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Giffgaff SIM card with £5 free credit

Lots of our readers have requested a dedicated page for ordering a Giffgaff SIM card as it’s easily our most popular offer. Remember, if you order by clicking on the banner below you automatically get £5 free credit to start using straight away as soon as you activate the SIM. And that £5 lasts a long time as our pricing chart shows.

How cheap is Giffgaff?

Network Calls SMS Data MMS 0800 Voicemail
Giffgaff 15p 5p 20p/20MB[1] 16p 0p 8p
O2 5p 5p 20p/20MB 25p 15p 15p
T-Mobile 30p 12p 120p/20MB 30p 40p 20p
Vodafone 30p 14p 80p/20MB 36p 0p 21p
Orange 25p 12p 160p/20MB 40p 25p 25p

For more details as to how Giffgaff’s prices compare, check out our full PAYG price comparison table.

How long does the SIM take to arrive?

Giffgaff are incredibly quick at getting the SIM cards out. They typically come in a couple of days but are usually shipped the same day and can even arrive the next day. If your SIM still hasn’t arrived after a week, you might want to reorder.

How do I bring my number with me?

It’s very simple to ask the agents on the Giffgaff website to port your old number over and it usually only takes one working day. For more information, check out our guide to PAC codes and porting your mobile number.

How do I activate my SIM?

To activate your SIM and start using Giffgaff and enjoying free calls and texts, all you need to do is top-up £10 worth of credit. You even have to option to directly top-up with a goodybag or to buy a goodybag with your credit. And don’t forget – if you order your SIM through the link here you’ll get £5 free credit meaning your £10 top-up will actually buy you £15!

Can you use Giffgaff on iPhones or iPads?

Yes. All Giffgaff SIM cards are now special hybrid SIMs which can be used either as a regular sized SIM or as a micro-SIM. Now that Giffgaff have launched data-only goodybags you are allowed to use data on iPads, tablets and with dongles so a micro-SIM is necessary in some cases. If you order a SIM card from this page it will work perfectly with your device no matter which type of SIM it takes and you’ll always get the £5 free credit if you order from this site.

by Jon M

25 Responses to “Giffgaff SIM card with £5 free credit”

  1. Maria 7 October 2016 at 19:33 Permalink

    I am traveling to the UK in a week. Can I apply from Algeria to my address at Canterbury so I can use it once I arrive there?

  2. Gordon 19 April 2016 at 17:32 Permalink

    Hey, I’m wanting to get a GiffGaff PAYG SIM for emergency use if my home broadband goes down, because I gather they allow tethering.

    But there are two points I’m unsure of for this purpose:

    1) How long would I be able to keep the SIM inactive before activating it? My plan would be to have the SIM on hand for emergency, then load it with a data-only Gigabag immediately when needed.

    2) Re the £5 free credit – would I get this when loading up with a data-only Gigabag? The reason the free credit is relevant to me is that it would allow me to make a call every 6 months to keep the SIM active for ongoing emergency use.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 20 April 2016 at 23:17 Permalink

      1. They last indefinitely without being activated. I think they reserve the right to a limit but we’ve used them after several years.
      2. We understand you get it as long as you top-up by £10 first before buying the goodybag with that credit. You also can keep the SIM active by receiving calls too last time we checked.

  3. Mike 29 March 2016 at 00:36 Permalink

    Is there anyway I can order a GG sim and activate it from Canada so that I have as soon as I step off the plane

  4. crumbs 5 October 2014 at 10:14 Permalink

    Hi I’m new to gg. Just done my first £10 top up but didn’t get the free credit…..have they stopped this??

  5. loose moose 3 February 2014 at 23:26 Permalink

    I left GiffGaff a little more than a year ago. Unlike the last poster, I didn’t use data at all back then as I didn’t have a smartphone. My problems were the unusually frequent service outages – long periods of time with no signal and no warning, which just didn’t feel safe – and that the website was often glitchy in ways that made it difficult to buy ‘goodybags'(bundles) – which was the only way you could buy the only things that made the network good value for money in the first place. And because of the way it’s set up, it’s hard-to-impossible to get in touch with anyone who has the power to actually help you sort out these issues – advice in the forum can only do so much, I’m afraid. So I left, and I don’t regret it – they’re not even the cheapest any more. What I do find very curious is the comparison table above, which seems rather skewed: they have the pricier networks but not, say, 3, Asda, Ovivo, etc…

    • Mobile Network Comparison 4 February 2014 at 11:40 Permalink

      The outages were a major problem but we haven’t heard about the goodybag glitches. Which browser were you using? You should be able to ask an agent to get anything fixed. The table just has the UK’s most popular networks to keep it manageable.

