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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.




So can I use a 10 pound goody bag in any tablet computer that can make phone calls?

If the tablet can make phone calls straight-out-of-the-box without any modification, then yes it is allowed.
Yep. The reason is the T&C's state that SIM's should only be used in phones, rather than any other device. Though, with the imminent arrival of these Gigabags, they'll have to change them soon. Hopefully, to something a little easier to understand? Though who knows... Smiley Happy

It' not a bad price but disappointing that it does not better Three. They have a 1g monthly PAYG microsim plan for £7.50 (the same) but most enticingly a 12 month /12 GB pre-pay for £51.49 - just unbeateable. Come on GiffGaff - lead the way!


It is a very good step


more questions on using these: 1. iPad uses a micro sim, and dongle for iMac uses normal size sim - how is it possible to use the giffgaff data sim in both? Will there be different sizes for each as 3 does at present? 2. can the giffgaff data sim be used in a 3 dongle or does it have to be an O2 dongle or be unlocked? 3. I chose the 3 data sims for both iPad and iMac dongle as they were the only ones that guaranteed Skype access. Will the giffgaff sim enable Skype access? Has it been tested for Skype? Thanks.

Hi Calartha,


1. You will need a Micro-SIM adapter, that basically fits around the Micro-SIM to make it the same size as a standard SIM. These can be taken off at any point to use in a Micro-SIM slot, at any time.


2. It can be used in any unlocked dongle, or a locked o2 dongle, so if you already have a three dongle it will need to be unlocked.


3. I have used Skype in both a PC, and in a smartphone, using giffgaff. I only know of T-Mobile blocking some Internet telephone SIP-Based calling apps. Though even they can't block Skype itself, as Skype uses a proprierty software that can't easily be stopped.

Though you'll have to be careful by what you mean as Skype on some three phones it isn't really proper Skype and uses access numbers to phone through to the actual number you want, but if you purely mean via an app of some sort you should be okay...


Hope that helps,



@calartha - Re: Question 1

If you meant "how can I use one gigabag on an iMac as well as an iPad?" then iceqntrider has answered it nicely. Based on what I have read online, O2 have some good quality adapters available instore.

If you meant "what kind of SIMs will provide for these goodybags?" then the answer is that all giffgaff SIMs are the same. Thus, if you order a SIM via giffgaff, you will get a normal SIM. Micro SIMs are available from both giffgaff and also giffgaff's members.

Maybe I am simple but I want to be able to use my android phone for calls, texts and data PLUS tether it to my laptop at times using my phone as a MAP. Why cant I do this using ONE SIM? Having to change SIM does not make sense to me! Why can't GG allow data tethering on an exisiting goodybag and increase the price to say 15 pounds (for the 10 pound gbag)? I am a new GG user and have been reasonably satisfied up to now- though the 3G service can be really crap at times. If I have to swap SIMS to tether- I will be looking for another provider.


The only solution to your dilemma is to install a map application on your phone, I'm afraid.