Make your smartphone happy for a tenner

I like to think I command an above average knowledge of Scottish phrases: Auld Reekie, dreich and many a mickle maks a muckle being among them. However, I’ve got to admit that giffgaff is a new one on me. It turns out to be an Old Scottish word meaning ‘mutual giving’, but it’s also the name of a UK mobile phone network offering some rather attractive bundles.

For the reasonably priced sum of £10 a month, giffgaff offers unlimited data, which prices it below even Three’s £15 PAYG offering. As a smartphone user, data is my top priority when it comes to network deals, yet finding data without paying through the nose has becoming increasingly difficult, as most networks have imposed strict 1GB or even 500Mb data caps over recent years.

Now these may sound like plenty of data for a mobile device to use over a month and yes, it’s fair to say that I don’t normally get near to this limit. The thing is, I’ve realised that I’ve learnt to curb my use of apps so I don’t risk breaching the limit, which has meant I’ve been avoiding media-rich content such as audio and video. I have in fact been failing to make full use of my smart phone because of data caps and it was time to put it right.

My phone and usage would be set free, listening to the morning’s news on the commute into work while checking Twitter, buying and updating apps when I’m out and about (regardless of their size), and generally being entertained and informed by whatever content out there takes my fancy. Great fun with no worries. Bonzer.


I’m currently trying out my giffgaff SIM with their £10 goody bag (150mins, 150 texts, unlimited data) and things are looking on track to move over from O2 and halve by monthly bill. Interestingly, giffgaff uses O2’s network, so I’m effectively getting the same service (plus more data) for half the price. Don’t mind if I do.

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