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Vodafone is an international telecom giant famous for being a large mobile network operator, but did you know that they provide broadband services and a streaming subscription service (Vodafone TV) as well? Read on to find out everything Vodafone Ireland related.

Vodafone Broadband Synopsis
Product types: Broadband, mobile, phone and TV  International provider
Customers: 284,000  Offers all telecom products
Connection Type: Cable fibre  Poor customer reviews

About Vodafone

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Vodafone has been around even longer than mobile phones! The telecom giant was originally part of a company called Racal, which produced radar and electronics in Britain from 1950 onwards.

The actual Vodafone subsidiary of Racal was founded in 1983 and built Britain's first cellular network, which launched in 1985. By the 90s, Vodafone had branched out into acquiring other companies and growing partnerships worldwide.

In a hostile takeover that resulted in the largest merger in the world at that time, Vodafone acquired Mannesmann AG in 2000. Vodafone nearly doubled in size after the takeover, with the Mannesmann group then having 130,860 employees and a revenue stream estimated at €23.27 billion.

Mannesmann AG was a German company that specialized in steel products, engineering, the automotive sector, and telecommunications. The telecommunications division, which was enjoying great success at that time, was absorbed into Vodafone, while the other divisions were then resold to other companies after the deal.

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Vodafone Today

Today, Vodafone is one of the largest mobile communication providers worldwide, present in 26 countries and with partnerships in an additional 55 countries.

Should you decide to join Vodafone, you won't be alone! The company has  approximately 640 million Vodafone mobile customers, 21 million Vodafone broadband customers, and 14 million Vodafone TV customers.

About Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone began its operations in Ireland by purchasing Eircell, the mobile provider division of Telecom Éireann, in 2001. Eircell had previously begun operations in Ireland in 1986 as the Mobile and Broadcast division of Telecom Éireann.

After the sale, Eircell was initially known as Eircell Vodafone until a rebrand in 2002 saw the name changed to Vodafone Ireland.

The company claims to have 90% 4G coverage in Ireland.

In 2009 Vodafone Ireland bought BT Ireland, thus leaping into the role of one of the primary broadband providers in the country.

Vodafone Broadband, Mobile, and TV Plans

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Vodafone is currently one of Ireland’s largest broadband, TV, and mobile providers and has an expansive range of products to match.

Enter any Vodafone shop or check out the Vodafone webpage and you will find the following offers:

  1. Bill pay phones
  2. Pay as you go phones
  3. Bill pay plans
  4. Pay as you go plans
  5. Broadband
  6. Vodafone TV

We examine the various plans available under each category, including some product bundles available.

Vodafone Broadband Plans in Ireland

Vodafone has just one home broadband offer, which includes the following features:

  • €35 a month
  • 12-month contract
  • Unlimited downloads
  • Free installation*

*The free installation is only if you switch to Vodafone online and depends on your home's location. Some installation charges may still apply according to your geographical location.

What is Vodafone's Internet Speed? Your broadband speed will vary according to the broadband available in your area. Vodafone Ireland often relies on wholesale network providers to get you the internet. Be sure to ask them what speeds you can expect for your home before joining their broadband plan. You can also head to our broadband speed test page for a precise measure.

You can also opt to add the following extras to your Vodafone broadband plan:

  1. Vodafone Always Connected for €5 a month: This pocket USB keeps you connected via Vodafone's 4G mobile network from just about anywhere in the country.
  2. Super WiFi for €5 a month: This WiFi booster will allow you to connect your device to the internet from anywhere inside your home. There is no need to stay close to the router to be connected with this monthly extra.
  3. Broadband Voice for free: Get free calls to Irish landlines using Broadband Voice. This plan uses the internet to make calls, also known as VoIP calls (Voice Over Internet Protocol).
  4. Vodafone TV for €20 a month: Get over 80 TV channels, including 32 in HD.
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Vodafone Mobile Plans

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In terms of mobile plans, Vodafone certainly has more choices in comparison to their Broadband offers. As we mentioned before, when it comes to mobile plans, Vodafone Ireland offers:

  • Bill pay phones
  • Pay as you go phones
  • Bill pay plans
  • Pay as you go plans

As there are too many types of phone choices available in the Vodafone shop, to simplify the company's mobile plan offers, we will assume you already have a mobile phone and are interested in finding the best call plan.

If indeed you are looking for the latest smartphone, know that there are a multitude of phones available that you can obtain at large rebates if purchased in conjunction with one of Vodafone's mobile plans. We look at the two categories of mobile plans available below.

Vodafone Bill Pay Plans

Vodafone has three main mobile Bill pay plans. They are the following:

  • RED Unlimited Sim Only
  • RED Unlimited Max Sim Only
  • RED Unlimited 30 Day

All Vodafone bill pay plans are 12-month contracts with reduced rates for the first six months and increasing thereafter.

To compare more easily, we summarize the inclusions and prices of each of these plans in the table below.

Vodafone Mobile Bill Pay Plans Details
Package Price Mobile Broadband Features Included Call Pack Features Contract Length
RED Unlimited Sim Only

€25 per month, first six months
€35 per month thereafter

Unlimited 4G data

Unlimited calls and texts in Ireland and Europe.
100 minutes to other international countries.

