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.

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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 £10 upfront fee for the SIM card which gives you 1GB of preloaded data (in addition to the 200MB of free data you’ll also get every month).

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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 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.

The following table shows Three’s standard Pay As You Go rates on the Data Reward SIM:

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 Data 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 travelling abroad outside Europe 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 Add-Ons

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

Go Roam

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)
No
Per Minute 3p/minute 10p/minute
Per Text 2p/text 10p/text
Per MB 1p/MB 5p/MB
Minimum Top-Up £2 £5 (online)
£10 (in-store & phone)
Other Features
Bundles From £15 for 2GB data
(no minutes & texts)
From £10 for 5GB data
(unlimited minutes & texts)
Go Roam Yes, 71 destinations Yes, 71 destinations

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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£15.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£20.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£20.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited36GB£27.50
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£90.00
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.

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Supported Devices

Three classifies their Data Reward SIM card as a mobile broadband plan which can be used in any device including a tablet, dongle or MiFi. You can also use the Data Reward SIM card in a mobile phone.

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.

Coverage

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:

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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.

For more information, see our full guide to the network coverage on Three. Alternative, see our overview on how to compare mobile network coverage.

5G Coverage

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 Live194 towns and cities are live on Three 5G (April 2021)
Aberdeen, Abingdon-on-Thames, Adlington, Aldershot, Aldridge, Ashford, Balloch, Barnsley, Barrow-in-Furness, Basildon, Bath, Bedford, Belfast, Belfast Airport, Billericay, Billingham, Birdwell, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopthorpe, Blackburn, Blackpool, Borehamwood, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brentwood, Brighton, Brimington, Bristol, Bromsgrove, Brookmans Park, Broughton Astley, Burton upon Trent, Campton, Cannock, Cardiff, Carlisle, Castlereagh, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chesham, Chorley, Christleton, Clayton-le-Woods, Clifton, Coedkernew, Colchester, Copmanthorpe, Corringham, Coventry, Crawley, Crook, Cullingworth, Danderhall, Delph, Denholme, Derby, Dewsbury, Dinnington, Doncaster, Dundee, East Kilbride, East Midlands Airport, Edinburgh, Egginton, Ellesmere Port, Exmouth, Falkirk, Gateshead, Glasgow, Gorebridge, Grays, Greenock, Grimsby, Guildford, Hamilton, Hartley, Hatfield, Heanor, Heathcote, Hedge End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Heswall, Heywood, Horley, Horwich, Huddersfield, Hull, Huntingdon, Inchinnan, Ingleby Barwick, Ipswich, Irlam, Isle of Grain, Iver, Kings Hill, Kings Langley, Kinmel Bay, Kirkheaton, Kirknewton, Knowl Wall, Leeds, Leicester, Leyland, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Lower Stondon, Luton, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Margate, Marlow Bottom, Marston Moretaine, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Milnrow, Milton Keynes, Motherwell, Neston, Newark-on-Trent, Newcastle, Newhall, Newport, Newquay, Newton Aycliffe, Newton-le-Willows, Newtownabbey, Normanton, Northampton, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Ottershaw, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Pontefract, Porthcawl, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Redcar, Redditch, Royston Yorkshire, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Shelly Green, Shrewsbury, Slough, South Heighton, South Kirkby, South Normanton, South Ockendon, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Southport, St Albans, St Blazey, St Columb Road, Stafford, Stansted Airport, Stevenage, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sunderland, Sunninghill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Swadlincote, Swindon, Swinton, Tamworth, Telford, Thornaby-on-Tees, Ullesthorpe, Wakefield, Wallingford, Walton-on-Thames, Warrington, Washington, Westhoughton, Weybridge, Wickford, Wigan, Winterbourne, Worcester, Worksop, Writtle, York

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 £10 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.

FreedomPop

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.

More Information

For more information, please see Three’s official web page or order a Data Reward SIM card.

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  • Hi Ken,

    Looking to move a rarely used sim back to the three data reward package.
    Three have recently increased their PAYG rates to 10p/min, 10p/text, 5p/MB.
    Do you know if the the three data reward sim keeps the old rates of 3p/min, 2p/text, 1p/MB?

