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 £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).

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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 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:

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)
150MB with every top-up
(valid for 48 hours)
Per Minute 3p/minute 3p/minute
Per Text 2p/text 2p/text
Per MB 1p/MB 1p/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 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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£15.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£20.00
for 30 days
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited36GB£27.50
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 Live1 towns and cities are live on Three 5G (January 2020)
London
Planned &
Announced
24 towns and cities planned
Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland, Wolverhampton (Q1 2020)

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.

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,iv had the data reward sim since 2017,and you can use the bundles on the sim. In fact it is the 321 sim with 200mb of free data a month. When i went to spain last year i added the 15gb bundle with unlimited mins and texts,and got my payandgo rewards as well. The only thing the data sim hasnt got is voicemail,which i never used anyway

    • Hi Alan,
      Thanks for letting me know! I wasn’t aware that you could buy a standard Pay As You Go bundle on this SIM card? I’ll have a look into it…
      Ken

  • Hi, does this SIM have the same 6 month Inactivity Period as Three’s PAYG SIM?
    If it does does that mean I could just use “Chargeable Activity” every 6 months to keep it and my credit activated?

    • Hi James,
      Yes, it’s the same inactivity period on the Data Reward SIM. From Three’s terms and conditions:

      Termination after inactivity – Three reserves the right to terminate and disconnect the Data Reward SIM in the event you have not activated a Pay As You Go Credit on your account or undertaken any chargeable events or activities (for example, made telephone calls, sent text or photo messages, accessed content or the internet or any other services for which a charge is made) using any credit or allowance on your account within the preceding 6 month period.

      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Brilliant article thanks will get new PAYG Data award card sounds just the ticket I guess you can use it outside the UK.

    Great site

  • hi! thanks for the information! just letting you know I ordered the data reward sim for free with this link: https://www.three.co.uk/Free_SIM_MBB/Order . also, I was able to activate the free data (three.co.uk/freedata) on my Nexus 5 though I received a message from 2549 “The terminal cannot be configured remotely, please contact Customer Support for further assistance.” but checking my Access Point Names in my “Mobile Network Settings” I’ve got two configurations “3” and “3 Hotspot” if that’s what they were referring to and it’s working fine so I’m not bothered about it. cheers!

  • Hi, recently received the Three Data rewards SIM with the intention of using it in a Nokia 5.1 smartphone.
    Unfortunately for me it would not allow me to register for the free 200mb of data, and after a 40 minute call to 3 different customer service people at Three they told me that it is not support using it in a phone, only in a dongle or tablet and this is the reason i cannot register for the free 200mb.

    As I dont actually own a dongle or tablet that can take a SIM so Three suggested I take my SIM card to a Three store and ask them to put in in one of their devices to register it and then move it back to my phone afterwards.

    So maybe their policy has changed on this since others have tried it.

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your comment, and sorry to hear about the problems you’ve experienced activating the Data Reward SIM card. I’m personally not aware of Three restricting usage to certain types of devices, and I’m not sure they’d legally be allowed to do this due to Net Neutrality regulations. I’d definitely be really interested, however, to hear any other feedback people have had on this…
      Ken

  • Hello Ken,

    I got hold of one of these data reward sims from three and it works in either of the iPhone 6 plus and 3gs which I own.

    I activated the 200MB / month reward and it appears correctly on My3 login.
    It does indeed seem that you can make calls, text with and after an initial top up with credit purchases as low as £2, hey presto!… All good so far…

    However, I am trying to activate voicemail on the account.
    The three help desk suggested, after several calls with them, that they had indeed activated voicemail for my number, but all I get when I dial 123 is a request to “enter my number followed by hash key” and then “enter a pin followed by hash” which always fails with a message saying something like “that is the wrong pin number.” (I have been using the default pin suggested by the three call centre (1212) and have also tried (0000).

    Please now refer to http://www.three.co.uk/termspdf/MBB_Plan_price_guide_010119.pdf

    The document outlines all the call, text and data charges and the roaming in 71 countries etc. The only mention of VoiceMail (which implies there is indeed VoiceMail), is in the context of roaming abroad on page 9 of said document.

    Any suggestions?

