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Sky has launched its mobile service using O2’s network to carry its signal. Here's what we know about Sky's new mobile service.

What can we expect from Sky Mobile?

Long known as the final word in premium TV, Sky is taking the plunge into the UK mobile market. We expect the launch to occur at the start of 2017 and the service to operate as a virtual mobile network, meaning it won’t have it’s own network of telephone masts, but will be carried over a pre-established network – O2’s mobile network in this case.

Sky has been drip-feeding information regarding its new service, but it’s now available to buy. We’re very excited about how Sky is attempting to shake up the UK mobile market, offering a fairer deal to mobile users and offering brilliant incentives for current Sky broadband and TV customers.

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What network does Sky Mobile operate on?

O2’s mobile network. When Sky announced that it was launching as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), it was in partnership with O2. O2 overs both 3G and 4G data speeds over the majority of the UK. While MVNOs don’t always receive exactly the same speed and coverage as their host networks, it gives you the best indication of whether you’ll be covered. You can check Sky’s coverage map to see if your area is within its coverage zone.

What SIM tariffs does Sky Mobile offer?

Sky’s approach to SIM tariff’s differs from pretty much every other provider on the market. On the face of it, Sky offers its customers three tariffs they are:

  • 1GB – £10
  • 3GB – £15
  • 5GB – £20

The observant among you will have noted that there’s no text or call allowance on any of the plans – that’s because there isn’t any text or call allowance. Existing Sky broadband or TV customers will receive unlimited calls and texts at no extra cost (which we think is fantastic), while non-Sky customers will have to pay an extra £10 per month for unlimited calls and texts. If you choose not to pay this, you’ll be charged for calls and texts on a pay-as-you-use basis, which is ideal if you use your phone more for browsing than calling.

Change your plan whenever you want

Sky has mentioned that it’s possible to change which plan you’re on month-to-month. This is a similar scheme to giffgaff’s, but all Sky Mobile SIMs come on 12-month contracts, as opposed to giffgaff’s standard 30-day rolling contracts.

Roll your data over from one month to the next

Another great feature of Sky Mobile is that you can roll over any unused data to use as and when you want. Sky has recognised that many of us pay for more data that we use, and this unused data vanishes at the end of the month. It proposes a scheme where by any unused data you’re left with at the end of the month goes into a ‘piggybank’ where it will remain for three years. You can then access this ‘banked’ data whenever you want.

Will there be discounts for existing Sky customers?

Yes, Sky has some great offers for existing Sky TV and broadband customers. For starters, existing customers get an unlimited number of texts and minutes free every month. That’s free calls and free texts at all times with Sky Mobile if you’re already a Sky customer. Those not currently with Sky will receive pay-as-you-use calls and minutes or can pay an extra £10 on top of the monthly price of the SIM for unlimited texts and minutes.

If that wasn’t enough, Sky customers can create personal playlists of all their favourite shows synced from their Sky Q Box at home to watch wherever they are. This builds upon Sky Q’s ability to let Sky customers watch their saved shows wherever they are. These are some of the strongest incentives offered by broadband/TV supplier to tempt its customers towards its mobile platform. If you are already a Sky customer, and you like the sound of what Sky Mobile is offering, click on the link above to register your interest.