European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk’s definition, is 2.66 USD.

So, Ireland is doing well.

Let's talk about speed. No, not that speed. Mobile download speeds.

What can you expect in Ireland?

Ireland’s average mobile download speed is around 52 Mbps.

Just around the global average download speed – Ireland is doing great!


And the average mobile download speeds have increased steadily over the year.

Ireland Average Mobile Data Speeds Compared 2020 2021

But, which mobile operator is the fastest?

That would be Three Ireland, according to Opensignal.

Opensignal and Speedtest use different methods to calculate speeds, which is why Opensignal's figures are (much) lower than Speedtest's.

In terms of overall performance, both Vodafone and Eir are leading the pack.

With fast mobile download speeds, extensive nationwide coverage, reasonably priced SIM cards, and low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Ireland.

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Currency in Ireland

50 Euro Bank Note
© European Central Bank (ECB)

Ireland uses the Euro with the symbol EUR (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as just .

For example, 25 EUR = €25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.20 USD
  • 10 EUR = 12.15 USD
  • 100 EUR = 121.55 USD

For up-to-date EUR:USD exchange rates, search EUR to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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Irish Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Vodafone Ireland, Three Ireland, Eir, AnPost Mobile, Lycamobile Ireland & Tesco Mobile Ireland, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what Ireland has to offer to us.

Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone Ireland, just Vodafone, is the largest mobile operator in Ireland.

It is also the oldest mobile operator in the country when we take Eircell's history into account.

Eircell was founded in 1984. Vodafone bought it in 2001 and managed to become the most dominant player in the market since.

Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid (yet)

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone has the best coverage in Ireland.

It has the most extensive 4G/LTE coverage.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Ireland Opensignal 4G Coverage Experience
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Ireland Opensignal 4G Availability
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Below are Vodafone's coverage maps produced by the national regular – Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).

Here is the 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G coverage map:

Finally, the 4G/LTE coverage map:

Vodafone Ireland 4G/LTE Coverage Map
Source

Although I trust maps produced by third parties, like the national regular, much more than those made by the mobile operators themselves, I always like to compare every map with the one produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone SIM cards are technically free in Vodafone stores. However, you are expected to top up or purchase a plan on the spot. They are also available at Dublin Airport.

Vodafone SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 20 months (no top-up for 20 months or no activity for 20 months).

However, you will face restrictions much sooner than that.

  • 6 months and 7 days after the last top-up – outgoing calls and texts will be deactivated, incoming services stay active
  • 8 months and 7 days after the last top-up – your number will be disconnected but can be reactivated at any time within the following 2 months by contacting Vodafone support
  • 20 months after the last top-up – your number is recycled and cannot be returned to you
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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, call 1741 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text BAL to 50233 to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone Ireland app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Ireland My Vodafone Ireland App
© Vodafone Ireland

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone has two data-featured plans: Prepay SIM Only (combo) & Add-Ons (as the name implies).

Vodafone does not offer 5G NR to prepaid customers (yet).

Prepay SIM Only – Vodafone Ireland

The Prepay SIM Only plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Vodafone Ireland Vodafone X
© Vodafone Ireland

Prepay SIM Only plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 50222:

PricePlanDataSpeed RestrictionLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 4Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
20 EURChat Extra10 GBN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 minutesN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS28 daysCHAT EXTRA
20 EURSmart Extra20 GBN/A100 minutes 3N/A100 SMS 328 daysSMART EXTRA
20 EURVodafone XUnlimited@ 10 Mbps100 minutes/”Unlimited”, 5000 minutes 2N/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS28 daysUnlimited
30 EURExtra UnlimitedUnlimited@ 10 MbpsUnlimited, 5000 minutes100 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS28 daysEXULTD

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)
2 100 local/EU minutes. Unlimited minutes during the weekend (Friday 15:00 – Sunday 23:59)
3 + unlimited on-net minutes/SMS
4 to 94 countries:

Unlike some of Vodafone's competitors, unlimited data means truly unlimited WITHOUT fair-use limit for the Vodafone X and Extra Unlimited plans.

Vodafone Ireland Vodafone X Benefits

Unused data from Chat Extra and Smart Extra roll over up to the allowance of the said plan – 10 GB and 20 GB, respectively.

