Text messages are charged according to the amount of data that they use as opposed to the number of characters.
What this means is that a text with characters in Gaelic, Mandarin etc. use a larger amount of data than those with standard English characters. This is an international standard based on the technology behind GSM and not specific to Ireland. Learn more about this on ComReg's website.
What about Vodafone free text offers?
If you're signed up to a bill pay or pay as you go price plan that includes free texts then you can send messages which have different characters, like a fada, without incurring additional costs. You can always update your price plan and pay as you go offers on My Vodafone.
As a valued customer you're also eligible to send 600 free international webtexts every month.
What will I be charged if I use an Irish fada?
In terms of charging, a text of 70 characters or less with any number of fadas will be charged as a single text. However, if you're texting in Irish and you complete a full 160 characters (a standard text message) that includes at least one fada, then you will be charged for three text messages, regardless of the number of fadas in the text message.
The breakdown is as follows:
- a text of 70 characters or less with any number of fadas will be charged as one text
- a text of 71 to 130 characters with any number of fadas will be charged as two texts
- a text of 131 to 196 characters with any number of fadas will be charged as three texts