Only digital phones with GSM subscriptions and a roaming agreement will work on the island of Ireland. Visitors should consult with their supplier before departure. Most EU mobile phone networks will operate in Ireland with an additional roaming charge.
SIM Local offers free local SIM cards to visitors coming to, or already in Ireland. Customers pay for top up credit which is pre-loaded onto the SIM card. Travelers can switch their existing SIM card, for a local SIM card to be charged local call rates and no incoming call costs. Also available are low cost mobile phone bundles where phones come charged, with a local SIM installed and call credit pre-loaded.
Pre-paid phone cards are widely available both in the Republic and Northern Ireland and both are convenient and effective to use.
If calling Northern Ireland from abroad, all telephone numbers must be prefixed with 0044 (drop the first 0 of the local code).
If calling Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland, replace the prefix code 028 with the code 048.
If calling the Republic of Ireland from abroad all telephone numbers must be prefixed with 00 353 (drop the first 0 of the local code).