September 20, 2016

Giffgaff 4G Coverage and Network Summary

Updated: September, 2016

Giffgaff 4G

Introduction to Giffgaff 4G

Giffgaff is one of a number of MVNO’s entering the 4G market, but Giffgaff has certain advantages including a known name, a solid history as a 3G provider and low prices.

The network uses O2 for signal, so where O2 has 4G Giffgaff also has 4G. As Giffgaff uses O2 you can look at O2’s coverage to get a good idea of how Giffgaff is doing. So right now it should have 4G coverage for over 70% of the UK population and that’s likely to reach 98% before too long.

Giffgaff 4G Network Overview


Types of 4G from Giffgaff:

  • 4G – Typically 5 times faster than a standard 3G network.*

Like most other networks Giffgaff’s 4G is around five times faster than a standard 3G connection, though speeds will vary depending on the location and the number of people using the service. *4G speeds will vary depending on location and number of people using the service.

4G from Giffgaff uses the following network frequencies:

  • 800 MHz (0.8 GHz)

Find out more about 4G frequencies in the UK here.

Giffgaff uses the 800 MHz (0.8 GHz) frequency for 4G. This is especially good at passing over long distances and through walls, but it doesn’t have as high data capacity as some frequencies, so doesn’t work quite as well in areas where lots of people are connecting at once.

Roaming destinations

Giffgaff doesn’t currently offer any cheap or inclusive roaming for data, texts or calls.

Giffgaff 4G Coverage

Neither Giffgaff nor O2 offer a complete list of towns and cities with 4G coverage but they both have detailed coverage maps which you can scroll or enter a specific location on and O2 has brought 4G to over 6000 towns, cities and villages to date.

A subset of those locations includes Antrim, Basildon, Belfast, Bradford, Birmingham, Bridgend, Brighton, Burnley, Cambridge, Canterbury, Chelmsford, Coleraine, Colchester, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Liverpool, Livingston, London, Macclesfield, Maidstone, Manchester, Newcastle, Newtownabbey, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Pontypool, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Sittingbourne, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, St Albans, Swansea, Tamworth, Winchester and York.

Recent locations to get an O2 4G upgrade include:

Barton-upon-Humber, BraemarWhitehead, Clehonger, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Swarland, Westruther and Winterbourne. So you’ll also be able to enjoy Giffgaff 4G in these areas.

Use Giffgaff’s coverage checker here to find out about coverage and speeds in your area.

Giffgaff 4G Latest News

  • http://hotmail Adrian Watt

    Could you tell me when Orkney is going to get 4g we have 2g at the moment and there’s roomers that were going to skip 3g and go to 4g

  • Daryl

    Can you tell me when we will get 4g in Colchester?

    • Danny Dodge

      I was surprised to see 4G is now connected according to my signal bar :O

  • Chris

    Will a phone that offers “4G FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2600MHz” work on Giff Gaff for 4G? Huawei p8 lite. Thanks

    • Cherzo

      yes the 800 will do

  • Gary Read

    Your coverage checker link leads to a dead end.

    • Harry


  • giffgaffer

    giffgaff 4G is all but useless check their forum

  • Inzajeano

    I’m assuming that a phone with 4G Network – FDD: 2100(B1) / 1800(B3) / 2600(B7) / 900(B8) MHz 4G Network – TDD: 2600(B38) / 1900(B39) / 2300(B40) / 2600(B41) MHz will not work with giffgaff?