Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Internet & Communications in Ireland

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When calling from a landline in Ireland, the +353 international dial prefix and country code should be replaced with a single 0.

By mobile/cell phone

In the Republic of Ireland, there are more mobile phones than people, and the majority of them are prepaid. Many shops sell phone credit, typically in amounts ranging from €5 to €40. It’s worth noting that some shops charge a tiny fee on this credit, while others don’t, so comparison shopping is a good idea.

All mobile phone numbers start with the letters 087, 086, 085, 083 or 089. (this code must be dialled regardless of location or operator of dialler). Mobile phones are inexpensive by European standards, and if you plan on remaining for longer than two months, buying a phone may be more cost effective than using phone cards.

A tri-band or quad-band GSM phone will operate, but check with your operator to see whether they have a roaming agreement. Receiving and making phone calls when traveling may be costly.

If you have an unlocked phone, you can also get an inexpensive prepaid SIM card. This may save you a lot of money since you’ll be given an Irish phone number to contact throughout your vacation, and your outbound calls will be charged at regular Irish mobile rates. If you have a European or American phone, the charger is likely to take both 120V and 240V power (but be careful to verify the socket or transformer’s rating before using it!) To be safe, you’ll need an inexpensive plug adaptor, which you can get after you arrive at many convenience or grocery shops, or before you leave at a department or travel accessory store. (The voltage and plugs in Ireland are the same as in the UK.)

If you don’t have an unlocked tri- or quad-band GSM phone, you may get one from any of the cell phone carriers in Ireland. Rent a phone from Rentaphone Ireland if you require a mobile phone number before you go.

If you don’t have a “chip and PIN” debit card (most debit and credit cards in the United States don’t have one) and permanent contact information in Ireland (landline, address), you may have trouble paying for phone service. Having cash in Euros on hand may make this procedure much simpler, and you should attempt that first to expedite things.

Phones using the 1800MHz band but not the 900MHz band will operate, although coverage outside of metropolitan areas is limited.

There are four mobile networks in Ireland (prefix code in brackets.) Tesco mobile, for example, is a virtual network that uses the infrastructure of another network.

Non-geographic numbers

Non-geographic numbers are ones that are not associated with a particular geographic area and are theoretically paid at the same rate regardless of the caller’s location.

Call typeDescriptionDialling Prefix
FreephoneFree from all phonelines1800
Shared Cost (Fixed)Cost one call unit (generally 6.5 cent)1850
Shared Cost (Timed)
(also known as Lo-call)
Cost the price of a local call1890
Universal AccessCost the same as a non-local/trunk dialling call0818
Premium RateGenerally more expensive than other calls1520 to 1580

Calling Home

In recent years, pay phones have become more uncommon, although they are still accessible in small quantities. The majority of establishments accept euro coins, prepaid calling cards, and major credit cards. By following the instructions on the display, you may also reverse the charges, call collect, or use your calling card.

When calling from outside of Ireland, use 00 + country code + area code + local number.

A unique code exists to call Northern Ireland from Ireland; remove the 028 area code from the local Northern Ireland and replace it with 048. Instead of an international rate, this is charged at the lower National Irish rate.

Simply dial all of the numbers, including the area code, to call an Irish number from inside Ireland. If you’re calling from inside that region and using a landline phone, you may omit the area code, but it won’t affect the pricing or routing. For calls from mobile phones, the area code is always needed.

The following are the area codes for fixed line numbers:

  • 01 (Dublin and parts of surrounding counties)
  • 02x (Cork)
  • 04xx (parts of Wicklow and North-East Midlands and Northern Ireland (048))
  • 05x (Midlands and South-East)
  • 06x (South-West and Mid-West)
  • 07x (North-West)
  • 08x (Mobile phones)
  • 09xx (Midlands and West)

Pay phones and cell phones do not have operator service.

Dial 999 or 112 in an emergency (Pan European code that runs in parallel). This is the equivalent of 911 in the United States and Canada, and it may be accessed from any phone.

Competing operators give directory information through the following numbers (call costs vary depending on what they’re providing, and 118 codes are highly advertised):

  • 118 11 (Eir)
  • 118 50 (conduit)
  • 118 90

These businesses will generally provide call completion at a hefty cost, and they will all transmit the number to your phone through SMS if you call from it.

Postal rates

An Post is a company that provides postal services. The following are the expenses of mailing postcards and letters:

  • Inland mail (includes Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland): €0.70 (up to 100g)
  • €1.05 for international mail (all other destinations, including the United Kingdom) (up to 100g)