Free mobile data

The National Databank is giving free mobile data to people who can’t afford their internet connection.

The National Databank is a national foodbank for connectivity data. Run by Good Things Foundation, data to help almost 500,000 people will be donated by Virgin Media O2, Vodafone, and Three Mobile from September 2022.

Who can access free data?

Any community-based organisation that directly supports people experiencing data poverty can apply for SIMs to give to the people they support. There are three data offers:

  • O2 – 20Gb per month, free texts and calls for up to 12 months
  • Vodafone – 20GB per month, free texts and calls for up to 12 months
  • Three Mobile – 24Gb data only in total available until it is all used

Who qualifies?

People receiving this data must: 

  • be 18 years old or over
  • be from a low income household 
  • have no or insufficient access to the internet at home, or insufficient access to the internet when away from the home, or be unable to afford their existing monthly contract or top up

How to sign up

Community organisations first need to Join the Online Centres Network. Once they have joined the network, they can register with the National Databank.

Databank applications are reviewed after the end of each month, so if an organisation applies in September, they will be notified of the outcome by mid-October.