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1. Posted by Tonks (Inactive 3 posts) 11y

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Hello there!

At the beginning of September I’m going to leave for a village in the south-east of Ireland because I’ll start a volunteer placement for one year.

I use a mobile phone with a contract with vodafone which is about to end. I would like to use a mobile in Ireland and don’t know whether to take one with me from Germany what means that every call has to be paid approximately triple price or to buy one over there without contact but a prepaid card?

Any experts there able to help me? Or just give me an advice?

Tanks a lot! Ruth

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I'd say the best bet is to buy one here. You can get a Ready-to-Go mobile with Vodafone here for under €100 with €80 free call credit. So the phone pretty much pays for itself. It's good value;)

3. Posted by Tonks (Inactive 3 posts) 11y

Great! Well then, I'll have a try to get hold of a Ready-to-Go mobile! It really seems the best idea, not too expensive

Thank you very much!

4. Posted by luciano (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Hi, if you get your phone "unblocked" (can use any network) you can just buy a sim card here in ireland (and use the same mobile you use at home)which will cost you half nothing(you usually get the price of the sim card back in credit). This is what i did going to spain last year.
If your phone is registered in your name, i think you can just take it in to your networks shop and ask them to unblock it(should be free) and if it is a billed phone it may already be unblocked(to check just put a different sim in).
If it is not registered in your name, like mine last year you will prob have to pay. Mine cost €5 but could be a bit more. You can also do it through the web but its a bit harder and prob illegal!
Good Luck!

5. Posted by Tonks (Inactive 3 posts) 11y

I guess that could work, because other SIM have already worked on my phone. Otherwise, I use vodafone and I've seen that they're as well in Ireland, so that should work out anyway!
And I'm not too keen to try it illegally
Thanks :)

6. Posted by NiamhC (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Your best bet is probably to keep your own mobile and buy a SIM when you get over here. They're cheap and your phone should work with any SIM if it is unblocked. If you have trouble you can get a phone over here too with relatively little hassle (or money!). A Meteor SIM would be the best value if you are buying a new sim, they have the cheapest calls. you usually get free credit I think with all new sims though.