The Irish network for telecommunication was deregulated recently, however, most of the connections and lines are owned by the government company. Probably Eirchom would be your service provider. The installations and cables are property of Eircom, though you might opt to register with another company such as Vodafone which is second biggest company. Approximately seventy percent of fixed telephone lines are owned by Eircom when the largest competitors being fibre or cable providers like the UPC cable company of Ireland. Reconnections of line are done almost automatically; however, new setting up might take between two to fourteen days. This depends on the technician who comes to your house for repairing.
How the calls are made
To Phone Ireland from abroad is more or less same as is found in other countries. By and large all foreign countries could be dialled directly. However, international calls could be costly.
Different types of codes
Phone numbers in Ireland contains ten numbers and are generally displayed in the format like (0xx) xxx xxxx. Different code for different areas are as mentioned below.
01 – Dublin area and also covers to some parts of Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.
021-029 – Cork City, Bandon, Fermoy, Banrty and most part of County Cork.
041-047, 049 – Parts of Wicklow and North East Midlands
048- Northern Ireland access for land line and might be dialled also as the international cal to the United Kingdom utilizing 004428
051-059- South East and Midlands
060- Not in use currently
061-069 – Mid West Area and South West
071, 074- North West Area
090-099 – Western Area and Midlands
0800 – Free calls
Mobile prefixes generally begin with 08 like 0822 in case of Vodafone.
Making international calls
To make telephone calls to abroad from Ireland phones, ’00’ prefix is used, and thereafter the country code are needed. Then you have to remove the initial 0 from phone number of the local area. 353 is the country code for Ireland. To telephone Ireland numbers from other countries, you have to dial the area code ignoring the initial zero followed by country code, for instance, if you need to call somebody residing in Arklow then you have to dial 00 353 xxx xxx. Making international calls from Ireland is very costly. Owing to this, you should think about methods of alternative international call like VoIP calls or international calling cards. For emergencies 112 is the European number and dialling the old number 999 works also.
Calls utilizing the format 00428 to Northern Ireland are very costly. In place of that you can reach Northern Ireland by utilizing 048 as the prefix. If you utilize this prefix, you would be charged the cost of the national call only. This applies for Northern Ireland only, and the due parts of the UK stays constant at the call rate applicable for international purposes.
Premium rate services
15 is the set prefix in respect of premium-rate services at Ireland and contain an array of services. The complete range of numbers for premium rate is 1530, 1540, 1550, 151x, 1570, 1560, 1580 while 1559 is kept reserved for the adult and safeguarded by a PIN.