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SIM Cards in Ireland: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 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 plan purchase is required. Both AnPost Mobile and Tesco Mobile sell SIM cards for 15 EUR (16 USD – together with a plan). SIM cards are also available from resellers (grocery stores) or Dublin Airport (DUB).

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 (logos of Eir, Three/3, Vodafone, Lycamobile, Tesco Mobile & AnPost)

Original publication: 13th of September 2021. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the 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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So, who are all these mobile operators and what options are available for you?

Italy has three mobile operators and three Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • Vodafone Ireland
  • Three Ireland
  • Eir
  • AnPost Mobile (Vodafone Ireland MVNO)
  • Lycamobile Ireland (Three Ireland MVNO)
  • Tesco Mobile (Three Ireland MVNO)
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In this guide, I will stick to the mobile operators and the most popular MVNOs, all in bold above, to limit the length of this guide (but also not to overwhelm you with all the options available).

But if you are interested in getting a SIM card from one of the unbolded MVNOs, you would have to do the research yourself for the time being. I stopped actively testing and reviewing MVNOs to spend time reviewing travel eSIMs instead, like the ones for Ireland.

Anyone living in or visiting Ireland can buy a Irish SIM card with no real restrictions, but you do have to comply with the Irish SIM card registration regulations.

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Which, in this case, is only showing your passport (or European Union ID if you have one) at the point of sale.

Where Can You Buy an Irish SIM Card (+Costs)?

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

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
  • Lycamobile Ireland: variable

Note that SIM cards can be more expensive than those listed above when purchased at an airport.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.05 USD
  • 10 EUR = 10.70 USD
  • 100 EUR = 107 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Ireland

In recent years, (travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

As a result, the adoption of eSIM technology by mobile operators worldwide rose impressively quickly.

Currently, no Irish mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if you purchase an eSIM from any of these mobile operators, you must comply with Ireland's SIM card registration regulations.

Suppose you do not wish to do so for privacy reasons (for example) or want to be connected immediately without paying for an overpriced SIM card (or eSIM) sold at an Irish airport. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for Ireland.

In my Ireland eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide (even in Ireland).

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than an Irish SIM card or eSIM in specific scenarios.

Moreover, Europe-wide and global eSIM options are also available at competitive prices (without having to deal with expensive international roaming rates).

In this Ireland SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my Ireland eSIM buying guide for more information about travel eSIMs covering the country.

But here is a quick overview already + applicable discount codes if you are interested in purchasing a travel eSIM for Ireland:

  • Airalo: Fáilte (Ireland only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Ireland & Europe (32 countries)
  • Holafly: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls
  • Nomad: Ireland, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

Once again, check out my Ireland eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

The eSIM guide is as comprehensive as this SIM card buying guide, but it solely focuses on travel eSIMs (while the guide you are reading focuses on local SIM cards and eSIMs for prepaid users (where applicable).

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

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

With that said, let's see what Ireland offers us.


Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone Logo
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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.

Below is Vodafone Ireland's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Vodafone Ireland's official coverage map.

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.

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You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Ireland, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vodafone.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Ireland eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Fáilte (Ireland only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Ireland, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Ireland eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

For now, I will continue with Vodafone.

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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 prepaid plans: Pay As You Go (combo) & Add-Ons.

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – British Pound Sterling) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Pay As You Go – Vodafone Ireland

The Pay As You Go are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Pay As You Go are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 3On-Net SMSLocal/EU SMS 1Validity
20 EURChat Extra 110 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutesShared with on-net minutes allowanceN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance28 days
20 EURSmart Extra20 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes100 minutesN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS100 SMS28 days
20 EURVodafone XUnlimited ‘@ 10 Mbps“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes100 minutes/”Unlimited”, 5000 minutes 2N/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS28 days
25 EURChat Extra 5G10 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutesShared with on-net minutes allowanceN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance28 days
25 EURSmart Extra 5G20 GB“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes100 minutesN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS100 SMS28 days
25 EURVodafone X 5GUnlimited ‘@ 5G speed“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes100 minutes/”Unlimited”, 5000 minutes 2N/A“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS100 SMS28 days
30 EURExtra Unlimited 5G 1Unlimited ‘@ 5G speed“Unlimited”, 5000 minutesShared with on-net minutes allowance100 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance28 days

1 for local use and calls/SMS within and to 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 to 94 countries: Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, the Cayman Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Montserrat, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland (fixed), Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands & Vietnam

Vodafone Ireland Pay As You Go Plans
Add-Ons – Vodafone Ireland

The Add-Ons are combo add-ons with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS. 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:

  • Aland Islands
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bonaire
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Ceuta
  • Croatia
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Melilla
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion 
  • Romania
  • Saba
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Martin
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Three Ireland

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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 is Three Ireland's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Three Ireland's official coverage map.

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
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You may want to get a travel eSIM for Ireland, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Three (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just Ireland or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Ireland eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Fáilte (Ireland only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Ireland, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Ireland eSIM buying guide.

