Giffgaff’s Golden Goodybags give you more data and access to 5G. Plans include 15GB data for £10/month & unlimited data for £35/month.

In the UK, giffgaff now offers a range of golden goodybags from £10/month. Compared to regular goodybags, they give you a larger data allowance and access to 5G. For instance, the £10 golden goodybag gives you 15GB of data, which is 20% more data than on the regular £10 goodybag.

To buy a golden goodybag, you’ll need to order a free SIM card from giffgaff’s website. You’ll then need to make sure the “recurring goodybag” setting is switched on inside your giffgaff account. You’ll still be able to cancel or change your plan at any time and there are no credit checks required to buy a golden goodybag plan.

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In this article, we’ll review giffgaff’s golden goodybags with 5G. We’ll start by looking at the plans available and we’ll compare them to giffgaff’s regular 4G goodybags. We’ll then look at giffgaff’s 5G coverage which is currently available in 193 towns and cities across the UK.

Prices From: £10 per month
Contract Length: No contract & no credit check
SIM Only Plans:
  • 15GB data for £10 per month (£10 golden goodybag)
  • 30GB data for £15 per month (£15 golden goodybag)
  • 100GB data for £20 per month (£20 golden goodybag)
  • Unlimited data for £35 per month (£35 golden goodybag)
Coverage:

What are Golden Goodybags?

In the UK, giffgaff now offers two different types of goodybag:

  • If you choose a golden goodybag, you’ll get more data and access to 5G. You’ll need to enable the “recurring goodybag” setting which means the plan will automatically renew every month until you switch it off.
  • If you choose a regular goodybag, you’ll get less data and will be limited to 4G. However, there’s a wider choice of regular goodybags available and you can also buy them manually (e.g. from a top-up voucher or from your Pay As You Go credit).

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of giffgaff’s golden goodybags and regular goodybags:

Golden Goodybags Regular Goodybags
Prices From: £10 per month £6 per month
Contract Length: No contract – cancel anytime No contract – cancel anytime
Data Allowances
£6 per month: 1GB data
£8 per month: 3GB data
£10 per month: 15GB data 12GB data
£12 per month: 20GB data
£15 per month: 30GB data 25GB data
£20 per month: 100GB data 80GB data
£25 per month: Always-On data
£35 per month: Unlimited data
Goodybag Features
5G Coverage: 193 towns & cities No
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage: 99% coverage 99% coverage
Purchase Method:
  • Recurring purchase (from saved card details)
  • Recurring purchase (from saved card details)
  • Manual purchase (from top-up voucher or credit)

All of giffgaff’s goodybag bundles include unlimited minutes and texts. On the goodybags costing £10, £12, £15 and £20 per month, you’ll also get 1GB of extra data from your third goodybag purchase onwards.

On both types of goodybag, you’re not tied in to a contracts. That’s because you’ll only pay for one month at a time and you can simply stop your bundle from being renewed at the end of month. You also have the flexibility to change between bundles to get more data or less data on your plan.

Golden Goodybag Bundles

At present, you can choose from the following four golden goodybags on giffgaff:

TariffMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
£10 Golden GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£10.00
£15 Golden GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£15.00
£20 Golden GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
£35 Golden GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00

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All of the golden goodybag bundles include access to 5G if you have a 5G-ready phone and are in a 5G coverage area (currently available in 193 UK towns & cities).

If you choose the £35 golden goodybag with unlimited data, you’ll get uncapped 5G download speeds on the giffgaff network (typically around 150Mbps). You will, however, be subject to giffgaff’s fair usage policy. This says you shouldn’t use more than 650GB of data in one month. In addition, you also shouldn’t tether your phone to more than 12 devices.

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 in the UK. As giffgaff uses O2 as its network coverage provider, you’ll get access to the same coverage as customers on O2.

Before you order 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 O2’s network and coverage.

5G Coverage

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

giffgaff’s 5G service allows you to access download speeds that are around five to ten times faster than 4G. You can expect an average download speed of about 150Mbps, along with more network capacity and lower amounts of latency.

