Full list of O2 stores that allow struggling Brits to access free mobile data

HARD Brits can score free mobile data from Virgin Media O2 to stay connected this Christmas.

The telecoms giant already offers free sims and mobile data, as well as talk and text minutes, to people who rely on it to get online through the National Databank.

Customers can upgrade to 20GB of free C2 data per month for up to six months


Customers can upgrade to 20GB of free C2 data per month for up to six monthsCredit: Reuters

It’s similar to a food bank, but with data connectivity to the internet – but the signal processing can be complex.

But Virgin Media O2 will now help more people in need of free mobile data by piloting the National Databank for the first time in the High Street across 10 O2 stores.

Struggling Brits were looking for their local community center Foundation Foundation to get free data.

To simplify the process, struggling Brits can now access the National Databank directly on the high street.

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Eligible customers who visit any of the 10 O2 stores can get 20GB of free O2 data per month for up to six months.

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This is enough to surf the internet for about 220 hours per month.

Virgin Media O2 said there are participating O2 stores in towns and cities where free data will help people working.

This includes communities where people are most digitally excluded.

Struggling Brits will be able to get free data at the following O2 stores:

  • Ballymena
  • Broadstairs (Thanet Westwood Cross)
  • Colesteria
  • Hastings
  • Hull (Jameson Street)
  • Norwich
  • Newport
  • Perth
  • Plymouth
  • Stockton-on-Tees (Retail Park Teesside)

Those eligible can get help by going to one of the participating stores and asking an O2 employee who is trained to use the National Databank platform, with a 20GB data voucher.

Gareth Turpin, head of marketing at Virgin Media O2, said: “We are stepping up our support in the cost of living crisis so that even more people can stay connected this Christmas.

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“It will now be easier than ever for those in need to access the National Databank directly on the High Street through our O2 stores, so they can be online and connected to essential services – from medical appointments to applying for jobs.”

What should I call free data?

To be eligible for data boost, you must be at least 18 years old and must come from a low-income family.

You must also qualify in one or more of the following;

  • Has no access or insufficient access to the internet at home
  • And/or has no or insufficient access to the internet when he leaves home
  • And / or they can not be a monthly contract or superseded

How does it work?

Staff and volunteers in selected O2 stores or online centers in the Things Foundation network could assess the needs of good people.

Then they use the data bank to get the sims and share from there.

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So you will need to access the free data to get the first support from the annals center.

You can find details of your nearest online center here.

Quantities given will vary. It will be decided based on your financial situation and how much information is available.

Support is also given to those who use the internet, with tools on offer to increase confidence and basic IT skills.

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The databank was first piloted with Virgin Media’s O2, and has now been rolled out nationally.

In January 2022 the plan with mobile internet data was expanded by Vodafone.

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The Good Things Foundation are now calling for the rest of the UK’s mobile networks to join the National Databank, to “end data poverty for good”.

The data boost will be welcome as the cost of living crisis continues to bite millions across the country – with many levels of difficulty increasing by the day.


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