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Sky UK Offer 12 Months Half Price Unlimited Broadband as Price Hike Looms

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 (9:09 am) - Score 2,371

Sky Broadband (BSkyB) has today reintroduced their £25 M&S voucher (£100 if you take a TV bundle) with 12 months half price unlimited broadband and free off-peak calls promotion (£5 per month), which is only available to new customers who sign-up online. But a price hike for calls and line rental could follow.

As usual the new package (on offer until 26th July 2012), which is NOT available on Sky’s new £20 a month Fibre Unlimited service (up to 40Mbps), is subject to a standard 12 month contract and subscribers must also pay for Line Rental at £12.25 a month.

Sky’s Unlimited Broadband and Calls Package
* Up to 14Mbps “typical” download speeds (20Mbps max)
* Truly unlimited usage
* Inclusive evening and weekend UK calls
* Free Sky Wireless ‘N’ Router
* Unlimited access to WiFi Hotspots from The Cloud for free
* Free 12 month trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite

The above service is only available on Sky’s unbundled (LLU) broadband platform, which currently covers about 82% of the UK population (this will be extended to 88% of the UK by June 2013).

Meanwhile Sky’s price freeze promise, which began last year (here), is due to end soon and many fear that a price rise could follow. Indeed word on the grapevine is that the cost of Sky Line Rental will rise from £12.25 to £14.50 a month from 24th August 2012. Crucially this will only be applicable to new and upgrading customers.

Similarly the cost of making a standard phone call (outside of the free period) on Sky Talk will also rise from 7.6p per minute to 7.95p (applicable to all subscribers). Separately the Sky Talk Freetime service, which offers free evening and weekend UK landline calls, will be changed to weekends only for new and upgrading customers.

So if you’re planning to take one of Sky’s services then it’s probably a good idea to do so before the August 2012 changes. It should be said that many other ISPs have already made or are currently making similar changes.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar JC says:

    Can you shed any more light on where the rumours for an increase to £14.50 a month came from? A specific forum? Does this mean existing Sky line rental customers are getting another price freeze, that would be a bold move?

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      It’s a source connected directly to Sky and the prices appear to be fairly final, although until an official announcement is made then there’s always scope for change.

      Likewise the information only points to it affecting new or upgrading customers, there’s no mention of “existing” subscribers being stung. Of course that might just be because the price freeze ends the following month and not in August, we’re unsure.

      Also Sky Talk Free time will be renamed to Sky Talk Weekends, as above.

  2. Avatar Deduction says:

    quote”It should be said that many other ISPs have already made or are currently making similar changes.”

    Any further info on that Mark? Would be nice if you have info on others proposed price changes see people can perhaps compare potential future rates on other services. Gives them an idea if they shoould stay put or start looking around 🙂

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      You’d need to read past news articles, such as PlusNet’s hike and BT before it, to see that many of the big boys are slowly raising their prices for line rental and calls to a similar level.

    2. Avatar Deduction says:

      Ahh ok sorry i thought you meant there was other/new info or other ISPs in addition to prior stories had announced price rises… Thanks for clarifying 🙂

  3. Avatar JC says:

    Sky has announced details of their price changes here http://www.sky.com/helpcentre/account-and-billing/payments-and-billing/price-changes-2012 but no details of an increase in line rental?

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Note at the bottom of that page how it says “No change for existing Sky Talk customers” (line rental). That implies, as above, that we expect the hike to hit new customers only.. for now.

  4. Avatar JC says:

    Just found reference to the £14.50 a month Line Rental for new customers from 1st Sep here http://www.sky.com/shop/__PDF/SkyTalkTariffGuide_01_09_2012b.pdf

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