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.
If you’re a light mobile user, Three’s Data Reward SIM card is a good alternative to their normal Pay As You Go plan. You’ll get 200MB of data for free on the SIM card each month, with no need to top-up to get your free allowance. Further usage will cost you 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB.
Unlike Three’s normal Pay As You SIM, customers with a special Data Reward SIM card will not be able to buy one of Three’s 30-day bundles. However, you’ll be able to top-up your SIM card from just £2 each time (normally £5 on the regular Pay As You Go SIM) and you’ll still be able to use your data abroad in 71 destinations as part of the Go Roam offer.
In this article, we’ll review Three’s Data Reward SIM card. We’ll start by looking at the 200MB of free data each month and how much you’ll pay once you’ve used this up. We’ll then compare the Data Reward SIM card to Three’s standard Pay As You Go SIM card before looking at the devices you can use and the coverage available on the SIM card.
Data Reward SIM Card
The Data Reward SIM Card is a good alternative to Three’s normal Pay As You Go plan if you’re a light mobile user. You’ll get 200MB of free data on the SIM card each month, with no need to top-up to get your free allowance.
200MB Monthly Free Data
The main selling point of Three’s Data Reward SIM Card is the 200MB of free data you’ll get each month. To qualify, you’ll need to make sure you have a designated Data Reward SIM card as it isn’t possible to get this on normal Pay As You Go SIMs.
You can order a Data Reward SIM card through this page on Three’s website. There’s a £5 upfront fee for the SIM card, but you’ll get 1GB of preloaded data with it (worth £10 at normal Pay As You Go rates).
Once you’ve ordered and activated your Data Reward SIM card, visit three.co.uk/freedata using the browser on your device. There’s a short sign up form you’ll need to complete before you get the 200MB of free data each month.
Pay As You Go Rates
Outside of the 200MB of inclusive data each month, you’ll need to pay for your usage at Three’s standard Pay As You Go rates. These are 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB.
One difference between the Data Reward SIM card and standard Pay As You Go SIMs is that Data Reward SIM cards have a lower minimum top-up. You’ll only need to top-up £2 each time, rather than the £5 minimum top-up that’s required on normal Pay As You Go SIMs.
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to convert your credit into a 30-day add-on, which will offer much better value if you’re a regular mobile user. For instance, customers on Three’s regular Pay As You Go service will get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data for £10/month. Alternatively, it’s possible to get 10GB of data on regular Pay As You Go for £15/month.
The following table shows Three’s standard Pay As You Go rates on the Data Reward SIM:
|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
|Text Message (SMS)||2p|
|Picture Message (MMS)||40p|
|Free Allowance||200MB free data every month (no top-up required)|
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.
On the Data Reward SIM card, it isn’t possible to convert your credit into one of Three’s 30-day bundles with minutes, texts and data.
As an alternative, Three offers a choice of three Data Reward add-ons. You can pay £15 to get 2GB of data, £20 to get 5GB of data or £25 to get 10GB of data. Add-on allowances will expire 30 days after purchase.
With a Data Reward add-on, you can save up to 75% on Three’s normal Pay As You Go rates. However, this is still substantially more expensive than on regular Pay As You Go if you’re a heavy data user. For instance, you’ll pay £15 for 10GB of data on Three’s regular Pay As You Go service (with unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included in the price). With the Data Reward add-on, you’ll pay £25 for 10GB of data with no minutes and no texts included in the price. For this reason, we would only recommend the Data Reward SIM card for light users not needing to buy an add-on very regularly.
|Data Add-Ons||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 Data Reward SIM card is compatible with Three’s Go Roam offer so you can use your device in 71 destinations at no extra charge. This includes most European countries along with the USA, Australia and more.
The 200MB free data allowance can be used abroad in any Go Roam destination. Beyond that, you’ll pay the regular 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB charge when travelling abroad in a Go Roam destination.
For more information, see our full guide to Three’s Go Roam offer.
