Giffgaff’s Golden Goodybags give you access to 5G. There’s 9GB data for £10/month & unlimited data for £35/month.

In the UK, giffgaff currently offers a £10 golden goodybag with 9GB of data (50% more data than on their regular £10 goodybag). There’s also a £35 golden goodybag with unlimited data (subject to a fair usage policy).

On both of the golden goodybags, you’ll have access to 5G coverage at no extra cost. This differs from giffgaff’s regular goodybags which will continue to be limited to 4G.

You’ll need to enable the “recurring goodybag” setting in your giffgaff account before you’re able to buy either of the golden goodybags. If you’re not currently a giffgaff customer, you can order a free SIM card from their website to take advantage of the offer.

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In this article, we’ll review giffgaff’s golden goodybags, what you’ll get with them and how you can take advantage of the offers. We’ll also look at the coverage available on giffgaff and how you can keep your current phone number when moving to the network.

What are Golden Goodybags?

Giffgaff currently offers a choice of two golden goodybags: the £10 golden goodybag and the £35 unlimited golden goodybag.

£10 Golden Goodybag

The £10 golden goodybag is giffgaff’s £10 per month plan with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB of data. It comes with 50% more data than on giffgaff’s regular £10 goodybag which only includes 6GB of data per month.

To benefit from the £10 golden goodybag, you’ll need to have an active giffgaff SIM card. If you don’t have one already, you can order a free SIM card online.

Network Minutes Texts Data Monthly
Cost
giffgaff Unlimited Unlimited 9GB £10.00

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5G coverage is available on the £10 golden goodybag if you have a 5G-ready phone and SIM card. Meanwhile, the regular £10 goodybag (with 6GB of data) remains a 4G-only plan.

£35 Unlimited Golden Goodybag

The £35 golden goodybag is giffgaff’s second plan to launch in the golden goodybag range. It comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data.

The £35 unlimited golden goodybag launched on the 20th October 2020. You’ll need to have an active giffgaff SIM card in order to buy it so order a free SIM card online if you don’t have one already.

Network Minutes Texts Data Monthly
Cost
giffgaff Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited £35.00

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Unlike the existing £25 Always On goodybag, there aren’t any speed reductions for using too much data on the £35 golden goodybag. You will, however, be subject to giffgaff’s fair usage policy for unlimited data. This says you shouldn’t use more than 650GB of data per month. You also shouldn’t tether your phone to more than 12 devices.

giffgaff’s existing £25 Always On goodybag remains a 4G-only plan and continues to have a speed reduction after the first 80GB of data usage each month.

Accessing Golden Goodybags

In order to access a golden goodybag, you’ll need to set it up to automatically recur. This means a new golden goodybag will be purchased automatically when your current goodybag expires.

As part of this, you’ll need a credit card or debit card saved to your giffgaff account. It isn’t possible to buy a golden goodybag from a top-up voucher or Pay As You Go credit.

Despite the fact you’ll need to have the recurring goodybag feature switched on, you’ll still have complete flexibility with no need for a credit check. There’s also no obligation to keep the recurring goodybag setting switched on. However, if you decide to switch off the recurring goodybag setting, you’ll need to switch it on again before you can buy a new golden goodybag.

1GB Extra Data

As a giffgaff member, you’ll receive 1GB of extra data from your third goodybag purchase onwards.

You’ll continue getting the 1GB of extra data on the £10 golden goodybag. As a result, your data allowance will be upgraded at no extra cost from 9GB to 10GB per month from your third goodybag purchase onwards.

Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage From O2

On giffgaff, you’ll have access to 99% population coverage on O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. As giffgaff uses O2 as its network coverage provider, you’ll get access to the same coverage as customers on O2.

Before ordering a SIM card from giffgaff, we’d recommend double-checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on giffgaff’s online coverage map:

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For more information, see our guide to the coverage on O2.

5G Coverage

You can access 5G coverage on a golden goodybag plan, if you have a 5G-ready phone and a giffgaff 5G SIM card.

