Some UK mobile networks will allow you to roll over unused data into the following month. We compare the roll-over policy by mobile network.

  • EE
  • giffgaff
  • iD Mobile
  • O2
  • Sky Mobile
  • Smarty
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Vodafone

Typically, on Pay Monthly contracts and Pay As You Go bundles, you’ll receive a certain airtime allowance that’s valid for one month. At the end of each month, your unused allowances will normally expire. The unused minutes, texts and megabytes will be removed from your account before your bundle renews giving you a fresh set of allowances.

Some mobile networks have now started to offer the ability for you to roll-over unused allowances into the following month. This will give you a second chance to use the allowances you’ve paid for.

At present, data rollover is offered on Pay Monthly contracts from iD Mobile, Sky Mobile and Virgin Mobile. SMARTY offers an unused data discount, which is similar in many ways but with even more flexibility as you’ll get money back on your bill. Meanwhile, on Pay As You Go, data rollover is available on bundles from EE, O2 and Vodafone.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the data rollover offerings from each mobile network. We’ll also look at the associated terms and conditions such as how long your data will last for and how much data you’re able to carry over.

Recommended Networks

Pay Monthly

  • iD Mobile
  • Sky Mobile
  • Smarty
  • Virgin Mobile

If you’re looking for a Pay Monthly contract, data rollover is currently being offered on contracts from iD Mobile, Sky Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

In addition to this, SMARTY (a low-cost mobile network using coverage from Three) offers an unused data discount of £1.25 per gigabyte. In many ways, this is superior to a regular data roll-over offer as you’ll get money back in your pocket for data you didn’t actually use (and you can always use more data the following month at the same £1.25/GB rate).

The following table compares what you’re able to get from £10/month on the four mobile networks with data roll-over:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
iD Mobile500Unlimited7GB£10.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
Virgin Mobile2,500Unlimited4GB£12.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
2GB£12.00

On iD Mobile and Virgin Mobile, data can only be rolled over for a maximum of one month. Sky Mobile allows you to store unused data for up to 3 years in your Sky Piggybank, but redemptions are only available in 1GB increments.

Pay As You Go

On Pay As You Go, data rollover is currently being offered on EE, O2 and Vodafone. In addition to you being able to roll-over your data, Vodafone also allows you to roll-over unused minutes and texts as part of their ‘Total Rollover’ offer.

giffgaff doesn’t allow you to roll-over unused data, but you can get an extra 1GB of data every month once you’ve been a customer for 3 months. In our opinion, this often works out to be better value than relying on data roll-over from other mobile networks, as you get a larger allowance to begin with and you have extra flexibility on when to start your next bundle.

The following table compares what you’re able to get from £10/month on the above mobile networks:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£10.00
O25005,0002GB£10.00
Vodafone250Unlimited2GB£10.00
EE100Unlimited2GB£10.00

In general, data rollover will only be available on Pay As You Go if you automatically renew your bundle upon the expiry of your previous one. This means you won’t be able to leave a gap between the end of one bundle and the start of your next one. EE is the one exception to the rule, allowing you to have up to 7 days gap between two bundles before the rollover data is lost.

Overview of Data Rollover By Network

The following table gives a brief overview of which mobile networks and price plans you’re able to use data rollover with:

Mobile Network Pay Monthly Data Rollover Pay As You Go Data Rollover
ASDA Mobile No
BT Mobile No
EE No Yes, on Packs & Flex.
giffgaff No, but 1GB extra data after 3 months.
iD Mobile Yes No
Lebara Mobile No
Lycamobile No
O2 No Yes, on Big Bundles.
Plusnet Mobile No
Sky Mobile Yes
SMARTY Yes, unused data discount.
Tesco Mobile No No
Three No No
Virgin Mobile Yes No
Vodafone No Yes, on Big Value Bundles.
VOXI No No

Data Rollover By Network

EE

EE offers data rollover as a feature on EE Pay As You Go and Flex plans. To qualify, you’ll need a 30-day pack with at least 100MB of data per month, and you must purchase your next pack within 7 days of the last one expiring. Your data can only be rolled over once, and any allowances from your Free Boost are not eligible for rollover. From the EE website:

If you have not used all of the data allowance in your Pack when the Pack ends the unused data will be added to the next Pack that you buy. You cannot roll over data from add-ons or Free Boosts. Applies to 30 day PAYG Packs with a data allowance of 100MB or more only. You must buy a new qualifying Pack within 7 days of the expiry of the original Pack with unused data to qualify for data rollover. Rollover data lasts for the duration of the Pack Validity Period (i.e. 30 days) so will not roll over a second time if you do not use it up

Unfortunately, data rollover is not currently available on EE Pay Monthly plans, including both EE Essential and EE Max plans.

