Three’s Data Reward Pay As You Go SIM card gives you 200MB of free data every month. There’s no need to top-up to get your free allowance.

In the UK, Three’s Data Reward SIM card gives you 200MB of free internet every month on Pay As You Go. Also known as the “internet with legs” tariff, you’ll get free allowances every month without the need to top-up your SIM card.

Outside of the inclusive 200MB per month, you’ll pay Three’s standard rates for Pay As You Go usage (3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB). You can also benefit from inclusive roaming in 71 destinations as part of Three’s Feel At Home offer.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s Data Reward SIM card. We’ll start by looking at the free allowances and at the cost of additional usage. We’ll then compare the SIM card to alternatives, look at supported devices and the level of coverage you can expect.

Data Reward SIM

With Data Reward, you’ll get 200MB of free internet every month without the need to top-up.

In the UK, Data Reward is Three’s Pay As You Go mobile broadband tariff. Customers receive 200MB of free internet every month and then pay just 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB for further usage.

200MB Free Allowance

The unique selling point of Three’s Data Reward SIM Card is the fact you’ll get 200MB of free internet every month. This is available for you to use every month, and there’s no need to top-up your SIM card to get it.

To qualify for the 200MB monthly reward, you’ll need to order a Data Reward SIM card (normal Pay As You Go SIM cards are not eligible). Your SIM card must also be registered online with Three.

Order Data Reward SIM Card →

When ordering a Data Reward SIM card, you’ll need to pay an upfront fee of £10. The SIM card is preloaded with 1GB of data which is valid for up to 30 days. As the 1GB allowance is worth £10, this effectively makes the SIM card itself free.

You can have up to 5 Data Reward SIM cards registered to a household (therefore giving you up to 1GB of free data per month across your multiple devices).

Out-Of-Allowance Charges

Outside of the inclusive 200MB per month, you’ll pay 1p/MB for further usage of the mobile internet. This will come out of your Pay As You Go credit, with the minimum top-up being just £2 each time (Three’s regular Pay As You Go SIM cards have a minimum top-up of £5).

If you’re using the Data Reward SIM card in a device that supports calling and texting (e.g. in a smartphone), you’ll pay Three’s standard rates for Pay As You Go (3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB).

The following table shows a list of out-of-allowance charges on the Data Reward SIM card:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 3p/minute (any network, any time)
Calls to Voicemail 3p/minute
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 45p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 2p
Picture Message (MMS) 40p
Video Message 40p
Internet Rates:
Mobile Internet 1p/MB
Free Allowance 200MB free data every month (no top-up required)

The prices in this table are stated for UK-to-UK only. If you’re roaming or making international calls, higher charges will normally apply. Source for pricing information: three.co.uk.

Once Pay As You Go credit has been added to your account, it will not expire providing your SIM card remains active. You can keep your SIM card active by using it for a chargeable activity at least once every six months.

Data Bundles

For most people, the best thing to do is to use data on a Pay As You Go basis. When you add credit to your SIM card, you’ll pay 1p/MB (this is equivalent to paying £10 per GB). Your credit will not expire so you can use it over a period of time (for instance, using your £10 of credit over a couple of months).

If you’re a heavy data user, you can save money compared to normal rates by converting your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day bundle. However, any unused allowances at the end of the 30 days will expire with your bundle:

Data Bundle Monthly Cost Effective Cost per MB
2GB (lasts for 30 days) £15/month 0.75p/MB (25% cheaper)
5GB (lasts for 30 days) £20/month 0.40p/MB (60% cheaper)
10GB (lasts for 30 days) £25/month 0.25p/MB (75% cheaper)

The “effective cost per megabyte” assumes you’ll use the entirety of the data allowance within its 30-day validity.

Please note that it isn’t possible to buy an All-in-One bundle if you’re using the Data Reward SIM card. For this reason, customers planning to use the SIM card in a smartphone will often be better off using a standard Pay As You Go SIM (All-in-One bundles start from £10/month with inclusive minutes, texts and mobile internet).

Feel At Home

The Data Reward SIM card is compatible with Three’s Feel At Home offer. This gives you international roaming in 71 countries at no extra charge, including in most of Europe, the USA, Australia and others.

The Feel At Home offer makes the Data Reward SIM card a great value way of staying in touch with friends and family when you’re travelling abroad. You’ll be able to continue using applications like social media, instant messaging and maps.

To take advantage of the Feel At Home offer, you’ll need to have an inclusive data allowance on your SIM card. Your 200MB of monthly free data can be used when abroad, as can the allowances in a 30-day bundle.

The normal UK out-of-allowance rates (3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB) cannot be used when you’re travelling abroad. Instead, you’ll need to pay the out-of-allowance rates appropriate to that country.