    • Hi Matt,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, the Data Reward SIM is still on 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB, at least for the time being 🙂
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hi Ken, do you know if I port my main mobile number to this three data reward sim, that I will be able to port it back out in the future. I do not want to lose my main number but I am uncertain as the three data reward sim falls under mobile broadband sim and whether they will refuse as customer service are clueless about this sim reward sim and do not know even know you can make calls and sms from it. Thank you Tom

    • Hi Tom,
      Great question. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried it myself so I wouldn’t be able to answer definitively (though it’s possible someone else reading this might have done, so do please share your feedback if you’ve tried it).
      My hunch, however, is it shouldn’t make a difference even if it’s technically classified as a mobile broadband SIM card. This is because however Three decides to classify products internally doesn’t affect your consumer rights which are guaranteed by Ofcom.
      Ken

    • Paul Barrett replied:

      You can make calls etc from a Data Reward SIM
      Also in any Go Roam country to the UK at the new tariff rates as of Feb 20th 2021.

      £2 is minimum cash top up.
      Though it is possible to call 3 and add less cash top up.
      Though at 10p pm for voice calls it won’t last long!

      Far better to use the 200mb of free data for WhatsApp calls etc.

      You only need 6 PAYG SIMs.
      Doesn’t cost anything and you can use them in Go Roam countries 2 months at a time.
      Plus calls may be received as though in the UK.

      With DR SIMs they DON’T need to appear on the UK 3 network.
      Other PAYG SIMs need to be returned to the UK after 2 months Go Roam usage and at least one chargeable unit every 6 months.

      Then have posted back when a year as elapsed after 2 months of usage.

      It dies mean changing no every 2 months ax 3 restrict Go Roam usage to 2 months.

      However 3 are not enforcing this and a family member has been using a PAYG SIM in Go Roam destination for 4 months and just buys a £10 add-on.

    • Hi Tom,

      Definitely no issues about porting your number away from the three data reward sim in the future. I did this recently because needed to move to a contract on that particular sim

  • Hi. I have a 321 sim and with the changes in tariff am looking at this option(Data Reward) or maybe the 1p service. If I move to the Data Reward can I port my number over from the standard 321 PAYG sim to this Data Reward one..
    One comment I read suggested that someone was trying this but I thought moving mobile number from one SIM to another with the same provider was not possible. Anyone confirm that they can port number from standard 321 sim to Data Reward SIM. Also I guess you get a multi SIM card (Std, Mini and Nanosim) so I pick out which one I need.
    Many thanks for an excellent website Ken…

    • You definitely get a multi SIM card. I think you will need to port out to another network and then back to the data reward SIM.

    • Olivia Tanbury replied:

      You are correct that moving a mobile number from one SIM to another with the same provider does not have the convenience of porting numbers from one provider to another within 24 to 48 hours.

      I believe it takes 30 days to move a number from PAYG to pay monthly (or vice versus) within the same provider.

      I am assuming a number move from PAYG to PAYG (or pay monthly to pay monthly) within the same provider would also take 30 days, though I am unsure.

      Regarding the Data Reward SIM from Three, I can confirm the 3-2-1 tariff still applies (as I currently have a Data Reward SIM).

      The quickest way to number port from the obsoleted Three’s traditional 3-2-1 SIM to Three’s Data Reward is to port through an intermediary SIM (e.g. via EE PAYG).

      I recently performed that which you are querying in Dec 2020, and the entire process took 4 days.

      This is how it was performed:

      Three 3-2-1 SIM —> EE PAYG SIM —> Three’s Data Reward

      You can purchase an EE PAYG SIM for £1 at supermarkets, but if you desire to cut costs to a minimum, you can either order it from EE for free, get it for 20p via eBay, or purchase it for 50p from Iceland (frozen food stores), or 79p from Home Bargains.

      The benefit of using an EE PAYG SIM is YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TOP UP for number porting (unlike with other providers).

      When porting number to EE and from EE, I advise you to phone them for free on 150 (rather than via SMS or online, because an error will occur, as I encountered).

      The EE PAYG SIM comes with a complementary (free) 50 MB (confirm at https://myaccount.ee.co.uk/app/landing-payg ). Use this allowance to register your EE SIM by clicking the web form link given in step 4 at https://ee.co.uk/help/help-new/getting-started-and-upgrading/keep-my-number/how-do-i-transfer-my-number-to-ee

      You’ll need to register your name, DoB, and e-mail with EE (use can use any anonymised name/DoB/e-mail, but ensure you can still receive from the random e-mail address).

      One you’ve registered the EE SIM and have phoned 150 to port your 321 SIM to EE, provided you phoned EE between Monday to Thursday before 5pm, wait 48 hours before requesting a PAC from EE, which will be used to port your original 321 number from EE to your new Data Reward SIM.

      Also I wonder if you are already in possession of a Data Reward SIM ? If not, you can request one for free directly from Three at: https://www.three.co.uk/Free_SIM_MBB/Order

      Hope this helps you.

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