With 5G, it’ll be possible to access download speeds that are five to ten times faster than 4G. You can also benefit from increased network capacity and lower amounts of latency.

giffgaff offers 5G coverage in the following UK towns and cities:

Now Live155 towns and cities are live on giffgaff 5G (January 2021)
Aberdeen, Ambleside, Ashford, Aughton, Aylesbury, Banstead, Basildon, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Bilston, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Blaydon, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Bradley Stoke, Bridge of Don, Brighton, Bristol, Brombourgh, Bury St Edmunds, Byfleet, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chadwell St Mary, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Chipstead, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Coventry, Darlington, Dartford, Derby, Dewsbury, Dinas Powys, Doncaster, Dudley, Dundee, Dunstable, Durham, Dyce, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Eton, Falmer, Gateshead, Gatton Bottom, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Gravesend, Grays, Great Yarmouth, Halifax, Harlington London, Harlow, Hastings, Hebburn, Hemel Hempstead, Hextable, High Wycombe, Hove, How Wood, Huddersfield, Hull, Inverness, Ipswich, Iver, Jarrow, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Longford, Loughborough, Lowestoft, Luton, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Monifieth, Morley, Musselburgh, New Denham, Newbury, Newcastle, Newtownabbey, North Shields, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Orpington, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Potters Bar, Rainham, Reading, Redhill, Rochdale, Rotherham, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rugby, Salford, Sheffield, Shepperton Green, Slough, Solihull, South Shields, Southampton, Southend-On-Sea, Staines-upon-Thames, Stevenage, Stockport, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Sunbury, Sunderland, Swansea, Swindon, Thundersley, Tynemouth, Wakefield, Warrington, Washington, Watford, Wavertree, West Bromwich, Weybridge, Whickham, Whitley Bay, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worthing, York
Planned &
Announced
2 towns and cities planned
Guildford, Kingston-upon-Thames (2021)

As with their 2G, 3G and 4G service, giffgaff is also using O2’s network for 5G. As such, their 5G service is available in the same places as 5G on O2.

Previously, giffgaff paused their 5G service between the 22nd October 2020 and the 6th January 2021. As of the 7th January 2021, they’re now providing new 5G SIM cards once again.

For more information, see our guide to 5G mobile coverage in the UK.

Tethering & Personal Hotspot

Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It’s often used as a convenient way of getting access to mobile broadband without the need to have a separate device and price plan.

On the £10 golden goodybag, you can use tethering and personal hotspot without any restrictions. This means you can share your 9GB (or 10GB) data allowance with other devices.

On the £35 golden goodybag, you can also use tethering and personal hotspot to share your data with other devices. However, this is limited to a maximum of 12 devices in giffgaff’s fair usage policy for unlimited data.

International Coverage

If you’re travelling abroad to another country, you can continue using your giffgaff SIM card through international roaming.

In 37 European destinations, you can use your golden goodybag allowances at no extra cost:

  • On the £10 golden goodybag, you can use your full allowance of unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB (or 10GB) of data when abroad.
  • On the £35 golden goodybag, you can use your unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 20GB of data abroad each month. Further usage beyond the 20GB per month threshold will be charged at 0.36p/MB.

If you’re travelling to any other country, you’ll need to pay giffgaff’s international roaming rates as detailed on this page.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re switching from another mobile network to take advantage of giffgaff’s golden goodybags, you can take your current phone number with you.

Start by ordering your new SIM card from the giffgaff website. Once you’ve done that, ask your current mobile network to give you a PAC Code. You can get a PAC through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.

After receiving your giffgaff SIM card and activating a golden goodybag plan, you can then submit your PAC Code online through a form on giffgaff’s website. This will schedule the transfer of your phone number, normally for the next working day if you submit it before 3pm.

For a step-by-step guide on transferring your phone number to giffgaff, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to giffgaff

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get on giffgaff’s golden goodybags?
On giffgaff’s £10 golden goodybag, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB data. It’s available with no contract on a giffgaff SIM card but you’ll need to set up the goodybag to automatically recur.

On your third goodybag purchase onwards, giffgaff will automatically increase your data allowance by an extra 1GB per month. This means you’ll get 10GB of data instead of 9GB of data.

On giffgaff’s £35 golden goodybag, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data (subject to a fair usage policy of 650GB per month).

How does the £10 golden goodybag differ from the regular goodybag?
The main difference is you’ll get 50% more data on the £10 golden goodybag (you’ll get 9GB of data per month, rather than the 6GB per month on giffgaff’s regular £10 goodybag).

