Two million UK households are at risk of digital exclusion- which may be worsened by the cost of living crisis
The National Databank was founded by Virgin Media O2 and digital inclusion charity Good Things Foundation and provides free mobile data, texts and calls.
People can access the National Databank via O2 stores and receive 20GB of free O2 data per month for up to six months.
The O2 stores taking part are in 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.
Those eligible can go to a participating O2 store and ask for a 20GB data voucher, or they can access the National Databank through 650 participating community partners.
O2 Christmas SIM cards
Virgin Media O2 is also providing one million GB of free O2 data to help people stay connected at Christmas.
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 can 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.”