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Default TESCO Ireland data bundle - 03-06-2013, 19:21

1. What's the difference between adding a data bundle by navigating the website to "Monthly Add-Ons" then choosing PayAsYouGo Data (kb), compared to texting "data" to 174211?

2. What's the difference between texting "data" to 174211 compared to texting "OPTIN DATA" to 1744 (both seem to offer 1GB for 6.99 euro)?

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Default 06-06-2013, 21:54

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1. What's the difference between adding a data bundle by navigating the website to "Monthly Add-Ons" then choosing PayAsYouGo Data (kb), compared to texting "data" to 174211?

2. What's the difference between texting "data" to 174211 compared to texting "OPTIN DATA" to 1744 (both seem to offer 1GB for 6.99 euro)?

thanks in advance.
Adding a data bundle to monthly add-ons will continue each month after the first 30 days. If you select the 30 day one-off data package, you will revert to your normal tariff after 30 days.

If you are in Ireland for less than 30 days, there is probably no real difference, as you will never get to see what happens after 30 days.

You should note that Tesco is an MVNO on the O2 network in Ireland and the data rates are heavily throttled compared to normal users on the network. The max data rate is 500kbps on Tesco. Also Tesco charge 2.50 for the SIM, and minimum of 10 for a top-up. Hence you will need to spend a minimum of 12.50 for your 30 day access. Overall, not to be recommended for data.

The best option in Ireland for visitors is Meteor. They allow 5 top-ups, and you can sign up for their 1GB Internet add-on for free for the first 30 days - so you get voice/text and 1GB of data for 5. This is not very clear on their website, so I can understand why you might have missed it. As a Meteor user, you will also get free access to WiFi at thousands of Eircom (Meteor's parent company) WiFi hotspots, such as Airports, stations, many hotels etc. No throttling of data speeds, and free SIM.
   
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Default Tesco add on bundles - 06-06-2013, 22:16

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Adding a data bundle to monthly add-ons will continue each month after the first 30 days. If you select the 30 day one-off data package, you will revert to your normal tariff after 30 days.
ok but which option is the auto-renewable one, and which one is the one-time purchase (using SMS or website)?

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You should note that Tesco is an MVNO on the O2 network in Ireland and the data rates are heavily throttled compared to normal users on the network.

The best option in Ireland for visitors is Meteor. They allow 5 top-ups, and you can sign up for their 1GB Internet add-on for free for the first 30 days - so you get voice/text and 1GB of data for 5. This is not very clear on their website, so I can understand why you might have missed it. As a Meteor user, you will also get free access to WiFi at thousands of Eircom (Meteor's parent company) WiFi hotspots, such as Airports, stations, many hotels etc. No throttling of data speeds, and free SIM.
thanks for the answer. i based my (uninformed) choice simply on availability on ebay, needing to have some family members have usability immediately upon landing (i am not accompanying them). i will warn them of the slow speed. the voice rates were compelling also.

i am able to top-up at 5 using the website.

i will keep Meteor in mind for any future needs - thanks again for replying.


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  2. Samsung SGH-i777 (Galaxy S II)
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ok but which option is the auto-renewable one, and which one is the one-time purchase (using SMS or website)?


thanks for the answer. i based my (uninformed) choice simply on availability on ebay, needing to have some family members have usability immediately upon landing (i am not accompanying them). i will warn them of the slow speed. the voice rates were compelling also.

i am able to top-up at 5 using the website.

i will keep Meteor in mind for any future needs - thanks again for replying.
With Tesco Mobile,

Text "OptIn DATA" to 1744 for Monthly 1GB add-in
Text "Data" to 174211 for Once-off 1GB Data addin

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