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Free calls, texts and data for your mobile phone

Thurrock Libraries is a community partner of the Good Things Foundation: National Databank scheme, which provides free mobile phone data, texts and calls for people in need.

The following companies are supporting the scheme by providing free SIM cards – small plastic cards that slot into mobile phones.

Company Data allowance available How long
Three 24GB One-off
Virgin Media O2 15GB per month 6 months
Vodafone 20GB per month 6 months

You may be able to benefit from this scheme – also known as 'data gifting' – if:

  • you are at least 18 years-old
  • you are a Thurrock resident
  • you are receiving benefits or on low income
  • you can't afford your phone's monthly contract or top-up charges
  • you have limited or no access to the internet in the UK, either at home or when away from home
  • your mobile device is either 'unlocked' or compatible with a participating company's SIM card – contact your mobile service provider or ask our library staff if you're not sure

At present you can only sign-up for the scheme at Belhus library, Chadwell library, East Tilbury library, Grays library or Tilbury library, although we're working to offer the scheme at other libraries.

You can get a free SIM card by asking at any of the libraries listed above. You only need to:

  • read the National Databank terms and conditions below
  • bring your mobile device to one of the libraries above so the SIM card can be inserted
  • sign a short registration form at the library to confirm you've read the terms and conditions and you are eligible

SIM cards will be available from October 2022. You can sign-up for an initial 6 months, during which you'll receive a data allowance on a monthly basis. After this first 6 months you may be able to sign-up for a second 6-month period if the scheme hasn't changed.