Sky Mobile hits the streets: All you need to know

Sky Mobile went live earlier today, letting you choose from its rolling data, low-priced SIM deals and flexible contracts.

Here are some facts about Sky Mobile you must know before opting for any of their plans.

Sky launched Sky Mobile back in November on the back of its intention to let British mobile users make optimal use of their data allowances, save money on tariff plans and have the flexibility to change their tariff plans as per their changing needs. The network went live today, bringing in a range of deals with juicy offerings to to compete with the likes of BT Mobile, Virgin Media and TalkTalk. Thanks to the move, Sky has also turned into a Quad Play service provider, offering landline, broadband, TV and mobile services to UK customers.

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Sky Mobile's initial offerings constitute three 12-month SIM-only contracts. It is offering a 1GB contract for just £10 a month, a 3GB contract for £15 a month and a 5GB one for £20 a month. If you're an existing Sky TV customer, you will be able to consume unlimited minutes and texts for free while using any of the three data offerings. As of now, there are 12 million Sky TV customers and Sky Mobile is looking at bagging around two-thirds of them thanks to this offer which will help customers save hundreds of pounds every year.

If you are a non Sky TV customer, you can add Unlimited Calls and Texts to your plan by paying £10 a month but if you do not need unlimited calls or texts, you can simply pay for your usage on a Pay As You Use (PAYU) basis. Once you buy a Sky Mobile plan, if you are unable to consume your monthly data allocation, it can be rolled over to the following month and to up to 3 years which means you will be able to use your data the way you want for long periods by withdrawing 1GB of data at a time.

Sky Mobile is also offering you the flexibility to change your existing data, call and text package at any time of your choosing. This way, you won't be tied to a particular contract for long periods even if it doesn't suit you anymore. Sky Mobile isn't the first to offer such flexibility as Virgin Media has been doing the same for some time. The ability to change your contract ensures that a customer won't have to pay for what he's not using and will thus remain loyal to the network. Once you subscribe, you will also be able to keep recordings and personal playlists of your favourite shows on your smartphone. Since these will be recorded shows, you will be able to view them anytime and anywhere and will be able to update your lists from time to time.

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“We’re excited that Sky Mobile goes on nationwide sale today, which is great news for UK consumers. Right now mobile contracts are inflexible and confusing and we all know people are buying more data than they need to avoid those extra charges. With Sky Mobile we’ve provided the solution, offering flexibility and great value so our customers’ unused data will be theirs to keep and they can create a plan that’s right for them, month to month. And there’s even more benefits for Sky TV customers with free UK calls and texts, plus the ability to sync with their Sky+ box,” said Stephen van Rooyen, UK and Ireland Chief Executive for Sky Mobile.

Sky Mobile runs on the O2 network so if you want to be sure if the network will cater to your area, you can check Ofcom's Mobile Coverage Checker tool. After using the tool, you will  be better informed on which network too sign up to and which ones to ignore. Given that geographical coverage of UK networks at the moment is only 40% of the country's land mass, this tool is essential for all consumers.

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