A Meteor Ireland review here. Will post Vodafone and O2 if you guys think this is ok.
Network Name: Meteor
Product Name: Pay as You Go
Owned by/Major partners: Western Wireless International (WWI)
Operational Frequency: GSM900/GSM1800
Prepaid Package Cost (Just SIM): €19.99
Prepaid Package Validity: Minimum of €10 topup every 6 months
CSD access: Yes
GPRS access: Yes
EDGE access: No
SIM applications: Yes (Your Links/Messaging/Tones and Graphics/Games)
Manual included: Yes (English only)
Refill amounts: €5, €10, €20, €40
Availability: Republic of Ireland
Competitors: Vodafone Ireland, O2 Ireland
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Once you buy the SIM you'll get €10 free credit with it, and registering your details online will give you another €15. So you're basically getting the SIM for nothing, lol.
Top-up vouchers are available in almost any newsagents.
Finding Meteor packages is trickier than the others. Meteor's retail network is very limited at the moment, but the Carphone Warehouse, Xtra Vision and 3G stores all stock the SIM packs.
Prices are much cheaper than the other networks. Meteor don't charge extra for calling Vodafone or O2.
If you're in an area on the western seaboard of Ireland which has no Meteor coverage you can roam on O2's network.
Meteor don't restrict where you can roam on prepaid SIMs, unlike their competitors.
If you run out of credit you can send a free SMS message to someone asking them to call you, hehe. Works for any network too, unlike O2.
The service is extremely unreliable. In October 2004 and February 2005 there were two long blackouts which rendered the network useless for about 5 hours.
Coverage is a bit ropey in parts.
The GPRS WAP network is almost unusable during the day due to network congestion. WAP CSD is down as I write this.
Customer service is poor, it may take several calls to solve a single problem.
Keep the customer service number handy as you might need to call it, its 1905.
GPRS ISP access requires you to call them and opt in.
I'm with Meteor at the moment but I can't see myself staying much longer. The service is just too unreliable for my liking. But they are the cheapest option in the prepaid sector by far. If you're in a major town/city, don't use WAP and don't mind occasional outages then Meteor might just suit you. But for the moment I think they have a lot of work to do.