Vodafone Ireland SIM Only Plans
Add-Ons – Vodafone Ireland

The Add-Ons are, as the name implies, add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Add-Ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 50233:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5 EUR5 GBN/AN/AN/A28 days5DATA
5 EURN/A100 minutesN/AN/A28 days5TALK
5 EURN/AN/A100 minutesN/A28 days5INTER
15 EUR20 GBN/AN/AN/A30 daysDATA
15 EURN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 minutesN/AN/A28 daysTALK
15 EURN/AN/A400 minutesN/A28 days15INTER
15 EURN/AN/AN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS28 daysTEXT

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)
2 94 countries. See list above

Vodafone Ireland Add Ons
EU Roaming – Vodafone Ireland

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Vodafone does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full (unlimited) allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Ireland

  • Name: Vodafone Internet
  • APN: live.vodafone.com

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Three Ireland

Three (3) Logo
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Three Ireland, just Three and sometimes written as just 3, is the second-largest mobile operator in Ireland.

Three is known for offering free international roaming in many countries worldwide before the EU roaming regulations – just like O2.

Three, as a company, is active in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Sweden & the United Kingdom.

Three uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3) & 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Three:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Three SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Three Ireland

Three has extensive coverage throughout Ireland.

It is also the only mobile operator offering 5G NR to prepaid customers.

However, that is at an additional cost.

Below are Three's coverage maps produced by the national regular – Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).

Here is the 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G coverage map:

Finally, the 4G/LTE coverage map:

Although I trust maps produced by third parties, like the national regular, much more than those made by the mobile operators themselves, I always like to compare every map with the one produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Three Ireland

Three SIM cards are technically free in Three stores. However, you are expected to top up or purchase a plan on the spot. They are also available at Dublin Airport (terminal 1 only).

Three Ireland SIM Card
© Three Ireland

Three SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 12 months (no top-up for 12 months or no activity for 12 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Three Ireland

Three top-up vouchers are sold in Three stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Three SIM card, text TOP UP VoucherCode to 50272 or call 1744 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text TOP UP 123456 to 50272.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text BALANCE to 50272 to check your Three balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My3 app (Android/iOS).

Three Ireland My3 App
© Three Ireland

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Three Ireland

Three has two data-featured plans: Prepay SIM Only (combo) & Boost It (add-ons).

All Three plans are eligible for 5G NR for an additional 5 EUR.

Prepay SIM Only – Three Ireland

The Prepay SIM Only plans are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

Prepay SIM Only plans get automatically activated when you reload the corresponding amount.

For example, if you refill 20 EUR, the 20 EUR plan gets activated automatically.

However, you can also use the My3 app to purchase plans:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1Validity
15 EUR3 Prepay 151 GB1 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A60 SMS28 days
20 EUR3 Prepay 20Unlimited11 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes60 minutesN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days
30 EUR3 Prepay 30Unlimited17 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 10 000 minutes30 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)
2 to 64 countries:

Unlike some of Three's competitors, unlimited data means truly unlimited WITHOUT fair-use limit for the 3 Prepay 20 & 3 Prepay 30 plans.

Remember, you can get access to Three's 5G NR network as a prepaid customer by paying an additional 5 EUR on top of your plan's price.

Three Ireland SIM Only
Boost It – Three Ireland

The Boost It plans are add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Boost It can be activated on the My3 app:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1International MinutesLocal/EU SMS 1Validity
5 EUR1 GBN/AN/AN/AUntil plan expires
5 EURN/A100 minutesN/AN/AUntil plan expires
5 EURN/AN/A100 minutesN/AUntil plan expires
5 EURN/AN/AN/A100 SMSUntil plan expires

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)

EU Roaming – Three Ireland

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barts
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Vatican City

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Three Ireland

  • Name: 3 Ireland
  • APN: 3ireland.ie

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Eir

Eir Ireland Logo
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Eir is the smallest mobile operator in Ireland.

However, it is a large player in the fixed broadband market.

Eir uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3) & 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid (yet)

This is what you will learn about Eir:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Eir SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Eir

Eir has extensive coverage throughout Ireland.

4G/LTE coverage can be found in many in the country.

Below are Eir's coverage maps produced by the national regular – Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).

