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phone usage in Ireland is one of the largest in Europe per head of
population. There is over 120 per cent penetration with five million
subscribers in a population of 4.2 million. (Our American visitors
prefer to call them cell phones)
The Irish like to talk - and the average number of mobile call minutes
per customer in Ireland is approximately 35% more than the
The choice of mobile phone network providers in Ireland has grown
in the past few years. The main mobile phone providers and networks
are listed here : Click on the links below to find out more about
pricing and the phones available.
Vodafone has the biggest share of the market - with 42% followed
by O2 with 32%. Meteor and eMobile are owned by Eircom - and they
have about 20% of the market. Three has about 6% with the others such
as Tesco and 48months making up the remainder.
of pre pay mobile phone charges will also be of interest -
showing that you can get unlimited calls and texts to any mobile
network for just €20 a month from 48Months
All the various mobile networks have their advantages and disadvantages
and their own various pricing structures with offers of so called
"free" call time etc.
Pay as You Go - or Pre-Pay is more popular in Ireland. About two thirds
of phones are used as Pay as You Go and the rest are on contracts
of 12 months or more.
Don't assume that you will be better off on a contract if you use
the phone a lot. In some cases - Pay as You Go (Prepay) can work out
cheaper than a monthly contract.
For example - 48months
is a new online only company that uses the O2 network - for €20
a month you get unlimited calls and unlimited texts
to ANY Irish mobile number .
Another fairly good pay as you go deal is the Meteor
Anytime Choice - if you top up by €30 a month you get unlimited
free calls to any network including landlines . The €30 credit
can then be used towards data or texts . Find out more at Meteor