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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.




am i missing something....what stops people just buying a £10 goody bag and getting unlimited internet??


What you're missing is that you can't tether using the £10 goody bag or use it in a dongle or a tablet.


Only 2G where I live on O2 !

So very slow connection @ 0.04mb/s


However 3 (Three) has a good 3G signal.

Connection @ 1mb/s

(Old Orange contract 3g @ 2.3mb/s)


(I have tried & tested both, plus a couple of others)


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And I can buy a 3 SIM for Dongle @ 3gb for £11.50 with 3 month life, dormant until used.


So, for me, 3 is a better deal.


(I would only use my dongle as backup for my landline BB @ 16mb/s)

I know little about the technical differences between the networks and like most I can only appraise their relative functionality by actual use.For example the '3' network is useless in my area and when 3g signal drops you can't even make a phone call (which rather limits the use of a £500 iphone 4 ! ). Like many others on here I also have a wi fi iPad, which I would naturally like the option to use tethered on 3g, when out of range of wi fi. Why is this concept so difficult to grasp and promotes such incredulity in certain responses on this thread ? I don't really care who runs / owns giff gaff and with a £15 stake my vested interest is rather small. I do however appreciate an organisation trying to be different in the total mess of the mobile phone market. As this question has been asked many times, I will try to phrase it differently: The smart phone is a mobile data device, a tablet presents data in a viewable size, why wouldn't you want to tie the two devices together ? The idea of two Sim cards for different use is patently ridiculous, if presumed abuse is an issue how is it that the 3 one plan gives this option ( at least I presume it works somewhere ) and lastly why not provide a more expensive tethering option to test the market ?

The data is for light use, people would not use mobile broadband for torrenting that just ridiculous. I used only 100mb per month which was general browsing no youtube or iplayer. However a 30 min iPlayer vid will take at least 200mb. 


Unlimited goodybag coming anytime soon?


lukez its for iPads etc... Tablet devices. 

I do not see any reason why you would not be able to use a gigabag for use on a PS Vita.

Unfortunately, giffgaff have not got a system whereby you can have a normal goodybag and be allowed to tether at the same time unless you have a separate SIM for tethering. With regards to the £15 deal from 3, it does not permit tethering.

Vincent explains that it is due to technical restrictions on the network that giffgaff are not currently able to provide the option to add tethering on top of normal goodybag. See

The thing about average use does explain why you don't allow buying goodybags back to back in the same month before they expire, especially for data. If the data allowance costs more than you charge, then obviously anyone meeting the maximum usage isn't being particularly profitable that month anyway, and by allowing further data so quickly you'd just be encouraging heavy use.


2p per MB is pretty decent. I mean, obviously not so much if you're streaming shows and things, but since you'll be warned well before you get to that stage about your usage, then you'll easily be able to adjust to using the bare minimum anyway, making it affordable to check your FB or whatever.


Me likey, me approve.


So it is £12.50 for 3GB data...

and it is £10 for 60minutes, 250 texts, and unlimited data...


am I missing something?