Quit Your iPhone Contract With GiffGaff

My current iPhone contract with O2 is coming to an end soon and I have been looking into cheaper alternatives to replace it with. Although I am happy with the service from O2 I know I could be saving money. I also hate being tied up in restrictive minimum contracts that the phone companies all seem to require.

I happened upon a site for a company called GiffGaff which claimed to offer packages for as little as £10 with unlimited texts, unlimited data and generous minutes and free calls between GiffGaff sims, all with no minimum contract length. You just buy a package each month, or not if you so wish, which means you have complete flexibility and control. You could skip the packages altogether and just buy call minutes but I would recommend looking at the packages as these are where the real savings can be made.

Simply Order A Sim from their site and pop it into your iPhone. If like me you had an iPhone from O2 there is literally no extra work to do as GiffGaff runs on the O2 network. You can be making calls as soon as your account is activated and credited. Everyone else will need to unlock the phone first.

This video explains how GiffGaff works.

What did require some work though was setting up data, but thankfully GiffGaff has a great community and forums which provide all the information you need to get it working. Even so I’ll post a guide here to save you time.

Changing Your iPhone Data Settings

The following settings are for use with iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4. GiffGaff don’t currently offer micro sims, so if you are using an iPhone 4 you will need to Modify The Sim Yourself (which is legal).

On your iPhone with the new sim inserted and your account fully activated and credited, go to:

Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network

You should be faced with a list similar to the one below, only containing different text. Simply change the text to what is shown below and you are good to go. Enjoy your unlimited data.

Internet Settings

APN – giffgaff.com
Username – giffgaff
Password – password

MMS Settings

APN – giffgaff.com
Username – giffgaff
Password – password
MMSC – http://mmsc.mediamessaging.co.uk:8002
MMS Proxy – 193.113.200.195:8080
Max message size – 307200
MMS UA Prof URL – [blank]

The full guide for getting started with GiffGaff on your iPhone can be found Here.

Wait, Don’t Order A Sim Just Yet!

Use This Link to order and we’ll both get £5 free credit.


Anthony Timmons is the founder of AMPt Design and runs spoutfire.com.

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