Free Sky broadband forever: 5 things you need to know
How would you like to get free broadband forever? That’s the promise offered by Sky, which is offering free access to its Sky Fibre broadband for life as part of a bundle. It sounds too good to be true. So what are the exact conditions attached to the deal? Let’s have a look at everything you need to know.
1 The monthly cost
While the broadband might be free, you have to take other services with it. And they don’t come cheap. In order to claim your free broadband, you’ll need a subscription to Sky Sports, which costs 47.50 a month, and Sky Talk, which costs from 4 to 12 a month. These are on top of the regular Sky package (which starts at 20 a month, but goes up to 56 a month for Sky Silver) remember, you’ll have to pay more for Sky Cinema if you want movies too and line rental, which costs 17.40 a month.
2 There are other costs
But that’s not all there are other costs too. You have to pay one-off fees for the router to be delivered ( 6.95 until August 16th, 9.95 thereafter) and for the system to be installed ( 50 for some customers). Combined with the other costs, that could leave you facing a monthly bill of 132.90, plus a one-off fee just shy of 60. Sky Fibre usually only costs 10 a month (or 20 for unlimited downloads), so you have to weigh up if you think it’s worth it.
Oh, and Sky reserves the right put up prices during your contract, too.
3 It gives you up to 38Mbps
So what do you get for your money? Sky Fibre offers speeds of up to 38Mbps, though this is the absolute best case scenario. (In our experience, real-world speeds of around 14Mbps are more realistic.)
Sky also stipulates that speeds vary by location, so make sure you check how your area fares before you cough up. At the peak speed of 38Mbps, you can download a music album in around 11 seconds, or a standard definition film in about five minutes.
So at our speed of 14Mbps, we’re looking at a little over double those times. It’s also capped at 25GB month that means it won’t let you download anything or browse the web once you’ve exceeded this limit.
25GB is more than enough for web browsing and emailing, but if you’re downloading a lot of films in high definition or even 4K, you might want to think about the unlimited usage option. This costs 10 a month when taken with the same package as above.
If you’d rather not have all the extras, you can get the unlimited option on its own for 10 a month for six months and then 20 a month thereafter (plus the line rental of 17.40 a month).
4 There’s a minimum contract
You have to sign up for 12 months, we’re afraid. So if you join up then decide it’s not for you, you’ll be locked in for a whole year before you can get out.
5 It’s only available in some areas
According to Sky, the deal applies in “selected Fibre areas only”, so it might not be available where you are. Again, use our broadband checker1 to see what’s available where you live, or call Sky on 0800 151 2747 for more information.