Source: EE Help Article: Data Rollover
Tariff Information: EE Website

giffgaff

On giffgaff, there isn’t a data rollover feature per-say. However, customers will receive 1GB of extra data on goodybags costing £10 or more, from their third goodybag purchase onwards. This will boost your monthly download allowance (e.g. to 4GB for £10 per month) and is competitive with most data rollover offers, especially given the larger allowances to begin with.

The following table shows your potential boosted giffgaff goodybag allowances from month 3 onwards:

TariffMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
£10 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited4GB
3GB*
£10.00
£12 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited5GB
4GB*
£12.00
£15 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited9GB
8GB*
£15.00
£20 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited21GB
20GB*
£20.00

* The increased data allowance is only available from your third goodybag purchase onwards.

Source: giffgaff: 1GB of Extra Data
Tariff Information: giffgaff Website

iD Mobile

On iD Mobile, data rollover is included on all Pay Monthly plans, including 24-month contracts and SIM-only plans. Your rolled-over data will always be used first and data can only be rolled over for a maximum of one month.

The following table shows SIM-only deals from iD Mobile on which you’re able to use data rollover:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
iD Mobile150Unlimited500MB£3.99
iD Mobile500Unlimited1GB£5.00
iD Mobile500Unlimited4GB£8.00
iD Mobile500Unlimited7GB£10.00
iD Mobile1,000Unlimited6GB£12.50
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00

Unfortunately, data rollover is not currently available on Pay As You Go plans.

Source: iD Mobile: Data Rollover
Tariff Information: iD Mobile Website

O2

On O2, data rollover is only available when you buy selected Big Bundles on Pay As You Go. Providing your bundle renews automatically on the date the previous bundle expires, you’ll be able to roll-over unused data, giving up to 200% of your standard monthly data allowance.

This is described in the information on O2’s website:

Data rollover lets you roll over data you haven’t used in a month, onto the next month’s Big Bundle.

  • Data rollover is available on all of our data Big Bundle tariffs.
  • There is a bundle cap on how much data you can rollover each month. If you’re on £10 (2GB) this will be a 4GB bundle cap. £15 (5GB) will be a 10GB bundle cap. £20 (8GB) will be a 16GB bundle cap. £25 (10GB) will be a 20GB bundle cap. And £30 (20GB) will be a 40GB bundle cap.
  • If you don’t renew your Big Bundle on the same day as your previous bundle expires, your data won’t rollover.
  • Data can rollover month to month, as long as you renew your Big Bundle.
  • If you change your Big Bundle tariff (move from £15 to £20, for example) then your data rollover will expire and be reset in line with your new tariff.
  • Once you hit your limit for data rollover, you’ll stay at the maximum limit each month until all the data is used.

The following table provides a list of the Big Bundles on which you’re able to use data rollover. For instance, the £10 Data Big Bundle comes with a basic allowance of 2GB of internet per month. This can be boosted to a maximum of 4GB per month through the data rollover feature.

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
O25005,0002GB£10.00
O21,0005,0005GB£15.00
O22,0005,0008GB£20.00
O23,0005,00010GB£25.00
O25,0005,00020GB£30.00

On giffgaff, you can get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet for £10/month (boosted up to 4GB per month from your third month onwards). For most customers, this may work out to be even better value than using data rollover on O2. giffgaff is a low-cost sub-brand of O2, using 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from its parent network.

Unfortunately, data rollover is not available on O2 Pay Monthly contracts.

Source: O2 Help & Support: Big Bundles
Tariff Information: O2 Website

Sky Mobile

On Sky Mobile, there’s a feature called Roll that allows to keep unused data for up to three years.

