Free wifi hotspots for giffgaff users
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Free wifi hotspots for giffgaff users

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Found 11th Oct
I don't know if this is posted or not but I just got an email from giffgaff about free wifi hotspots around the UK. This may be old news for some people but I just found this out hope it helps.

Enjoying the free WiFi is a piece of cake:

Download the latest version of the 'My giffgaff' app

Open the menu and choose 'WiFi Extra'

Press to turn on or install settings

See, easy peasy. The app will take care of the rest and will automatically connect you to the WiFi when you're near a hotspot or when travelling on the London Underground.

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Left them and won't be back.

Original Poster

Al77773 m ago

Plussnet stomps gg no contest.

Really bad connection with plusnet and ID mobile in my area the signal always drops. With giffgaff I haven't had a problem and I get 4G pretty much everywhere. This is just a bonus for me or for anyone using giffgaff.

Plussnet stomps gg no contest.
Edited by: "Al7777" 11th Oct

And with guff gaff you'll need it.Dial up is faster .As for people saying I'm not bothered about speed blah blah blah just admitt you are.🤣
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Left them and won't be back.

Plussnet stomps gg no contest.
Edited by: "Al7777" 11th Oct

Original Poster

Al77773 m ago

Plussnet stomps gg no contest.

Really bad connection with plusnet and ID mobile in my area the signal always drops. With giffgaff I haven't had a problem and I get 4G pretty much everywhere. This is just a bonus for me or for anyone using giffgaff.

Thank you OP - didn't know about this
Edited by: "Macdory" 11th Oct

schnecker2 h, 47 m ago

Left them and won't be back.

Why did u leave.... ppl saying there pretty good, contract about to run out, was thinking on moving there

Thanks for the tip!

Left them recently for smarty network and not looked back

Thanks OP, 3 family members here on Giff Gaff, wasn't aware of this.

izy34 h, 58 m ago

Why did u leave.... ppl saying there pretty good, contract about to run …Why did u leave.... ppl saying there pretty good, contract about to run out, was thinking on moving there

I left giffgaff as speed in central london was a joke. Lunch time barely 0.1mb. Switched to plusnet (life at the time) and got 8mb

And with guff gaff you'll need it.Dial up is faster .As for people saying I'm not bothered about speed blah blah blah just admitt you are.🤣

With o2 / Giffgaff it was never a problem not having signal, as in there was always 3G / 4G but it was awfully slow. For years I assumed that was how mobile internet was, until I switched to EE and it all became clear that o2 / GiffGaff are just just really bad.

Inregards to SIM only, now that plans have come down on the major networks I don't really understand why anyone would use use these piggyback networks unless you couldn't get your current deal even close on the major networks.

muckspreader113 m ago

And with guff gaff you'll need it.Dial up is faster .As for people saying …And with guff gaff you'll need it.Dial up is faster .As for people saying I'm not bothered about speed blah blah blah just admitt you are.🤣


This. At times it is unusable, even in major cities.

Thanks I had no idea, and never had a problem with Giff Gaff

3G speeds are terrible - partly down to how o2 let GG users on to the network, 4g speeds are fine - at least in every 4g location I have tried. 20Mbps is more than enough for most activities on a phone, and that is what I was getting around London last summer.

At home I get around 55Mbps, although to be fair, EE gets 80-100Mbps.

I didnt know about the WiFi thing, so a thank you to the OP

Voted hot cos free hotspots.
But GG suck.
Don't believe me, ask their support team. Lmao

Gentle_Giant15 m ago

3G speeds are terrible - partly down to how o2 let GG users on to the …3G speeds are terrible - partly down to how o2 let GG users on to the network, 4g speeds are fine - at least in every 4g location I have tried. 20Mbps is more than enough for most activities on a phone, and that is what I was getting around London last summer.At home I get around 55Mbps, although to be fair, EE gets 80-100Mbps.I didnt know about the WiFi thing, so a thank you to the OP



in the north east, parts of Scotland, Nottingham, Manchester speeds are amazing on 4G, 2Mb, not 20 2. When Virgin were doing 3G only I was talking to a colleague and said why on earth would you sign up to them when they are only 3G we did a speed test on same phones and I got less than 2 while she got 15Mb. Left shortly after that, wife went back to GG after having issues with another company and speeds are still the same.

To make matters worse I spoke to GG MD in a community discussion last year and brought up speed, he told us that GG are making millions in profit which allow o2 to invest in the network, that's all well and good but when the investments don't improve speeds for GG customers why should we pay for it. o2 and Tesco take priority, now Sky is in the mix and GG are brushing the dregs at the bottom.
Edited by: "eslick" 12th Oct

Thanks

carsick7759 m ago

With o2 / Giffgaff it was never a problem not having signal, as in there …With o2 / Giffgaff it was never a problem not having signal, as in there was always 3G / 4G but it was awfully slow. For years I assumed that was how mobile internet was, until I switched to EE and it all became clear that o2 / GiffGaff are just just really bad. Inregards to SIM only, now that plans have come down on the major networks I don't really understand why anyone would use use these piggyback networks unless you couldn't get your current deal even close on the major networks.


price. it's cheaper than the major networks

Al77779 h, 33 m ago

Plussnet stomps gg no contest.


