Samba Mobile, the no brainer.

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Jan 8, 2013 in iPad, PS Vita, Tech |


Like most I’m always very sceptical about these ‘free data’ offers, well that was until I took the plunge and tried one.

My ad based free data provider of choice was Samba, which you gain free mobile data for simply watching a few ads.

Ok, so this is how it works, you initally pay for your SIM card (standard size of Micro Sim) or SIM card + Dongle, and that’s it. The SIM card is a one off charge of £5 (or £2.50 via the referral link), and the SIM Card and USB dongle is a one off charge of £25 (or £22.50 via the  referral link), and that’s it.

It’s probably worth noting that the Samba SIM card works on the Three network, so before signing up, I’d suggest checking your device of choice supports the Three network, and the coverage is decent enough for you.

So how do I get my free data? I hear you ask, well let me tell you. As soon as you’ve signed up and bought your SIM card or dongle (using Paypal or a credit/debit card), you are presented a selection of YouTube video ads. Most ads are around 10 to 20 seconds in length, however occasionally you will get one which can be up to 3 minutes. Click one, and around 80% of the way through, you’ll get a message saying ‘Smart move You just earned Samba credit’ and Boom! you’ve got 3.5Mb credited to your account. Want more data, click on the ‘earn more credit’, watch another video, and keep on going until you’ve got enough to see you through the day. The good thing is, even if you have no credit, you can still access the Samba site to watch a few ads to get you going again. From what I can tell, you can earn up to 115.5Mb a day (which took me around 30 minutes over the period of the day,  of clicking while I was doing something in other windows), there isn’t a  maximum cap on the bank, or an expiry on the data….no brainer!

Below is my earning from the last two days, and my SIM is in the post!


If you’re planning on using the data on the PC or Mac, you can download the ‘Samba Battery’ app which is a simple browser plugin (Chrome or Firefox) letting you know how much data you’ve got remaining. Currently this doesn’t update in realtime, however there are future plans to make it so. The delay seems to be a couple of hours, however will give you a rough idea of how much credit you have left. If you’re using this on the iPad, you can be redirected to a page allowing you to add a link to you’re homepage which will allow you to earn credit on your iPad too.

If you don’t have time to click on the ads, you can simply earn 250Mb (or £2.50 cash) of data by referring a friend, and there are no limits to the friends you can refer. Failing that, you can simply add data by using the SIM as Pay as you Go, for £2.50 for 250Mb or £5 for 500Mb, however these seem to have a 30 day expiry period.

I understand that this won’t be for everyone, but if you time to click through a few ads a day, it should keep you in data for life, personally I’m putting mine in my Playstation Vita, which is currently costing me £5 a month via Vodafone Pay as you Go, of which I doubt I even use 100Mb of.

If this does peak your interest, my referal link is yes, I will get 250Mb of data, however you will get £2.50 off either the SIM card or the Dongle.

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