Comparison to Alternatives

Three’s Data Reward SIM Card is fairly unique in that it offers 200MB of free data every month. The most similar offering is FreedomPop which also gives you 200MB of free data per month (along with 200 minutes and 200 texts through the FreedomPop application).

We’d strongly recommend choosing Three’s Data Reward SIM over FreedomPop as the latter has multiple downsides including hidden costs, an aggressive credit expiry policy and internet-based calling. With Three’s Data Reward SIM card, you’ll have a bigger brand name behind the service and you’ll be able to take advantage of features such as Feel At Home and personal hotspot.

If you’re using a smartphone, you can see our in-depth guides here for a full comparison of the best value Pay As You Go deals.

Data Reward vs Standard PAYG

Three’s Data Reward SIM card is offered as an alternative to Three’s standard Pay As You Go SIM. The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of the two:

Data Reward SIM Card Standard PAYG SIM Card
Devices Supported: Any device (including smartphones, tablets, dongles, MiFis, etc) Smartphones only
Free Data: 200MB free every month (no top-up required) 10MB free every time you top-up (minimum top-up of £5)
Usage Charge: 3p/minute, 2p/text, 1p/MB 3p/minute, 2p/text, 1p/MB
30-Day Bundles: From £15/month for 2GB data From £10/month for 3000 minutes, 3000 texts and 1GB data
Minimum Top-Up: £2 minimum top-up £5 minimum top-up
Tethering: Yes, tethering is permitted No, tethering is prohibited

For most people who want to use the SIM card in a smartphone, Three’s standard Pay As You Go SIM card will offer better value. This is due to the bundles available (e.g. with 3000 minutes and 1GB of data for £10/month).

Order Data Reward SIM Card → Order Standard PAYG SIM Card →

Supported Devices

Three’s Data Reward SIM card is classed as a mobile broadband tariff. For this reason, you can use it in a multitude of different devices including in your tablet, USB dongle and MiFi. You can also use the Data Reward SIM card in a smartphone.

Whilst the Data Reward SIM card can also be placed in a smartphone, many users will find the standard Pay As You Go SIM card better value for long-term usage. This is because the standard Pay As You Go SIM card has better value bundles (e.g. 100 minutes, 3000 texts and 1GB of data for £10/month). On standard Pay As You Go, you’ll also receive 150MB of free data every time you top-up your phone.

Coverage

3G & 4G Coverage

Three offers 97% population coverage across the UK.

Three offers 97% population coverage on 3G and 4G across the UK.

Before joining the Three network, we strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Three’s online coverage map.

Check Three Coverage Map (three.co.uk) →

Unfortunately, Three does not provide any 2G coverage. For this reason, it’s not possible to use a 2G-only device with the Data Reward SIM card.

For more information about mobile phone coverage in the UK, please see our in-depth guide on how to compare mobile network coverage.

Tethering & Personal Hotspot

Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your mobile internet connection with other devices (e.g. with your laptop or tablet).

On the Data Reward SIM card, the use of tethering is permitted so you can easily share your mobile internet connection with other devices. This policy is different to on Three’s standard Pay As You Go SIM cards where the use of tethering is not allowed.

For more information, please see our guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.

More Information

For more information, please see Three’s official web page on the Data Reward SIM card.

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  • I have just bought my first smart phone (at 75) which is on Three network, pay as you go.
    I don’t use the phone very much at all but I learned that I could use it to connect a sat nav system, via Android Auto, to my car infotainment screen (it would be only on a few rare occasions)
    Would the Three Data Reward Reward sim with the free 200MB/month be sensible to try ?
    Any simple tips on all of the above would be appreciated, (by an old guy)

    • Hi Ian,
      Thanks for your comment. I see no reason why you couldn’t try Three’s Data Reward SIM card. It’s possible the 200MB won’t get you that far (in which case, you may need to add extra data) but this could be a good option if you’re only a fairly light user.
      Ken

  • Christopher Pugh said:

    I have previously expressed my frustration on this forum at being unable to get a Data Reward SIM to work in my Moto E LTE phone. Although I was able to register with Three using the phone, and an email confirmed the free 200MB, no data allowance was shown when I opened a “My 3” account. Three told me that this was because the SIM was only for use in dongles, tablets and MiFi devices and would not work in a phone. My SIM arrived with no credit balance. Because other people have successfully used a phone and originally, the SIMs were only available preloaded with £10 credit, I wondered whether a top-up was required to get the free data. I topped and was then able to connect to the internet. However, although the £10 credit showed on My 3 account, there was still no free data. I put the SIM into a Huawei E5330 Mobile WiFi. I registered the SIM, (again), and, as before, received email notification of the free data. My 3 account then showed £10 credit and 200MB of free data. I put the SIM back into my phone and it worked, the free data is being used and my top up credit is intact.

    I wonder if the free data would have been credited had I tried the SIM in the Mobile WiFi before topping up. Also, if I leave the SIM in the phone, will the 200MB be renewed next month?

