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Which networks offer data rollover on Pay As You Go?

1st April 2020

Data Rollover

One of the best perks you can get from your network is data rollover, as this can help ensure you get better value from your mobile plan and that you aren’t paying for data you don’t use.

As the name suggests, it lets you roll over unused data from one month to the next. So if for example you have a 2GB allowance and only use 1GB, the next month you would have access to 3GB, thanks to your usual 2GB allowance being combined with the 1GB of leftover data.

However, on Pay As You Go there are only three networks that offer data rollover at the time of writing. Below we’ve highlighted which networks these are, and the exact terms and details of their data rollover offerings.

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Vodafone

Vodafone offers a range of bundles on Pay As You Go, each of which comes with an allowance of minutes, texts and data valid for 30 days.

If you purchase one of these then any minutes, texts and data that you don’t use from the bundle will be rolled over into the next 30 days. So it’s not just data rollover, it’s what Vodafone calls ‘Total Rollover’.

The rolled over allowances only roll over once though, so if you don’t use them during the next 30 days you’ll lose them. You also won’t be eligible to roll over your allowances if your bundle doesn’t automatically renew by the end of day 30 (which could happen if you cancel or don’t have enough credit in your account).

Vodafone Pay As You Go Bundles

Bundle

Allowances

£10 Bundle

250 mins

Unlimited texts

3GB of 4G data

£15 Bundle

250 mins

Unlimited texts

5GB of 4G data

£20 Bundle

1000 mins

Unlimited texts

10GB of 4G data

£30 Bundle

3000 mins

Unlimited texts

20GB of 5G data

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Additionally, your allowances won’t roll over if you renew your bundle early or you switch to a different bundle.

Note that Vodafone also offers a Pay As You Go bundle with unlimited data, minutes and texts, but this doesn’t include rollover for obvious reasons.

EE

At the time of writing, EE offers data rollover with all of its 30-day Pay As You Go packs. As with Vodafone, your unused data is rolled over into the next month’s allowance so that you get a second chance to use it, but it’s only data that gets rolled over, not your minutes and texts.

Of course, as with Vodafone it only rolls over once, so you only have an extra 30 days to use it. To help you do that though, rolled over data will be used before any new data.

EE Pay As You Go Bundles

Bundle

Allowances

£10 Pack

4GB of 4G data

100 mins

Unlimited texts

£15 Pack

8GB of 4G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£20 Pack

15GB of 4G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£25 Pack

30GB of 4G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

£30 Pack

60GB of 4G data

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

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Note that data from free boosts won’t be rolled over, and that you must buy a new pack within seven days of the expiry of the previous pack in order to qualify for data rollover.

O2

O2 offers a number of automatically renewing ‘Big Bundles’ on Pay As You Go. With these, any unused data will roll over from one bundle to the next, assuming your bundle automatically renews and does so on the same day as your previous bundle expires. If you switch to a different bundle though then the data won’t roll over.

O2 Pay As You Go Bundles

Bundle

Allowances

Cost

3GB Big Bundle

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

3GB of 4G data

£10

6GB Big Bundle

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

6GB of 4G data

£15

10GB Big Bundle

 

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

10GB of 4G data

£20

20GB Big Bundle

Unlimited mins

Unlimited texts

20GB of 4G data

£30
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O2 also puts a cap on how much data you can have in total as a result of data rollover. But the cap is set at double your normal data allowance, which is the most you can roll over on the networks listed above anyway (since you can only roll data over once, so it’s not possible to more than double your normal data allowance).

Conclusion

Looking purely at the data rollover aspect of these Pay As You Go plans, Vodafone has the edge because it offers 5G data on its priciest bundles. Vodafone additionally stands out for letting you roll over minutes and texts as well as data.

EE arguably takes second place, because you can get more data in a bundle with data rollover than on Vodafone or O2.

For a closer look at Pay As You Go in general, check out our best Pay As You Go plans guide.

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