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Data only goodybags

handy giff-staffer tom
handy giff-staffer

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.



Hi Khairul, Do you know if chezborg meant MAP, large foldy papery thing, or MAP as a Mobile Access Point? If it is the latter, rather than the former, then unfortunately it isn't possible as these new Gigabags only have a bundle of data in them. You could however still pay for your calls and texts but that would have to be out of credit, and would be at the PAYG rates. Hope that helps, andy
this is good

Gutted!!  I should have read into this before...  I have just ordered a sim and much to my annoyance, it doesn't fit :-)  Looks like I will just have to be patient and wait until the 10th!!


Not good enough GG!!


I will be looking at O2 and 3 packages now.




Virgin give you 1GB for £5 a month, but their call charges are higher.


"in fact if you use every bit of data in these products, giffgaff will lose money."

It's a lie. Same as roaming internet prices. It's expensive to install G3 / G4 equipment to towers and set 'em up running, but once you have them they just consume a litle bit of energy and enginireening work. But UK was always famous for mobile prices rip offs.

@valiorik giffgaff dont own towers, they use o2, and have to pay o2 for the data. But im sure they dont pay a fiver for 500mb(if they do they are being ripped off) and 7.50 for 1gb or 12.50 for 3gb, they will be charged like any other company and the more they buy the cheaper they will get it(they wont pay per person they will pay in bulk)



Even if giffgaff did own the network infrastructure (which they don't as aandms says) they would still have to charge more than the ongoing costs to pay off the initial cost of building the network and buying the 3G licences. This is what o2 have to do and so they pass on the cost to giffgaff.


Also, the ongoing "little bit" of energy and engineering work is probably not as cheap as you are trying to make out.




Are you allowed to tether with the Virgin 1Gb for £5?


does anyone know how to unlock a vodafone dongle? to make it work with giff gaff




Read through this thread but can't see this answered.


Currently if you try to tether via my phone using the on-phone app it comes back with a message 'from O2' indicating that this is not a permissable action for this SIM.


Will this be changed when a tether-allowed googybag has been activated. Are any settings required to change this?