To qualify for access to the golden goodybag, you’ll need to set up the goodybag bundle to automatically recur. You’ll also need to save payment details into your giffgaff account. It isn’t possible to buy a golden goodybag from your airtime voucher or Pay As You Go credit.

Will I still get 1GB of extra data each month?
Yes. You’ll still get 1GB of extra data each month from your third goodybag purchase onwards. This means you’ll get 10GB of data per month, rather than 9GB on the £10 golden goodybag.
What coverage is available on giffgaff?
giffgaff offers 99% population coverage using O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. This means you can get a giffgaff signal in the same places you can get a mobile signal from O2. 5G coverage will also be available on giffgaff but only when you’re using a golden goodybag.
Can I keep my current phone number?
Yes. Start by ordering your giffgaff SIM card online. Once you’ve done that, you can get a PAC Code from your current mobile network, either through their website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. The PAC Code can be submitted through your giffgaff account area once you’ve activated your SIM card and the golden goodybag on it.

More Information

For more information, see the terms and conditions of the golden goodybag on giffgaff’s website. If you don’t already have a giffgaff SIM card, you can order one online.

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    • Hi Hayley,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, as long as you have a giffgaff SIM card, the golden goodybag will work as soon as you buy it. If you don’t currently have a giffgaff SIM card, you’ll need to order one and will need to wait for it to arrive first.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hello, I am glad that giffgaff has Unlimited data for £35 now. I am not sure on what network has best signal and speed out of Vodafone or O2 (giffgaff) . I see that the two networks run on similar masts and signal frequencies. I have used the signal checker for Vodafone and O2, and they both show good signal. I know that Vodafone Pay as you go offer Unlimited data as well for a £50 , but I do not mind paying an extra £15 a month for a more reliable and fast and less lag and more pleasant network and better efficiency network, because I don’t have WIFI at home so I need reliable 4G and 3G signal from Vodafone or O2. Please do you have any experience on whether Vodafone or O2 (giffgaff) is better for speeds, ping, signal strength, network reliability and more efficient network and more pleasant network experience also which network is more capable of faster speeds? and in general what of the two networks has better network? Please share some of your personal experience from Vodafone UK or O2 UK. Have you used Vodafone UK and O2 UK for any long period of time and have experience from the two networks you can tell me and recommend and advise for me?
    I understand that Three and EE offer much better value for Unlimited data, EE currently does not offer Unlimited data with Pay as you go. But I understand that Three and EE offers much better value for Unlimited data, but their signals are quite weak in my area.
    Please advise if Vodafone or O2 (giffgaff) is better and please share your personal experience to show what network out of the two you used mostly and what one you liked most and used for the most time? Thank you soo much.

    • Hi Yoshi,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, this will depend very much on your exact location so anything I can share for where I live wouldn’t be applicable to you! If you like, you could always order a free SIM card from the two networks you’d like to try out (e.g. both giffgaff and Vodafone/VOXI). You could then test them for a few days, before deciding which one you’d like to use, based on the coverage you get.
      Ken

  • Can you be more specific please about the recurring payment. Does this mean GiffGaff will have a continuous payment authority or “CPA” over my debit/credit card under which you will effectively have authority to take any amount from me whenever you decide? How can this arrangement be cancelled by me? What happens if I decide to switch off the automatically recurring goodybag payment and only switch it on again to purchase another 9GB goodybag, after which I switch the recurring payment off again, effectively bypassing the main condition of your offer? After doing that exactly what deductions will be made from my bank/credit card account other than for the £10 cost in each case of the card purchase? Will I still get the full 9GB? What hidden costs are there, if any?

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I believe giffgaff will set up a continuous payment authority (CPA) on your card. With regards to your other question, if you like, you can switch off the recurring goodybag setting straight away once you’ve gotten your golden goodybag. If you do so, you’ll still benefit from the increased allowance. You’ll just need to turn it on again when you buy your next golden goodybag (but once again, you can switch it off after that if you like). Essentially, this means you can still benefit from the extra data & 5G without recurring goodybags switched off, but they’re obviously not expecting very many people to jump through the hoops to do this!
      Ken

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