It's taken far longer than it should, but low-cost mobile operator GiffGaff has finally joined the 4G party. The O2-owned MVNO is now offering speedier goodybags alongside its interchangeable 3G tariffs, allowing existing customers (those who joined before October 29th) to upgrade at no extra cost. That loyalty bonus means prices start at £10 per month, offering 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data, rising to £15 per month for double the amount of minutes and the promise of 5GB of data. As expected, there's no offer of unlimited internet here. GiffGaff had previously tested 4G connectivity with some customers, but today marks the first time packages are available to all.
Those savings will only last two months, though. From January 12th, GiffGaff will bring its 4G goodybags in line with what new customers pay today. Those 1GB, 3GB and 5GB plans cost £12, £15 and £18 respectively, and are subject to the company's new traffic-shaping measures. Because GiffGaff uses O2's infrastructure, you will need to check that your 4G-enabled phone can support the 800MHz band it uses to provide LTE services. Most new phones do, but it's worth making sure before you put down any of your hard-earned cash.