Here is the 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G coverage map:

Finally, the 4G/LTE coverage map:

Although I trust maps produced by third parties, like the national regular, much more than those made by the mobile operators themselves, I always like to compare every map with the one produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Eir

Eir SIM cards are technically free in Eir stores. However, you are expected to top up or purchase a plan on the spot.

Eir Ireland SIM Card
© Eir

Eir SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 150 days (no top-up for 150 days or no activity for 150 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Eir

Eir top-up vouchers are sold in Eir stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Eir SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 50103 or call 1741 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 50103

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text Balance to 50104 or dial *#100# to check your Eir balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Eir

Eir offers three data-featured plans:

Eir does not offer 5G NR to prepaid customers (yet).

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Simply Top Up – Eir

The Simply Top Up plans are combo bundles with credit, data, minutes & SMS.

Simply Top Up can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 50104:

PriceCreditDataEU/EEA Roaming DataOn-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
10 EUR10 EUR100 MB100 MBUnlimitedUnlimited14 daystalktext
20 EUR20 EUR1 GB1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 daystalktext1GB
Prepay Offers – Eir

The Prepay Offers are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Prepay Offers can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 50104:

PriceDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
10 EURN/AN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesN/A14 days10 calls
20 EUR“Unlimited”, 120 GB10.9 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesN/A28 days20 calls and data
20 EUR“Unlimited”, 120 GB10.9 GBN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days20 text and data
20 EURN/AN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days20 calls and text
30 EUR 2“Unlimited”, 120 GB 316.3 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days30 UNLIMITED

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)
2 often sold for 20 EUR instead of 30 EUR during promotions
3 120 GB is not a hard cap. However, Eir reserves the right to review your account and terminate it if they feel like it. It is best to stay below 120 GB to avoid any troubles

Eir Ireland Prepay Offers
Prepay Add-Ons – Eir

The Prepay Add-Ons are, as the name implies, data-only add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Prepay Add-Ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 50104:

PricePlanDataValidityAuto-Renews?Activation Code
4.99 EUR1 GB Booster1 GB28 daysNobooster1
4.99 EUREir Prepay 1 GB Bundle1 GB28 daysYessub Internet 1GB
9.99 EUR10 GB Booster10 GB28 daysNobooster10GB
9.99 EUREir Prepaid 10 GB Bundle10 GB28 daysYesdata10GB
Eir Ireland Boosters
EU Roaming – Eir

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Netherlands
  • Northern Island
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Eir

  • Name: eir Mobile Data
  • APN: data.myeirmobile.ie

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AnPost Mobile

AnPost Ireland Logo
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AnPost Mobile is a Vodafone Ireland MVNO. It is the mobile brand by the national post office AnPost.

In the past, it used to be known as Postfone.

To learn about AnPost Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Vodafone Ireland's frequencies.

This is what you will learn about AnPost Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get an AnPost Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – AnPost Mobile

AnPost Mobile is a Vodafone Ireland MVNO, meaning AnPost Mobile uses the Vodafone Ireland network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with AnPost Mobile, jump to the Vodafone Ireland Coverage section.

Tesco Mobile customers do not have access to Vodafone Ireland's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – AnPost Mobile

You can buy an AnPost Mobile SIM card for 15 EUR (together with the €15 Unlimited Prepay Plan – 50 GB, 3000 minutes & 3000 SMS) in AnPost post offices.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – AnPost Mobile

AnPost top-up vouchers are sold in AnPost post offices and many other establishments with the Postpoint or Payzone logo, such as Centra, Gala, Londis, Mace & Spar.

To top up your AnPost SIM card, call 1747 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *200# or call 1747 to check your AnPost Mobile balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – AnPost Mobile

AnPost Mobile has only one data-featured plan, which is the €15 Unlimited Prepay Plan.

It cost 15 EUR and featured unlimited data (50 GB), unlimited local minutes (3000 minutes) & unlimited SMS (3000 SMS) – all valid for 28 days.

This plan is activated automatically when you buy your AnPost Mobile SIM card, and it is the only plan available.

When you need to renew your plan, recharge at least 15 EUR in one go.

PriceDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1, 2Local/EU SMS 1, 2Validity
15 EUR“Unlimited”, 50 GB16 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)
2 250 minutes & 250 SMS when roaming in the EU

EU Roaming – AnPost Mobile

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Be aware that the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – AnPost Mobile

  • Name: Postmobile
  • APN: isp.postfone.ie

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Lycamobile Ireland

Lycamobile Logo
© Lycamobile

Lycamobile Ireland, just Lycamobile, is a Three Ireland MVNO.