    (Great post by the way!)

    regards
    Byron

  • Hi, if I buy one of these SIMs for 99p , I understand I need to make a first top up to activate the free monthly 200mb data but do not need to top up after that. My question is, as the top up for this sim start at £2, can I just top up with £2 initially when SIM received to be eligible for free data to be activated? Thanks

  • 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

  • Christopher Pugh said:

    I would like to add further comments to my post of 18th September 2017, concerning failure to connect to the network using a smartphone.

    A prompt appeared in the notification area on my phone “sign in to network 3” this said “Three. Hello, its time to get more data. Add as little as £2 credit to your account and get online for just 1p/MB. And this credit won’t expire because it only runs out when you use it up”.

    Previously, you had to order this SIM after paying £10 for 1GB of data. I obtained the SIM under the revised terms which allow you to get the SIM free of charge without pre-loaded data.

    Although Three says that the SIM will not work because I am using a smartphone, I am wondering whether the true reason is because a top up needs to be applied before the SIM is connected to the network and is usable. I would like to hear from anybody who has ordered the SIM without pre-loaded data and has then used it in a tablet, dongle, MiFi etc. Did the SIM work immediately, or was a top up necessary before connection was enabled. I would be prepared to risk £2 on a top up but this needs to be done by card payment. I am reluctant to register a card, I normally use a voucher, for security reasons, and the minimum for this is £10, a lot to lose if the SIM still doesn’t work.

    • Hi Christopher,
      Thanks for your comment. Hopefully, someone else reading this article will be able to share more in-depth experiences, but from my side I’d definitely recommend using a regular smartphone SIM card if you’re planning to use the SIM card regularly inside a smartphone. You get access to much better bundles (e.g. 3000 minutes, 3000 texts and 1GB of data for £10/month).
      Three’s Data Reward SIM card is classified as a mobile broadband deal, and as such, doesn’t have the same selection of all-inclusive bundles. I’m not aware of any technical reason why the SIM card can’t work inside a smartphone, as the tariff specifically allows you to call and text (if you have a quick search around on Google, you can find other instances of people doing this). Saying that, I’m not sure about all the details around the 200MB free allowance (it’s totally possible you may need to activate the SIM card with a top-up before receiving any free allowances).
      Ken

      • Christopher Pugh replied:

        Thank you, Ken, for your comments. I hear what you say about using a regular SIM in a smartphone. However, I have another phone for calls, and use the smartphone mainly for data. I was interested in this tariff because the 321 plan, which I was previously using, no longer gives 150MB of free data on topping up, and the monthly 200MB was a very welcome bonus. Hopefully, someone will be able to give me further information from experience. Thank you, again.

    • The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster replied:

      Hi Christopher Pugh,

      Both my sister and I have Three’s Data Reward SIM is our second (backup) phones, and I occasionally use it in my Lenovo ThinkPad 8 with 4G LTE Windows 10 tablet (which incidentally ravenously devours Apple iPads).

      I purchased two Data Reward SIMs as a buy-one-get-one-free offer from eBay for 99p, whilst my sister obtained hers directly from Three’s website for free. Neither of our Data Reward SIM had any pre-loaded data or free credit.

      Upon receiving the Data Reward SIM, £10 top-up credit was purchased. The credit does not expire, though Three makes a note of highlighting a chargeable action must be made with x days to ensure SIM remains active (where x is greater than 3 months, though I don’t recall the exact time).

      However if the £10 credit is specifically purchased for the 1GB of data, it becomes valid for up to 30 days.

      Also, the option of topping up by £2 is only available via Three’s My3 online portal.

      This Data Reward SIM works without any issue in both my smartphone and tablet, where standard mobile calls and internet access are actionable.

      One of the reasons for me obtaining this Data Reward SIM was for the free 200 MB monthly data allowance, and it has on numerous occasions aided me when my primary phone was not within immediate reach.

      Hope this helps resolved your queries regarding to the Three’s Data Reward SIM.

      • Christopher Pugh replied:

        Thank you for your comments. Apologies for the late response, I’ve only just returned to this page by chance. I thought that I’d try another method of getting cheaper data, and have bought a Huawei E5330 mobile broadband WiFi. I’m using it with my phone, with a 1GB data SIM on the Three network. When this runs out, I’ll get a 24 GB SIM from Amazon for £44.02. This does not expire for two years and works out at 0.18p per MB.

