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Giffgaff UK Refreshes 4G Mobile Tariffs with Double the Data

Thursday, August 15th, 2019 (8:47 am) - Score 2,793
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Mobile operator giffgaff has once again (they seem to do it each year) refreshed their range of 4G mobile “goodybag” plans by effectively doubling the data (mobile broadband) allowances on three of their mid-range tariffs, which for example means that for £15 per month you’ll now get 15GB instead of 8GB.

What do you need to do? Nothing. We’ll apply the new data amounts to all £10, £12, and £15 goodybags bought or set to recur on or after 14th August 2019. That also means if your goodybag is queued to start on or after 14th August, it’ll come with the new data amounts. If you’re on one of these goodybags, you’ll receive an email confirming the changes over the next couple of days,” said giffgaff.

NOTE: Goodybags allow you to cancel your plan anytime.
Price per month Data Minutes Texts
£6 500 MB 300 500
£8 2 GB 500 Unlimited
£10 6 GB (up from 3GB) Unlimited Unlimited
£12 10 GB (up from 4GB) Unlimited Unlimited
£15 15 GB (up from 8GB) Unlimited Unlimited
£20 40 GB offer (normally 20GB) Unlimited Unlimited
£25 Always On* Unlimited Unlimited

We should point out that the “Always On” plan isn’t quite the same as a true “unlimited” tariff, like on Three UK or Vodafone, in that after gobbling 40GB of data you’ll experience a reduced data speed of 384Kbps from 8am to Midnight. So you’ll still be able to go online, albeit at a slower speed than a copper ADSL line from nearly 20 years ago. Yay. Giffgaff is an O2 based Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

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16 Responses
  1. Avatar RICK

    1p mobile for me- 19 year old nokia no data/internet (disabled) – phone calls and texts are enough for me when i can be bothered to switch the handset on.

    • Avatar Gareth

      I was using 1p Mobile as a backup at work where my Three doesn’t work well. It’s was great until one day about £8 of credit was gobbled up! I did a check on the short code that had billed me and it was a text scam that I had not subscribed too, but yet they were able to charge me.

      I complained to 1p Mobile and showed them evidence online of 1000’s of other people who had been rogue billed by this company but they showed no interest! They also refused to block premium rate numbers/texts which nearly all UK networks now allow you to do, so I moved back to giffgaff 🙂

  2. Avatar Michael V

    Maybe I’m on my own here, but I don’t think MVNOs or any MNO should be allowed to throttle speeds, or if they do then no lower than 1mbps. 384Kbps is completely unacceptable.

    • Avatar TechGuy

      I agree with you, It’s 2019.

      It should be 2 Mbps minimum

    • Avatar John

      They could simply cut you off when you reach your usage allowance.

      They could charge per Mb used after reaching the data limit like other networks do.

      I think it’s perfectly acceptable to allow unlimited use after the data allowance has been used, throttled during the day.

      With Giffgaff anyone who reaches the 40GB limit is free to start a new GoodyBag straight away and return to full speed throughout the day.

      Seems fair to me.

  3. Avatar StillWaitingForSuperFast

    Its odd how O2 and its MVNOs are managing to resist any full speed ‘unlimited data’ option. They must be losing customers to Three and Vodafone in droves.

  4. Avatar Michael V

    @Fanrizio… It makes me laugh that Smarty, created by Three, don’t have access to VoLTE/Supervoice & WiFi calling but yet the Carphone Warehouse’s MVNO iD Mobile does have access to Three’s VoLTE Network! And WiFi calling I think.

  5. Avatar Michael V

    I don’t think O2’s Networks [3G & 4G] are all that capable. Family members who live in Cardiff always use my WiFi when visiting me as it’s much faster than 4G! [I live just outside the city] & my speeds are only 30-36mbps Down.

  6. Avatar Fred

    Looks expensive to me considering true unlimited data can be had from other operators for about £20, albeit locked into a contract for 12 months.

    • Avatar sarah

      Have you tried said offer? It’s slow and bad quality – mind you giffgaff is the scrapings at the bottom of the O2 barrel from my experience

    • Avatar Fred

      @ Sarah,

      It really depends on how congested your local mast is. I am paying £20.80 for Vfe unlimited phone sim I use in a router. It is OK, the speed is quite variable – not sure how much is congestion versus weak signal as I am 4km from the mast. It is very cheap Internet.

      C

  7. Avatar Rd hunt

    £18.75 for smarty unlimited data

    • Avatar Mml

      That one used to be £20. But then, they’ve quietly raised prices for the two lowest goodybags, they used to be £5 and £7.50

  8. Avatar Jarvis

    My wife uses Giffgaff with no issues at all. Most of the time she is connected to WiFi, therefore her 2GB limit is perfectly adequate.
    The one benefit they really have going for them for us is the cost of their international calls. Just have a look at how much they charge per minute to call a country in Europe, I cannot find any other deal that would beat them.

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