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Data only goodybags

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We have been working on delivering a data only goodybag and I can happily confirm that it these products will go live on the 10th October. In fact we are not launching one data only product but three. These are;


£5 for 500MB

£7.50 for 1GB

£12.50 for 3GB


Vincent has been discussing Data only goodybags in the Forum.  These products are to use with tablets, like iPads, dongles and other data devices.  If you wanted to tether with these data products, unlike our goodybags, you can.  These data only bags last for one month and can be bought from balance or with a debit or credit card (much like our goodybags). 


If you run over your allowance (e.g. 1GB), we’ll give you an extra 50MB for free.  If you then use all of this we have a special data goodybag rate of 2p per MB until the data goodybag expires.  We are planning to send you messages to let you know if you have used your allowance, when you start using the free 50MB and again when the 50MB is used up.


And this is what the data only goodybags looks like. 



We looked at data usage, went through lots of excel spreadsheets and double checked the fine details and we’ve squeezed as much data as we can into each of these goodybags, in fact if you use every bit of data in these products, giffgaff will lose money.  However we predict that not everyone who buys them is going to use all the data, so the overall data usage on these goodybags will balance out meaning that these really are the best value we can give to you.


Accompanying the launch of these lovely data only products is a new giffgaff App.  Vincent is discussing it in the Forum, so pop over if you want to take a sneak preview of features or contribute any ideas.


A data only product has been a popular idea on the Ideas Board, with over 100 Kudos, so it is great to be able to deliver and launch these products.




This is great!


One thing I wonder though is I'll be ordering a SIM for my dad and his iPad, but I think his has a built in SIM card... Would it be possible to just change all the settings and make it work with GG? He bought it new and hasn't had it on any contract or form of 3G yet so we have no idea how it all works Smiley Tongue


will these work abroad?


If your father's iPad does not have a SIM slot, that means that he has the WiFi-only version. It does not have a SIM card built into it - rather the iPad uses the wireless network of the area in which it is situated.

In order to use one of the bags with your father's iPad, you need to put the giffgaff SIM into a smartphone with "3G/Wireless Hotspot" or "tethering" feature. The iPad will then be able to use connect to the smartphone's SIM wirelessly, and thus be able to connect to the internet (as long as the smartphone is within a reasonable range).

I hope that's clear. If you need any further clarification, let us know.
@harvir7 - Unfortunately, you cannot use any goodybags/gigabags abroad.
So cool

i was expecting unlimeted goodybag too ;o(

but I am reading it so it is hard to make unlimeted one ... still well done 


@khairul: Cheers for the advice; I told him that and he went looking and found the sim slot Smiley Tongue


The only other question I have is for the iPads is it simply a standard sim (cut down to Micro-Sim size) put in? As in there is no special gigabag sim card or whatever - I assume the standard sim is what it is, but as normal goodybags aren't allowed in iPads there would be a chance that it would be different.

Cheers again, Dave.


Hi speedtouch,


You are right in thinking the SIM is nothing more than a standard SIM, cut down to Micro-SIM proportions.

The only difference between the one you can use in an iPad, and not, is the goodybag / gigabag you put on it.


Though you are also right in the fact that the Terms and Conditions will have to be re-written, to explain what is allowed and what isn't, as otherwise this is going to get very confusing for all concerned.


Hope that helps,




P.S. I think it would have been so much easier if tethering was allowed on all goodybags with data but, if you do, you would be limited to a certain amount of Gigabytes. Still, keeping it simple, where would be the fun in that... Smiley Wink


Hello Giffgaffers,


I'm still not clear. Can I use a 10 pound Goodybag in something like a Dell Streak 7 or a Dell Streak 5? The reason I ask is, one is a phone and one a tablet. Is useing a simcard in a tablet computer considered Tethering?


You're allowed to use the £10 goodybag in the Streak 5 but not in the 7.

The reason is what you have already mentioned. Smiley Happy