Lycamobile, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various other European countries.

To learn about Lycamobile’s frequencies, jump back to Three Ireland’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lycamobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Three SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lycamobile Ireland

Lycamobile is a Three Ireland MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the Three Ireland network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lycamobile, jump to the Three Ireland Coverage section.

Lycamobile customers do not have access to Three Ireland's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile Ireland

Lycamobile SIM cards are available at variable pricing, from free SIM cards requiring a top-up to SIM cards sold together with a plan, in various stores, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, and electronic shops.

Lycamobile SIM Card
© Lycamobile

Dial *132# to see your Lycamobile phone number.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lycamobile Ireland

Lycamobile top-up vouchers are sold in various stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout Ireland.

To top up your Lycamobile SIM card, dial *131*VoucherCode# or call 1747 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *131*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *131# or call 1747 to check your Lycamobile balance.

Although Lycamobile has apps (Android/iOS), they have performance issues.

Personally, its Android app has worked well for me, but many other users have problems with it to this day.

Lycamobile App
© Lycamobile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile Ireland

Lycamobile has four data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

National Bundles – Lycamobile Ireland

The National Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS.

Although the name suggests that these bundles can only be used in Ireland, they can also be used in other EU/EEA member states without being charged roaming rates.

The following National Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 1International MinutesOn-Net SMSLocal/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
9 EURNational S1 GB1 GBUnlimited300 minutesN/AUnlimited300 SMS30 days*139*2001#
15 EURIreland Plus25 GB8 GBUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*2015#
20 EURGo UnlimitedUnlimited11 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited100 minutes 2Unlimited 2Unlimited30 days*139*9020#

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)
2 also to Lycamobile Poland and Romania
3 to 35 countries:

Lycamobile Ireland National Plans
International Bundles – Lycamobile Ireland

The International Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes, and SMS.

You also get the choice for international minutes to select destinations inside and outside the EU/EEA.

Each of these bundles features various perks, which can differ a lot from plan to plan.

Lycamobile Ireland International Bundles

Because of this, it is a challenge to list all the plans and packages in an easy-to-understand overview.

You can learn more about them on the International Bundles page.

These International Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1ValidityActivation Code
10 EURAsia Plus3 GB3 GB500 minutes30 days*139*501#
10 EUREurope Plus5 GB5 GB300 minutes30 days*139*510#
12 EURInternational Red1 GB1 GB800 minutes30 days*139*512#
12 EURNigeria Plan3 GB3 GBN/A30 days*139*812#
15 EUREastern Europe15 GB8 GBUnlimited30 days*139*560#
20 EURAsia Extra3 GB3 GB1000 minutes30 days*139*520#

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)

Long Term Plans – Lycamobile Ireland

The Long Term Bundles are combo plans with data, minutes & SMS with validity from 3 months to 12 months.

These Long Term Plans are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
21 EURIreland Plan S 3 Months1 GB/30 days (3 GB)1 GB/30 days (3 GB)300 minutes/30 days (900 minutes)300 SMS/30 days (900 SMS)90 days
39 EURIreland Plan S 6 Months1 GB/30 days (6 GB)1 GB/30 days (6 GB)300 minutes/30 days (1800 minutes)300 SMS/30 days (1800 SMS)180 days
74 EURIreland Plan S 12 Months 1 GB/30 days (12 GB)1 GB/30 days (12 GB)300 minutes/30 days (3600 minutes)300 SMS/30 days (3600 SMS)360 days
35 EURIreland Plan M 3 Months25 GB/30 days (75 GB)8 GB/30 days (24 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited90 days
65 EURIreland Plan M 6 Months25 GB/30 days (150 GB)8 GB/30 days (48 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited180 days
123 EURIreland Plan M 12 Months25 GB/30 days (300 GB)8 GB/30 days (96 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)

Lycamobile Ireland Long Term Plans
Data Bundles – Lycamobile Ireland

The Data Bundles are data-only plans.

