It has taken much more time than most of its rival networks but at last GiffGaff has finally launched its 4G data network to the wider public.
The company announced their 4G intentions earlier this year in March and have been conducting small-scale trials, which some of their customers have bought into throughout the year.
GiffGaff are owned by O2 and like they always, they will be using the network giant's infrastructure to push high speed data out to their loyal customers.
If you have never heard of GiffGaff before, you can be forgiven. They are a very small mobile network in comparison with the market's biggest players like O2, EE and Vodafone. GiffGaff are officially classified as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which just means they are an operator that does not own their own network infrastructure.
As earlier stated they are a low-cost network, so they offer their customers very reasonable deals. As part of their 4G rollout GiffGaff have announced three new 'goodybag' monthly price plans.
The lowest 4G offering will cost £12 per month and for that price you will receive 1GB of 4G data, 500 minutes and unlimited text messages. For an extra £3 you can boost your data upto 3GB and retain the same number of minutes and texts. Or if you are a heavy mobile data user then you can sign up to the £18 deal, which will allow you 5GB of data, 1000 minutes and unlimited texts.
One of the biggest gripes customers might have with these 'goodybag' deals is the lack of unlimited data option, which was a hugely popular plan with GiffGaff's 3G tariff offerings.
Before signing up to a 4G plan you will want to ensure that your smartphone will be capable of accessing O2's 800MHz 4G band. Most new smartphones won't have any trouble, but older ones may lack the necessary frequencies.