  • Christopher Pugh said:

    After reading your article, I sent for a Data Reward SIM to use in my Moto E 4G LTE XT1524 phone. There is now the option to order the SIM without having to pay £10 in advance for data. I did that.

    What a nightmare. I followed the instructions, using the phone to go to Three.co.uk/freedata, with 4G switched on and WiFi turned off, using the Chrome Browser. An error message appeared, saying that “Your connection is, not private, attackers may be trying to steal your information”.

    I checked, again, that WiFi was turned off, which it was. I tried again, using the Opera Mini browser. This gave an error message concerning the site’s security certificate, but gave me the option to continue. I got on to the site and managed to enter the required details.

    I then needed to go to my email to complete the registration process. Another error message, turning WiFi on enabled me to complete the process. I received an email confirming my 200MB of free data.

    I opened a My3 account. No 200MB was mentioned and it also said that my plan was “Prepay Mobile Broadband and that a data add-on was needed to browse the Internet”. The literature that came with the SIM implied that data could be paid for from phone credit.

    I contacted Three on Twitter, who asked for the details of the device I was using. They replied that “Our Data Reward SIM is a MiFi only SIM and will not function in a phone. They are designed to be used in tablets, mobile WiFi dongles and routers. We are sorry for any confusion.

    At least I have not wasted any money on a top up, but I feel rather miffed. To be fair, though, Three does say that the SIM is not for phone use, I only applied after reading your article. I have sent Three a link to your article. I would be interested to know if they contact you.

  • Hi I’ve just started using this sim, it’s great. However, I can’t seem to find out if three will accept a pac code so I can bring my old number to this three data reward sim.

    Also does anyone know if there are legal downsides between using a mobile broadband sim? E.g. less consumer protection if three mess up and lose your number.

    • Hi Ra,
      Many thanks for your comment. Yes, I believe it should be possible to transfer your phone number to this SIM card, but it’s worth double-checking with Three just to make sure.
      AFAIK, there are no differences in legal entitlement as the split between mobile broadband & mobile phone tariffs are just something artificial at the mobile network level rather than at a regulatory level. Some mobile networks won’t distinguish between the two (their normal bundles will work in any device, including a tablet or USB dongle).
      Ken

  • I’m pretty sure its been well over 6 months since I put £2 credit on this sim which I have in a spare Xperia phone and use for Here maps from time to time. The credit is as yet untouched and doesn’t seem to expire.

  • I use this in a Moto g3, has anyone else had problems with a echo of your voice when ringing landlines. It’s fine if it’s mobile to mobile.

  • I’ve been using one of these sims in a Motorola G phone for over 6 months or even more. Topped it up with £2 when I first got it and now have a balance of £1-95p.

    The 5p I’ve used was just to check that calls and text actually work just in case I need to use that method.

    All the other time the Moto G is connected to my TomTom satnav feeding it HD Traffic data, all for free.

    I keep wondering how long this can last but last month I did not turn my satnav on for a few days and Three sent a text message saying they were very concerned I was not using my free data and did I have a problem.

    No problem with freebees that for sure, can’t be bad.

  • Are you sure this is suitable for phones?
    The three web site does not list phones as suitable, or list any phone / text charges that I could see.

    • Hi Kevin,
      You can see details of the out-of-allowance charges in the full tariff T&C here (see “Further charges in the UK”). It’s also in Three’s press release for the tariff. With regards to you being able to use the SIM card in a smartphone, it’s true that they don’t specifically mention this on their website. However, the key thing is there is a voice & SMS service on the SIM, and there is no restriction against using it in a smartphone in the T&C. There’s also lots of feedback across the internet that the SIM card does work in smartphones/mobile handsets (though of course, most people will be better off on the standard PAYG tariff).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

    • It DOES behave like a 3-2-1 PAYG SIM when you run out of the free allowance, despite Three telling me it’s not supposed to work like that.

      It also DOES work in a Smartphone. I use it all the time! Well done Three, despite not knowing your own product.

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