Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One among Android devices on offer

Community-based MVNO Giffgaff has begun selling smartphones for the first time today. The operator, which runs on O2 UK's network, had previously limited itself to SIM-only deals with community-based customer service through its forums. From today Brits can buy Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One from Giffgaff, paying for the devices in one lump sum upfront, or in monthly installments separate from its service charge. Customers can choose to pay for the phone over six, 12, 18 or 24 months, with initial payments of between £50 and £200.

Service plans work just as they always have, with customers able to purchase monthly "goody bags" with a balance of minutes, calls and texts. A major draw of Giffgaff in the past has been its relatively cheap unlimited data goody bags, which start at £12 for 30 days of unlimited data and texts, and 250 minutes.

Giffgaff is marketing some of its phones as "4G ready," hinting at plans for LTE coverage in the future. While the operator doesn't currently offer LTE services, O2 has previously said it'll extend its 4G network to MVNOs, including Tesco Mobile and Giffgaff, at some point in the future.

Source: Giffgaff, Recombu, Crave


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UK MVNO Giffgaff now selling phones


Why is the header image of this article a picture of a screen displaying the site? What's wrong with a screenshot?

^^^^^Trivial and unrelated to the main point^^^

Seems like it could be another provider to offer great value to the mix and hope they do well, Im currently with EE which works well for my area, but come the end of my contract giffgaff could and might be an option perhaps :-)

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Does GiffGaff have LTE coverage or a coming soon rollout?


I've hit the link. Yes they do or will. It does make for a good option.

I don't know for certain, cause I haven't looked. But I'd put good money on them being unlocked. It's pretty much a certainty.

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Quite interested in S4, G2 or Z1 but want to stay with EE, also I can't afford full price up front so paying off monthly appeals to me.

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Be wary of GiffGaff. Their unlimited data plan is only for phone use and not tethering. By tethering they mean using ANY other thing connected to the phone such as devices to help the disabled or having the phone in a dock. They also can't be used in tablets or 'phablets'.

I had a huge discussion with them over using disability input aids and basically got told 'tough, it's not fair but live with it, pay per gigabyte then'. I wouldn't give them a penny of my money after that.

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