Comparison to Three Pay As You Go
The following table shows a side-by-side comparison between Three’s Data Reward SIM card and their standard Pay As You Go service:
|Data Reward||Standard Pay As You Go|
|Free Data||200MB every month
(no top-up required)
|150MB with every top-up
(valid for 48 hours)
|Minimum Top-Up||£2||£5 (online)
£10 (in-store & phone)
|Bundles||From £15 for 2GB data
(no minutes & texts)
|From £10 for 4GB data
(unlimited minutes & texts)
|Go Roam||Yes, 71 destinations||Yes, 71 destinations|
|Pay As You Go Rewards||No||Yes, with bundles|
For the majority of users wanting a SIM card for their smartphone, we think Three’s standard Pay As You Go SIM card offers better value. This is because you can buy one of the following 30-day bundles giving you minutes, texts and data from £10/month:
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 30 days
for 90 days
The Data Reward SIM card offers a more suitable price plan for light users who don’t use their device enough to warrant getting a 30-day bundle with minutes, texts and data.
Most smartphone users will find the standard Pay As You Go SIM card to be better overall value if they’re a frequent smartphone user. However, the Data Reward SIM card may work out to better value for some light users due to the 200MB of free data each month.
3G & 4G Coverage
In the UK, Three offers 99.8% population coverage. This includes 98.3% population coverage on 3G and 99.8% population coverage on 4G.
Before joining the Three network, we’d recommend double-checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Three’s online coverage map:
Unfortunately, Three doesn’t provide any 2G coverage. For this reason, it isn’t possible to use a 2G-only device with the Data Reward SIM card. For the same reason, you may also experience problems when using the Data Reward SIM card inside a dual-SIM smartphone.
At the time of writing, 5G coverage isn’t available to customers with a Data Reward SIM card. Three has said that their 5G service will launch to consumers in early 2020. We expect it’ll be available at no extra cost to customers with a Data Reward SIM.
Three has announced 5G coverage in the following UK towns and cities:
|Now Live||68 towns and cities are live on Three 5G (May 2020)|
Aberdeen, Abingdon-on-Thames, Aldershot, Aldridge, Balloch, Barrow-in-Furness, Basildon, Bath, Bedford, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Borehamwood, Bradford, Brighton, Brookmans Park, Cannock, Cardiff, Chatham, Clayton-le-Woods, Coventry, Crawley, Cullingworth, Derby, Doncaster, Dundee, Glasgow, Gorebridge, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Heanor, Hedge End, Hemel Hempstead, Huddersfield, Inchinnan, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Leyland, Liverpool, London, Lower Stondon, Luton, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Motherwell, Neston, Newquay, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Peterborough, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Redcar, Royston, Sheffield, Slough, St Albans, Stevenage, Swadlincote, Swindon, Telford, Westhoughton, Wickford, Wigan
For more information, see our full guide to the rollout of 5G coverage in the UK.
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 and personal hotspot is permitted so you can easily share your mobile broadband internet connection with other devices.
For more information, see our full guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.
Frequently Asked Questions
|How do I get free data on the SIM card?||
Once you’ve ordered a Data Reward SIM card and placed it inside your device, you’ll need to visit three.co.uk/freedata using the web browser on the device. There’s a short form you’ll need to complete to sign up for the 200MB of free data each month.
|Where do I order a Data Reward SIM card?||
You can order a Data Reward SIM card through this link. There’s an upfront fee of £5 for the SIM card. This will give you 1GB of preloaded data, followed by 200MB of free data each month.
|Can I use my free data allowance when abroad?||
Yes. It’s possible to use your free data allowance abroad in 71 destinations through Three’s Go Roam offer.
|How does Three’s Data Reward SIM card compare to regular Pay As You Go?||
With the Data Reward SIM card, you’ll get 200MB of free data each month. You’ll also be able to top-up from just £2 each time. The disadvantage is you won’t be able to buy a 30-day bundle with minutes, texts and data which will normally work out to be better value if you’re a regular mobile user.
|Can I use the Data Reward SIM card in a smartphone?||
Yes. You can use the Data Reward SIM card in any device including a tablet, laptop, dongle, Mi-Fi or smartphone.
From September 2015 to July 2018, FreedomPop offered a SIM card in the UK with 200MB of free data each month. The SIM card offered 3G & 4G coverage from Three.
It’s no longer possible to get a SIM card from FreedomPop as their service in the UK has now closed. Three’s Data Reward SIM card is the best replacement for this service as it also offers 200MB of free data each month on Three.