12 months
RED Unlimited Max Sim Only

€35 per month, first six months
€45 per month thereafter

Unlimited 5G data

Unlimited calls and texts in Ireland, Europe,
and Selected Countries (Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and the US)

12 months
RED Unlimited 30 Day

€35 per month
30-day rolling contract

Unlimited 4G data

Unlimited calls and texts in Ireland and Europe.
100 minutes to other international countries.

1 month

Vodafone Mobile Pay As You Go Plans

Vodafone’s pay as you go plans are the same for both new and existing customers, although new customers who switch can get money off a new phone as well.

The three Vodafone mobile pay as you go plans available are:

  • Chat Extra
  • Chat Extra 5G
  • Vodafone X

Customers can avail themselves of either of these three Vodafone pay as you go plans. We summarize each of the offers in the table below.

Vodafone Pay As You Go Plans Details
Package Price Mobile Broadband Features Included Call Pack Features Contract Details
Chat Extra

€20
Top up every four weeks

10Gb 4G data

Unlimited calls and texts in Ireland and Europe.

The offer re-activates every time you top up by €20 or more
Chat Extra 5G

€25
Top up every four weeks

10 Gb 5G data

Unlimited calls and texts in Ireland and Europe.

The offer re-activates every time you top up by €25 or more
Vodafone X

€20
Top up every four weeks

Unlimited 4G data

Unlimited weekend minutes.
100 minutes weekdays.

The offer re-activates every time you top up by €20 or more

Vodafone TV plans

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Vodafone TV offers over 80 TV channels, as well as the option to add on “Sky Sports” for just €1 per month for the first 12 months. Should you continue with the Sky Sports feature after the first 12 months, the price goes up to €40 per month thereafter. Other interesting Vodafone TV features are:

  • Record, rewind and restart live TV
  • Dedicated Kids Zone
  • Free TV Anywhere App - watch TV from anywhere (connect up to two devices)
  • Record, rewind and restart live TV
  • 7 Day Catch-Up TV - never miss a show

Currently, Vodafone TV is only available in conjunction with a broadband plan. Prices start at €55 per month for the first 12 months, and €80 per month thereafter.

It’s a fibre-optic based TV service and installation is free. You will need the Vodafone TV box, unlike with online streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime video. This addition of the box is what allows you to pause, record, rewind, and store TV shows and watch Netflix.

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Does Vodafone provide services for businesses?

Vodafone Ireland does provide services orientated towards businesses. Business customers can avail of broadband or business mobile tariffs.

The Vodafone Broadband for Business package is priced at €40 for the first six months. The Gigabit broadband offers unlimited downloads at speeds of up to 1000Mbps across the board.

Like the residential Vodafone broadband plan, you can add a cloud-hosted communications package for €5 per month. The Broadband Voice add-on works to replace traditional call management systems. It connects any desk phone with everything in the cloud.

The Vodafone business mobile tariffs come in four flavours, and all have unlimited mobile data included, starting from €25 for the cheapest plan.

Business owners may also want to examine Three Ireland, Digiweb, SkyImagine Broadband, Magnet Networks, or Pure Telecom business packages to determine which suits you best.

Vodafone Ireland Reviews

With over 1,300 reviews for Vodafone Ireland on the Trustpilot.ie website, the company gets a score of 1.3 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately, 92% of the reviews were classified as "Poor" or “Bad” on Trustpilot.

Customers who were not satisfied with Vodafone Ireland’s services spoke about appalling customer service, a lack of communication from the company regarding canceling contracts, as well as issues with billing and broadband installation.

Their customer service is appalling. Finally after a year I'm free of their broadband service. Changed to sky and everything back working. Their broadband support service is a joke.

TrustpilotPatrick O Toole

Those who had a positive experience with Vodafone Ireland wrote about great experiences with staff in Vodafone shops, easy painless signup procedures, fast broadband speeds, and efficient technical support.

How to Contact Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone’s head office is located in Leopardstown, Dublin. For written queries, you can send a letter to:

Vodafone Ireland,
Leopardstown,
Dublin 18,
Ireland.

If you need to contact Vodafone Ireland by phone, you can use the numbers below.

Vodafone Ireland Contact Numbers

Department

Landline number

Mobile number

Vodafone mobile customer care

01 203 8232

1907

Vodafone mobile pay as you go

01 203 8232

1747

Vodafone Technical Support

1850 995 133

1850 995 133

You can also contact Vodafone via social media. Check out their social channels on Facebook and Twitter

 

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Vodafone Ireland Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cancel Vodafone Broadband?

To cancel Vodafone Broadband, you may be required to give 30 days' notice. If you are outside your 14-day cooling-off period, the contract terms and conditions will apply and you may incur a cancellation fee. You can contact Vodafone at 1907 and they will assist you.

How do I check credit on Vodafone mobile?

To check your Vodafone mobile credit, you can log in to "My Vodafone" online or on their app. From either of these places, you can check your credit balance. Alternatively, you can also free text BAL to 50233, and Vodafone will send you a message with your account balance.

How can I top up my Vodafone mobile?

The easiest way to top up your Vodafone mobile or mobile broadband is to head to the company's dedicated Top-Up page.

You will need to provide your number and choose the top-up amount you would like to add. This can be for any Vodafone mobile or mobile broadband number you like.