As I previously mentioned I’ve been looking around for a new mobile phone network after Three increased their prices. I’ve done a post comparing the best options based on my usage and the clear winner was Lycamobile. Their Ireland Plus plan includes 30GB data and unlimited calls and texts for just €15 per month. And better still, the first month is €7.50.
You can request a free sim card online which they will post out to you. I did this back in March when I was originally looking around for alternative networks. I received the sim card in two working days but in the end I didn’t do anything with it. When my Three package finally expired I decided to look at Lycamobile again. This time, they were offering the €15 package for €7.50 for new customers when they buy a sim with a plan online.
I purchased the plan online and €7.50 was taken from my N26 account straight away. I received an email welcoming me to Lycamobile including instructions on how to activate the package. The email said I should receive the sim card within 7 working days. After waiting these 7 days without receiving the sim I reached out on Twitter. They were very quick to reply and they said they couldn’t track the sim but offered to send out another one. Eventually I remembered I had a sim from March so I activated the package on this.
Whats included in the package
The Ireland Plus package includes:
- 30GB data in Ireland
- Unlimited calls to Irish numbers
- Unlimited texts to Irish numbers
- Free calls & text roaming in 18 Countries
- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Hong Kong, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA
- For 30 days
Unlike Three’s package where you keep the €20 top up to spend on other services with Lycamobile you ‘buy’ the package and therefore the €7.50 (or €15) is deducted from your available balance.
After paying for the package I received an email. The package is not already active on the sim card when you receive it and you must activate it yourself. To do this, you must type *116*PIN NUMBER# when you have your Lycamobile sim card in your phone. The PIN number is an 8 digit code included in the welcome email. Once I did this, the services were active within a minute.
Porting the Number
After testing out the internet, calls and texts I decided to port my number over from Three so I could keep using my number. You can request to transfer the number over on Lycamobile’s Website. The only item I was a bit confused about was Prepay/BillPay. As I was transferring the number from my Three Prepay account I selected “Prepaid Registered Sub”. I filled out the form at 12.45 selecting 13.00 as the port time. Sure enough by 13:10 the number was working on my Lycamobile sim. Couldn’t have been easier.
I’ve only been using Lycamobile for a day now so I will be very brief and will give a more detail impressions in the coming days. Customer care on Twitter was brilliant – quick and helpful. The price of €7.50 (and even the usual €15) is very competitive. Porting was very easy and very quick. Internet speeds have been acceptable. They seem to be slower than what I was getting with Three but I could only tell that from doing speed tests – there is so far no noticeable difference when web browsing.
In the interest of full-disclosure, links to Lycamobile are affiliate links. Should you click through to Lycamobile via my affiliate link and top up your Lycamobile number I will receive a small commission.. These affiliate payments have no impact on my reviewing of the product. If you believe I have been influenced by the potential commission when reviewing a product please call me out.