    • Hi Christopher,
      Thanks for getting back to me, and I’m glad the problem was finally resolved for you. Based on my own understanding, it should be possible to use the SIM card in a smartphone, but you’ll need to opt-in to the 200MB offer by accessing three.co.uk/freedata when connected to 3G or 4G. I’m not aware of them removing the free data offer when you use the SIM card in a smartphone, though of course, their policies could have changed (perhaps someone else reading this article might be able to share some insights?).
      Ken

      • Christopher Pugh replied:

        Hi Ken,
        Thank you for your reply, and to Alan Jones and The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for their comments. My 200MB of free data was renewed at the beginning of the second month, so I was not penalised for using the SIM in a phone.
        I ordered another Data Reward SIM (without preloaded credit), and tried to register it on my smartphone again, (having failed with the previous SIM until it was subsequently put into a dongle). This time, the process was straightforward, and after registering, a page came up with a box to click on saying GET ONLINE. Tapping this enabled the internet connection after a short delay and the 200MB of free data had been credited without topping up.

        Finally, your Data Reward v Standard PAYG comparison table still says that the Standard PAYG SIM card gives 150MB of free data on topping up. This has been reduced to 10MB.

        • Hi Christopher,
          Many thanks for the comment and for the update on your situation. I’m pleased to know the 200MB of free data came through as expected. Thanks also for highlighting the outdated information (as this article was written all the way back in February 2017)! I’ve just amended this in the comparison table and the article, so hopefully it shouldn’t cause any further confusion.
          Thanks again,
          Ken

    • Alan jones replied:

      I have had the data reward sim in my galaxy s7 since feb 2017,and i can confirm,it works fine,200mb free data added every 30 days,no top up required. Its on the 321 tariff,and you can buy a all in 1 bundle as well. I did this when i went to spain, £20 for 12gb data 3000mins and 3000 texts. It works works as a normal sim when in my phone.

      • Christopher Pugh replied:

        Thank you Alan for your reply. I’m going to wait until my next 200MB of free data is due, to see if it is credited. After that I’m going to get another SIM for my MiFi but will try to register for free data on my phone first, without topping up, to see if the data is credited. If not, I’ll put it into the Mif ibefore topping up to see if that works. I’ll report back later.

  • Hi Ken last Sunday (28/01/18) I ordered the data reward sim.It has not yet arrived (Friday 2nd Feb) but I have meantime changed my mind about it’s suitability. I seem to get a different story each time I ring Three about a refund under the 14 day cooling off regulations. Initially, I was told it would be refunded but I needed to have received the sim card to be able to supply details of the allocated ‘phone number. However, when I contacted them again today, I was informed that they do NOT make refunds under the cooling off period and the best they could do is transfer the £10 paid to another type of card (presumably the standard 3 2 1 sim). Could you advise on the legal situation regarding refunds during the cooling off period on non-activated sim cards?

    • Hi Pete,
      Many thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I’m not a lawyer so I can’t answer your question definitively. However, I believe this would simply be covered by the Consumer Contracts Regulation which gives you a right to cancel your purchase within 14 days (N.B. it’s unclear to me whether this is 14 days from the order date or 14 days from the SIM card arriving, as this would depend on whether it’s classified as a good or service).
      Ken

      • Hi Ken thank you for your earlier reply – I did in fact continue with the Data Reward sim. I ‘phoned them today asking when the free data would be added but was informed that free data would only be added after each top up. This not the impression given by the website where it states that 200mb will be added automatically each month and says nothing about any top up first being required. I argued this with their representative but instead of continuing to argue the point, he said that the ‘Customer Relations manager’ would call me back which, needless to say, did not happen. I still think that the free 200mb is due each month regardless of top ups but would appreciate your further comments.I would mention that an earlier employee added £2 to my account in lieu of the first missing 200mb, which indicates to me that there seems to be some ambiguity about whether the free monthly data is due.

        • Hi Pete,
          Based on my understanding, you should get 200MB of free data every month (no top-up required to get this). You’ll just need to make an initial top-up and will need to register at three.co.uk/freedata (access this URL when you’re on 3G or 4G). I’m a little confused that Three is telling you otherwise – do please let me know if you get to the bottom of it.
          Ken

          • Hi Ken
            Thank you for your reply and your email.. The mistake I had made was trying to register from my desktop (on another network) rather than from my ‘phone running on Three 3G. When I clicked the free data link in your email, the free data form appeared and I was able to register successfully. I have checked and the 200 mb has been added to my account. Many thanks for your help in this matter :0)

          • Hi Pete,
            Great news, and really glad to know the problem was resolved! Of course, it would have been more helpful if Three didn’t give you the misleading information on the phone – you’d have thought their staff should understand the offer a bit better 😉
            Ken

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