In a bid to prevent digital exclusion during some of the most challenging economic times facing the UK population, Virgin Media O2 is piloting a new scheme across 10 O2 high street stores in the UK. VMO2 and digital inclusion charity, Good Things Foundation founded the National Databank which aims to provide free mobile data, texts and calls. It enables people to access 20GB of free O2 data per month for up to six months.
O2 stores that are participating in the National Databank include; Ballymena, Broadstairs, Colchester, Hastings, Hull, Norwich, Newport, Perth, Plymouth, and Stockton-on-Tees- as these towns and cities are areas where free data will help those most in need.
Eligible people can visit the participating O2 stores and request a data voucher, or they can access the National Databank through 650 participating community partners.
Keep connected to loved ones this Christmas
With the festive season fast approaching and many families struggling to make ends meet, VMO2 is providing 1,000,000 GB of free O2 data to help people stay connected. New “O2 Christmas SIM Cards” are now available in O2 Stores nationwide and online, helping customers who need it, access 7GB of free data.
The SIM card can be gifted to anyone who needs it and they get a free O2 SIM card to enable them to use Data and access the internet.
Gareth Turpin, Chief Commercial at Virgin Media O2, said: “It’s now going to be easier than ever for those in need to access the National Databank directly on the High Street via our O2 stores, so they can get online and connect to essential services – from medical appointments to applying for jobs.
“And with our additional 1 million GB of free data available via special Christmas SIM Cards, Virgin Media O2 is helping more people get the data they need, so they can stay in touch with loved ones over the festive period.”