  6. jason 3 October 2013 at 17:32 Permalink

    I’m sure the constant radio use made it look like I was tethered but I’ve never had problems like that before I left t mobile unlimited to go to them to save money but I guess sometimes you get what you pay for, I thought the fact you can’t call anyone to complain only have to go on a forum was a cool idea but now it would of been nice to speak to someone about a problem and not look on their site for it to be down or reporting service problems and there’s nothing you can do about it, giff gaff is a good idea the auto top idea is fantastic but it needs serious work to get it up to a high fault free service maybe in the future it will work better but anyone relying on their phone for important calls think about it

    • Mobile Network Comparison 3 October 2013 at 17:34 Permalink

      But when you contacted an agent to confirm you weren’t tethering, didn’t they say that’s fine and let you continue? In our experience it has been unlimited as long as you don’t break the tethering rule even if it looks like you might be – once you confirm and prove that you’re not they are fine with it. Was that not the case?

  7. jason 2 October 2013 at 19:40 Permalink

    Really don’t bother terrible service lots of problems been with them a month a twice no service for hours seriously think about switching they are cheaper for a good reason its like going back 20 years plus their unlimited is very limited 2 hours of net radio and they warned me and stopped my net for 30 mins so bye bye gg that’s really not good

    • Mobile Network Comparison 2 October 2013 at 19:40 Permalink

      Do you know how much data you used in those two hours?

      • jason 3 October 2013 at 07:27 Permalink

        500 mg I checked that’s not the point they say unlimited and its not this wording fare usage needs to vanish its a lie what next saying I’ve used to many unlimited texts? Also the service problems are shocking

        • Mobile Network Comparison 3 October 2013 at 07:27 Permalink

          That doesn’t seem right. I have never heard of anything being disconnected for using 500 MB. What exactly did they say to you?

          • jason 3 October 2013 at 17:31 Permalink

            They have a no tethering rule,fair enough had radio on for 2.5 hours then it went off and I had a message from them saying they believe im tethering and will stop my net for 30 mins while I untether im pretty annoyed id be happy if they said they would limit it a day but it said unlimited I left straight away to virgin 30 day contract I appreciate they can’t cope with everyone using net constantly but just be honest with people don’t offer it as unlimited if its not

  8. denisfry 2 August 2013 at 09:58 Permalink

    have you changed your APN ,, and allowed mobile data ,,on settings

  9. megan 23 May 2013 at 19:08 Permalink

    Why can’t I recieve mms?

  10. paul 10 May 2013 at 11:11 Permalink

    i got no internet service coverage now for 2 and a half weeks. I’ve tryed cleaning the sim card and rebooting the phone from new and still nothing. I am a new customer to this service and thinking what do i try next ???? have u dissallowed my internet contaction or have I not done something to stop my internet…
    please call me on the number below as I dont know what to do next….

    with thx :

    Mr Clark

  11. Blue_Max 7 October 2012 at 22:35 Permalink

    How does it work?
    You pay £10 to get £15 credit
    Do you get £5 credit to try out Giffgaff without any strings attached?

  12. james 19 October 2011 at 16:28 Permalink

    great offer! i got my sim just a day or two later and when i activated it that evening i automatically got £15 credit for £10. still got more than £10 left so it hasn’t even cost me anything so far!

  13. tinkerbell 20 July 2011 at 12:39 Permalink

    hi, i have recentley taken the plunge and joined giffgaff and i am sooo glad i did. i took my phone number with me and it was really easy to do and only took 24 hrs to swap over. If anyone is contemplating taking the plunge – do it! you can always swap back if you dont like it, but im sure you will. they have quite a selection of different bundles (goodybags) to buy and are very good value for money. I get the £10 one and it as saved me alot of money from what i normally get, for £10 i get 250 minutes, Unlimited texts AND Unlimited web Plus my partners switched to them so we now get free calls to each other:rotfl:

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