October 24, 2013

Giffgaff 4G Coming March 2014


Giffgaff 4G coming in 5 months time.

Giffgaff has posted on its community blog that it will be launching 4G as early as March, 2014.

Giffgaff will continue to piggyback onto O2’s 4G mobile network as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator ( MVNO ). O2 themselves launched 4G on 28th August in Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Leeds, Leicester, Sheffield, London and Nottingham and will extend this to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle before the end of 2013.

4G expect Giffgaff to launch 4G in exactly the same cities as O2 when its 4G goes live.

Giffgaff involved 4,600 people via a members survey who were asked what they would like to see coming out of the company’s forthcoming 4G project and there will be further consultations in November, January and finally before the end of March 2014.

Giffgaff say that its customers may notice a difference with their SIM settings in readiness for 4G and these will make for a smooth switch to 4G when the time comes.

There will be a new giffgaff phone store which will focus on 4G ready phones and make the process of buying one as simple as possible.

  • Amanda-jayne

    I bought a samsung galaxy S3 last year with the 3g network and i have a giff gaff simcard in my phone…when 4g comes on giff gaff will i be able to get 4g on my phone?

  • Kevin Thomas


    This is a tricky one. There are two version of the S3. The one that works with 4G is called the
    Samsung Galaxy s3 LTE version. Its model number is GT-I9305 ( look out for it on the loading screen when you turn the S3 on)

    So if you don’t have that one its no good for 4G.

    If you have the Samsung Galaxy s3 LTE version it could work on GiffGaff but you would need a new SIM from them for sure.

    You could head over to the GiffGaff community forum http://community.giffgaff.com/

  • Amanda-jayne

    Hi Kevin
    Thank you for getting back to me…your information was very helpful…my galaxy is the S31900 so wont work with 4g….good excuse now to get the samsung Note 3 on 4g.
    Thank you again.

  • Connor Hill

    ive just bought an iphone 5 will i be able to get 4g whwn its rolled out i am on giffgaff

  • Kevin Thomas

    It depends if you have an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S

    If you have the iPhone 5 it only works on 4G with EE.
    giffgaff uses the O2 network so it wont work on 4G

    If you have a 5C or 5S then I would expect it to be fine.

    You could head over to the GiffGaff community forum http://community.giffgaff.com/

  • Anton

    On their website they mention some phones that don’t support LTE as 4G ones – namely, Galaxy SIII mini and even Nokia 301 :-)

    This is really confusing.

  • owen

    Could you tell me when 4g is cuming to norwich.

  • Kevin Thomas

    Giffgaff uses the O2 mobile network and has said it will launch 4G around March time.

    O2 has launched 4G so far in Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool,Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, London and Nottingham.

    No news for Norwich, best bet is to ask here http://community.giffgaff.com/

  • lee g

    problem is the testing is only been done with 2GB of data on 4G per month (£12-£20 all have 2GB), needs to be 4-5GB of data

    not sure if i will be able to use it as i use twice that much on giffgaff allready (£12 unlimited data) norm under 5GB a month

  • A W

    I am a giffgaff customer being asked to transfer to giff gaffs 4g. Is the Sony Xperia Miro compatible? I’ve looked all over the internet and had no joy. Thanks.

  • David T

    The Xperia Miro is a budget phone from 2012 so it only has 2G/3G modem, there would be no point transferring to 4G as it can’t receive the signal.

    To clarify on the iPhone 4G matter; the iPhone 5 is only compatible with 1800MHz 4G which EE primarily uses. Other network operators transmit at 800MHz or 2600MHz hence is likely not compatible. That’s a very simplistic view but should clear up the confusion somewhat.

  • Harry

    How can i get a 4g giff gaff sim.I am a giff gaff customer.