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1. Posted by MikeM (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

I will be arriving in Dublin in several weeks and am thinking about purchasing a mobile phone at the airport prior to heading to my lodging. I will be residing in the Dublin area for approximately four months.

Any suggestions as to which type of phone would be the most practical? I will probably be returning to Ireland in subsequent years so I am only considering purchasing rather than renting.

Are there competing phone companies and if so, which is the preferred? I will be using it primarily for local calls in the Dublin area and will very rarely be using it to call outside of Ireland. Anything I need to know prior to my purchase? Would airport prices be considerably higher than if I waited to get into the city center to purchase a phone? Since I'm arriving on a Sunday morning, would anything be open in the city center that would sell phones on Sundays?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Mike

2. Posted by hamsterfox (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y

As far as I know most of the phone shops open around 12-6pm on Sundays. You should get a good deal on a basic phone (prepaid not bill) which usually comes with up to 90 euro free credit (with 02 you're given 20-30 euro credit to start with and 10 a month for x months). You can also save a little more if you buy from the company's online site, but then you'd have to wait for it to be sent out.

There are 3 main companies: Vodaphone, 02 and Meteor. I'm with 02 and find them grand. If you are only making local calls you may be best with a pay-as-you-go phone which you can top up with credit either online, by text message to your bank (very handy) or by buying credit in a newsagent.

Hope that helps, good luck!

PS. not sure about airport prices, may be dearer. There is also a shop on grafton st called carphone warehouse (which carries all 3 main phone operators' phones), but i find their customer service leaves something to be desired.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 4, 2007, at 2:26 AM by hamsterfox ]

3. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Hi mike,

I currently work with O2, and would definitely recommend a prepay phone which you can obtain very cheap. Can I ask if you would be mostly ringing landlines/mobiles? Meteor do extremely cheap prepay phones which you can get for €59 + 90-€100 free call credit also.

Whichever phone you buy you should log onto the companies website and have a look at their terms for topping up phones within a 6-12 month period. If the phone has not been topped up or used within a certain period the line is cancelled to reuse numbers. Some networks have abolished this but you should really have a look before you buy.

www.o2.ie
www.vodafone.ie
www.meteor.ie
www.3.ie

Any more questions don't hesitate to ask

Clare

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you have to pay for outgoing and ingoing calls in Ireland. My boyfriend shut his phone off the 2 times we went to Dublin as he said it would cost a fortune to use it there. Good thing he let me know - I was clueless.

Maybe the packages work differently...?

5. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi Mike,
As Clare said, check the websites but they're much of a muchness. Def keep to prepaid as you sign a year contract with the monthly bills. Some networks like Meteor offer better deals for things like texting as it suits students and their coverage is pretty good in the city but not so good in some rural parts. The phones you get with prepaid are pretty basic but should serve your purpose. Can you just get a sim card and insert it in your US cell?

As for being charged incoming & outgoing that's only when you are roaming on your overseas sim.

Suz

6. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Hi Tway,

The calls your talking about below sound like roaming charges. So if you are using a canadian sim in Ireland you are charged for somebody calling you from home as basically the network see it as that person doesn't know that you are away.

You do not pay for incoming calls in Ireland. Mike if you want to PM me your phone model I can try to unlock it so that you will just need to buy a sim to insert(these are free)

Clare

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Hmm... Neal uses the Orange Phone network as he's from Belfast. Maybe that's why....? He seems to believe that using his phone in Ireland as opposed to, say, France is more expensive. Dang - now I'm more confused than ever!

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you have to pay for outgoing and ingoing calls in Ireland. My boyfriend shut his phone off the 2 times we went to Dublin as he said it would cost a fortune to use it there. Good thing he let me know - I was clueless.

Maybe the packages work differently...?

Tina, that's because he has a Northern Irish phone. In the Republic it goes to Roaming and he gets charged for incoming calls as well as outgoing the same way if he'd be in Contintental Europe or anywhere else. Silly system but I guess the mobile phone companies have to make a living somehow.

9. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Yeah Northern Ireland is legally a seperate country from Ireland so this is why it is seen as roaming. Republic of Ireland has O2 ireland for instance and Northern Ireland is O2 UK - bit of a pain seeing as you can literallly take two steps and you call charges triple!

O2 have abolished roaming charges to the UK for business customers and soon enough it should be for consumer (hopefully) so this should save people a bit. Unfortunately if you use your foreign sim in Ireland tho you are right & truly scr$wed

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 4, 2007, at 7:02 AM by clarife ]

10. Posted by MikeM (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Thank you everyone for your responses.

Most of my calls will probably be to landlines but occasionally there may be calls made to other moblile phones. Claire, my current phone is only dual banded so it would probably not make too much difference if it was unlocked since it probably wouldn't be functional outside the States. Very kind of you to offer.

My need is exclusively voice communication within Ireland so it's not likely I'll need text messaging, video, or other optional features. With that in mind, does one of the three companies stand out among the others? Suz and Clair, I believe you have made a solid suggestion to opt for the prepaid plan rather than the contract in my situation.

Have I misunderstood the concept that if someone called me from the US while in Ireland that I would not incur any charges to my mobile phone? I'm also assuming that any mobile phone CAN be used to make international calls, but it is just relatively expensive in terms of the charges, correct?

Thank you again for all of your input. You have been very helpful.

Mike