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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.




I don't use many texts in a month, mybe 50, but I do use data and minutes, I would like a goodybag that gave less txts and more data + minutes.  Depends on what phone ggs have, I know it's impossible to please all.  I do think the data price of £7-50 is a little OTT


Will the £10 goody bag ( 250 UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and unlimited mobile Internet) stiil continue after the data only goody bags have been introduced?


If so, why would anyone want to spend £12.50 for 3GB when they can get unlimited data + 250 min of calls + unlimited texts for £10, assuming that they don't want to tether?






Because you will only be able to tether on the data goodybag


Tethering is the only reason that I could think of too.


I know that most network providers don't normally allow tethering because you would typically use much more data if you are accessing the Internet from a PC via a phone, than if you were just surfing the Internet on your phone or running other Internet connected apps on the phone such as Google Maps etc.


However, if you only used a small amount of data when tethered (e.g. checking your email, light web surfing, no streaming video, audio or Youtube etc.) how does a network provider know that you are tethered?


(I know that this is slightly off-topic, but I've always wondered this).





@toeknee60 - the £10 goodybag will still continue after the launch of the gigabag. As to why would someone buy a gigabag when you cna have as much data as you want in a £10 goodybag, the main answers are


a) so you can use an iPad or other tablet with either the gigabag separate SIM in your phone, tethered to the tablet so that you can browse with that rather than your phone or

b) put the sim directly into a tablet and leave it there for internet access. Your £10 goodybag can then be used in your phone, BUT you cannot use that goody bag to tether to a tablet.


Not sure if this is clear but hopefully you get my gist ?



@dargent - Thanks for that explanation. I now see the use cases.


I guess that I will be sticking to the £10 goodybag unless Santa brings me a tablet as well as a new smartphone. Smiley Happy



@toeknee60, continuing the rest of your question " assuming that they don't want to tether?" you are quite right and this is what I would be doing. I do not have a tablet so all my data usage will be on the £10 goodybag. 

Others will make good use of the gigabag, but the £10 goodybag serves my purpose well as I don't want to tether.


Were putting our prices up for people that use our mobile network for a mobile and we're going to loose money for people who don't use our mobile network because we're giffgaff and we can...

Addison, it won't be possible to have a goodybag and gigabag on one SIM at the same time. If you need both at the same time, you will need two SIMs - one for goodybags and one for gigabags.
And I have to agree with darrenpainter that calling the £5 databag a gigabag seems inappropriate ...