3G stands for Third Generation (to distinguish it from the current generation services such as GSM and GPRS)

What does it do?

3G offers higher speeds on mobile phones for accessing emails, surfing the internet and downloading or uploading data and video.  A 3G compatible phone or data card is required to access the service.

Are 3G services available in Ireland?

There are currently five 3G operators licenced in Ireland;

O2 Ireland
Vodafone Ireland 
3 Ireland 
Tesco Mobile Ireland

All network operators provide their networks in accordance with their licence commitments.