Sky broadband

ByDuncan Heaney
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With no usage limits, Sky broadband is a good choice for families, or people who want to watch a lot of TV and movies online. Here's everything you need to know...

From free basic internet to truly unlimited packages with all the bells and whistles you could want, Sky broadband has something for everyone. Here's everything you need to know about broadband from Sky.

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What Sky broadband packages are available?

Sky offers three broadband packages, two of which come at a monthly fee: Sky Broadband Unlimited and Sky Fibre Unlimited, each of which caters to different types of users.

  • Sky Fibre Unlimited: Up to 38Mb broadband - good for people who watch a lot of online TV and movies, gamers, shared accommodation and families
  • Sky Broadband Unlimited: Gives you speeds up to 17Mb - an affordable option that best fits smaller households, individual users with moderate use.

 Outside of speed, both packages share the same basic features, including:

  • No usage limits - download as much as you like whenever you like
  • No traffic management - Sky will never slow down the network, even at peak times
  • Inclusive weekend calls as standard - you can upgrade this if you're the chatty type
  • Sky Hub router - smart router that's designed for easy setup
  • 12 months McAfee Internet Security Suite subscription - helps keep you safe from viruses and other online threats
  • Free access to the Cloud public Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK

To see which Sky packages you can get in your area, use our postcode checker and compare your options.

Sky broadband deals

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Broadband Unlimited Broadband Unlimited + Evenings and Weekends Sky Fibre Fibre Unlimited
£278.75 Total first year cost £326.75 Total first year cost £377.75 Total first year cost £497.75 Total first year cost
£22.40 p/m for 12 months £9.95 setup costs 12 month contract £26.40 p/m for 12 months £9.95 setup costs 12 month contract £27.40 p/m for 12 months £48.95 setup costs 12 month contract £37.40 p/m for 12 months £48.95 setup costs 12 month contract
Up To 17 Mb Up To 17 Mb Up To 38 Mb Up To 38 Mb
Pay as you go Eve & wknd calls inc. Pay as you go Pay as you go
Totally Unlimited Broadband! Offer ends 22/12/16 Totally Unlimited Broadband! Offer ends 22/12/16 Sky Broadband Shield included! Offer ends 22/12/16 Unlimited Fibre Broadband! Offer ends 22/12/16
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Free broadband from Sky

Sky is unique among the UK's national broadband providers in that it offers a free broadband package for those customers who take Sky TV with Sky Talk. Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it sort of is - at least for most people.

Sky Broadband Lite lets you download 2GB a month. That's probably enough to get by if you only use the web for browsing and email, but if you want to do anything like catch up with a show on BBC iPlayer, watch video on YouTube or download music, you'll find that 2GB can run out very quickly.

When you're getting near to your limit, Sky will send you emails to alert you. If you go over your limit more than once in six months, you'll automatically be upgraded to one of Sky's totally unlimited broadband packages (see above) and your monthly bill will change accordingly.

Sky TV and broadband phone bundles

Sky has one of the most comprehensive TV services in the UK, and bundling it together with broadband is a great way to save money on both services. Not to mention it saves you the faff of having to deal with multiple bills.

Sky broadband deals

 

It's worth doing, because broadband turns Sky TV from a good service to an excellent one. It lets you catch-up on shows you missed, access loads of on demand TV box sets, music videos and more.

For more information, check out our guide to Sky TV and to see the best Sky TV and broadband deals, use our comparison service.

Sky broadband and TV deals

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Original Bundle + Broadband Unlimited Variety Bundle + Broadband Unlimited Box Sets Bundle + Broadband Unlimited Sports Bundle + Broadband Unlimited
£593.75 Total first year cost £737.75 Total first year cost £809.75 Total first year cost £758.75 Total first year cost
£47.40 p/m for 12 months £24.95 setup costs 12 month contract £59.40 p/m for 12 months £24.95 setup costs 12 month contract £65.40 p/m for 12 months £24.95 setup costs 12 month contract £61.15 p/m for 12 months £24.95 setup costs 12 month contract
Up To 17 Mb Up To 17 Mb Up To 17 Mb Up To 17 Mb
Pay as you go Pay as you go Pay as you go Pay as you go
Channels 112 Channels 153 Channels 159 Channels 118
Choose a LG 32" TV or a £100 reward! Offer ends 11/12/16 Free 32" TV, Lenovo Laptop or £150 voucher Offer ends 11/12/16 Free Xbox One S, 32" TV, Lenovo Laptop or £150 voucher Offer ends 11/12/16 Free 32" TV, Lenovo Laptop or £150 voucher Offer ends 11/12/16
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What do we like about Sky broadband?

  • No download limits
  • No traffic management
  • Good for people who watch a lot of online TV and movies
  • Can bundle with TV for savings
  • Free broadband available
  • Good technical support and customer service

What don't we like about Sky broadband?

  • More expensive than some providers
  • not available everywhere in the UK
  • Strict usage limit on free broadband

broadbandchoices.co.uk verdict

Sky broadband is easy to recommend.

It's not necessarily for everyone - if you're a very light user, typically using the internet for browsing, Facebook, and email, you'll probably be able to find cheaper options that meet your needs just as well.

But if you live in a shared house, have a large family or are a moderate to heavy user who watches on demand movies or TV, streams music, or plays games regularly - then Sky broadband's a great choice. The lack of any download limits on Sky Broadband Unlimited and Sky Fibre Unlimited packages gives you the freedom to use the web exactly how you want, when you want.

Similarly, if you also want Sky TV - or already subscribe to it - then Sky broadband's a no-brainer. You'll save money by bundling, and it'll be much easier to track your monthly bills.

 

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