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Giffgaff Coverage



2G coverage: 99%3G coverage: 98%4G coverage: 78%

Coverage map

Giffgaff is a virtual network that runs on the O2 network. You can check the Giffgaff coverage map to find out about the signal strength in your local area.


Giffgaff also uses O2 for its 4G mobile network but didn’t launch it until 2014. You have to buy 4G enabled goodybags to make use of the increased speeds. Giffgaff also only use the 800 MHz frequency but expect to cover 98% of the UK population by 2015.

Giffgaff currently have active 4G connectivity in: Antrim, Bradford, Birmingham,Bridgend, Brighton, Burnley, Coleraine, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Liverpool, Livingston, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, London, Macclesfield, Newtownabbey, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Pontypool, St Albans, Sittingbourne and Tamworth.

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For more information, compare Giffgaff’s coverage with other networks’ mobile coverage or check out our complete Giffgaff review.

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28 Responses to “Giffgaff Coverage”

  1. ken crone 30 November 2015 at 17:08 Permalink

    does giff gaff have coverage in europe?

  2. Brenda 27 July 2015 at 17:59 Permalink

    Hi I am interested in changing to Giffgaff but like to use my mobile abroad. I have read it is capped at the same amount for everone. What is that.

  3. Ain 5 July 2015 at 03:45 Permalink

    Hi! I will be travelling to Wales this coming August. Is your coverage includes Aberystwyth and surrounds?

  4. Harrytherid 10 June 2015 at 14:26 Permalink

    what is an airtime balance?

  5. Harrytherid 10 June 2015 at 12:38 Permalink

    how does one pay the roaming charges

  6. Eva 24 March 2015 at 14:26 Permalink

    Hi there, I am interested in joining GiffGaff now, after just cancelling a contract with EE, but I use my phone abroad quite a lot and need to know how does it work with using data in countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden…
    Thank you!

    • Mobile Network Comparison 24 March 2015 at 15:27 Permalink

      It’s the same as any other network – you just roam onto a local provider. Within the EU the roaming rates are capped at the same amount for everyone.

  7. Peter burrows 12 March 2015 at 08:07 Permalink

    Suggest you look at giffgaff website for information on how to unlock your old mobile. Once unlocked, you order a free giffgaff SIM card it’s all on the giffgaff site. If phone is old then select standard SIR variant.

  8. Trudy Barrow 29 November 2014 at 14:35 Permalink

    totally new to this so excuse th eignorance of the elderly !! have an old 2g phone on tesco payg notice your tarriff sustantially les as its old like me would it be a standard micro sim also whats this unlocking? i do know how to unlock a door for the cat but susect you mean something else how much to unlock and where many thanks and merry christmas

  9. Keith 2 May 2014 at 19:39 Permalink

    Will my ipad 2 with a £12.50 3gb gigabag work abroad?

  10. Grace 8 May 2012 at 19:24 Permalink

    how do you top up with a voucher? do you ask for an O2?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 8 May 2012 at 19:43 Permalink

      You can top-up with either a Giffgaff voucher or an O2 voucher. You can get both from any corner shop. You can also easily top-up online.

  11. neil 18 February 2012 at 12:03 Permalink

    i am thinking of moving to your network can i bring over my own mobile phone number when i cancel my existing contract and move to you selves?



  12. Barrie 18 January 2012 at 10:26 Permalink

    Does it work abroad as a normal O2 coverage and what are the prices?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 18 January 2012 at 11:13 Permalink

      Yes it does – international roaming is exactly the same as with O2. In Europe, making a call is 35p/minute while receiving a call is only 11p per minute. Sending texts costs just 10p, sending MMS is 16p while receiving both is completely free. Let us know if you need anything else.

  13. Maureen Robertson 15 January 2012 at 12:00 Permalink

    I am thinking of buying an IPad2 and am unsure how much data I will use out of the house, I love O2 and have 3 mobile phone accounts with them for my family, I like the idea of Giffgab for the IPAD but dont know how much i will use, can I start on a small amount and then if I realize I will need to increase it the following month can I increase or decrease it each month.

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