Giffgaff’s Golden Goodybags give you more data and access to 5G. Plans include 9GB 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 9GB of data, which is 50% 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.
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 155 towns and cities across the UK.
|Prices From:||£10 per month|
|Contract Length:||No contract & no credit check|
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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|
|£6 per month:||–||500MB data|
|£8 per month:||–||3GB data|
|£10 per month:||9GB data||6GB data|
|£12 per month:||–||10GB data|
|£15 per month:||25GB data||15GB data|
|£20 per month:||100GB data||80GB data|
|£25 per month:||–||Always-On data|
|£35 per month:||Unlimited data||–|
|5G Coverage:||✔ 155 towns & cities||✘ No|
|2G, 3G & 4G Coverage:||✔ 99% coverage||✔ 99% coverage|
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:
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 155 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.
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:
For more information, see our guide to O2’s network and 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 Live||155 towns and cities are live on giffgaff 5G (May 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
|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 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.
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 9GB of data when abroad (or 10GB 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:
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 155 UK towns & cities.
|Does giffgaff offer 5G coverage?||
Yes. You can access 5G coverage in 155 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 50% more data on the £10 golden goodybag (you’ll get 9GB of data per month, compared to the 6GB 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 10GB of data per month, rather than 9GB 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:
|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.