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Ireland has an extensive telecommunications network for both mobiles and landlines, and you will want to set one, or both, of these up pretty soon after landing in your new country. Make sure to compare providers and costs, and feel free to go into shops to seek more information and advice.

When you first move to a new country, you will not have a credit record, so you may need to start with pay as you go services to build up some credit before being able to take out a monthly contract for telephone services.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones are the most popular means of communication in Ireland. If you can arrive in Ireland with an unlocked mobile, then it will be very easy for you to quickly get an Irish SIM card and start making calls. Ireland runs on a GSM network, so make sure your phone is compatible. If you do not have an unlocked phone, then you may need to purchase a new one along with a phone plan. Because it can be difficult to get on a payment plan as a new resident thanks to lack of credit, you may have to spend a large sum outright and stick with a pay as you go plan for a period. Most mobile providers have shops on every high street, and they likely even have some at the airport, so you should have no trouble speaking to someone on the ground and getting advice and information.

 Good to know:

There are no longer any roaming charges for EU citizens when traveling to other EU countries. Therefore, if you have relocated to Ireland from an EU country, you will be able to use your phone there with no additional charges. You will still probably want to switch to an Irish SIM and local phone number if you are staying long-term, however.


If you have decided to settle permanently in Ireland, you may consider a landline subscription. While many people rely only on mobiles, it can be nice to have the reliability of a phone that won’t lose signal. You may even need one depending on the mobile network availability in your area. Choose a service provider with a package that suits your needs and budget, then call and set up the installation appointment. You may also be able to do this online. If you require Internet or television services, you may think about bundling everything together into a package with the same provider. You will likely need to provide identification documents and proof of address to confirm the installation. Rates can vary depending on provider, the types of calls you make, and at what time of day you make them.

Making phone calls

To make international phone calls from Ireland, dial "00" followed by the country code (or city and region codes) and the phone number without the initial "0". For example, if you were calling the UK you would dial 00 44 area or city code phone number.

Because Northern Ireland is part of the UK, you will have to call those numbers using the same process. Dial 00 plus the UK country code of 44, followed by 28, which is Northern Ireland’s area code, and then the 8-digit phone number. Ireland’s country code is 353.

To make calls to landlines within Ireland, you dial a 10-digit area code and phone number. Toll free calls begin with 0800. Mobile numbers start with 08.

Phone boxes

Phone booths can still be seen, but are rarely used with the prevalence of mobile phones. If you do spot one, the chances of it working could be slim. However, if you are in desperate need of a phone then it is always worth trying when you spot one. These days most take coins, but also have credit card capabilities.

 Useful links:

Tesco Mobile

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