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Moving to Ireland from the USA

Tips for moving to Ireland from the USA

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You think you're ready for your move across the pond but then you realise you still have to organise broadband, phone and TV for your new home in Ireland? Don't panic! Before you go on a frantic search on the web, we've compiled all the information you need in our handy Moving to Ireland Guide below. We'll explain about providers, contracts and installation, so you're ready for that move:

Overview

A wide range of companies in Ireland offer services that cover home & mobile phone, broadband and TV. The former state-owned company Telecom Éireann or Eircom is Universal Service Provider and now known as eir. Additional providers have come in and have created their own selection of packages that do not only offer a landline but also include broadband, cable TV and mobile phone bundles. Telecoms operators also vary in the type of connection they provide. You can choose between:

  • ADSL/fixed line connection
  • fibre-optic cable available in certain areas
  • satellite broadband
  • wireless broadband
  • mobile broadband

Internet speeds

Internet speed varies depending on the connection you choose, where you live and a few other factors but in general you can get up to 240Mbps or up to 360Mbps. Up to 1,000Mbps are possible in areas with the fastest fibre to the home connection. Your provider will inform you about available speeds in your area.

Contract length

Contracts are usually set up for a 12 or 18-months period, but there are also 30-day short term options available.

Cancellation period

Fixed line providers usually offer a 14-day cooling off period for home broadband. You’ll be able to cancel your contract during that time period. Don’t forget to do this in writing via email or post to have proof. Smaller wireless providers often don’t offer a cancellation period.

TV licence

If you decide on a bundle that includes TV, you’ll also need to get a mandatory TV licence. You can purchase it through the Irish post office website. You can also apply to do this via direct debit every year. You can download the form here.

Providers

You can choose from different bundles from a range of providers in Ireland. Take your pick according to what you need and what’s available in your area. You can mix & match and get each service from a different supplier or you can have all your services combined in an all-in-one package or quad-play bundle from one provider. Here’s a quick overview of all operators:

Fibre & Landline Broadband

Provider What you get
eir Home phone, broadband, TV and mobile phone
Virgin Media Home phone, broadband, TV and mobile phone
Sky Ireland Home phone, broadband and TV
Pure Telecom Home phone and broadband
Digiweb Home phone and broadband

Wireless Broadband

Provider What you get
Imagine Home phone and broadband
Nova Broadband Home phone and broadband
Digiweb Home phone and broadband
Rural WiFi Broadband

Satellite Broadband

Provider What you get
Europasat Broadband

Mobile Broadband

Provider What you get
Vodafone Mobile Broadband
Three Mobile Broadband
Meteor Mobile Broadband
eirMobile Mobile Broadband

Payment methods

As in any other country you can pay your bills by direct debit from your bank account. Another option is paying your bills in a payzone agent, which is usually a shop or petrol station. For example, operators like Eir, Virgin Media and Digiweb accept payments in this way.

Installation & Charges

Installation of fixed line broadband is usually free. The modem will be sent via post and you’ll be able to plug it in and connect to the network yourself in a couple of easy steps. Wireless and mobile providers may charge you for installation and the devices required for connection.

Watch out for charges that may apply when you exceed your download limit. To avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of the month, think about what kind of user you are before you choose your broadband bundle. If you’re only using the Internet for checking emails and social media, you’ll be fine with a certain data allowance. But if you are you into gaming and streaming movies, you should be looking for an unlimited package.

How to find the right deal

At comparebroadband.ie we can show you the average broadband speed by provider in the area you’re moving to. Our internet speed test is based on local users who’ve already run the test, that means you’ll get results logged by real users. This overview will make it easier to select the right provider for your needs and compare suitable bundles.

Once you’ve picked the bundle you like, you can sign up online and your chosen provider will give you a call back. They will contact you to confirm you’re in a service area for your bundle and process your order.

Statistics*

87% of households had access to Internet in Ireland in 2016.

Type of Internet access used:

  • 79% used fixed broadband
  • 45% used mobile broadband

Internet activities:

  • Email (83%)
  • Finding information on goods and services (82%)
  • Social Networking (70%)
  • Internet banking (64%)

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*Central Statistics Office Ireland 2016