At the end of each month, any data that remains unused will be moved into your Sky Piggybank. From there, you can withdraw data when you need it in 1GB increments or you can alternatively exchange your piggybank data for a discount on a new device. If multiple members of your family are on the same Sky Mobile account, you can share all of the data in your piggybank.

The following table shows SIM-only plans on Sky Mobile, that will give you a Sky Piggybank for unused data:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
500MB£6.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
2GB£12.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
5GB£15.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
10GB£20.00

Source: Sky Mobile Help: Data Piggybank
Tariff Information: Sky Mobile website

SMARTY

Rather than offering data rollover as a feature, SMARTY has something similar called the unused data discount.

In our opinion, this is superior to data rollover in many ways. With the discount, you’ll get money off your next month’s bill at the rate of £1.25 per gigabyte. So for instance, if you only used 1.6GB of data on the 4GB plan, you’ll receive a discount of 2.4GB x £1.25/GB = £3. The following month, you would pay £7 for 4GB of data (or if you wanted, you could use an extra 2.4GB of data at the £1.25/GB rate, therefore paying just £10 for 7GB of data).

The opportunity to get a discount on your bill makes SMARTY a lot more flexible, and often makes it preferable to choose a plan with more data (e.g. as described here).

The following table shows SIM-only plans from SMARTY that are eligible for the unused data discount:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.50
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00

All of SMARTY’s SIM-only plans come on a 30-day contract. SMARTY is a low-cost sub-brand of Three, with customers receiving the same 3G & 4G coverage as customers on Three.

Source: Smarty Review – Explanation of Unused Data Discount
Tariff Information: Smarty Website

Virgin Mobile

On Virgin Mobile, data rollover is available on all 4G-enabled Pay Monthly plans. Your unused data can roll over for a maximum of one month, and will be used before your regular data allowance.

The following table shows SIM-only plans from Virgin with the data rollover feature:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Virgin Mobile1,500Unlimited1GB£7.00
Virgin Mobile1,500Unlimited2GB£9.00
Virgin Mobile2,500Unlimited4GB£12.00
Virgin Mobile2,500Unlimited5GB£13.00
Virgin Mobile5,000Unlimited15GB£18.00
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00

Unfortunately, data rollover is not currently available for customers on Virgin Mobile Pay As You Go.

Source: Virgin Mobile: Data Rollover
Tariff Information: Virgin Media Website

Vodafone

On Vodafone, data rollover is available as part of the “Total Rollover” feature for customers who have a Big Value Bundle on Pay As You Go.

With Total Rollover, all of your unused minutes, texts and mobile internet roll over automatically into the following month’s Big Value Bundle. Allowances can only be rolled over once, and only when your bundle renews automatically upon the expiry of your previous month’s bundle:

Vodafone Total Rollover lets you take unused allowances from your previous Big Value Bundle into the next 30-day period. So, if you have any unused data, minutes and texts, it’ll be automatically rolled over to the next month, at no extra cost.

You’ll need to use any allowance that rolls over within the next 30 days. It won’t roll over more than once, so you can’t save it for longer than 30 days.

You won’t be eligible to roll over your allowance if:

  • you renew you Big Value Bundle early
  • you change the value of your Big Value Bundle
  • your Big Value Bundle doesn’t automatically renew after day 30 (due to not having enough credit)

The following table shows a list of Big Value Bundles eligible for the Total Rollover feature:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Vodafone150250100MB£5.00
Vodafone250Unlimited2GB£10.00
Vodafone1,000Unlimited8GB£20.00
Vodafone3,000Unlimited20GB£30.00

Data rollover is not currently available on Pay Monthly contracts from Vodafone.

Source: Vodafone Pay As You Go: About Big Value Bundles
Tariff Information: Vodafone Website

Unfortunately, data rollover is not currently available on other mobile networks like ASDA Mobile, BT Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and Tesco Mobile.

More Information

For more information about how data rollover works on UK networks, please see the official EE, iD Mobile, O2, Sky Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone websites. You can also consult the giffgaff and SMARTY websites for information about their related offers.

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