But let's continue with Three for now.

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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 prepaid plans: Prepay SIM Only (combo) & Boost It (add-ons).

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

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Prepay SIM Only – Three Ireland

The Prepay SIM Only plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), 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 DataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1Validity
15 EUR3 Prepay 151 GB1 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A60 SMS28 days
20 EUR3 Prepay 20Unlimited19 GB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes60 minutesN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS28 days
30 EUR3 Prepay 30Unlimited28 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: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City & Vietnam

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 is combo add-ons with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Boost It can be activated on the My3 app:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Roaming MinutesLocal/EU MinutesInternational Minutes Local/EU SMSValidity
5 EUR3 Prepay 151 GBN/AN/AN/AN/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 15N/AN/AN/A100 minutesN/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 15N/AN/AN/A100 minutes 1N/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 20N/AN/A100 minutesN/AN/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 20N/AN/AN/A100 minutesN/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 20500 MB 1N/AN/AN/AN/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 20N/AN/AN/A100 minutes 1N/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 30N/AN/AN/A100 minutesN/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 30N/AN/AN/A100 minutes 1N/AUntil plan expires
5 EUR3 Prepay 30500 MB 1N/AN/AN/AN/AUntil plan expires
10 EUR3 Prepay 30N/A100 minutesN/AN/AN/AUntil plan expires
10 EUR3 Prepay 30250 MB 1N/AN/AN/AN/AUntil plan expires

1 while in US or Canada only

EU Roaming – Three Ireland

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

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • 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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Eir

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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 is Eir's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Eir's official coverage map.

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
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You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Ireland because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Eir.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Ireland in my Ireland eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Fáilte (Ireland only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Ireland, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out Eir for now.

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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 has two data-featured prepaid plans: Prepay Offers (combo) & Prepay Add-ons.

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – British Pound Sterling) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Prepay Offers – Eir

Prepay Offers are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesLocal/EU Minutes 2On-Net SMSLocal/EU SMS 2ValidityActivation Code
10 EURN/AUnlimited, 3000 minutesShared with on-net minutes allowanceN/AN/A14 days10 calls
10 EUR100 MB“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 SMSN/A14 daystalktext
20 EURN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesShared with on-net minutes allowance“Unlimited”, 3000 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance28 days20 calls and text
20 EUR“Unlimited”, 120 GB 1N/AN/A“Unlimited”, 3000 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance28 days20 text and data
20 EUR“Unlimited”, 120 GB 1“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesShared with on-net minutes allowanceN/AN/A28 days20 calls and data
30 EUR“Unlimited”, 120 GB 1“Unlimited”, 3000 minutesShared with on-net minutes allowance“Unlimited”, 3000 SMSShared with on-net SMS allowance28 days30 UNLIMITED

1120 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
2 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)

Eir Ireland Prepay Offers Plans
Prepay Add-ons – Eir

Prepay Add-ons are, as the name implies, add-ons (with 5G NR access).

PricePlanDataValidityAuto-Renews?Activation Code
4.99 EUR1 GB Booster1 GB28 daysNobooster1gb
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
EU Roaming – Eir

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

  • Austria
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • 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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Lycamobile Ireland

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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.

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You may want to get a travel eSIM for Ireland, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lycamobile (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just Ireland or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Ireland eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Fáilte (Ireland only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Ireland & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Ireland, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Ireland eSIM buying guide.

But let's continue with Lycamobile for now.

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
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Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile Ireland

Lycamobile has two data-featured prepaid plans: National Bundles (combo) and Data Bundles.

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – British Pound Sterling) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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National Bundles – Lycamobile Ireland

The National Bundles are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), 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. Which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesInternational MinutesOn-Net SMSLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
10 EURNational S5 GB5 GBUnlimited500 minutesN/AUnlimited500 SMS30 days*139*2001#
15 EURIreland Plus25 GB 113.60 GBUnlimited 2UnlimitedN/AUnlimited 2Unlimited30 days*139*2015#
20 EURGo UnlimitedUnlimited18.10 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited100 minutes 3Unlimited 2Unlimited30 days*139*9020#
25 EURUnlimited PlusUnlimited30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited 3UnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*2005#

1 +5GB extra data
2 also to Lycamobile Poland and Lycamobile Romania
3 to 34 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom & United States

Lycamobile Ireland National Bundles Plans
Data Bundles – Lycamobile Ireland

The Data Bundles are, as the name implies, data plans (with 5G NR access).

The following Data Bundles are available. Which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidityActivation Code
4.99 EURData XS3 GB3 GB30 days*139*90350#
6.99 EURData S5 GB5 GB30 days*139*90500#
9.99 EURData M10 GB9.05 GB30 days*139*91000#
13 EURData L20 GB11.75 GB30 days*139*95000#
Lycamobile Ireland Data Bundles Plans
EU Roaming – Lycamobile Ireland

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

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • 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

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Ireland

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

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations around the world.