The following Data Bundles are available:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming DataValidityActivation Code
4.99 EURData XS3 GB3 GB30 days*139*90350#
6.99 EURData S5 GB4 GB30 days*139*90500#
9.99 EURData M10 GB5.5 GB30 days*139*91000#
13 EURData L20 GB7 GB30 days*139*95000#
Lycamobile Ireland Data Bundles
EU Roaming – Lycamobile Ireland

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile Ireland

  • Name: lycamobile
  • APN:data.lycamobile.ie
  • Username: lmie
  • Password: plus

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Tesco Mobile Ireland

Tesco Mobile Ireland Logo
© Tesco Mobile Ireland

Tesco Mobile Ireland, just Tesco Mobile, is a Three Ireland MVNO. It is the mobile brand by the grocery chain Tesco.

To learn about Tesco Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Three Ireland’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Tesco Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Tesco Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Tesco Mobile Ireland

Tesco Mobile is a Three Ireland MVNO, meaning Tesco Mobile uses the Three Ireland network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Tesco Mobile, jump to the Three Ireland Coverage section.

Tesco Mobile customers do not have access to Three Ireland's 5G NR network.

SIM Card Price – Tesco Mobile Ireland

You can buy a Tesco Mobile SIM card for 10 EUR or 15 EUR in Tesco stores. It includes the Prepay SIM Only plan, worth 15 EUR, with 15 GB, 10 000 local minutes & 3000 on-net SMS – all valid for 28 days.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tesco Mobile Ireland

Tesco Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in Tesco stores and many other establishments with the Postpoint or Payzone logo, such as Centra, Gala, Londis, Mace & Spar.

To top up your Tesco Mobile SIM card, call 1747 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# to check your Tesco Mobile balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Tesco Mobile app (Android/iOS).

Tesco Mobile Ireland My Tesco Mobile App
© Tesco Mobile Ireland

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tesco Mobile Ireland

Tesco Mobile has two data-featured plans: Prepay SIM Only Plan (combo) & Add-Ons (as the name implies).

Prepay SIM Only Plan – Tesco Mobile Ireland

The Prepay SIM Only Plan is a 15 EUR combo bundle with 15 GB of data, unlimited local minutes (10 000 minutes) & unlimited on-net SMS (3000 SMS) – all valid for 28 days.

This plan is activated automatically when you buy your Tesco Mobile SIM card, and it is the only plan available.

When you need to renew your plan, recharge at least 15 EUR in one go.

PriceDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU Minutes 1On-Net SMSValidity
15 EUR15 GB8.1 GB“Unlimited”, 10 000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)

Add-Ons – Tesco Mobile Ireland

The Add-Ons are, as the name suggests, add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Add-Ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to the corresponding service number:

PriceDataEU/EEA Roaming DataLocal/EU SMS 1ValidityAuto-Renews?Activation Code
0.79 EUR50 MB50 MBN/A24 hoursN/AData to 174209
2.99 EUR350 MB350 MBN/A7 daysN/AData to 174210
5 EUR1 GB1 GBN/A28 daysN/AData to 174211
5 EUR1 GB1 GBN/A28 daysYesOptIn DATA to 1744
5 EURN/AN/A100 SMS28 daysN/ATexts to 174208
10 EUR5 GB4.6 GBN/A28 daysN/AData to 174212
10 EUR5 GB4.6 GBN/A28 daysYesOptIn DATA5 to 1744
10 EURN/AN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS28 daysYesOptIn TEXT to 1744

1 local use and to call/SMS other EU/EEA member states when in other EU/EEA member states and back to Ireland (NOT from Ireland to other EU/EEA member states)

Tesco Mobile Ireland Add-Ons
EU Roaming – Tesco Mobile Ireland

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Tesco Mobile Ireland

  • Name: Tesco Mobile
  • APN: tescomobile.liffeytelecom.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Ireland

The cheapest way to get online in Ireland is to get a SIM card from one of the mobile operators unless you have a EU/EEA SIM card and can roam for free in Ireland.

However, local SIM cards are not your only method of staying online when abroad.

Below are some other options to consider.

International Roaming

Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected. You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.

However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.

Learn more about roaming.

International/Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers.

The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.

Get to know more about international and travel SIM cards.

Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Free WIFI Networks

Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option.

Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.

Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Ireland


Getting a SIM card from either Vodafone or Three would do you well when considering an Irish SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other European Countries

Visiting other countries in Europe? Check out my Europe SIM card buying guide, covering other European nations, such as:

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