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Sky broadband deal of the week: Up to 17Mb, unlimited usage, PAYG calls, £100 cashback

Thursday, August 24th 2017 by Dan Howdle
Yesterday, I picked the best BT deal currently on, today it’s Sky. Admittedly, Sky’s best doesn’t offer quite as much in terms of speed (BT’s was 52Mb fibre), or cashback (BT offered £150), but in broadband not everything is always exactly as it seems. Allow me to explain…

I’m not going to spend this whole blog comparing this Sky deal with the BT one I talked you through yesterday, but I will say this: The £100 cashback offered here is pretty much identical to the £150 offered by BT. BT, you see, wants £59.99 up front, while Sky only wants a tenner. Ergo, there’s a penny in it when comparing the two. Here, have a look.

  • Sky Broadband Unlimited

    Sky
    • Pay set-up cost today
    • No inclusive calls
    • Free Sky Q Hub router
    Offer ends 28th September
    £15
    £9.95 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • BT Unlimited Infinity + Calls

    BT
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • UK's best Wi-Fi router
    Offer ends 28th September, Free £120 BT Reward Card & Half price connection worth £25
    £31 .99
    £34.99 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

Why 17Mb? Why not fibre or something faster?

There are faster deals from Sky, of course there are, look, here’s a couple of them here…

  • Sky Fibre Broadband

    Sky
    • Set-up cost required upfront
    • No inclusive calls
    • Free Sky Q Hub router
    £23 .99
    £59.95 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • Sky Fibre Max Broadband

    Sky
    • Pay set-up cost today
    • No inclusive calls
    • Free Sky Q Hub router
    £38 .99
    £59.95 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

And if 17Mb isn’t going to be enough for you, feel free to take one of them. After all, they offer a £100 cashback via a pre-paid Mastercard too. But before making a decision, consider that, like BT’s fibre, Sky also demands a £59.99 set-up cost, whittling that hundred quid down to a measly forty. That’s quite the sacrifice in the name of a few extra megabits, so you’d better be sure you need it.

Is 17Mbps going to be enough for me?

I can only say that it’s enough for most households. If all you do is surf the web, download the odd app, stream Netflix/iPlayer etc. and provided there aren’t a bunch of you in the house all trying to do these things at the same time, 17Mbps is plenty.

If there are a lot of you, though, and you’re all big internet users – if your teenage kids are off upstairs to stream their favourite shows, your partner is uTorrenting all of this year’s movie releases and the dog’s repeat-ordering biscuits on Amazon, you’ll probably need something faster.

Why Sky and not BT then?

It really comes down to personal preference to some extent. The main advantage with Sky is that you have the UK’s best subscription TV service available if you fancy bolting it all on. BT TV is catching up, and certainly BT Sport is becoming every bit the equal of Sky Sports (if you want all the football, you’ll need both, so it doesn’t matter who you pick).

Me personally? I don’t watch sport and I don’t subscribe to a TV package – I watch all my TV on Netflix, Amazon and Now TV. And for all that, I have Virgin Media. How’s that for a curveball thrown in at the end?

Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk

Dan Howdle is Cable.co.uk’s resident telecoms expert. Dan appears regularly in the UK press to talk about issues faced by UK consumers on matters of broadband, TV and mobile, and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, ITV News, Sky News, and on a number of BBC and non-BBC UK radio stations. If you have a question for Dan, you can email him at expert@cable.co.uk.

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