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

Now Live193 towns and cities are live on giffgaff 5G (October 2021)
Aberdeen, Allesley, Altrincham, Ambleside, Ashford, Aughton, Aylesbury, Banbury, Banstead, Basildon, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Bilston, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Birstall, Blackburn, Blackpool, Blaydon, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Bradley Stoke, Bridge of Don, Brighton, Bristol, Brombourgh, Burton upon Trent, Bury St Edmunds, Byfleet, Calverley, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chadwell St Mary, Chatham, Cheadle, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chertsey, Chesterfield, Chilworth, Chipstead, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Coventry, Danderhall, 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, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Harlington London, Harlow, Hastings, Hebburn, Hemel Hempstead, Hextable, High Wycombe, Horwich, Hove, How Wood, Huddersfield, Hull, Inverness, Ipswich, Iver, Jarrow, Joyden’s Wood, Kemprow, Kettering, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Longford, Loughborough, Lowestoft, Luton, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Molesey, Monifieth, Morley, Musselburgh, New Denham, Newbury, Newcastle, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newtownabbey, North Shields, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Orpington, Oxford, Penarth, Peterborough, Plymouth, Plympton, Portsmouth, Potters Bar, Rainham, Reading, Redhill, Richings Park, Rochdale, Rotherham, Royal Leamington Spa, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rugby, Salford, Sheffield, Shelf, Shepperton Green, Shinfield, Shirehampton, Slough, Solihull, South Shields, Southampton, Southend-On-Sea, St Albans, Staines-upon-Thames, Stapleford, Stevenage, Stockport, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Sunbury, Sunderland, Swansea, Swindon, Tatling End, Thornaby-on-Tees, Thorpe, Thundersley, Trumps Green, Tynemouth, Virginia Water, Wakefield, Wallasey, Waltham Abbey, Warrington, Washington, Watford, Wavertree, West Bromwich, Weybridge, Whickham, Whitley Bay, Wickersley, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worthing, Wythenshawe, York

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

For more information, see our guide to 5G 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 or plan.

You can use tethering and personal hotspot on all of giffgaff’s current goodybag plans. However, it’s limited to a maximum of 12 devices if you’re using giffgaff’s £35 golden goodybag.

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 the following allowances from your golden goodybag at no extra cost:

  • On the £10 golden goodybag, you can use your full allowance of unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 15GB of data when abroad (or 16GB if you have the 1GB of extra data) .
  • On the £15, £20 and £35 golden goodybags, 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 bring your current phone number with you.

Start by ordering your new SIM card on 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 your golden goodybag plan, you can 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?
giffgaff currently offers a choice of four golden goodybags:

All four golden goodybags will give you access to 5G in a total of 193 UK towns & cities.

Does giffgaff offer 5G coverage?
Yes. You can access 5G coverage in 193 UK towns and cities as long as you have one of giffgaff’s golden goodybag bundles. You’ll also need to have a 5G phone and a 5G SIM card.
How does the £10 golden goodybag differ from the regular goodybag?
The main difference is you’ll get 20% more data on the £10 golden goodybag (you’ll get 15GB of data per month, compared to the 12GB per month on giffgaff’s regular £10 goodybag). You’ll also get access to 5G, whereas customers on the regular goodybag are restricted to 4G.

To qualify for access to the golden goodybag, you’ll need to set up your goodybag bundle to automatically recur. You’ll also need to save some payment details in your giffgaff account. It isn’t possible to buy a golden goodybag from a top-up voucher or from your 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 16GB of data per month, rather than 15GB on the £10 golden goodybag.
What coverage is available on giffgaff?
You can access the following types of coverage on a golden goodybag from giffgaff:
  • 5G Coverage: 193 UK towns and cities
  • 4G Coverage: 99% population coverage
  • 3G Coverage: 99% population coverage
  • 2G Coverage: 99% population coverage
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.

More Information

For more information, you can also read our full giffgaff review. If you don’t currently have a SIM card from giffgaff, you can order a free one from giffgaff’s website.

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    • Hi Joan,
      Thanks for your comment, and great news for giffgaff customers! I’ll get this blog post updated today with the latest goodybags from giffgaff.
      Thanks again,
      Ken

      • I’m Joan again! Just one question because I am interested to know if you don’t mind to let me know it. How do you know all the currently cities where giffgaff offer 5G?

        • Hi Joan,
          Thanks for your comment. giffgaff uses the O2 network for 5G so you can get a 5G signal from giffgaff in the same places you can get 5G from O2. The list of locations is based on information that O2 has published for their customers.
          Hope this helps,
          Ken

    • 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

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