Free mobile data, call and messages up for grabs

A scheme to help get residents on low income and have limited or no access to the internet on their phone or home broadband, will help them to get better connected. To apply for the scheme, known as the National Databank, or for more information, please email libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call/speak to a staff member at the Barking Learning Centre or Dagenham Library.

The National Databank, will help residents get online and also provide digital skills training. Eligible residents will be able to access one of the following:

  • 15GB per month of O2 data and free calls and texts for up to six months
  • 20GB per month of Vodaphone data and free calls and texts, for up to six months
  • 24GB per month of Three data, for up to six months. Calls and texts are not included.

Residents must have a compatible mobile or an unlocked mobile to use this data. The Three sim does not refresh so you will need to return to Barking Learning Centre or Dagenham Library to get a new sim.

To be eligible, residents must be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • From a low-income household
  • Have limited or no access to the internet at home or when away from home 
  • Unable to afford their existing monthly contract or top-up