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New operators will surely mean prices and data allowances will stay at, or below, other European countries

Published 04/07/2015 | 02:30

A third of us, Dixons Carphone claims, are planning to change providers in the next 12 months
A third of us, Dixons Carphone claims, are planning to change providers in the next 12 months

When Dixons Carphone launches its new iD mobile operator next month, it will bring the number of operators in Ireland to eight. A ninth operator, UPC, will launch in the Autumn.

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If either of these new operators gets anywhere close to the 6pc market share they're aiming for, it will almost certainly keep prices and data allowances at, or below, other European countries.

At today's prices, Irish voice and texting rates come in at around the European average. But data deals in Ireland are actually among the cheapest in Europe. In an age where Spotify, Apple Music and Netflix are taking over our mobile usage patterns, few other countries offer 15GB of 4G data per month for €20.

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