Dan Howdle | November 15th, 2022
There are a number of different ways mobile providers attempt to lure new customers each year around Black Friday. Some offer free gifts of cashback, while others – like Sky Mobile – are lopping chunks off the monthly fee they charge for the SIM that comes with your new handset. Specifically, in this case, Sky Mobile's 60GB SIM. And, if you're not in the market for a new handset, Sky Mobile is also offering an extra 10GB data on its 15GB SIM only deal, and an extra 2GB on its 2GB SIM.
Technically, this 50% Black Friday discount on Sky Mobile's 60GB SIM is available with any handset it offers. So, sure, you can get this deal with your Doro, Nokia, Fairphone or Oppo handsets if your budget is tight. But ultimately, the main reason for Sky to offer this deal is so that it can bring some of the more top-end phones within the price range of a wider audience.
This deal, then, allows you to save £540 across the length of your contract on iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, as well as Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Z Flip4 and S22 Ultra. The 50% discount brings down the iPhone 14, for example, to just £42 per month.
Save £540 when you purchase an iPhone 14 with a 60GB plan across the length of your contract.
Save £540 when you purchase a Samsung S22+ phone with a 60GB plan across the length of your contract.
The other deal Sky Mobile is offering is aimed at those who have a handset and just want a SIM. Its 15GB SIM – £12 per month – is now a 25GB SIM for the same money. Likewise, it is temporarily doubling the data on its 2GB SIM to 4GB, still £6 per month.
Realistically, 2GB or 4GB isn't going to be enough data for most people, but – and it's a big but – these SIMs are aimed at people who spend the vast majority of their time with their phone within wifi range and offer, therefore, an easy avenue to saving some money.
It's still not the cheapest data out there, but it does also provide a nice potential add-on route for anyone who wants to take out a handset contract with Sky Mobile and add a SIM or two for family members.
If you're in the market for signing up to a deal from Sky Mobile, it's worth considering which of its deals is most appropriate for you.
There are only four actual mobile networks in the UK: O2, Three, Vodafone and EE. All the others – Sky Mobile, Virgin Mobile, SMARTY, giffgaff and many more – all piggyback onto one of these four. Sky Mobile is on the O2 network which, in a twist of fate, has recently merged with broadband and TV competitor Virgin Media.
Thankfully, operating on O2 means that 4G coverage is near-universal, and 5G coverage is growing fast, but still mainly focused in densely populated areas. Be sure and check your likely signal quality on Sky Mobile's O2 coverage checker befor you sign up, and bear in mind that indoor and outdoor signal strength can be quite different.
Sadly, you won't get any additional money off your Sky Mobile deal if you're a Sky Broadband and/or Sky TV customer. This is because profit margins on both handsets and SIMs are extremely low.
However, there is still some benefit to getting all your services from a single provider. It keeps all your bills in one place and is easier to keep track of in terms of contract expiries and switching opportunities.