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Virgin Media O2 Donate Another 15 Million GigaBytes to National Databank

Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2022 (12:01 am) - Score 648

Broadband and mobile giant Virgin Media and O2 (VMO2) have agreed to supply a further 15 million GigaBytes (GB) of free data to the Good Things Foundation’s National Databank, which gifts free mobile broadband data to community groups and the people they support to aid internet connectivity – either via SIM cards or vouchers.

The announcement, which the operator hopes will help with the cost-of-living crisis, means that VMO2 has now pledged to gift more than 61 million GB of free data by the end of 2025 (up from its original commitment of 46 million GB). In practical terms, this means that the operator is able to offer 20GB of free O2 mobile data per month to eligible users via the National Databank (i.e. an increase from the previous 15GB per month).

NOTE: The National Databank is like a foodbank but for free mobile data, texts, and calls, which can be accessed through more than 400 of Good Things Foundation’s community partners across the UK and is being backed by VMO2, Three UK and Vodafone (but not EE / BT).

Since the launch of the National Databank a year ago, more than 50,000 SIM cards have already been given to community organisations, and more than 10,000 voucher codes have been issued via O2 alone.


Lutz Schüler, CEO of VMO2, said:

“As the proud founder of the UK’s National Databank, we know how important it is for people most affected by the rise in the cost of living to have access to free mobile data so they can get online and stay in touch with loved ones, and access essential services, from virtual medical appointments, to job interviews and training.

That’s why Virgin Media O2 is providing extra help for people in need by donating even more free data to the Good Things Foundation and the National Databank to ensure people can stay connected during the difficult months ahead.

It’s part of our mission to upgrade the UK where we want to end data poverty for good and create a better, more connected country for everyone.”


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By Mark Jackson
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  1. Avatar photo Nick says:

    Another cheap stunt by Virgin Media

    Great for headlines

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