They didn't yesterday. My and my wife (+many more) could not phone land lines all day

Banned

Thanks, been using the app for months and didn't even know this.

Had 4 contracts with them. They started reducing gigs 1st of all. Then the only time I could surf was at crazy hrs of the day or night. Coverage was spot on but too many changes to initially good contracts. Go for it they are month by month and very easy to leave. Those are just my honest opinions.

josh9711 h, 6 m ago

price. it's cheaper than the major networks


major networks yes, but the major networks have their own services now like PlusNet, get one of their plans and you get so much more well of everything and if you are regular hotdealer there is no excuse for not knowing there is a PlusNet, Id post on here at least twice a week and that's being kind

carsick772 h, 15 m ago

This. At times it is unusable, even in major cities.

Pay peanut's get peanut butter🤣

Surely all this app is adding, to the wifi everyone can access, is the London Underground wifi - which can be got easily enough for pennies a year just by keeping a Three SIM active.

So this won't be a reason to stick with GiffGaff.

eslick50 m ago

major networks yes, but the major networks have their own services now …major networks yes, but the major networks have their own services now like PlusNet, get one of their plans and you get so much more well of everything and if you are regular hotdealer there is no excuse for not knowing there is a PlusNet, Id post on here at least twice a week and that's being kind


I agree, I am on Plusnet personally having been Giffgaff for >5 years prior. I think the guy who posted though was trying to say that EE direct is as cheap as Plusnet or Giffgaff, which is not true.

As Plusnet customers we don't get the full speed of 4G which EE direct customers do

Only reason I left them was because they kept blocking my internet when I FTPed to my Nas drive. Said I was tethering as it was connected to Linux machine 🙄

I am in edinburgh and here GG outside the center (even 1mile) have decent speeds. In the center not so much. However, GG has really cheap dial rates for international calls. I wanted to jump to plus net but at 1pound per min for all europe is way too much. GG can be as little as 0.01 pound/min for some countries!

Thanks OP!
Been on GG about four years. Get 4G with no issues even in my remote cottage.

madnlooney19 m ago

Only reason I left them was because they kept blocking my internet when I …Only reason I left them was because they kept blocking my internet when I FTPed to my Nas drive. Said I was tethering as it was connected to Linux machine 🙄



GG dont have an issue with tethering on most of their packages, how long ago did you have the problem??

We currently run a 4G router in our shop using a GG SIM, it is the tether for a payment system and a tablet used for the ordering system (plus my daughters de-SIM'ed phone, so she can play games when we open late on Friday/Saturday evenings).

The ONLY package I know of, where tethering isnt allowed, is the "always on" package with unlimited data.

@eslick I also contacted him, about 3G speeds in Malvern, and he got them sorted - we were getting 4Kbps and now get 2Mbps up/down on 3G. It was a configuration error on the mast. Calling tech support kept getting "Nothing wrong" replies, as the mast was working fine, it was only the data limiters that were screwed - 4Kb down and 4Mb up speeds, and no one could see there was a problem!!.

Move away from the Malvern transmitter and everything was fine, at least around Worcstershire.

I should have added; the issue was affecting O2 customers as well, including the O2 hotspots; it had been going on ever since a fault in the transmitter tower in 2010!!

I've never had much problems with giffgaff in Northern Ireland. Speeds are definitely not as fast as EE, but the coverage is better over here from my experience.

Thanks for the post, I di not know about this.

I live and work in London. I really do not have a problem on GG. I used to be with EE (terribly slow or no access a lot of the times) and ID Mobile (Pptew!). GG are a joy to be with compared to them.
Edited by: "fiqqer" 12th Oct

You don't need to be a GG customer to use O2's wifi hotspots, they're free for everyone.

Coverage is good, as o2 has a good spread BUT the speed is a different thing. No point having 3g or 4g showing on your phone is the speed is so slow

I have a dual sim phone with Giffgaff (O2) and Plusnet (EE) SIMS. Coverage does come and go depending where I am in the UK and abroad. I would say that GiffGaff are no worse / better than PlusNet for me. Anyway this does include Virgin WiFi access on the London Underground so a thumbs up from me

Good having one of these in a Quad-sim phone, you can almost guarantee that one of the sims will work near a hotspot

I have a giffgaff sim in my alarm panel at home, can I still use the app on a phone with a different providers sim card in via my account login?

Had a good experience with GG, both my girlfriend and I used them for 3 years or so but they're just too dear for what they offer now.
Fair enough they're the only network to offer O2's signal outside of O2 themselves but they really need to offer more data for the current cost of their goodybags.

I'm using iD Mobile at minute, girlfriend on FreedomPop. Can't really recommend either as the service for 3 is atrocious where we live.

Going to give PlusNet on the EE network a go next.

Gentle_Giant2 h, 6 m ago

The ONLY package I know of, where tethering isnt allowed, is the "always …The ONLY package I know of, where tethering isnt allowed, is the "always on" package with unlimited data.


I'm on the unlimited plan and tether constantly to my Android head unit in the car to save having to have a dedicated connection for it and I've never had any issues with doing so

I live in London and can't say I've ever notice the speed to be slow, it always gets online and does what I need it to and when I'm in the car it streams music and videos to the head-unit without buffering.

Thanks OP I've got myself and my 4 kids all on GG and none of us knew about the free wifi.

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