Ireland’s landline telephone service was dominated by Eircom for many years but the telephone service was deregulated several years ago – and the introduction of competition has helped to bring prices down. Eircom is now known as Eir.
Vodafone Ireland is now one of the biggest landline competitors to Eir – they took over Perlico and BT Ireland.
Virgin Media took over UPC – and they are a supplier of cable telephone and broadband services in Irish cities and larger towns. The Virgin Media broadband is the fastest available in Ireland. You can check prices at Virgin Here
Sky became a landline provider in 2013 – and you can get a telephone service from them for as little as €30 a month – which includes off peak landline calls and broadband with a 2Gb monthly cap . If you opt for the Sky Talk Anytime package – it costs just €37.50 a month for free landline calls all day every day to landlines in Ireland , UK , USA and 18 other countries. (Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) (also includes calls to mobiles in Canada and USA)
Pure Telecom is another provider of landline and broadband – and they have some very good prices – See Pure Telecom’s best offer here
Mobile phone networks
Mobile operators in Ireland include Eir (Formerly Meteor) ; Three ; Vodafone
Id Mobile is owned by Carphone Warehouse – an it uses the Three network
Tesco also operate a mobile phone service (Using the Three network)
The cheapest mobile calls will depend on exactly how and when you use your phone – but if you are a fairly heavy user the deals from Lycamobile are very good.
Currently – one of the best value pre-pay options is from Lycamobile : for just €15 a month you get a bundlle that includes 30Gb Data , Unlimited Texts and Unlimited calls to all mobiles and landlines in Ireland.